My love affair with the Curlacue (yes, that is the right way to spell it) chest in my living room is a decorating love story for the ages! But I never imagined that my readers, after all these years, would love it so much too! I still get several emails a week asking about it. So I thought I’d get you up front and personal with THE most iconic piece of furniture at StoneGable. The Curlacue has a tale to tell like many things that come to live here!
The Curlacue Chest is made by Hooker. Even though I don’t think it is made anymore its story should live on!
If you have not heard this true tale with its twists and turns here is the abbreviated version…
I was out and about one lovely spring day looking for, well I can’t even remember now, but anyway I ended my outing at a local furniture store and had just stepped inside the front door when I was greeted by a gorgeous GORGEOUS chest. A well- built beautiful three drawer chest! It was not too big or too small but it was just right. I was having a Goldilocks moment!
I touched the top of the Curlacue and the skies parted and rays of sunshine beamed down upon it. A chorus of angels began to sing so I took my hand off of it thinking touching made it sing!!!! A gorgeous, magical, singing, Goldilocks chest!
The one and only other time in my whole life something like this happened was in college. Truthfully, I met my college boyfriend at a Frat party my freshman and I felt like I had gotten hit over the head. Stars etc., you know! He too was gorgeous and beautiful and well built but in the end, unlike the Curlacue chest, he did not come home to live with me.
But I digress… After recovering from sunbeams and angles and all I then had to recover from sticker shock. While the Curlacue was a piece to love the price was not!
Total sticker shock! Not in my wildest budget and beyond! Not at all. I did try to think of every which way to take the Curlacue home with me but I could not justify dipping into our kid’s college fund and we were still making mortgage payments. So sadly… very sadly we parted ways. But not before I took about 100 pictures to remember it!
Since I could not buy the Curlacue I decided to make one for myself. I adopted my default mantra when beginning any DIY project, “HOW HARD CAN IT BE?”. Just for the record, this saying almost always gets me into trouble.
Using the pictures on my phone and from memory I tried to figure out how this amazing chest was made.
My mental notes went something like this…
Simple three drawer chest… open weave burlap or linen glued to the entire surface of the chest… painted over and aged with more paint… some distressing and lots of layers…an intricate design on the front of it covering the drawers… curlicue (right spelling for meaning here) “string of pearls” motif made with paint… dots probably made using the back of a large artists brush to give raised look… a thin toothpick probably dragged between each dot while dots were still wet for the “string of pearls” effect…some kind finish maybe wax… oil-rubbed bronze knobs.
So I got started!
I found a simple three drawer chest on eBay and went two counties away to get it. But before I could start working on it… KISMET!
The day after picking up the knock-off-not-quite Curlacue chest a decorating friend of mine came over to give me a second opinion about curtains in the living room. In the midst of a decorating discussion, I showed her the Curlacue images on my phone and lamented about how much I really loved and wanted this chest!
To my immense surprise, she knew it right away! In fact, she had seen it that very morning at Joss And Main. Oh, bless your heart Joss and Main! Oh, bless your heart on-line site for taking beautiful home furnishings and discounting them, often deeply!!!! Oh, bless your heart for having my Curlacue chest.
However, this is not the happy part of the story! This is the wailing and ugly crying part of the story!
Not to be rude I waited until my decorator friend left before I lept for my computer and got on the Joss and Main site! Cue the alligator tears and tissues… by the time I got online the sale was over and the Curlacue was gone! Gone! GONE!!!!!! Oh, yes it was! Sniff sniff!
No one can say that I am not resourceful. After recovering from a good your-nose-is-red-and-your-cheeks-are-blotchy cry I called Joss And Main. And delightful Annie (I think she might have been an angel too) helped me and let me know that although the sale was over at Joss And Main the Curlacue chest was also at Wayfair, their sister site.
Now, here comes the making-a-long-story-short part. Yes, I found the Curlacue and bought it and it came white glove delivery a week later to StoneGable all for a deeply discounted price! HALLELUJAH!!!!! The angels were not singing but I sure was! And doing my happy dance of joy!
It’s been over six years since the Curlacue has come to live with me. And every day I have loved and enjoyed the Curlacue being a part of my home. It has given me so much more than the deeply discounted price I paid for it! As a matter of fact, I would have paid more. Much, much more!
And like my college boyfriend only the Curlacue chest has had that effect on me.
So the moral of this Curlacue tale is…
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON WHEN YOU SEE A PIECE OF HOME FURNISHINGS THAT THE SUN SHINES ON AND THE ANGELS SING FOR THEN MAYBE, JUST MAYBE YOU NEED TO GO AHEAD AND GET IT.
Now saying that don’t spend your mortgage payments or kid’s college tuition but if you can swing it GET IT!
The key words above are ONCE IN A BLUE MOON and MAYBE and DON’T SPEND YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENT… and of course GET IT!
Yes, life would have gone on without the Curlacue but my living room is so much prettier because of it. And it’s become synonymous with StoneGable and my American Classic Style!
Also… when I tell you a story is abbreviated… well not so much!
Disclaimer: Bobby you are the man of my dreams. You may not have made me see stars when we met, but I see God in your selfless love and devotion every single day! I love you way more than the Curlacue… and that’s saying something!