Happy weekend! A positively gorgeous Saturday has arrived here, and it is definitely porch weather again. Porches make me think of my wicker addiction. So today I am just going to bombard you with photos of rooms that have some wicker furniture in them. After all, don’t you think it is perfect for spring?
My love for it started with a tiny wicker chair like the one on the back porch. It was in my bedroom as a little girl, and then my infatuation just grew from there. The doctor’s family that I babysat for when I was a teenager had two little girls. Their bedroom was precious – light blue with white wicker headboards, wicker dressers, a wicker rocker, and patchwork quilts in pink and blue. I loved it so much that I asked for an antique white wicker rocking chair for my 16th birthday. My parents found one for me that looked a lot like this (except the back of mine was woven solid):
I loved that rocker. She lived in my bedroom at home for a couple of years and then was hauled to and from my college dorm room in the back of an ugly green Datsun B210 too many times to count. (Do any of you remember Datsuns??) She was used by girls in my dorm in their interior decorating class projects (also too many times to count), and then she went to live on the porch of our first home we had as newlyweds. She was old when I bought her, and she withstood years of use, but eventually she wore out and was no longer able to be sat upon. Sad sad day…Nevertheless, I have continued to have wicker pieces in our homes.
When we built out first home, I drove a truck to Macon, Georgia and purchased a set of wicker to fill our back porch, much like that on the porch above. That set of furniture blew off the back of the truck as I drove it home on the interstate. (You can read about that adventure here.) It survived, and we used it for a very long time – first wearing its coat of white out on the porch, then painted green and used as the living room seating in the rental we lived in when building this home. After that, it was every color under the sun used out on our current porch.
I ordered a wicker sofa and loveseat for the great room and had the cushions done in navy and red when we first moved in here. That sofa is now being used (with different paint and cushion fabric) on the porch, and the loveseat is in my classroom.
And even though I moved all that wicker out, I still have a wicker chair in the great room that I purchased a couple of years ago, painted black, and had cushions made for.
At one point all the porch wicker was black (see here,) but it was too dark. So I painted it its lighter color. Now if it had looked like either of these porches, I would have left it black.
I do like dark wicker, though…especially in this reading corner from the movie Something’s Gotta Give. (I love this cozy little spot even more than the famous kitchen from that movie.)
More pretty dark wicker …
And I think this one is dark green..although I’m not absolutely certain.architecturaldigest.com
Then of course we have the green wicker in our playroom in the form of a chair and all the baskets of video games and assorted paraphernalia.
Green wicker is so fresh looking to me. I like spots of that color here and there, but if you love it, you should adore this lake house sunporch…that’s a lot of green!
I have never had any blue wicker, but after seeing it in these next two rooms, I think I might like a blue chair somewhere here.
To me, wicker adds several things to a room…texture, cottage style, and most importantly – the option of easily changing its color to whatever your heart desires. (And if you like to change the color of things as much as I do, that is a BIG advantage!) One color I have not tried (and it is crazy to think that I haven’t) is red. Can you believe it? Look how charming this porch looks.
There are a number of wicker pieces here in our house that I haven’t even shown you – magazine baskets by several chairs, the dining room end chairs, a small table in the kids’ bath, and more. But I have to end this post at some point, or we will spend our entire Saturday here! Before I wrap it up, I wanted to just say that all your comments on the birthday blog post BLEW ME AWAY!!! Glory, y’all. I just asked that you tell me/us a little something about yourself, and I got all these super sweet comments and compliments about the blog (along with the “getting to know you better” information) …didn’t see that coming! You folks are THE best. Thank you is just so inadequate!
I’ve got one more photo that has wicker in it before I leave you with a couple of questions (and then get myself off this computer and get busy around here!) Love love this simple kid’s room in a lake house with its accent piece of wicker…open windows and all.
And here are your talk-about questions for the day:
What pieces of wicker do you have in your home? What pieces would you like to have?
Love hearing from you!