Monday, March 6, 2017


We've lived here in the country, in this old house, for five years. It was built in 1919 and in addition to a parlor, a family room with a brick fireplace, a sunroom, and many updates, this house also has two quaint upstairs rooms that are perfect for sewing and displaying some of the toys I had as a child. The one thing that was missing from my vintage toy room was an old iron bed. The space is small, so I wanted a single or daybed, something that would fit the scale of the room.

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of my favorite shops - Talmadge Rd. Mercantile, in Clayton, OH - and there was the bed I wanted. The price was reasonable, the look was vintage, and the size was perfect. I was glad I had driven the truck that day. I bought the bed and brought it home, wondering all the way if I would be able to get all the parts of it to my upstairs room without asking for help, since my spouse was out of town that day. The stairway here is original to the house, so it's a bit narrow and the stairs are a fairly steep. It was a challenge, but I did it. After putting the bed together, I decided I should search for some mattresses and bedding. I did that the next week. I found a twin mattress set and bought red ticking sheets, mattress and pillow protectors, and a bed skirt for the old vintage bed. I already had a quilt I thought would be perfect, so I was all set.

I took the truck to pick up the mattress set and again wondered if I could get the mattresses out of the truck, into the house, and up the steep stairs by myself. Some days, I think it just takes an attitude of determination to accomplish something I ordinarily wouldn't tackle by myself. This is something I wanted to do on my own, but I knew if I needed help, my spouse would lend a hand when he arrived home. I just didn't want to have to ask for the help. I'm stubborn sometimes.

So I now have a sweet vintage bed in my quaint little toy room and I'm very happy with how it looks up there. I will continue to do some tweaking and re-arranging I'm sure, but I'm glad to have the bed and linens in place. In fact, I took a short nap on my new/old bed last week. It felt very cozy and somehow reassuring to look around the room and see so many things that reminded me of a simpler time in my life.


Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Kady,
I live in SW Ohio too...Tipp City, and I have been to Talmadge Road Merc. often. The iron bed you bought is perfect, love the bed, the quilt (is it flannel)? And the curtains. I'm glad you got it in by yourself. I know what you mean about doing it yourself. Since my husband passed (8 years ago), if I want it done, I have to do it myself. I also hate asking for help!

Kady said...

Hi Melinda! Tipp City isn't all that far from Talmadge Rd. Mercantile. Isn't that a great shop? Have you met, Lucky, the shop cat? He's a stray that people in that neighborhood looked out for and I guess he decided the shop was the place for him. He's a bit weathered and has an eye problem, but seems happy and Traci really loves him and makes sure he is well cared for.

I'm sorry you've lost your husband. Both my sisters lost theirs and I know of their struggles. I don't think women, in general, like to have to ask for help. We want to be as self-sufficient as possible. I'm not a spring chicken any more and I really did wonder if I could get the bed and mattresses upstairs, but I stood in the middle of that little room and gave a little "yippee", that I actually did it.

That quilt isn't flannel, but cotton. I found it at a Goodwill a couple years ago and just knew I'd find a good use for it eventually. It washes up well and just fits the bed.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I lost a lot of followers when I stopped blogging for a time. My mom had Alzheimer's and we moved her down here (I'm in Germantown, Ohio) so I could look after her. That was a rollercoaster ride and I had to let some things go. I just couldn't keep up with blogging, plus all I had to say was a bit on the depressing side. But now I'm back to it and hope some of my followers will come back, but if they don't, that's ok. Blogging is a nice outlet and I appreciate those who do stop in for a visit. Do you have a blog or a website?