Monday, May 27, 2019

I haz new seat

After we left our large house in Glen Iris, we moved to a modern unit in Burwood. The old 'antique' furniture had to go. We were moving on. Through a work friend who had an antique shop we sold it all on commission. There was one genuine antique, The Bolter's, my paternal grandmother's piano chair. We had used it as chair at our large polished timber with a leather inlay desk. Our pianola came with as proper piano seat, where you could store the sheet music under the lift up seat. Begone old stuff. We are moving on.

And so we did. My bedroom contains the only remains of that time of our life, a nest of carved black rosewood tables and my inlaid Chinese bedroom cupboard, aside from what I mention a bit later in this post. The work well in my bedroom here. Under this window is the perfect space for the nest of tables. Don't enlarge the picture as you can see dust. I must speak to Household Management about that. The skirting boards, window ledges and architraves are all original. They are not quite as yellowed in real life. I joke that they are ivory, but they were bright white eggshell/two pack painted when we moved here. We did not want to spoil their look, so they have never been painted the original. It is going to have happen though. The Chinese jar was bought many years ago and worth over $150 now. The wooden ducks were given to us by a friend after he holidayed in Bali. He died from AIDS soon after in the 1990s. The wall on the right is where I gouged it out with a black mark the other night when I stumbled and grabbed the chair to steady myself.


Yes, there is a padlock on the cupboard doors for when family stay when we are not here. The wall is not orange but a sandy colour.


So in our modern unit that was once a traditional house, we refurnished. For the first time in our lives we were mortgage free. We spent money like there was no tomorrow, although our tastes are modest. We visited Sydney three times that year. Once for a holiday, then for Mardi Gras and then Sleaze Ball.

We bought a new glass and steel Z frame desk and a new office chair, and nearly thirty years later, we were still using them.

Just one other remnant of times past is our auto trolley or tea trolley. We can't afford staff to wheel tea and cakes to us, so it is a static drinks stand now.  It was given to us by the Brother Twins back in the 1980s, whose Mother originally bought it. The etching on the glass is very nice and the 'mudguards' are bakelite.


R often moans about the desk and the chair, but I saw no reason to change either. The chair is extremely comfortable and the desk fits the space where it sits perfectly. Ok, it is dated, but so is much of what we now have. How many hours have our bums sat on this chair since the early 1990s?


'R, what are these black marks on the carpet?' 'Coming from the chair, I think', he replied.

I arrived home from work when Little Jo was here. She now comes with her own tablet to use and so is not so plonked in front of our desktop. I sat on the chair and it was wobbly. I examined it but could  not see a reason except the feet seemed wrong. Later I concluded it was a broken bearing in one of the wheels.

Well R, no argument from me now. We need a new desk chair. It cost a whole $80. God knows how much we paid for the old one, but a lot more, and we bought the filing cabinet and desk about the same time. The new chair is comfortable enough but I can't see it lasting nearly thirty years.

33 comments:

  1. I am sure you are right. The new chair won't last nearly as long.
    Loving the look at your decor.
    And like you, I too lost friends to Aids in the 1990s. Too many friends.

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    1. The nineties are not remember fondly by us EC because HIV. The two we were closest too were quite high achievers and nice people.

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  2. I love the liquor cart! We also have cherrywood tables, slightly different but beautiful none the less!
    We have no formal decor. Yours, mine and ours. I swear, the next time I move I will sell it all. Except the 100 year old bookcase and the cherrywood coffee table.

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    1. Maribeth, to get rid of all our old stuff was a relief, like a weight off our shoulders. We don't really have a theme now, except modernish. Yes, I always think you need to keep something of your past.

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  3. I am looking for a new office chair, I don't want arms anymore as my desk is quite tiny, fitted into a corner of my monkish bedroom.

    I love your pieces and the setting of the nest of gorgeous tables, do you ever separate them as in for company?

    I have up many antiques. We had a very large marital old mansion and I was an aficionado of antiques auctions for quite a while. Very little is left now as I have downsized as far as a human can go. And don't mind a bit, I should add.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, if we lower the seat, the chair will fit under the desk, but it is fair height I suppose.

      The nest of tables used to be in the lounge room and not my bedroom and they did get used at times. Some sets you have to lift the top table off to get to the one underneath and then the same again for the bottom one, but these slide out.

      Yes, just stuff, much of it unnecessary and somewhat of a burden at times.

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  4. The new chair looks good but I'm sure it won't last as you say.
    The trolley 'tea' used to have one years ago.

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    1. Margaret, they were quite common I think. We only keep it because we have the right space for it.

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  5. That drinks trolly looks quite special; extremely trendy over here!

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    1. Are they Cro. Might be worth something.

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  6. Unfortunately (for me) in Belgium there are so many antiques from over generations and also from the Congo, so that nobody wants to buy them ! You can be happy if you get a little or if somebody takes it away for free. even 100 year old furniture the same with real oriental carpets or rugs !

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    1. Gattina, antique furniture is not popular here either. No one wants it and it can be bought very cheaply. I guess you mean European made furniture that was sent to and used in the Congo.

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  7. I like your new chair and I love the Z desks but dislike the glass tops, I don't like seeing knees when I'm seated at any table.
    I LOVE the retro "bar cart" and my son would love it too. If you should ever decide to sell it, keep me in mind.

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    1. River, my problem with the glass topped desk is that you can see all the wires.

      Your son can have the cart for free when we both expire.

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  8. The tea trolley reminds us of more refined, more peaceful decades. Thank you.

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    1. Oh Hels, you can't afford staff to wheel in tea and cakes either? We are living in the wrong time.

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  9. It looks very comfortable but, as you say, not made to last.

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    1. Marie, we might even live long enough to need another new one.

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  10. Nice:)
    I didn't realize Sydney had a Mardi Gras.
    Don't enlarge as you can see the dust: Ha.

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    1. Sandra, it is a Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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  11. Gosh you got good use out of the original desk chair Andrew! It's funny how certain pieces stay with us for ever no matter how many other changes we make. I bought a new chair yesterday also Andrew, a bright yellow bedroom chair, it's so cute 💛

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    1. Grace, we both could do with new chairs for our bedrooms. Good that you bought one yourself.

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  12. Nothing lasts now but it looks like a comfortable chair. I got a computer chair from a friend years and years ago, who was taking it to thrift otherwise. It was never comfortable, would not adjust, so my feet barely the floor and it was badly sacked by her cats. I finally took apart and trashed it, and someone else gave me one they were going to get rid of. It's a hard seat and small but its ok.

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    1. Strayer, desk chairs are probably easy to obtain second hand, especially if you don't mind them looking a bit shabby.

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  13. I'm not much into antiques, but I do like that tea trolly.

    That chair you bought for the computer work station does look comfortable.

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    1. Kirk, it is comfortable but I don't think the lumbar support is as good. Thanks.

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  14. I so enjoyed the tour.

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    1. Thanks Snowy. Pleased you like it.

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  15. Enjoyed seeing the bits and pieces of your furniture, Andrew. We use a kitchen chair at our desk because padded chairs hurt my hips. When my rear gets sore I know it's time to get away from the computer, ha ha

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    1. Jenny, when I have sat to long at the computer, it is time to lie on my bed with my tablet, haha.

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  16. I don't have much left from our move of 7 years ago. I think my style is just what I like, contemporary but with lots of personal touches. We did buy a desk for the spare room when we moved here. But no one has ever used it. We both tend to use laptop/tablets at the dining room table or on the couch.

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    1. Jackie, I could use a laptop but I can't write or do make posts on a tablet without a lot of effort. Tablets are more for watching than creating.

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