Have you ever found something that was so intriguing that you couldn’t pass by?
Something so compelling that you just had to say it needs to come home with me even if you have no idea where to put it?
I found such a thing and it did just that, it followed me home! It’s an antique altar rack from a church that was being torn down…even churches fall to ruins. I didn’t buy it for a religious reason I just thought it was so cool.
The rack is industrial looking and has an amazing patina on the worn metal. The cross is hand forged iron and the leaves on each of the five tiers will hold twenty votive candles and holders.
Since my rack is very long at 60” I’ve been having a hard time trying to think of where it could go and then restoration Hardware saved the day with their new line of furniture. I’ve been thinking of the deconstructed French Napoleonic ottoman to place the rack on.
Their long ottoman is the right length and they use it as a coffee table so I thought why not and burlap is my new favorite fabric of late, what could be better?
The ottoman is the perfect height to sit under my wall of windows in my studio and once the rack is on the ottoman you’ll be able to see the cross from outside. Wouldn’t that look wonderful for Easter and Christmas?
But then I started leafing through their new catalog and found this gem of a console table and I fell in love.
It would look wonderful draped in an antique textile like this 17th-18th century salmon cut silk velvet with gold metallic crosses and the altar rack on top. (For those of you who like the textiles I’m showing this is in the Byzantine style and I have it in green too.) But I am a little worried that this whole display might look a tad to religious rather then really unique items….what do you all think? And tell me your opinion console or ottoman because I’m torn!
The two pieces above have nothing really to do with this post but I know so many of you seem to like the textiles I show so I’m showing you these amazing 17th century metallic appliqué pieces I have hanging in my bedroom, they go with the Easter holiday.
So which would you choose the console table or the ottoman for my altar rack?
I hope you all had a wonderful and joyous Easter weekend and a very happy Passover!
Enjoy your week!