I really want some inlaid casegoods--Syrian inlaid furniture or Anglo-Indian (antique). I like to hunt around to see if I could import some wholesale. (I mean, I'd really like to keep my bedside table to $500 or less.)
|Martyn Lawrence Bullard via|
Then I realized that was just rude. I want someone to kill a tree (or two) and spend weeks worth of labor placing pieces of mother-of-pearl and camel bone into complicated patterns pieced with the veneer. For almost free.
While I'm a free trade girl (Go Maroons!), I'm realizing that I must accept that I may never own a decent inlaid piece, even a little one. Because some things you just can't get on the cheap.
Side tables in Elle Decor.
Chairs via tumblr (now I can't find the source)
Anthro, Wisteria, and others offer almost real stuff. I prefer the pearl/bone in wood look--I'm pretty sure they are pushing the bone pieces into soft lacquer for the new pieces.
(Although this new one from Anthro does seem inlaid...but I prefer a more traditional pattern).
Incidently, pushing material into soft lacquer is how they made inlaidVictorian furniture (it comes from Japaning)--
those paper-mache chairs were coated in black lacquer. then cut pieces of mother of pearl and/or abalone was pushed in when the lacquer was still soft. This seems a little toxic, and not made for inexpensive trial and error. (Side note--I want to revive paper-mache furniture. Seems like it could be "green", no? Just need a heated press and a couple million worth of molds.....)
But there are the stencils.....
|via Little Green Notebook|
So I'm currently focusing my energy on finding some cheap furniture I can try this on. And less time wishing I could find some piece on the cheap....since it would mean someone was paid $.03/hour and I would still pay a grand to get it here. I've got a stack of 8"-10" wood squares to practice on.....
Thoughts? Is this the home decor equivalent of F-Uggs, or a decent stand-in? Here is a Veranda slide show and an Elle Decor slideshow if you need more pics.