But, as we all know too well, the days of irrational exuberance are long gone, even for this shopaholic. So now I window-shop and admire. Here's the current crop of eye candy for me on Ebay (prices as of this posting, click on title below photo to access Ebay listing):
I feel like you can never have too much artwork. I've been enamored of flower paintings lately, perhaps because I'm such a fan of the blog Absolutely Beautiful Things, where decorator and blogger Anna Spiro uses flower paintings to help create such lovely and inviting rooms.
When I was putting together my home office, I spent hours looking for paintings featuring women. I wanted to be inspired by beautiful images of women around the world as I work. I like this image because it reminds me of my almost everyday indulgence of taking a break from the kid chaos and sitting at my kitchen table while enjoying a magazine.
What loveliness! I adore this painting. I've been staring at it for a while now, wondering what this beautifully dressed woman is thinking. Is it sadness, quiet hope, despondency I see in her eyes? Maybe none of these. I enjoy paintings that allow me to imagine the story behind them.
I don't care if the Suzani craze is over because I'm still craving a Suzani to hang above my bed. I like this Suzani for its wildly colorful design, which suits me perfectly. Of course, my husband might have different ideas about what should hang over our bed.
You may have noticed a pattern in my Ebay finds. They're all vintage. I just can't seem to get away from things that seem imbued with so much character. And I'm such a fan of vintage items to help organize one's home. This straw tote would be divine to hold towels in the bathroom or my current crop of reading books in the living room.
Yum! This box is such a delicious dark chocolate brown. Among my many obsessions are cabinets with many drawers. The more drawers the better. Someday I will show you my collection of these type of cabinets but I've yet to add a card file box like this one, which I think would be great for holding so many things in the kitchen, office or bedroom.
I've been gathering my courage to put up a wall of wallpaper somewhere in my home. Since red figures prominently in several rooms, this one seems like a nice, bold choice for a great accent wall. Or, I could also use a smaller dose of it and create my own "wall sticker." I'm thinking a wall sticker of a tree or a giraffe, but I'm artistically challenged on the drawing front. Ideas?
This is another more subtle (and less expensive) choice for a wall-sticker but the width is smaller. Also, the spot I'm thinking of adding this wall sticker is rather bland at the moment and in dire need of color so I'm not sure a subtle yellow would do much for that area.
So there you have it, my list of current Ebay obsessions. I'm finding it difficult to hold off on buying things when there seem to be so many good deals out there, but I'm also proud of myself for being disciplined on the fiscal front. What about you, are you shopping more or less on Ebay these days?