Purple Haze

Picking up this purple velvet screen from a thrift store was probably one of the better decisions I've made this week. It's old, partially falling apart, made from cotton velvet, and weighs a freaking TON. Someone less inclined toward the hideous might have turned down an Elvis-esque screen upholstered in skinned muppet.

But hey, I love a challenge, pieces that really dare me to make them work, you know?

I knew I had met my match by the horrified snickers that my fellow shoppers shot me upon seeing my zeal for these gems (yup, there's another one, haven't decided what to do with that one yet).

I love items that straddle the line of bad taste. The saving grace for this screen is really the age, patina (worn patches and yellowed areas), weight, and quality of the materials (no polyester here, kids). And I think it's working out pretty well. I'm contemplating painting panels for the inset areas. We'll see where it goes.


Cristin said...

OMG you shop at the same thrift shop Prince donates to!

niartist said...

I didn't realize that the rooms I saw in earlier posts belonged to you. It's always fun to have a piece in a room that makes people ask questions - and this I think is that piece for you. The other items in the room though are so gorgeous - perfectly appointed. I know you're going to do great things for that screen, and its twin.


At this point, the screens have become a huge tackboard— I'm having a lot of fun with them. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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