Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 8/33: Close Up One

I'm judging by this photo that the best time to take pictures in the house is in the early afternoon. I've been playing with my camera a bit more today, and I'm finding that even when the room looks light enough at night, it's not reacting the same as it does to the natural light of the daytime hour.

This exercise has been informational, and fun - and I hope that you're enjoying the process. A road to better pictures, and a more styled Casa de la Vanderdogan. Above, a close up shot of the cart table.

Some of you have asked for specifics on this table, so I thought I'd answer some old questions today. I'm not sure what this cart would have been used for specifically, but I was told that more than likely it toted luggage from cart to cart. There are handles (6' posts) that slide down into either side of the cart, on the pictured wells. When they are in, it looks like an archaic version of bellman carts you see in high end hotels.

The Cart is from Ohio, and was used in the Cincinnati Railroad, as noted by a small metal tag about 2inches, by half an inch on the other side of the cart. A serial number and the words: CINC RR are all I have been able to find to track down the origins.

I haven't done anything to refurbish the cart because I think that the age and wear of the piece fit naturally in the eclectic interiors of our home. Some of the wood was splintered, so I did sand down sections of the splintering wood, and I cleaned it heavily before bringing it inside.

We've had the cart for approximately 2-years, though it feels like longer. I was scared of what Scott might think of it when I brought it home, but when he walked through the swinging door of the kitchen, into the dining room and saw the cart through the french doors of the living room he said: "GREAT PIECE!"

Tomorrow, another close up.


  1. Hi! So nice to meet you!
    I LOVE your RR cart....fabulous industrial piece to mix with your lovely warm room. It reminds me of an old dolly that my cousin dragged up from the basement of his hardware store....wooden platform, great wheels and handle...
    Thanks for your very kind comment on my post...I have to smile as I use the simplest point and shoot old Canon camera and only the free Picasa3 photo editing program. I'm a pretty simple girl so it suits me...glad you like my pics! Come back and visit soon and I will do the same!
    Take care, Laura

  2. HI There
    I'm following Laura around who is following you around following her! [he he]

    Boy.. I love this old cart also. In fact I have a fascination for anything on wheels really ... as I like to rearrange a lot. Love to see more of the rug also.

    Have fun.. Julie

  3. Great Piece Indeed! Love that utilitarian authentic cart! It's prolly a bit of a bummer that they are being mass produced for PB and RH!

    I always take pics of the interiors in the daytime...for me and my casa there is no comparison between daylight...and not!

    Another beautiful peek into your home, Artie!

  4. A great find and I love the mix of old, new, etc. Love it and love your picture. Your photogrpahy is great!

    Love your cart

  5. I truly love this cart, especially because of the wear and tear on it.

    Are you ever going to show us a full-on shot of your kitchen???

    Justine :o )

  6. In general I'm not drawn to things as primative as your cart, but because the rest of your home is so elegant, it really works in the space. I do love things with a history, and I would guess that cart could tell great stories.


  7. I love that you left it alone, it is gorgeous in it's own right. The afternoon light is great, Artie - you are really taking some great, great shots, and I love your staging.... and that cart! Yum.

    Hi Laura and Ruby!!
    xo Isa

  8. I love that cart table! I've always wanted something like that or a chicken coop to use as a coffee table. With two toddler boys, however, that would become a car or good. That will have to wait. I can live vicariously through your pictures right now.

  9. OK, so excited when I saw your cart bc I just recently blogged about the one I found and placed in our living area...check it out,

    I love your decor...
    Have a great week!

  10. nice cart Artie but i really love the rug in your dining room oh where oh where did you get such a beautiful rug from?

  11. I'm finding your blog, and saying to myself, FINALLY, wow, what a gorgeous set up you have at your home. I've looked through your other pictures, and I have to say that I am well impressed with your collections of eclectic and sophisiticated. Has anyone ever told you that you have that whole rustic chic thing going on at your place? Well, anyway - it's gorgeous. Thanks for allowing me to follow! I'll be back often!

  12. Very nice. I am seeing these carts in alot of the market right now, but they've all be recreated or refurbished so they don't tell such a great story like yours does. Wonderful set of images.

  13. Nice. I like your flowers. They're my favorite color.

  14. Oh, I forgot! Can you tell me more about the rocks that look like there is a candle sticking out of them? So interesting! Thanks!

  15. Hi Artieness! I love your cart and you're doing very well in the picture taking department! I'm liking the way you're focusing in on little vignettes!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. Great post. I love that cart. Thanks for posting so much about it. Oh, and thank you for your side bar too! I just found another blog that is just as gorgeous as yours! Off to see more!

  17. I am lovin' that cart/coffee table!!! It is gorgeous. The pillows are great too.

  18. Thanks for answering the questions about the cart!! I agree that it is beautiful. I love pieces like that --they have a cool history and are re-used for another purpose!! WONDERFUL.

  19. I like the uniqueness of it, Artie...Christine

  20. I saw multitudes of these carts in a showroom at furniture market last week. I thought of you! Wish I could've brought one back home with me. This was all the vendor was selling- no orders.
    Your pics in the past few post posts have been lovely!
    :-) Sue

  21. Hey Arite, This shot looks like it should be in a magazine!~ Robyn

  22. Love your blog, photos are fab, style divine, but what I love your music absolutely ROCKS and is now my "go to" background when I'm working online. Thanks Artie!


  23. loving all the shots of your home & am enjoying your photo process!! this week i'm going to attempt some better pics of our place. your cart is amazing & i too love bells of ireland!! :)

    -lauren @ pure style home