the war of the styles.

Well, those of you who were paying attention may have noticed that the dresser I posted on Monday sold super fast.

I posted the blog post at 7 a.m., and the dresser was spoken for by 8 a.m.

The black dresser from last week was also posted at 7 a.m. and sold by 7:14 a.m.

so I guess technically it did sell faster!

But I think the moral of our story is that there is a market out there for both the team player and the star of the show.

There is going to be a part three to this battle next week when I unveil what I’ve done with this dresser …

This time I’m going on out on a limb with some color rather than playing it safe with a neutral.

I didn’t quite get it finished in time to post about it today though, so you’ll have to stay tuned until Monday to see how it turned out.

In the meantime, remember that experiment I was trying with saving peony buds in the fridge?  Here’s how the buds looked when I cut them back at the beginning of June.

I cut off most of the leaves, and then put the buds into a Ziploc baggie and tucked them into the fridge.

And there they stayed until last night when I pulled them out again.

The darkest pink one had opened while in the fridge, which is funny because it was one of the tightest buds going in.

Here’s how they looked immediately after pulling them out of the bag.

Pretty darn fresh looking for having spent about six weeks in the fridge, don’t you think?

I trimmed their stems and popped them into a vase of water, and about an hour later they opened up fully.

How cool is that?

And now I have some peonies from my own garden to enjoy on my desk at work today.  I call that a win.

I only wish I had saved more of them this way.  The weekend after I cut these we had a heatwave with temps in the high 90’s which was totally unusual for us for the first weekend in June.  The temps stayed in the 90’s for 9 consecutive days.  And as you may know, peony blooms do not handle heat well.  The peonies in the garden were pretty much toast within about 5 days.  Such a bummer when you’ve waited a full year for peony season and then it is cut short.

Next year I’ll have to remember that and save more of them in the fridge!

19 thoughts on “the war of the styles.

  1. Looking forward to seeing the finished dresser! I love your peonies- I moved into my new/old small house in April and was pleasantly surprised to see I had a peonie bush in the back yard. Not complaining but I was hoping for a darker pink but mine was a pale, pale pink – almost white. And like yours, it was toast very quickly due to the heat and dry spell we had in June. There’s always next year! Yours are lovely and I’m very happy to find your “trick” of preserving the buds in the fridge!


    1. The medium pink that I have were there when I moved into my house (over 30 years ago!). I’ve moved them around twice now. First because their original spot became too shady, then I moved them out back to my cutting garden. They aren’t my favorite variety, but they sure are reliable!


  2. I am looking for an old wood chest of drawers or buffet not painted. Or if painted (green, darker shade of ivory, or ?) For on this wall.

    To go with this furniture.

    I am always looking on your site or at Reclaiming Beautiful, I just haven’t seen a good piece for this spot. I want to hang art above it, and have a place for small displays and flowers.

    Lee Ann Overman



  3. Can’t wait to see what you are going to do with this dresser – I LOVE the lines! I love the wood too, but I’m sure it needs some love.


    1. I just have to put the finishing touches on it today (Saturday), and so far it is looking amazing (if I do say so myself). Can’t wait to share it with you guys!


  4. To start with I love that peony trick. That’s just so cool. Now to find an available spot in my garden for some.
    Both of the dressers were absolute winners. And I’m sure the 3rd one will be too. Look forward to the unveiling.


  5. So much positivity in one post Miss Quandie: that it happily takes all kinds to make a world and that a fun little experiment is very satisfying! Looking forward to the chest reveal! 😀


    1. Thanks so much! I’ve always put cut flower arrangements in the fridge to make them last longer (sort of like florists do), but I never knew you could do it this way … or that they would last so long!

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