Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Eastlake Victorian Inspiration...Cubbyholes!

I've never been consciously aware of it until now, but I just realized I am a Victorian cubbyhole/pigeonhole/compartment addict! Do they have meetings for that?

Desk pigeonholes

What is it about these tiny, secretive places that is so intriguing? Maybe it's the organizational qualities of cubbyholes. I love to organize!

Desk nooks

Maybe it's the repetitiveness and alignment of the many little drawers and cubbies that stirs something deep within me.

Side-by-Side cubbyholes

Often, I've gone to antique stores with vintage display fixtures holding many little treasures. Is it the idea of a treasure hunt that appeals to me? I have to open every little drawer to see what's inside.

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Is is just the collector in me? After all, when you keep buying things, you need places to store it all. I have a lot of sewing patterns. Maybe I could use one of these:

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The idea of Advent calendars always fascinated me. There are some really cute Victorian-inspired wooden ones out there. What's behind all those little windows?

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Papers, papers everywhere. I'm a file cabinet junkie. I have seven. This is my Pièce de Résistance, standing 7-1/2 ft. tall:

Tall file cabinet

I'm, like, SO into file cabinets, especially the wonderful Victorian models. Just look at these beauties!

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Years ago I had to buy this California job case. These were the trays that old-time typesetters used to sort their metal type. Don't know what I thought I could use it for. Never have figured out a purpose for it.

California Job Case

I love the Victorian inspired CD and DVD cabinets!

Leslie Dame library media cabinet

I used to be a library junkie. Now I rarely go. It wasn't the books that have kept me away (I still read a ton of them). I'm thinking it all started when they got rid of the old card catalogs...

Card Catalog at Yale

Jewelry cabinet. Had to have one 20 years ago when they were popular. I think it was because of all the nooks and crannies in all those drawers.

Jewelry Cabinet

A Wooton Patent Desk! The Holy Grail of desks! If only I had a filthy rich relative who had one of these and I was his/her FAVORITE relative, and he/she died and left it to me...

Wooten Patent Desk

Have you ever come across one of these Victorian dental cabinets? Just looking at one makes me drool, rinse and spit.

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OK, what have I learned from this confession? Absolutely nothing. Maybe that I'm just plain nuts.

Anyone out there as cubbyhole-crazy as me?

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Blogger Dana and Daisy said...

hey! that dental cabinet MIGHT hold all my rubber stamps!

April 21, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger The Blackwood Cottage said...

I like the cubby's but I don't have a memory that could keep up with the compartments! I did see a great Victorian dental cabinet just this week at an Antique Mall here in St. Louis, beautiful!

April 22, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Dana and Daisy-

Soooo, maybe you have the same affliction, addiction?

-Pam :-)

April 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Machelle-

That's why I like the compartments that have the little brass slots that you can stick a label into. One of these days, I've got to make it down to St. Louis to do some antiquing. I hear you've got some great stuff down there!


April 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What beauties you have shown us here today!!

April 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Debbie-

Thank you! I do love it all, and wish I had a bigger house so I could buy it all!


April 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger The Victorian Parlor said...

Hmmm...I think the Chicago chapter of Cubbyhole Anonymous meets on Wednesdays:). I love anything that allows me to organize things in a pretty manner. The pics you shared made me drool too-it must be a Victorian thing (the collecting and organizing part-not the drooling:)!



April 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Kim-

Wednesdays... I'll have to write that down. :)

I never thought about it that way: Pretty Organizing! I think you're right about us Victorians. I'm really happy when I'm collecting and organizing!


April 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Hello!!! I am impressed those are some fantastic desks.


April 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Yvonne-

Unfortunately, not all the objects shown are mine! The hexagonal cabinet with the white knobs, the pattern cabinet, the advent calendar, the 3 outdoors shots of gigantic file cabinets, cd cabinet, card catalogs, Wooton desk and dental cabinet are only wishful thinking! :)


April 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I love card catalogs too! Do the libraries still have them? I would come home and make cards for all my books (on a typewriter!) and then long for a card catalog of my own to put them in...

April 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Miranda said...

I have one of those California job cases and I love it! I hung it on my wall and any cute knick knacks I find I display in there. I have miniature cards, pretty porcelain dolls, small photos etc... It looks wonderful and I am always changing it around when I find new things!

April 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

I love all of these, especially the dental cabinet. It would be perfect to organize my office, but as another commenter pointed out I probably could not remember which thing was in which tray or drawer! You're exactly right about libraries - they're not the same without the card catalog. My grandmother was a librarian and I also liked the Dewey decimal system . . . computers just aren't the same.

April 27, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Teresa-

I haven't seen the good old-fashioned card catalogs in years. I think all the libraries are totally on computers now. It's sad. I didn't know you were a card catalog fan! We'll have to discuss this over dinner soon. :-)


April 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Miranda-

When I got my California job case, that's what I thought I'd do, too. But most of my knick-knacks were too big for the tiny holes! I guess I should start another collection of really teeny things so I can use mine! :-)


April 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Leah-

I worked in a library for 3 years while I was in school. I liked looking books up in the card catalog, and you're right, it's just not the same on computers. There was a certain weird smell the cards had in those old drawers! :-)


April 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Came back for another look. That last one looks like the old Larkin
desks they used to have in the catalogs. Such a beauty.


April 28, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

It does look like a Larkin desk. Maybe they made this one, because it does look like it had a drop-down desk like a Larkin.


April 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger The Rustic Victorian said...

Fabulous post. I drool...

May 1, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to share our story. We currenlty live in the Chicago suberbs too, but have a historic row house from the late 1800's we are renovating in Pittsburgh. We are funishing the house with Eastlake. Over the past 2years my husband and I have been collecting furniture & hardware for the house. Keep up the good work- Christi

May 1, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Marcie-

Thanks! ;-) We'll drool together!


May 1, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Christi-

I'm glad you stumbled on over! Let me know if you have any great sources in the Chicago area for Eastlake I may not know about! I've gotten most of mine on eBay.

Your historic neighborhood in Pittsburgh looks really interesting. That's great when people like you take the time to restore a home in the old Victorian historic districts. I wish you luck and joy!


May 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

The Wooton Desks were made in Indiana, The company was started by William S. Wooten in 1870 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The design of this desk was patented and in 1876 it was exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Because of its impressive stature and utility the Wooten Desks are often referred to as "The King of Desks".

I saw a number of these BEUTIFUL desks when living in Indiana. Oh how I too would love to own one today.
Thanks for dropping over to my blog ....I appreciate you so much, love the stuff you post...SO VICTORIAN.
And don't we LOVE it.


May 2, 2010 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Rose-

Thank you for that great information on the Wooton desk! I don't think I've ever seen a Wooton for sale in person. There probably aren't any that would wind up in any of the antique shops I go to! Probably only sold through fancy auction houses and dealers nowadays.


May 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Pam
Christi here. Hope all is well with you. We've had a lot of luck with craigs list. Some items are overpriced and others are a steal. We are willing to travel for the right piece. My husband has a good eye and has purchased a few pieces that were hidden gems under layers of paint! For fun you may want to check out the Harp Gallery in Wisconsin- they have a great web site.

May 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Christi-

I've never tried Craig's List. I'll have to start looking there when I need an Eastlake fix! And the Harp Gallery site is wonderful! So many nice pieces of furniture. Thank you so much for the great advise! :-)


May 4, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger La Bella Vie said...

can I come live with you?

May 13, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Terry-

Yes, come on over. We can set you up in a cubbyhole. It will be a tight fit, but I think you will enjoy your stay! :-)


May 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

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