vintage medical cabinet perfection...

house beautiful

When I posted about the vintage stainless steel medical cabinets I found up for auction last week, I had forgotten about this beautiful bathroom by Betty Lou Phillips. Could that cabinet be any more perfect? or perfectly filled?

Well, here's how it went at the auction: I really wanted those pieces but so did a very good friend of mine. Do you remember Diane's lake house? Diane knew those would be awesome in her place at the lake. So we did the only thing we could do...split them up - each promising the other 'first dibs' if we later changed our minds.

I think we are both happy. She got the piece with the cabinets and drawers, kinda like the one pictured above, and I got the piece with the shelves.  

Mine looks exactly like this one from Modernicus. You can follow the link to see their price.

Once I get mine all set up, I hope to have a photo or two for you. And we are lucky enough to know the history of these pieces, too. They are from the dental offices on the Marine Corps base at Parris Island, SC. 

Thank you so much for all your comments and encouragements about these pieces on my original post. We ended up paying $300 for each piece. Not too bad, I think...

this keeps me coming back...

my dining room

I found this chandelier at a thrift store recently for forty dollars. I just added a few crystals and the drippy candle sleeves. I love a good bargain like that. What about you?

Have a great weekend. I'll see you Monday, when I hope I can report that those cabinets are mine.



vintage stainless steel medical cabinets

Bear with me a minute folks - I'm gonna get all quirky on you. I've just discovered two vintage stainless steel medical cabinets set to go up for a local charity auction this weekend. 
They look pretty much like the pieces in the first and second images. And they are in perfect condition. I'm thinking the second piece would make one heck of a cool bar...

People, how much do I pay for them...?

I am so excited thinking I might actually get them...

And speaking of quirky, I'd like to thank Artie Vanderpool  for my cool new blog header.   Oh,'s my header that's quirky, not Artie. He totally 'got' me right away, is very reasonably priced,  and was so much fun to work with.  I'd totally recommend him if you are looking for something new. Thanks, Artie.

gray kitchen cabinets


are you thinking about it...?

we have a winner...!

we are so excited to announce the winner of a pair of Ilse Jacobsen boots from

congratulations to Jeanne (Shinybutton)!
Jeanne, we know you'll wear these in style...

and many thanks to Monika of Splendid Willow for her generosity!

Thank you all for entering!

stacked art...



I do like art walls, but I really like the effect of a vertical row of art.  My favorite antique dealers/friends recently featured two modern art pieces stacked one on top of another with an antique starburst mirror at the top. All of this was over a mantel. Heaven....  

spring yet?

spring in your forecast...?

happy weekend to you all...!

so nice to know...

allison's living room

I'm not the only one who lives like this...

hey, that's my chair...

chair from the Tony Duquette Tastemaker Tag Sale
One Kings Lane

I've recently discovered a new blog that I like, Sybaritic. William has a good eye. 
Saturday, he featured a few of the Tony Duquette items from the One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale. 

That chair from the sale really looked familiar....  

my chair

Here's my chair. So similar, aren't they...?
I suspect both chairs are from the Victorian era. They are made of  mache with mother-of-pearl inlay and hand-painting.
I really do love mine. You know me, I'm a neutral gal, so a piece like this kicks a room up.  I bought mine at an estate auction a few years ago. At the time, I wondered if I paid too much. I think I spent around $225.

It's a safe bet the Duquette chair went for lots more. Gotta love local auctions. Don't miss them when you have the chance.

(And I like the legs on my chair better...)

a chair in the bath...

House Beautiful

with our master bath re-do in full swing, I keep looking at saved images of bathrooms. Ours won't be large enough for it, but isn't a chair in the bath just the thing...?

Elle Decor

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

only the best for you...a giveaway!

This giveaway has now ended...

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Happy Monday, everyone!
I am so excited to announce that my friend Monika of Splendid Willow and I have teamed up to offer you

a Perfect & Splendid Giveaway!

This is my very first giveaway here, and I am so thrilled...

You all know Monika,
for her creativity, originality, and for her beautiful home.

As a native Swede now living in Seattle, Washington, Monika draws from her Scandinavian roots for inspiration and design ideas.  Not only is Monika a talented decor enthusiast; her eye for style extends to fashion as well. If you haven't already, take a look at Monika's newest venture... 

Splendid Willow Avenue, an on-line boutique, carries the high quality and fashionable rain and lifestyle gear of  Danish designer Ilse Jacobsen.

And from this fashionable line, Monika has very generously offered a pair of Ilse Jacobsen rubber boots, considered design icons in Scandinavia!

 These high-end boots are handmade in Europe and are just starting to get into the U.S. market in a serious way. They are stylish, warm (lined with cotton fleece) and designed for long hours of walking in rain and cold weather.

the 'perfect gray' boot?

This Perfect & Splendid Giveaway is for a pair of Ilse Jacobsen's stylish rubber boots,  any model, size and color! (The tall boots retail for $179 + tax.)

three different models to choose from
tall, mid, and short

The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

To enter:

1) Become a follower of A Perfect Gray

2) Go to Splendid Willow Avenue and have fun looking at the boots (and the rest of the gear)!

3) Leave a comment to this post telling us which color you pick. (You can get all models in all colors.) Please make sure you leave your name and e-mail address, especially if your comment does not link to a blog.  

For additional entries (please, make sure to comment for each entry):

a) Tweet about the Perfect & Splendid Giveaway
(1 additional entry).

b) “Like” Splendid Willow's Facebook page
(1 additional entry).

c) Mention it on your blog (2 additional entries).

There is a maximum of five entries per person.

This Perfect & Splendid  Giveaway ends on Monday, March 14th at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

Our winner will be chosen using and will be announced on Tuesday, March 15th.

Well, looky here...we caught the lovely Paula of Two Ellie sporting her camel Ilse Jacobsen boots!

Please join me in thanking Monika for...  

Good luck, everyone!

gray bath by nate berkus

katie lee joel's beautiful bathroom from this apartment - a cool mix of modern industrial and glam and perhaps the perfect shade of gray on the walls.  

and speaking of all things perfect  ...

be sure to check in next week for a little surprise....

I'm excited!

until then, happy weekend...


mirrors and marble...

gray mouldings...