If you’ve followed my posts for any length of time, you may have noticed I like to read a bit. You may also have noticed that characters in literature are often the namesakes for my furniture. It’ll come as no surprise, then, that my most recent projects are named after items featured in a book, namely brass fire irons or “firedogs.”
One of my favorite series is Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books and I was listening to A Red Herring Without Mustard while working on both this dresser and her accompanying desk. In the book, the precocious sleuth Flavia describes her late mother’s fire irons, which are named “Sally Fox” and “Shoppo.” Before her death, Harriet made up stories featuring Sally Fox and Shoppo to tell at the bedside of her young girls. I love when inanimate objects take on a life of their own! The names seemed to fit these pieces, so I named them in honor of the firedogs (Shoppo pics soon to follow). It would be fun to imagine furniture coming to life, full of personality, especially these “Aqua Fiesta” numbers.