Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Boo!: Happy Halloween!

From Old Southwestern Trails, we wish you a sweet, safe and spooky Halloween!

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Monday, August 13, 2018

New Beginnings

It’s a recurring theme in my life, beginning.
Starting something new.
I’m often in search of new.
Old Southwestern Trails is ready for a new beginning and ready to seek out new opportunities and truly open ourselves up to new adventures.
To be creative and to learn and experience new things.
I hope this Journal inspires you to go on your own adventure.
So stay tuned for more Old Southwestern trails updates as the adventures unfold!

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Thursday, May 17, 2018

CREATIVELY LIVING | Ah Nature ... It's Inspirational

I'm really excited to share a series of inspirational home and decorating ideas.

Close to a year ago, we came from living in a 1920's one bedroom four-plex apartment, right into a house!

Our newly furnished home and decor inspiration came from two western picture frames we scored four years ago in an upstairs room at an antique store called Antiques On Main in Cambria, CA. 

We did some research on these two picture frames we purchased and found out they are original A. Brandt Ranch Oak picture frames with 1940's era hand-signed Charley Paris rodeo lithographs. Titled Warming up and Riding High.

The more we discovered about these pair of A. Brandt Ranch Oak picture frames, the more we fell in love with the history and style.

Once we moved into our new place, we decided to sell all our Mid Century furniture and replace it with A. Brandt Ranch Oak pieces throughout the house. 

A. Brandt Ranch Oak is pretty solid and nearly indestructible furniture and what we like to call now, "Our forever furniture".

Here's a piece of history referenced by Wolf Ranch Oak:

About A. Brandt Co.

A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture was made for nearly fifty years in Fort Worth, Texas and has been out-of-production for more than two decades. A. Brandt Company, Inc., debuted the Ranch Oak furniture line in Fort Worth in 1938 and continued manufacturing Ranch Oak into the 1980s. In 1986, the Brandt family sold the furniture company, which went out of business not long afterwards. In the fall of 1988, the entire contents of the factory sold at auction. Patented "Ranch Oak" furniture was one of many lines of furniture produced by A. Brandt Company, Inc.
German immigrant August Brandt established A. Brandt Company, Inc., in 1900, but it was August's son Paul who engineered the Ranch Oak furniture line more than 30 years later. Paul Brandt served as company president for approximately 50 years. He passed away in 1999 at age 87.
Many of the earliest furniture designs depicted icons of ranch life carved into oak. Pictorial carvings included horses, horse heads and horseshoes, longhorns, campfires, saguaro and prickly pear cactus, and even a western scene of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. By 1970, it seems likely from looking through factory catalogs that very few if any western motif-carved pieces were still being produced. However, some of the longhorn (or steer head) and horse head lamps are still seen in some of the later 1970s catalogs.
Fortunately for new and old collectors alike, a variety of styles and types of Ranch Oak pieces can be found steadily trickling onto the market today. Both the older and much newer pieces made for dining room, living room, bedroom and game room can still be had for those who are willing to search and wait. A. Brandt also produced a number of decorative Ranch Oak accessories to compliment Ranch Oak furniture such as picture frames with reproduction art by well-known artists, waste baskets, coat racks, mirrors and lamps. Mainstay household furnishings range from dining tables, buffets, hutches and corner cabinets to sectional sofas, divans, couches, lounge chairs, end tables and coffee tables. Night stands, chests, dressers and beds remain popular although king and queen headboards are more difficult to locate. Reliable information about exact production numbers of factory items is scanty at best, but it is said that at the height of factory output, some 50,000 pieces per year were made.
Many pieces were produced under government contract to furnish military bases around the U.S. A number of national park lodges and motels are also known to have selected Ranch Oak furniture as an attractive, durable, rustic type of decor for their guests to enjoy. Of course, there were many dozens of retail furniture distributors spanning the country that carried the popular A. Brandt Ranch Oak furniture line for several decades.

My husband and I both decided on the light oak color with white wax, which is the most desirable and the most western looking.

Our search for these beautiful ranch oak pieces still continues.

When you’re fixin’ to do something, it’s going to happen, but you also may decide to take your sweet time.

In the end, the completion will be as southern as sweet tea!

Photograph Source: Tim McMurdo

Aside from searching for A. Brandt Ranch Oak pieces.

I've been working on a lot of sewing projects for around the house.

I have been a bustling busy bee!

So stay tuned and have an inspired day!

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Monday, September 26, 2016

MY LATEST VINTAGE FINDS! | Pair Of I Love Lucy Style Stewart B McCulloch Asian Statues

My Husband and I were on our way to the Will Rogers State Historic Park last Saturday afternoon when we noticed an estate sale sign on our way up in Pacific Palisades, CA.

We decided to stop and check it out. 

Everything inside the house was pretty much picked over but in the living room I noticed these tall beautiful Asian style figurines.

I was so intrigued by their beauty I decided to take them with me. It was the final day for the estate sale with 50% off everything so I got them cheap!

I learned they were made by California Pottery, by artist Stewart B. McCulloch. The statues are the same as the pair seen on the mantelpiece on I Love Lucy show.

There are variations in colors used and in the floral patterns on the garments.  Pink and blue seems to be the most common color combo, with green and yellow next, and white with gold glitter and gold with black being a bit tougher to find, but the pink and black seems to be the rarest color variation / holy grail.

My mid century pair are the same pink and black colorway as the ones seen on the I love Lucy show, except the floral motif patterns are slightly different.

I would like to say I really scored on finding these mid century beauties this past weekend at such a bargain! 


50slucyAnother Look At Lucy's Asian Statue

~ Old Southwestern Trails