An occasionally updated chronicle of estate sales in the city and suburbs of Chicago.

"It's such a guilty pleasure..." Lynne Stiefel, Pioneer Press

Friday, August 28, 2009

Deerfield Pagoda

A little theme goes a long way in home decorating. Case in point, this condominium in Deerfield, chockablock with Chinese touches.

We begin in the dining room, with Chinese poppies in the middle of the table.

And Chinese-themed chairs gathered around it.

And Chinese-themed sideboards on either side of it.

Even this looks like a lounge you might find at the Taipei airport.

(And yes, of course, there was Christmas stuff. Made even more festive by its display against that carpeting. Still, it was virtually untouched by buyers. Once again estate sale companies: Throw this stuff away.)

The sofa was Chinese. (Or at least the upholstery was. I know it's hard to tell in this photo, but trust me.)

The artwork was Chinese.

Yes, even the wallpaper was Chinese.

But it didn't stop there. Oh, no.

There were little Chinese chests.

Pictures of Chinese sunsets.

And "Chinese" fixtures for the bathroom -- though it's a mystery why these were never installed. They might have been gifts. Someone may have figured, "So-and-so is obviously nuts for Chinese stuff, so these will be perfect for her," but ended up striking out anyway.

Let's take a looky-loo upstairs.

Adorable stuffed animals -- no doubt made in China.

And in the master suite, a bed fit for the emperor of China himself.

Finally, I found this on the wall of the living room. I don't know what it is, but the smart money says it's a Chinese character. Maybe for "goodbye."

You know what's really funny about this place? An hour later we had to go back.


  1. Hilarious! Was that Nordic Track also from China?
    C. Schipper

  2. "No doubt MADE in China..." Hysterical!

  3. My husband says that the good-bye character looks like Frank LLoyd Wright all hopped up on speed-balls.

  4. Thanks for the comments. This place was a lulu -- which makes this blog even easier and more fun. Today was one boring estate sale after another, which really makes me appreciate ones like this.


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