Red Lacquered Side Chest
One of my favorite pieces, this “fantasy” red side chest began its life as a rustic early American “night commode” of sorts. Inspired by the elaborate scalloped back, I decided to accentuate its playful qualities. I substituted decorative legs, applied Asian-inspired applique to each of the drawers, added antique crystal pulls, and mirrored and trimmed the door. Finally, the piece was refinished in a deep, eye-catching red. The result is at once sophisticated and whimsical—the kind of accent piece I love to create.