Downshire Diary – (16) When Opposites Attract (Part 09)
Cressida loved Art Deco and in the two years since her divorce she had gradually transformed her home from the blandness of mass produced Scandinavian imported furniture chosen by her ex-husband, whose favourite colour was beige, to an Art Deco paradise.
His sporting trophies and man cave paraphilia had gone and she had imposed her own tastes on her surroundings.
It was a slow process, she could have used her credit cards and replaced everything in one go but she was very selective and wanted every piece in her house to mean something to her.
Which was why Farron chose the present he did, because Cressida loved Art Deco and as he was a furniture maker he made her a piece of Art Deco Furniture.
It wasn’t a period piece like all her others, but it was made to an original design that he got from a furniture makers catalogue and he’d crafted it authentically, from the period design and he’d worked on it for months.
When Joe and Farron drove into the courtyard of Cressida home she was already out of the Range Rover and was in high spirits
“Let me see, let me see” she squealed and jumped up and down on the spot with excitement.
“Just be patient” he said in a very fatherly way but it had little or no effect.
He opened the shutter which was out of Cressida’s line of sight so she tried to get closer.
“Stay where you are nosy and close your eyes” he instructed
“She’s peeking” Petra said
“Cover her eyes then” Joe said with uncharacteristic boldness and Petra complied.
They man handled the piece of furniture, protected with blankets and set it down about ten feet in front of her.
“Let me look” Cressie begged
“Just a minute” Farron said and removed the blankets and handed them to Joe and stood back
“Ok, open your eyes”
Petra removed her hands from her sister-in-law’s eyes but Cressida paused briefly before opening them, but when she did she gasped as she looked at the Art Deco writing desk in the style of the eminent French exponent, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
He had remained faithful to the original design in every way with the exception of the ivory inlay which he had to replace with vegetable ivory made from tagua nuts.
“It’s beautiful” she said “Are you sure it’s for me?”
“Of course it’s for you” Farron said “Do you like it?”
“I love it” she exclaimed “it’s gorgeous, but it’s too much”
“Nonsense” he retorted “you’re worth it”
“But I can’t believe you made this for me” she said innocently
“Well we can put it back on the van if you don’t think you deserve it” he suggested
“Don’t you dare” she said and moved between him and the desk and then she turned around and hugged him.
“Thank you so much”
“It is lovely” Petra said
“Gorgeous” Joe said and Petra turned to look at him and realized he had been looking at her when he said it and she blushed deeply.