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November 15, 2017

The SAGA Saga

By Julia

Moving into our first home of our own was both exciting and daunting: a whole building of our own to furnish and decorate any way we wanted. At first we were leaning toward Duncan Phyfe-style furniture. We found a few pieces that were in great shape, but ultimately decided they were a little too ornate. I poked around online for inspiration and stumbled across Broyhill’s Brasilia line from the 1960s. I was smitten at once.

The swooping lines, walnut finish, and spindly legs were exactly what I was looking for. The drawer pulls even mirrored the design. Finding it would be an adventure, but I was up to the challenge. Sadly, my husband was not on board with that idea. He thought it was still too flashy. So I pressed on in my search for a simpler design. Luckily, Broyhill had many design options to choose from with many of the same features that drew me in to the Brasilia.

Next, I tried the Sculptra line. I thought the simple box pattern would be just the thing we were looking for.

Sculptra had tons of options to customize each room to our liking, the same angular legs, and an uncomplicated design. But alas, this design was not a winner either. The clean lines and lighter finish were too simple. At this point, we were both getting discouraged. Would the perfect furniture design ever materialize for us?

The answer was yes. I have a one-track mind when I find something I adore, such as the Brasilia, so I continued researching Broyhill furniture lines. The moment I found it, I knew it would be the winner. The Saga line was manufactured from 1962-1963 and was considered one of the more rare designs in the Broyhill collection. Actually finding pieces was going to be an arduous task. Finding reasonably priced pieces would be even trickier.

It was true love. I no longer pined for a house full of Brasilia, but rather one full of Saga. The tiny starbursts, slender drawer pulls, and walnut finish made this line a perfect fit. Although there were fewer options and the chances of finding any seemed dismal, I remained optimistic. Best of all, we were in agreement: my husband loved it as much as I did. Challenge accepted!

Stay tuned for the next installment of the SAGA saga- acquiring the first piece!

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10 Responses to The SAGA Saga

  1. Kristy Hansen Reply

    November 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I have Brasilia but I love all three!
    I got lucky and found a huge china cabinet at a Salvation Army thrift super cheap – the one in the bottom right corner in your picture above. Then I found bedroom pieces at an estate sale – a large dresser with mirror and a Chest – really got lucky there. Every time I see it now it’s really expensive- so I feel really lucky with what I found. Good luck with the Saga!

    • Julia Reply

      November 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      That’s fantastic! You can definitely find many different treasures at estate sales and thrift stores!

  2. Lindsay Goranson Reply

    November 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Great advertising pictures!

  3. Jason Reply

    November 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    There is a Saga Breakfront china cabinet on Craigslist Columbus, OH now. I have seem several other pieces of it around here recently.

    • Julia Reply

      November 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      They seem to pop up in waves. I always have my eyes peeled for a good deal!

  4. Julia Reply

    November 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm


  5. Paul Shell Reply

    November 29, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    We have the Panel bed, 5 drawer chest, and double dresser.

    • Julia Reply

      December 5, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      That’s awesome!

  6. Melissa Reply

    December 5, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Good morning – I thought of your post this morning as I was scrolling thru Instagram. atomic_atomic on Instagram posted a Saga 6 piece bedroom set yesterday!!! Gorgeous set – love the head board! They are in the Raleigh/Durham area of NC and will ship.

    Hope this helps your collection!

    Melissa aka meld193 on Instagram

    • Julia Reply

      December 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Oh my goodness, that is fantastic! Thank you for the tip!

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