Friday, January 16, 2015

A Painted Room

"Perhaps home is not a place,
but simply an irrevocable condition."
        ~James Baldwin

 I made some very drastic changes to my decor before Christmas (I've been hinting at them for awhile). I wanted my room to feel lighter and less cluttered. I sold all of my antique furniture *gasp* (I know - it was rather extreme). So far I had collected primarily dark wood pieces. My burl walnut vanity, my little curio cabinet and two commodes, a large bureau with inlay, etc. They all felt very heavy and opulent to me and I think I just wanted relief from the more Victorian style that I had unconsciously been developing. I have always loved soft things and while I still think those pieces were beautiful I couldn't live peacefully with them anymore. Anyway, long story short they went and I re-invented my style. I had my dark walnut French desk professionally painted to match the three paned vanity mirror - it was the first thing I did after I sold everything and it turned out beautifully. I also have a French Provincial dresser and a little painted Florentine table. My workspace also had to be incorporated into my room - you can see those changes in the post My Girly Office. I have taken the first few pictures to share with you. I think I would call my new style 'Feminine French Ivory' - or something like that. :)

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Vintage Moments

"Winter, a lingering season, is a 
time to gather golden moments,
embark upon a sentimental journey,
and enjoy every idle hour."
             ~John Boswell

   Still feeling under the weather - it feels like so long! Today I took a few quick photos just to pick up my spirits. Little 'moments' with things around the house that I thought were pretty just as they were. I've started a tumblr blog as well and have been posting very old pictures from my blogging files in it (among other things because there are no shortages of pretty pictures out there!). I have forgotten so many things! It is fun to see the old photos and share them. If you have been with me for awhile I'm sure you'll recognize some of them. I've also been drawing a bit more. I finished an order for a customer before I was really down with flu and I was very pleased with it. I hope everyone is enjoying their January! 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Pretty Chair

"To read a poem in January
is as lovely as to go for a walk
in June."
         ~Jean Paul Sartre

   It is very cold and every time I look out of the window my vision is obscured by the fall of powdered clouds of snow. I've had a bad flu bug so I've been able to avoid going outside. I even joked with a friend today that I planned on hibernating till April. January always feels like such a sleepy month to me. November and December are chaotic and full of activity. January is the pleasant and nostalgic sigh when all of the festivities are finished. Like the new year settling into herself - she doesn't quite know what she's going to look like yet. 
   I took a few photos the other day (before I was properly bedridden) of some pretty treasures discovered just before Christmas. I love this little chair with it's curly gold back and burlap pleated seat. It was perfect for the cream vanity! I also happened upon the Florentine tray with the bow handles. It was a bright gold when I bought it and looks beautiful painted this soft cream colour with the bright gold shining through. The pink powder jar was an online purchase - every now and again I get lucky! As soon as I am up and about again I will be on the hunt for more treasures for the etsy shop (and maybe for me;). In the meantime happy January!