Some of you have been with me from the beginning - the tried and true, and for that I love you! I really do! But also love all of my new readers - and digging back through 500 posts is a bit much to ask. So, some background: the chairs are from Texas, we brought them here with us. I'm aware that they're a bit big for the room - but I love how cozy they are, and our friends never complain. They are the perfect hug while you cup a mug of cocoa or glass of wine, and have seen tears, laughter, and even some pain in their time here at CDLV. The above chair is mine. It's where I sit, sometimes very late at night, with a book, laptop, or notepad deciding how I'm going to keep you all coming back! The plaid blanket is my newest find - a favorite from my friends at La Maison Home in Chadds Ford, Pa., the chocolate fringed throw is cashmere from Gumps, the linen pillow with white cotton piping is Ralph Lauren, and the axis hide bolster pillow is from a dear bloggy friend who wishes to remain anonymous. :)
The first all wood piece leaning behind the chair is a piece of an old Victorian folding garage door. Scott and I found it in Springville, NY on our way to Ellicotville to enjoy the fall leaves about 3-years ago. It's bullseye carving is simple and sweet - and at a mere $5, I'd say it's been MVP in the room! The second piece, is a painted all wood, handmade sign that reads: HURLINGHAM. Scott picked this up in Virginia at a store closing. It was part of a display piece, and he was instantly drawn to the large graphic, and the price! $25~ can you believe it? We've had HURLINGHAM in our living room, then dining room in Texas, and in the foyer and guest bedroom of CDLV. Once the foyer went Monks Cloth (MS), the green didn't seem to work, and I'm glad. It gave me an opportunity to layer here, and bring in my favorite antique accessory - the clay parrot.
Chinese clay figurines are mostly seen in foodogs, and dragons, but every once in a while - if you're lucky, you can find a parrot or koi fish. I found a pair of these on eBay 2-years ago, and they've migrated room to room waiting to find a home. (I think one finally did!)
The baby roses are in a small silver plate sugar bowl and mercury glass vessel I found at Tuesday Morning. The wall lamp is Restoration Hardware, and the hurricane is a $9 vase from Christmas Tree Shop with a small brass candlestick that holds mini-tapers from an antique store in Boston.
We painted the walls Restoration Hardware's GRAPHITE, and I ordered a great seagrass rug with a beautiful chocolate border all the way around. I don't know if you remember my frustrations about having my taupe cowhide rug, all dressed up with no where to go. It's PERFECT here!
The parrot is one of a pair, and I'm on the look out for more. If you ever see them - and you're not buying for yourself - let me know!
The ottoman is from Pottery Barn, and although it is monstrous, I do love it. It's great seating ... and there have been a few naps on it too!
Of course, there are things that I am not finished with.
- There's a beautiful knole sofa in my garage just waiting for a slipcover - which I'll make with a nubby canvas drop cloth. Then accent with tapestry pillows. (Look forward to a step-by-step on the slipcover process soon!)
- Two pharmacy floor lamps for either side of the fireplace to provide great reading light for those leather chairs are on their way.
- My fancy electric staplegun (the best $29.99 I've ever spent!) is going be put to good use for a 3.5 foot folding screen in burlap, leather, and nailheads for in front of my fireplace. (Remember - the fireplace is non-functioning!)