Sunday, May 27, 2012


Interior Design by Tilton Fenwick

I was out on Friday sourcing vintage and antique flea for a client, and ran across the most beautiful French inspired sofa, with a chesterfield button tufted back, high arms - almost like a genuine knole sofa, upholstered 100 years ago in a sumptuous orange velvet that has worn down to the perfect humble fray ... gorgeous! And did I mention it had a feather down cushion, and beautiful hand carved feet? It really is the perfect sofa for the right room, a room I don't have or have access to right now.

But have you ever loved something so much you bought it for a time when you hope you'll be able to use it? Or throw caution to the wind, start all over, and build a room around the perfect piece you fell head over hills in love with?

I'm so tempted, in fact, I even took Scott to look at it. With his best "Oh my God, Artie, an orange velvet sofa" face, he said, "buy it if you want it!" It helps that this once $4900 sofa is bargain basement priced for the Memorial Day Weekend. I saw that sofa and instantly thought of Windsor Smith:

She's certainly not afraid of orange, and embraces that high-end bohemian look like no other. I wondered, how much do I have that I'm not using now that would make this one of a kind perfect orange velvet sofa work in my living room? I thought of my beautiful Turkish silk rugs now tucked away in my guest room closet:

Marc Jacobs President, Robert Duffy's Library via ElleDecor

I have two beautiful French bergere chairs that I have been wanting to reupholster. I've even sent the cushions off to my friend Gina of Slipcover Chic while I search for fabric:

Interior Design by Suzanne Rheinstein

And that's really all I have room for. It's not a giant room - so it's not like it would cost a fortune to completely redo it. Plus, now that I'm 30 - eeeek! I said it!!!! - I want to embrace my affinity for color and vintage/antique fabrics. I had my "this relationship is young so I'm not going to test the limits quite yet" phase in the beginning of the story of this house, then I had my "I'll work with what we have and try to make it what I want" phase, which didn't do anything more than aggravate me. I spent some money and did my "everyone has white slipcovers, and maybe if I buy some I'll get more followers on the blog" phase, which worked by the way - but just wasn't right in my 100 year old house with wood I can't paint. Now I'm at my "buy what you love" phase, and I figure if I buy what I love - it won't matter who does or doesn't like it - because I'll love it, and it's my house. You think I'm growing up? Or do I just REALLY want that sofa?

Of course, because the rooms of CDLV are enfilade in style, I'd have to do some minor tweaks to the dining room ... I'm thinking a vintage suzani thrown over the round table:

Interior Design by Miles Redd

And I'd need new fabric for the seats of the dining room chairs ... maybe something in a check, like this stormy blue and white check?

Afterall, I did love Mark D Sikes dining room chairs, featured in House Beautiful a few months back:

So, that's it folks. I think I talked myself into that orange velvet sofa. Now, the shop is closed today and reopens on Sunday. If the couch made it through Saturday evening, then I think she might just end up with a new home at CDLV. What do you think? Are you ready for some color around here?


  1. Oh that is a lovely orange velvet sofa... can't blame you for wanting it so bad... its a nice find.

  2. Hey Artie, did you change your blog format? I hope your sofa is there today and I can't wait to see how you use it. I am dying to see those Turkish rugs! Happy Memorial Day. XXOO Sarah

  3. I ,like you Artie believe in buy what you love! I would like white slipcover; now everyone has them! So to me I will do something unique,and stand out from the crowd

    Art by Karena

  4. Oh, I do hope the sofa is still there so you can buy it! I'm a firm believer in buying what you love. It makes for a home that you'll remain in love with for a long, long time.

    Good luck!

  5. Are you KIDDING ME???? An orange velvet fainting couch? because I DID!

  6. If you want the sofa that much, I hope it is waiting for you. All the ideas you have for incorporating it into your home sound exotic and wonderful. Follow your bliss, Artie.

  7. You MUST buy that sofa! So hoping it is there waiting on you!
    2 thoughts: !. What is the check fabric that you show? and 2. Just got my gorgeous cross bottle and promise to send a photo when it is placed in my -almost- newly renovated bathroom.
    Post photos of the couch - loving all your ideas for it.

  8. Here's my take! You ARE "growing up"; And you just have to have that sofa! (love the worn velvet patina!

    And I've been at this decorating for 42 years; white slipcovers have never been "out". A classic always.

    IN addition to looking fresh and clean in the heat of the summer....They was right up and look fabulous!!

    First time I saw them outside of my family; Monmouth Beach, New Jersey,,,,,,,,,maybe no longer chic; I can tell you it was chic then!!

    Classics don't go in or out.....and buy what you love!

  9. typo! "they wash right up"

    Wake up early and go get that sofa!!

  10. Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!
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  11. I love love love all these photo's can't wait for you to make the ottoman.