Wood floors Circa 1870, far from pristine condition, set the tone for the furnishings – well used.
While I am anxiously awaiting the sight of garden flowers, unfortunately roses are not in the mix. The many Black Walnut trees on the property, and the Juglone that they leech into the soil, make growing roses and tomatoes impossible unless they are in containers. Overwintering rose bushes in pots has not been successful, so I enjoy the beauty of my rose prints year round.
Vintage collection, “Redoute” Rose bookplates.
When this Eastlake settee was purchased it was upholstered in an ivory matelassé that appeared to be the original fabric. After years of use (mainly by a dog who liked to sleep on this settee), it was in need of recovering. Period-style fabrics weren’t very appealing to me, so I searched for a new quilt to reupholster it with that would somewhat replicate the scrolling pattern of matelassé. I happened upon this scallop-edged quilted throw at TJ Maxx for $15. and, although every scallop section isn’t even, I’m very happy with the results.
Vintage collection, Hargreaves watercolor, undated.
The wonderful, bright light from the south and west exposure creates glare on my vinyl table cover (not shown in the top photo, but always on the table). This is one of two adjoining dining rooms, and the table serves as both dining table and …
… art & crafts table. After a holiday meal you’ll find us here, decorating Christmas ornaments or Easter eggs, folding origami, making jewelry or doing something creative.
Glitter, glue, paint, markers; and a bin full of Spirographs. These rolling carts and plastic table cover are here year-round. They quickly knock any notion of fancy down a notch or two. I thought about storing them in a piece of furniture; something more appropriate to the style of the room, but haven’t put any real effort into finding the right thing. At any rate, when we get together we very much enjoy getting crafty. Good times!