Saturday, October 15, 2011
Before and After Six
At last our sofa is delivered and taking its proper place in our living room. We have not had one for a while and I was looking forward to having one. That the one be bought was my absolute first choice is just icing on the cake. This is the room whose color scheme so distressed me - flesh pink beige trimmed with flat band-aid. The room has been getting better little by little since we moved in. The rattan chairs are reupholstered chairs from Shana's parents home, vintage 70's with a fresh face. The coffee table is the one that has been following us around for twenty years, also vintage 70's. Shana's mother really wanted us to have it because it's a really nice piece, but we were afraid its large scale would overwhelm our small house. Turns out Inace was right about it. The little stools are also vintage with fresh cushions. We bought the sofa, drapes and rug at Pottery Barn; I made the tiebacks from supplies of my own that I brought from Oklahoma and shells we picked up on the beach in Florida. The glass table we bought nearly twenty years ago at Dillards. The bookshelf is an older piece, and the plant stand came from Inace's house. The pillows on the sofa are a combination of purchases made on Newbury Street in Boston and Greece.
I started planning the room from the Chagall print above the sofa. The colors in the print are too strong to literally base a color scheme on, but the idea of combining a lot of different blues and greens make it the obvious inspiration without going all "clown car". The colors in the Chagall are repeated across the room in a different way in the floral print, with the books putting some weight on that side the balance the sofa. I'm really pleased with it and hope to be entertaining soon.
I was in such a hurry to get pictures up before I have to take off for work that I have featured a bit of protruding rug pad and an entire vacuum cleaner (Dyson Animal - superb!) in them. Please pretend you don't see them and I will upload improved pictures to Flickr when I can!