Tuesday, March 29, 2016

One Room at a Time (starring Valerie Bertinelli, featuring me as "Schneider.")

First of all, I cannot believe it has been four years since I took on the Blogging Without Borders challenge. My challenge was to update my living room, keeping in mind that I needed to honor the history and the vibe of the house. I had exactly four weeks in which to complete the challenge, and I needed every minute.

(This is what the living room looked like before I started.)

In the subsequent years things have changed, mainly because I have been entrusted with more DPS.*
I've also picked up a few pieces here and there that have been great additions, like some awesome Empire chairs and my DL's factory cart coffee table and a French Country settee which I had recovered in linen.

Pieces have gone, too, as I blessed someone else with some nice (if a little tired) pieces. The sofa and loveseat that we have carted around from house to house over the last 25 years? Gone. My mid-mod bar cart? Sold to a fun young couple who have started their own "house of dreams." The cottage drop leaf table? Went to a house on a mountain lake. (I wish I could have gone with it!)

(This is how it looked after the 2012 challenge.)

I knew after the challenge that the living room wasn't "done." I knew that I would be back to revisit my vision for it, once I could see that vision more clearly. Obviously, there were things I wasn't going to be able to get rid of, for monetary or personal reasons. I needed to keep the velvet couch, which is a great taupe and perfectly matches the wall color, which I do love. I knew I needed to keep my round table with Hitchcock chairs, for Bunco playing. (And another spot for food when we host our gala events. *snort*) I needed to keep the important family pieces (DPS*) and a place for plants and my French settee. And of course, DL's awesome factory cart coffee table. 

The scale of the cottage drop leaf was off, so it was replaced with a longer, narrower table that I have heard described as two different things: a Mexican wedding table, and a European wallpaper table. I'm inclined to believe neither story, but whatever it is? I like it. It nestles against the back of the sofa and holds books and an ironstone bowl of glass balls.

The sofa still has the antique quilt on the back (in case it gets cold) as well as the two Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows that were the inspiration for the colors in the room. In addition to the JA needlepoint throw pillows are a latch hook dragonfly, a vintage bark cloth, an inexpensive machine embroidered on lightweight canvas, and a vintage needlepoint of violets that my grandmother made. What makes all of these work together are the colors--and the colors are all repeated in the quilt.

This is a plaster statue I found in a junk shop. I am not one to incorporated religious icons in my decor (although we do have a "Mary Hole"...more about that another time), but I simply could not resist this piece.

She is, according to her provenance, "Our Lady of the Library."

She sits atop a vintage milk box, guarding the fireplace...

...which now holds a copper boiler and a lot of branches and battery-powered LED lights. It's not forever, but until I find a screen I like.

Another addition is the Bucks County (PA) corner cupboard, where I keep a plethora of DPS. If you have no DP, you need to call me and I will send you some stuff from my DP. Seriously.

Stay tuned for more updates on the living room, which will be done by May!

*Dead Peoples' Stuff


Anna of the Mutton Years said...

Absolutely gorgeous gorgeous cushions.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the greens you brought in and that JA dragonfly pillow is awesome!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I agree with Anna and Cassie -- great pillows. How neat that you have one your grandmother made. We have quite a bit of DPS, but also old people stuff from my parents, who are still alive. I thought I was very clever recently when I swiped four Japanese scroll paintings from my mother. I am now spending a darn fortune having them framed for our Florida condo -- not-so-free free art!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love all the pillows and the vintage quilt draped over your sofa! That's the nice thing about a neutral sofa- you can change out your accent colors without changing everything in the room. The green is perfect for spring!

andi filante said...

Schneider and Dead People's Stuff! What more does a post need?!?! Lovely!


Kathleen George said...

Love the series and Valerie is cute as a button! I too, love your pillows, especially the violet one, beautiful!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Ha...had to laugh at the Valerie and Schneider references!...love the room and that corner cabinet is amazing!!!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Those pillows are awesome! Looking forward to seeing what else you do, Kirbs!
xo Heidi

Donnamae said...

What a lovely room! And those pillows are gorgeous! The DPS just makes the room all the more unique! ;)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So happy to see wide shots of your home! It helps to see where you live every day. It all looks lovely! I want to snuggle into that velvet couch!

Bliss said...

I have a Virginia cabinet and I'm thinking it's the same thing as your Mary hole. How many 'ya got? Think I have four but I could be wrong.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Four years flying by so quickly is a little scary, hmm? I love the bright green you added with the pillows and your "Lady of the Library" is hysterical. Obviously, she belonged with you!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I miss having a velvet couch. Best fabric for seating ever! I'm anxious to see your redo.

Sarah Throlson said...

I'm not a religious person either but I definitely agree, that statue is lovely! I'd add it to my own decor as well.

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