(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