Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Artie? Bohemian? I think so!


Well, here she is, like I promised. I definitely think if you were to give a couch like this a human persona, you'd have to admit it's definitely a her! Check out the carved detail on the foot and all along the front. Those beautiful french rosettes are the base of a more sophisticated garland of acanthus. 


See what I mean about the color not quite being orange? It's more of a spice, somewhere between red and orange with a deep enough saturation to change depending on the light that bounces off of her. Beautiful button tufting along the back and sides, and a beautiful single down stuffed cushion with excellent wear.


Can you hear me clapping!?!? Oh how I love this sofa! It's a great size, too. It's only about 8" longer than my ikea ektorp place holder, but because the arms are so slender, the seating space easily accommodates 3, maybe 4.


And as I promised, a look at some of the other things that will definitely make it into the room. Blue and White Asian porcelains, antique Turkish kilims, goldenrod burlap, bleached antlers, antique aged brass tinging bronze, and varied shades of unfinished wood. Are you feeling it? I am!

Next, have you ever taken one of those "What's my Design Style" Quiz things? There are a ton of them out there, Better Homes and Garden's has a few (I came up Traditional) and (mostly vintage) HGTV has one, (I came up Romantic); StylishHome has one (I apparently resemble a Park Avenue Cocktail). 

I've always known that I leaned to the traditional side of design. To me, a traditional style gives a room a purpose, and a sophisticated and tailored feeling that most homes are built to accommodate. However, as I grow older, and find more and more on our travels and see more and more on blogs and in person, my range of design has broadened, as have my collections. I prefer to display more and more whether it's expected or just way out of the box. I tried that whole neutral thing - and I like it, but prefer color, and texture! Give me velvet and burlap and silk any day! The more patina the better - throwing it out? Give me a call - I might take it! 

So what does that mean? Well I didn't know, that was until I found these old photos of the Ralph Lauren Home New Bohemian collection:






I mean - I could move RIGHT IN!Collected, colorful, textural and rich! Call me Sold! Now - enough about all of that! Did you watch Design Star last night!?!? I have my fave ... do you?

Color Blind

I'm not color blind, but I'm often more than surprised when something appears one color under the lights of a stocked antique shop, and another in the open air light of day. Remember that orange sofa? It's not orange. Well, not really orange. It's more of a spice color somewhere between red and orange that I love even more than orange!! So, yesterday was one GOOD surprise after another.

Got the sofa, such a deal, then I got an even better deal on some navy silk velvet for another project, and I picked up some burlap for a little project I'm getting help from Gina at Slipcover Chic with. You see, I've always been a fan of Windsor Smith's Moroccan Ottoman:


Interior Design and Furniture Design (ottoman) Windsor Smith

But until just recently there wasn't really any place for an ottoman like that one in my house. Now that I've got this new sofa, and a new outlook, I'm thinking that I might be able to tackle something similar to this on my own out of burlap. I think the texture will be perfection for that velvet, don't you?

With my mind wandering there - I thought, I bet there are other fully upholstered pieces for sale or accomplished by other DIYer's inspired by Windsor. Boy was I wrong!! Making something like this must be much harder than it looks? There were some other inspiring store options though:
A simpler curve to the cut out by plantationdesign

A tufted number by Lotus Furnishing out of California

A single ottoman from Well Appointed House - so cute!


So I figure I'll grab the jigsaw, some cabinet grade pine, my staple gun and burlap, plus batting and spray adhesive for good measure, and get to making. I'm thinking of skipping the nailheads to make things a little more cleaner - but you never know with me. I'll keep you posted! 

Now, I know you're all the way down here thinking, why hasn't he shown the sofa? He was so proud of it, where is it!?!? I'm getting there!! PROMISE!

So, after working in the yard for the rest of yesterday afternoon, I decided to start working in the living room moving things around so that I could see exactly how the sofa was going to suit my new vision. I had to move the other sofa to the sunroom, and the sofa that was in the sunroom back to the garage, and long story short, there was little time left to play with the fun parts of the room. 

Now, this new look is not only going to look collected, it's actually going to be collected. So it's a room that will evolve as time and money allow. Check back in with me tomorrow - I'll have some glamour shots of the new sofa, AND, a few of the components that will make her the perfect addition to CDLV.