Friday, November 22, 2013

The Home Décor Resource at One's King's Lane

It's no secret that One King's Lane is a fantastic online shopping venue for both new and vintage home furnishings and accessories, but did you know about OKL's Home Décor Resource pages?

The Home Décor Resource provides a very clear and concise outline of the history of furniture and it's myriad styles from the ancient to the present day. Perhaps you have a favorite piece you would like to know more about? This is a great place to do your research.

I was curious about this pair of fruitwood chairs I recently bought from a Rhode Island antiques store. In the gloom of the dark shop (that was packed to the rafters) I spotted one the chairs, covered in an old, tattered silk, and asked the elderly owner it might be one of a pair. The mate was unearthed and I giddily left, no questioned asked. Cleaned up and reupholstered in Schumacher's 'Iona Linen Plain' in Oatmeal, they are stunning but I wanted to know more about the specifics of the style.

The Home Décor Resource provides overviews of periods and furniture styles, and then categorizes styles by century. Each section contains an illuminating historical summary of the time and its politics, and includes photographic examples of the style being discussed. I assumed my chairs were French so spent a little time exploring the period 1700 to 1800 and It wasn't long before I found a chair similar to mine in the chapter entitled Directoire.

The carved details of the chairs - the palm leaves, scrolls, reeding and rosettes are characteristic of the Directoire style.

I upholstered the chairs in a plain linen because I didn't want anything to distract from the beautiful frames. However, I did embellish one chair with this small pillow made with a piece of embroidered linen.

My grandmother saved everything and this piece of embroidery, dating to 1890, was originally part of a tablecloth belonging to her great-uncle. By the the time it came to me (the fifth generation) the tablecloth was ready to be retired. The motto 'Gaudeo' means 'Rejoice.' I love it.

To locate the Home Design Resource on One King's Lane, visit the Sitemap at the bottom of the home page and select History of Furniture.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vermont Artisans ShackletonThomas

Last year I wrote about Vermont potter Miranda Thomas whose work I collect and today wanted to share with you a feature I currently have on REstyleSOURCE about ShackletonThomas, the workshops of Miranda and her husband, renowned furniture maker Charles Shackleton. Below is an out-take from the day's photos; please click here to see the rest.

Miranda's pottery in a preliminary stage

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Room Challenge Week 6

Sadly, I do not have a big reveal for you today in the last installment of the six-week One Room Challenge. Having to select a new fabric for Sophie's headboard and bedding in Week 4 set us back a few weeks on that delivery, and we are still waiting on her desk and upholstered chair and ottoman (which I knew we would not have until later this month.) However! The roman shade has been installed and it is fabulous. I am totally enchanted by this Schumacher print.

My workroom did a fantastic job of taking the best advantage of the large scale pattern, and with the fabrication overall. The backside is a work of art - it looks like the construction of a ball gown.

As Sophie's bedside chest is currently in the cabinetmaker's workshop being copied as a small bookcase it feels like we have actually lost ground, but her bed is now made up with new linens from Pine Cone Hill and Traditions Linens (that nicely complement the Chelsea Textiles pillows) so she can finally move back in.

Also, we picked up this mod flokati rug by nuLoom to put beside Sophie's bed. We all sleep with the windows open so the floors get quite cold at this time of year (it was 19° outside on Monday morning!) - this will take the chill off and feel so good underfoot.

So, while we wait on delivery of a few items, I hope you will stayed tuned - subscribe by email or follow in Google Reader. I expect to share the completed room in about a month's time. To those of you who have been checking in since Week 1, thank you for your encouraging and often funny comments. And thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing the One Room Challenge and inviting me to participate - I have enjoyed it so much!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Church Street Blues (and Whites)

I'm so happy to be back at The Pink Pagoda for my second Blue and White Bash. Thank you to Jennifer, our always generous hostess. This month I am sharing some personal images from Church Street. When I think back to my first winter in Vermont, I recall gazing out on the frozen tundra that stretched for acres beyond our back door and marveling at the charms of the man who convinced me to begin a life here. I did up our first house in reds and yellows as a defense against the dark and cold, but a trip to Oslo to visit my sister one November a few years later showed me I had it all wrong. As Scandinavians know, echoing the colors of the icy landscape indoors is the key to contentment in a climate of short days in long winters. Who would have believed then that November would become my favorite month of the year?

This post is linked to the The Pink Pagoda's November Blue and White Bash, head over for some more Monday morning inspiration.

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