Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Our holidays were wonderful, a bit quiet, and very bittersweet without my sweet sister here, but we felt her presence with us throughout the holidays.
Now that we’ve entered a new year, it’s time for me to refocus on the long list of projects around this old house. It seems to never end.
We finished the formal living room renovation a couple of months ago and now we are embarking on the renovation of a guest bedroom.
I haven’t done the big final reveal on the formal living room because, even though the renovation is finished, I’ve realized that I don’t have enough furniture to go in this large room.
So in keeping with my style, I’ve been searching estate sales, auctions, and antique shops for just the right pieces for the living room. It will slowly evolve as I find them, and I will show you what we find along the way.
Several months ago, I picked up two petite french chairs at an estate sale, and at $38.00 each, I grabbed them for the living room. They weren’t an exact match, each one was slightly different,which made me drawn to them even more.
I had found a gorgeous fabric from Hobby Lobby that I knew would be perfect for these two beauties. So I removed the hundreds of nailhead trim, and the old faded velvet, and reupholstered both of them.
The wood seemed to be a maple color which I didn’t care for. I wanted a different look, but I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to paint them either.
Instead I opted for gilding the wood in gold leaf gilding paste.
I love the finished result and the way they look in the formal living room, sitting against one wall, one on each side of the storied french chest.
I’m searching for a longer console style table to go here….something that I can place two lamps on, and long enough that it will work better proportionally on this long wall.
Until then, the little bombe chest will have to do.
Another recent estate sale find is the French trumeau mirror.
The french scene at the top of the mirror is actually hand painted.
It fit perfectly in the center of one of the “boxes” made from the decorative moulding.
The color of the blue fabric on the petite chairs looks fabulous against the darker gray walls of the living room.
And the gilded wood draws out the gilding on the interior moulding panels on the walls, as well as the gilding in the fireplace.
The fireplace is the focal point of the living room.
In forty years, it’s never been used, even though it was originally built to burn wood. It has such a beautiful pink marble surround and hearth.
The firebox is cast iron with a stunning chinoserie design. It’s so pretty and unusual, and we have no plans to mar it by burning wood in it.
When we bought the house, there were some electric logs sitting in the fireplace. I’m not sure why we saved them, because I had no plans to use them. However, once the room was finished, we moved the faux logs back into the firebox and plugged them in. They made such a npretty glow that we decided to leave them. They even make the sound of fire crackling when they are turned on!
The french style andirons came from a flea market and they are the perfect addition.
The antique french sofa that we made over several years ago has taken center stage in the living room, and for the time being two wing chairs flank it.
I have an old coffee table in the attic that belonged to my mother. I’m probably going to give it a little update and use it in here. I’m still on the hunt for a frenchy table and chairs to place in front of the large bay window, and of course the long console table that I mentioned earlier.
There’s a few pieces that are waiting for a makeover that will go in this room once I have them finished. So as you can see, it’s still a work in progress.
I just finished making over a pair of large Italian candelabra sconces that will be mounted on each side of the French trumeau mirror. I’ll reveal these to you in a few days.
This old neglected house is coming along.
I want to thank all of you for following along with E&E this year, it means so much to me. I wish all of you a new year filled with abundant blessings and everything that you could possibly wish for!
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Dovetail
Trim color: Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Gilding used on chairs: Rub n Buff Gold Leaf
Fabric on chairs: Turquoise Pace