Two new but old side chairs have been added. Next week a large-scale painting will be hung behind the sofa.
By adding these two chairs to my dining table, I can now accommodate six dinner guests comfortably. Charley McKenney discovered this French (c. 1960) pair at Mecox’s Dallas location. Their small scale and copper linen upholstery compliment both rooms perfectly while adding a much needed vibrancy. The furnishing of the living and dining rooms may be complete, but I still need to add more floor lamps, accent pillows for the dining chairs, and accessories for the table tops. What’s a home without some knick-knacks? Click on the link below for additional views of my living room.
The tiny black and white photo is Nic Nicosia’s film still from his Middletown video (1997). If Nicosia happens to stumble on this site, I hope he won’t mind how I decided to hang this little piece. If you live in Dallas and want to see and know more about his work, visit the Talley Dunn Gallery.
The corner setup. For quite some time my new living room couch has been waiting for some company. I’m referring to the need of additional furniture. Well, now this corner is complete with the introduction of a tiered side table and a vintage lamp.
I have always loved the way the Parisians have used modern furnishings in their seventeenth and eighteenth century apartments. The ornate boiserie of the walls mixed with the clean lines of the furnishings compliment each other. In adopting this concept for my own home, I’m hoping to avoid the petit bourgeois trap that I fell into in the 1990s.
The following photo is of the same corner but with the lamp on. Because the lamp skews the colors, I chose not to use it as the first and main photo.
Meet the new dining/library table. It arrived last week, but because of the dingy weather, the natural light wasn’t right until yesterday for taking a photograph. Both the top and base were purchased through Culp Associates. This ingenious combination of a top by Gregorius | Pineo with a base designed by Ironies was Charley McKenney’s idea. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I plan to play around with various table settings. And of course, I will photograph and share the arrangements with you. To see the top surface of the table click on the link below.
This vintage 1950’s heavy iron patio furniture just arrived today. This five-piece Woodard set, which includes two barrel arm chairs and two coil spring barrel chairs, was found on one of my favorite antique websites, Ruby Lane. All five pieces are in great condition with their original finish, and the table’s solid construction is far superior to the flimsy variety that’s being produced today.
Woodard developed their first collection of hand-crafted wrought iron furniture in the 1930s, and this innovation marked the birth of casual outdoor furniture. This particular design, Briarwood, is still being produced today. Well, the chair styles are the same, but not the table. In the near future, I will be replacing the glass top with a stone version. Between the acorns and golfball-sized hail, there’s not a chance this glass will survive any length of time unscathed. Future outdoor dinners will have to wait until after the current annual acorn bombardment.
This blushing chair just arrived yesterday after being reupholstered, and now my boudoir is for the most part complete. Because my new color palette had been inspired by lipstick and blushing powders, the chair’s original pale green and cream material was no longer up to snuff. With this new velvet fabric, the chair now adds a lush touch of decadence to a bedroom already smoldering with subtle Hollywood glamour.
chair by Ethan Allen, purchased many years ago from showroom floor during annual sale; fabric is 100% cotton velvet by Pierre Frey, color #38; cording/trim is Kenneth Meyer, color #26; reupholstery by Julian Bargas