Two great things that go great together

20 Jan

French.

It’s all the rage.

And it is SO not my house.

Yet … YET… I recently purchased a couple of pieces that have somehow found their way into my heart and into my home.

I live in a mid-century modern ranch. Our living room has ledge lighting and a stone wall with an offset fireplace. Our front door is extra wide with an offset doorknob. Our roof is thisclose to being flat and was tar and gravel until the late 90s.

And I love it. We’ve outfitted our living and dining rooms, mostly, with teak Danish modern furnishings — period pieces that reflect the modern mood of 1957, the year our home was built.

When we were putting together our guest room/office, we included a pole lamp. {When we first looked at the house, there was a very scary pole lamp in the bedroom. Sadly, it didn’t convey.} We also have a mix of leather, fabric upholstery and VINYL in the room.  And this room is known as the pink room. Its walls are pink with brown trim. Its curtains have pink and brown polka dots.  This room is most definitely the most girly room in the house. It’s a mixture of eras and wood {no teak}, including an antique tiger oak file cabinet from an old bank and a 40s looking coffee table from Target.  Original metal works of art designed by a friend of ours hang opposite a Rodney White pink and green print in a shabby frame.  Needless to say, this room is a bit eclectic. 

So… a couple of French pieces added in would hardly be noticeable, right?

The French quilt in the photo was purchased from Kelly Coffman of Vintage Bliss. I adore it. It stays thrown over the back of the leather loveseat.  The French box I purchased from Willow Nest at the Big Red Barn sale. It’s now the centerpiece on the Target coffee table. {Does that make you cringe like fingernails on a chalkboard?}

The box is probably a yard long, decorated with pyrography and then covered in French wallpaper strips. Linda from Willow Nest believes it to be from the late 1800s. I agree.  It has beautiful pink silk lining that is hardly shredded at all. And now it’s a comfy place for all my calling cards to rest.

I don’t think I’d be happy in a home that wasn’t at least a bit eclectic. 

Customers and fellow dealers ask me quite regularly if my home looks like my white cottage/shabby space where I sell. They are always surprised to find out that I don’t have a bit of white and hardly any black in my home.  It’s full of color.  Each room is a bit different. But it works for me. It makes me happy {at least it makes me happy on those rare occasions when it’s clean}. And the pink room is, hands down, my favorite room.

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One Response to “Two great things that go great together”

  1. Sherrie January 21, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    What gorgeous treasures!
    Have a wonderful week!

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