Friday, January 12, 2018

My Old World Style Kitchen


This is the fourth post featuring a tour of our home, this time it concentrates on the kitchen. I guess you would call the kitchen old world style as it has some English, some French, some German, some Dutch.....a bit of everything. I took the pictures of the kitchen at Christmas because it's my favorite time in the house. I love my kitchen although it is not that large. Most people say it's warm and cozy and that makes me happy because I believe that is exactly what kitchens should be. 

The house is approximately 120 years old and had been turned into two apartments which means we had to make it a home again. There were no kitchen counters, appliances or anything else in here. It was basically a shell that only had a hotplate and a booth from a restaurant. It had been inhabited by university students for years so you get the picture. Like I have said in past blogs about the house, it truly has been a long term "labor of love". Hope you enjoy the tour of our a old world country kitchen.


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This is the hallway and pantry that leads to the kitchen. I have wonderful old bead board cupboards that extend all the way down one side of the hallway.

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Miss Chanel is obviously leading the tour.

On the right side are some of the museum reproduction samplers I have made over the years. I like to do the authentic counted crosstitch where you use linen and actually have to count threads.

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Here is a better picture. Some are on cream linen and others (my favorites) are on darker unbleached linen. These big ones take me about 6 months to complete. I have more but need to frame them. Hopefully will cover the whole wall someday.

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And of course Sophie has to show up for her picture too.


On the left side of the hall is the cupboard area and in this particular portion I store my collection of creamware. Sophie has to show up for her picture too.

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This and the next few pictures hopefully will give a panoramic view of the kitchen. It is hard to take pictures because you can't get back far enough to really get a good shot.

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Finally found some old shutters to put on the windows and got them up in time for Christmas. The extra wood makes the kitchen look even warmer.

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My old work table. It has a trestle shelf underneath for storing things. I need every bit of storage I can get because old houses usually are short of it. The picture above the window features a parchment map of France and all the crests of the French provinces. It was a gift from a friend who bought it there. It's really very pretty.

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The cupboard is an old family piece. The big oil painting is of a pastoral French village with figures herding animals etc.

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The round oak table belonged to Tim's family. Found these great cane back French chairs and recovered them in a linen fabric.

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This is a large antique needlepoint picture of a pastoral scene of a woman, her children and a sheep. I love artwork in a kitchen. For some reason people tend to feel like kitchens are utilitarian only so that is why there is no warmth in most kitchens. I like the European way better......aesthetics always a must..

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Just put the mirror in the kitchen and everybody really likes it.

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This is looking back down the kitchen hall that leads to the main hall.

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A good picture of the bead board cupboard and pantry unit and the shelf above it. This was in the house when I bought it and really lends to the country quality of the kitchen. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Decorating With Shearling Home Decor



This time of year when the need to hibernate at home kicks in, we tend to look for warm and comfortable fabrics for lining our dens. If this description fits, but you prefer stylish and luxurious interiors, you might consider purchasing a piece or two of the latest trend in upholstered furniture...... shearling.

 I recommend using faux shearling only because I personally couldn't stand knowing a young sheep was killed so I could have a trendy piece of furniture. Real shearling is a skin from a yearling sheep or lamb that has only been sheared once and has been tanned and dressed with the wool left on. It has a suede surface on one side and a clipped fur surface on the other. Shearling can be made from real sheepskin or from synthetic fibers. Again for me personally, faux shearling would work just fine. You have the look without the guilt and there are great faux shearling pieces to choose from.

We have seen shearling on the runways  for a couple of years and of course home interior design often follows haute couture. High Point Market in North Carolina, which runs Oct. 18-23, is referred to as the “fashion week for home furnishings” and is where the newest collections and products in home furnishings are presented. Shearling was all the rage and is currently a hot trend.

I have gathered some images to tempt you a bit, hope you enjoy! In images it is hard to distinguish real fur from faux. The pictures are presented only to show you a decorating trend and how it can work in your space. It is up to you whether you choose real or faux shearling. 



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From pillows.....


to throws, to sofas, there are plenty of ways to indulge in some shearling home decor.

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The natural look is key in this “down-to-earth” theme so if you prefer to go faux, make sure you get a piece covered in a quality faux shearling.

Gwynn Griffith

This trend looks good in many different styles of interiors. I love the look of incorporating shearling into unexpected places.


Kelly Wearstler burnished brass asymmetrical columns, upholstered with Shearling.

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Shearling done classic style.


Pinch pleated faux shearling lined throw blanket in gray. Shearling works well with leather and this gray and white combo is especially pretty on the white leather sofa.


The Scandinavians have a special affinity for all things sheepskin and Scandi inspired decor accents are only picking up steam. Using shearling will give you a look that is contemporary and clean but also cozy.

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Scandi-Mod style with an Italian flair.This chair features an exposed brass frame, sculpted arm rests, linen sides and back, and of course a shearling seat for everyday luxury.



A shearling sofa like this helps warm up contemporary interiors that normally have a colder look to begin with. The look of shearling here combines industrial design with artisan craftsmanship.


A shearling-covered daybed rests below an Alexander Calder-inspired weaving in the sitting area of Will Ferrell's Manhattan bedroom.



Great shearling desk chair.


Shearling clad dining room chairs by Jasper.


Shearling Ebony Dining Chair by Tamara Magel.

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This year the shearling chair trend is exploding. It is a great way to make your home look expensive for less......that is if you use faux shearling.


I think these shearling upholstered chairs would look great in many interior styles. I would even use them in an old world setting.


Here you can see shearling chairs lending some texture to a more contemporary style apartment.


If you don't want to commit to large pieces of furniture, shearling pillows tossed about will help you still be a part of the trend. Either side can be used..........woolly or the smooth reverse in windowpane style. Also look for the different colors.

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Even classic French bergère chairs look beautiful upholstered in shearling.


Wells Leather and Shearling Swivel Armchair from Pottery Barn

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The Foot Stool is handmade from a seat of luxurious shearling mounted atop solid bronze cast feet.

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This glamorous shearling covered boudoir chair is perfect for the Hollywood Regency style bedroom.


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Don't forget about shearling underfoot for softness and visual texture.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Our French Style Hall At Christmas


As promised, I have been sharing pictures of our home from time to time. Having blogged about the sitting and dining rooms I thought I would feature the entrance hall and stairway decorated for Christmas. I did very little this year in the way of decking the halls......just a bit of greenery, white lights and ribbon. We have changed things around a bit this year and added more French flair to the old world style of the house so a simpler Christmas decor was warranted. I hope you enjoy the tour.


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Many of you already know that the entrance hall was painted in a faux limestone technique several years ago as a DIY project. I like the way it lends itself to a country chateau look. The incandescent lighting gives everything a warm glow at night which makes the colors not seem as pretty when photographed. They are subtle but still a bit brighter.

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The taxidermy pieces in this room and also in the dining room are all saves from shops here and in Europe. I found these great antique sconces and Tim, who loves to light things, rewired and got them up and running. This French settee works for now but I am hoping to recover it in an old tapestry I have when I feel the need for a new project.....down the road a bit.

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This side of the hall looks into the diningroom.

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Another image that shows the left side of the hall and the French console I got this year.

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Above the console is a hunt tapestry and lithograph of Versailles when it was a hunting lodge under Louis XIV. As I have said before the country chateau look is my favorite style. Sorry the whole picture didn't show.....my photography skills or should I say lack there of.

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This was actually pretty with all the pheasant feathers. The cats won't leave them alone. I'm down to only this one.

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This side of the hallway looks into the living room.

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Looking back towards the front door.

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A vignette on a painted piece as you come in the front door. It is hard not to include a cat in the images since they follow me around as soon as I start taking pictures. They are such divas.......especially Sophie.

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The old lithographs are after Watteau and Lancret. I love them because the colors are so soft and subtle and exquisitely detailed. They actually have more color with natural lighting.

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This is as you continue down the hall. The curio is on old clock case that my son Zach made into a display for some of my antique petit point purses. Ahead is the bath. The left leads to the master bedroom and my office.

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Here are some of my purses and miniatures. I have another curio in the sitting room with the rest of my collection.

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Above the piece on the right in this part of the hall is a large hand made petit point oval of a woman that I had framed. I was taught needlepoint and all embroideries by my mom. I know the time it involves so I appreciate antique textiles like this one and buy all I can afford.

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Just a glance of the bath as we turn the corner. I will take more pictures in there when I publish a post about the master suite. All the trimwork and the staircase in the hall has been marbleized. You can see it around the bathroom door.

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This portion of the hall faces the family room. I will also feature that room someday soon. To the right is one of the stairs.

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You can see more marbling here on the door frame. The antique lithograph is called La Paix after Gustave Doré.

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This is quaint winding stairway that leads up to two bedrooms that have become a sitting room and bedroom, now known as the Man Cave, since Zach moved out. Tim loves collecting what he calls "mantiques" for his industrial/world traveler/archaeologist type space. Well that's the best way I can describe it. It's a really neat space and he loves it. He has found some great pieces

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Maybe I should have taken these pictures during the day so the colors would show up better. We had just had some folks over and the Christmas lights were all on. I'm too lazy to do it again so I hope you get the picture.

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This image is looking back into the hall from the family room. That room I will save for a later date.



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