Good morning, sweet friends! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday, and that your New Year is off to a great start. It has been bitterly cold here in Oklahoma with last week’s temperatures in the single digits. With the terribly cold temperatures and trying to avoid the flu, my family and I have been staying close to the house. My children are home schooled which also helps to curtail sickness. When they were attending a brick and mortar school, they were constantly sick. I lived at the doctor’s office and should have owned stock in the pharmacy.
Staying indoors has me moving furniture, switching accessories, and adding some new pieces to create a fresh new look. It seems that when the holidays are over, I always get in a redecorating frame of mind. Today, I want to share all of the changes and additions that I have made to my living room. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let’s go on a tour!
Before we begin this tour, we need to see how this room looked when Mr. Bleu and I purchased the house. I love a good before and after! The room was a dark mauve brown and had a large sectional which took up most of the space. Also, the television was above the fireplace. We had the cabinet altered to accommodate our television which allowed for some artwork and accessories to be placed on the mantel.
Now for the new and improved space along with a few additions….
If you follow my blog, you may notice that there is a new sofa in the room. Our old one was just too soft and worn down. Therefore, it was time to replace it. I did a lot of research in my quest for the perfect sofa. I am tired of buying a sofa, and a few years later it has lost its shape. Also, it is so difficult to find traditional furniture. Everything is modern and straight lined, and that is just not me. I am traditional in my taste and tend to not subscribe to trends. In my eyes, traditional is timeless and never goes out of style. While we are on the subject of trends, I am exhausted by the lack of color in home furnishings. Color plays such an important role in creating a mood. If you go to Pinterest and search for French Country design you will find all white rooms with subtle color. That is not the Charles Faudree French Country that I know. His style was full of color, pattern, texture, collected treasures, and beautiful antiques. This style is one of warmth, comfort, and elegance. That is what I adore, and that is what I will stay true to. I don’t care if it is on trend or not. I have never been one to follow the crowd. It is important that you surround yourself with the things you love…that is what makes a house a home and creates interest in one’s surroundings.
The red patterned pillows and chinoiserie pillows came with the sofa, and I purchased an extra pillow for my settee to tie the look together. I love the way the colors look in the room, but then again I adore color! However, I did choose a neutral sofa because it was an investment and something I hope to have for a long time. If I want to change the look of the room, I can do so by changing pillows and accessories.
I added taller lamps to my side tables to create a more complete look along the long wall.
Believe it or not, after single digits earlier in the week, it was 71 degrees by the weekend. That allowed me to make a quick trip to Trader Joes for some fresh flowers. I created this quick arrangement, and I wish you could smell the fragrance of these flowers. It makes me long for spring.
Another new addition to the living room, was this oil painting of two King Charles Cavelier Spaniels. I had my eye on this painting since October. It was at a local consignment shop, but it had a three inch scrape on the corner of the canvas. It made me sick that it was damaged. I could just picture it on my mantel and knew it would be difficult to find a painting like this one. ..especially at an affordable price. Therefore after Christmas, I decided to take a picture of it and send it to a local art studio. The sweet lady at the studio told me it could be repaired for only $25 and that it was worth at least five times what the shop was asking for it. Needless to say, I hurried down to the shop and purchased it right away! I am so pleased with how it turned out. The studio did a wonderful job in making the repairs, and you would never know that it had been damaged.
I decided to use symmetry when accessorizing the mantel. I perched ginger jars upon books at each side, and placed Imari styled plates on each side of the Staffordshire dogs.
The French blue chairs needed something more substantial placed between them. A bombay chest from another room was the perfect solution. However, it started a bit of domino effect which I will share at a later date.
For an added pop of color, a red chair found at a local consignment shop was placed in front of the book case. The book case houses some of my blue and white chinisoire pieces along with a couple of Imari pieces. I love the way the two work together so wonderfully. The Imari just adds a wonderful contrast to the book case and a nice addition of color.
There is a little side note about the red toile chair. If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know the story. I had been eyeing this pretty little French chair for a week, and sweet Mr. Bleu told me I really needed to get the chair because I loved it so. I just didn’t know where to put it, and I had made a promise to myself not to buy anything unless I knew that I had a place for it. Well, we went back to the store, and I asked the store lady about the chair. She told me that it was a Charles Faudree chair. I thought to myself she is just telling me that because it is something that he would have used in his designs, but she told me that it was a real Charles Faudree chair. It came out of home that he had decorated, and the homeowner was downsizing. (Mr. Faudree’s items are for sale everywhere due to Baby Boomers downsizing. In fact, there is an estate sale this week of another home that he decorated in the area.) The sales lady then proceeded to tell me about when he would come into the consignment shop. She said that he was so humble and that you would have never known that he was famous. Needless to say, that chair followed me home.
Dear friends, I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope that your day is filled with lots of joy and happiness. Take care!!!