Friday, January 29, 2010

Have a seat

So leave everything and sit down prepared for a long siege in the 
shape of a bundle of nonsense from friend E.
                                                                 Emily Dickinson

Have a seat, grab a cuppa' and finish perusing this room with me.
It's lengthy. I'm sorry.

Starting at the top ---
this room is in a local mansion that has seen better days.
I had limited time and budget to do a "showcase" room.
I spent days hand sanding peeling plaster walls to get the soft 
look I wanted, but the ceiling was a lost cause, so....
I bought a surplus parachute (huge), attached it around the ceiling
and tacked it up in quadrants with big velvet  "buttons" to give some interest 
and a quilted look.
(thank you sweet Monica for helping once again)
It looks saggy in the pic, but it really looked like soft puff.
A beautiful imported chandelier drops from the center.

(I had ONE electrical outlet in the room that worked---
2 days before opening,  I was told the electricity couldn't be fixed in time.
Please disregard all the extension cords, etc. you'll be seeing)

12 ft. ceiling!
Each bedroom has it's own sink with running water---rare in late 1800's
Servants would be notified, one would go to the basement and pump
water to the bedroom as necessary.

I covered the sink niche, floor included, with maps from an 
antq. 1800's atlas---cut, ripped and pieced.
Hung a vintage chandelier,
(ignore that wiring that had to run down the wall, thru a door,
and out a window to the next room)
attached a burlap skirt and SCRUBBED that sink.
(it looked SO much worse)

Nearly everything I used in the room was antique or vintage.
All found and put together because they were appealing to me.

A closet converted to dressing room
Walls painted in freestyle blocks of color
Mirrors, early 1940's fashion sketches
A brass thrift chandelier painted black and hung with
wood billiard scoring pieces

Marble fireplace 
Found metal table top--hand painted clock
Aluminum and steel ship's cot with
vintage french bolsters

Vintage stacking tables covered in Korean newsprint

Very used paint tarp piece used as rug
Desk with doorknob pull
Chair with hand sewn scraps on silk
Antq. framed leopard print bulletin board
Vintage painting on vintage easel


 Large antique apothecary jars 
hanging with greenery
BIG windows, BIG jars

Antique steel shelving
original paint


Personal paintbrush collection
Antique hand painted screen section
Vintage Woddard loveseat--upholstered in tarp
Zinc top table I made

Antique pier mirror with
antique door knob hooks

Antique cabinet used as sideboard

Thank you for sitting through all these
(if you're still here...)
This is exhausting!

Below are snippets and overviews....
have a wonderful day!















  1. this is magazine worthy!
    the poof-y cloud like ceiling is genius

    I can hear stuff calling our names

    is that the sun I see AGAIN ... two days in a row!

  2. Annie, is this your house??? Amazing, if so. A showcase!! I want to come and visit and drink tea. Happy weekend...xoC

  3. Christy-
    This is not MY home----darn---
    I was invited as a designer to do a showcase room for charity at a local mansion.
    However, I would LOVE to live in that room!

  4. Annie,

    This is stunning. I am drawn to all the mirrors especially the antique pier mirror. Beautiful photographs.


  5. Annie,
    WOW TO YOU BACK! Thank you for coming by and congratulating me on my thesis defense! I am so blessed to come to YOUR blog to see what a chic, professional, polished and beautiful style you have! Your photos are just striking and I can bet I know how you found me; through Joy at Savvy City Farmer? Well, thank you for coming by; how very nice of you! Happy decorating! Anita

  6. Annie dearest, thank you for coming by for a slice of bread! And in France, to boot! You are always welcome to my blog, anytime. I love all things beautiful, French, miniature and nature. Your designs, again, are stunningly inspiring. Anita

  7. amazing! the maps are incredible. you did a great job - it is so wonderful!!!!!


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