I have had some requests to show you all more about the parlor. In the past I would show you a tablescape, or such. So, today is the day that I will give you the full tour.
The parlor is "my" room for the most part. By that I mean it is not a guy sort of room. I do have a television, and a cd player, but other than that most everything in the room is more to a lady's taste.
I will start with the familiar...the overall photo of my room. I have just recently put in a new light fixture, replacing an unattractive overhead light. This room is difficult to shoot because of the lighting. But, I turned on the lights to see if that improved things. Improved....but more golden than it really is.
The sofa is a nubby cotton damask fabric with a waterfall back. I purchased it several years ago...and it survived being stored very well. I love white because I can swap out pillows for the seasons, and have completely different looks. December will see some red and holiday pillows on the sofa.
I thought long and hard before putting my matching mirrors over the sofa. I knew that I would need the help of hubby and son to accomplish this mission. They are heavy! I looked at pictures online and in magazines. I studied this mirror situation very seriously. I already had the mirrors from the former house and I was determined to use them somewhere in this house. They were over the bathroom vanities in the old house, but they are too tall for this new house. So, I had to rethink where I could use my mirrors. TaDa! Over the sofa! The mirrors add some visual depth to this small room. They reflect the items in the dining room.
The small wool oriental black rug has a multitude of colors...including various shades of dark red and dark rust. The orange velveteen pillows, I am not sure that they technically match the rug colors...but oh well, I love them in the room for a pop of summer color.
The butler's tray table was the first good furniture purchase we made after we were out of graduate school, and hubby had his first job. It is Ethan Allen cherry wood from circa 1975/76. It has held up very well, and I consider it a family piece by now. I hope my children keep it for sentimental reasons.
I am always changing the items on the coffee table. Right now it has too much to serve coffee or tea...but I play with tablescapes and have let this one stay like it is for a while. The pottery vase is new. I purchased it at a shop in a nearby town. The blue and white is newish...but everything else on the table has been part of my "stash" for some time.
To the right of the chest is my wonderful cherry armoire made in Louisiana. We purchased it for a house we had in Hilton Head, but once we sold that house we had to try to divide up what we would keep and what we would sell or donate. There was no question that this armoire was coming back to Kentucky! I love it. I love the wood. I love that curved bonnet.
My plum floral chintz covered chairs have been with me for a while too. They will probably be slipcovered or changed sometime. I am tired of the floral...but until I find a fabric that I like...the plum floral will be with me. One good thing is that there are many colors in the fabric...so that is helpful.
To the left of the sofa is a tea table that I put in the corner. It is too pretty for the corner, but the corner was the only place it would go. I stacked a couple of prints on the wall to give some height. We have nine foot ceilings...so I try to take advantage of the height and stack prints when I can. Also, there is another print hung at the same height on the other side of the window. I am a little ocd about visual balance in a room. The reading lamp and cd player are just what I need when I want quiet time for reading or resting.
The parlor/sitting room mirrors the dining room which is across the entry hall.
You all have seen the dining room several times in my posts...but here is a chest that I recently moved into the dining room from the great room.
Trim the stems to the height that you want. You could use a frog or florist tape to help secure your stems. I just stick my stems in the vase and let the weight of each flower hold the others.
I just keep putting in new stems until I either run out of room or out of stems.
And here ends this quick little flower arranging tutorial. Just keep fixing the stems until you can step back and say...oh how pretty. Then put your arrangement where it brings you a smile each time you look at it!