The thermometer here in Phoenix has already climbed into the low 100’s. Somehow the dark linen slipcovers and heavy silk drapes I had in my front room made it seem even hotter. After a trip to the coast of Brittany (France) I was eager to recreate the stripes and flowers that were so favored there.
First up, four cream colored antique sheet panels I found in Paris replaced the topaz silk drapes. I brought in a sweet wagon I have had for years to hold my large collection of magazines and design books. I replaced the heavy winter artwork with scenes of French front doors. One item on my “must find replacement” list is a different light fixture. This one makes me groan.
I have to face the reality that my camera is dying. I would love your input about what camera you use.
In the corner, my winter sled now holds some happy red geraniums I had sitting in the garage.
I repainted a frame I had on hand and popped in a postcard I purchased in France to create a very low cost table vignette.
This was a hard angle to shoot. The china hutch is straight but the drapes look a bit wonky. Still it is easy to see that I just hung the sheet panels up on clip rings.
For awhile I couldn’t find my third vintage Eiffel tower. So I created a simple solution to complete an odd numbered grouping. (I have since found the missing tower and it sits between the two in this picture.)
Continuing on with the stripe and floral theme in the dining area I pared down the decorations for a clean look.
I made a simple table runner out of leftover fabrics that match the pillows on the couch. It was my first time trying to create a pleated edge.
A simple summery themed centerpiece included a sandy hourglass, petite bouquet, one starfish and a collection of antique spoons~ dessert is an ice cream parfait. Yum!
Over on the sideboard, more silver, shells and the napkins I made HERE.
I’ve been looking for a pretty pitcher for over a year. My patience was rewarded with this antique beauty. I found it at a garage sale for $2.00. The silver plate has completely worn off, but I like the patina.
Wonder Woman Reality Check
This room took approximately three days to complete. The linen furniture slipcovers were all stripped off, washed and replaced with white canvas. The sheet panels required a heavy scrub in the tub followed by ironing and “hemming” the bottoms with a bit of stitch witchery. The table runner ran about three hours to create and several items received fresh coats of paint. Pillows were fluffed and other things were polished and placed.
A few things on this week’s do list~ create linen slipcovers for the chairs and take the silk panels to the drycleaners.
How are you summerizing your home?