Today was a Snow Day for me, so I feel like I accomplished a lot! Other than the 3-1/2 hours I spent shoveling today, I did manage to take some photos of this new addition to our home:
This is our "new" settee I found on Craigs List! We picked it up over the weekend. I always wanted something like this, but never found anything I could afford in the antique shops or fairs locally. I've checked eBay, also looking for things I could pick up locally, but there again, most people are asking way more than I could afford.
So I decided to check out Craigs List and, lo and behold, I found this! It's just the color and style I love, at a price I could afford. It's not in perfect condition (the springs are kind of saggy at the bottom), but I can tell it's been loved for generations. The newer upholstery is in perfect condition, and exactly in the color palette that will match the room that will be our future library.
I'm always amazed at how low these old chairs are to the floor. Look at the side-by-side comparison with a modern wing chair! I must say, these two wing chairs of ours are a bit high for my short calves, and I don't like my feet dangling when I sit! But the Victorians must have been really tiny, because I can stretch my legs out and still have them on the floor in this settee.
Something you may have noticed in my other posted photos: There is no molding around the windows in this room, and a chair rail and picture rail have been "painted" onto the walls! I did this a couple years ago when I started stripping layers of paint from the old windows. I still need to repair the sash weights, do some more stripping, replace the stop beads, and install new oak molding. The walls in the entire house are white, and in here, I painted them the approximate colors of the Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper I want to hang in the room, and painted on where I want to install a chair rail and picture molding. Makes sense, right? I just wanted to get a sense of how the room will look eventually.
Meanwhile, Penny gives the new settee her seal of approval! We needed to cover it immediately with blankets because the first thing Penny did was to begin scratching. Bad kitty!
My beautiful floral sofa got pushed aside and will have to go. It's in perfect condition because we hardly ever sit in here! I loved it a few years ago when we bought it, but it's really too big for this room, and will not go with my color scheme.
I have a lot of catching up to do, as I've gotten so far behind in reading all your blogs! Thanks for visiting, and I'll return the visits soon!