Although I loved the pieces in my bedroom, I didn't think they looked that well together. The chaise is from an old Fort Scott family which I bought at their estate auction many years ago. It's from the 20's with a down cushion and still covered in the silky pink fabric.
The loveseat on the right was a recent purchase
and although I loved it, to me it seemed as if the two pieces were at odds with one another.
And then, I took this book off the shelf and leafed through it . . .
I loved the old Colonial Homes magazines and although some had very primitive and early interiors, most were ones I could identify with. I love the classic lines of that era of furniture -- even though it may be 20's reproductions.
And inside, I found . . .
This inspirational photo -- with two chairs on either side of the fireplace and a small table between and in the next article, I found . . .
Another similar bedroom fireplace with two smaller chairs and ottomans.
Therefore, I decided to hunt for a smaller chair for the other side of the fireplace . . .
And last Wednesday, at my favorite furniture consignment shop in Kansas City, I found
A darling chair, covered in green damask. Not only was the chair the perfect size but the chair was also the perfect price -- $33!!!
Thus, the fireplace in the master bedroom now looks like . .
this. Very reminiscent of my inspiration pictures. My original intention was to recover BOTH pieces but I put a mostly pink pillow in the green chair and a mostly green pillow in the pink chair and now I'm not sure!!!! The chaise is a bit taller in the back and a bit narrower, but the arms are very much alike and the chaise has a pillow in the back while the chair has a tufted back. I would hate to think of them being identical twins.
And so I moved furniture around a bit. I loved the love seat and decided I needed to keep it in the room so . . .
I decided that the bench at the foot of the bed had to go . . . to be replaced by
the love seat. Which actually, I do like better than the bench in that spot!
And I love the fact that it really looks like a sitting area now -- with the chaise, the chair and the loveseat.
Enough seating so that I, like the Duchess of Devonshire, could partake of afternoon tea in my bedroom.
I'll live with the green chair for a while before I decide what to do about upholstery. My inspiration pictures after all, were covered in the same fabric (actually, they were the same chair).
My first thought when I found the chair was to have them both recovered but after living with it for a half a week, I sort of like the green. And the upholstery is in really good condition, actually. The pink pillow on the green chair and the green pillow on the pink chair unifies them.
It will be fall before I have to make a decision -- upholsterers seem to be booked up!!!