Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A New Bedroom Chair

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


THIS!!!!

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!!!

It's Monday and time to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday.

25 comments:

Pondside said...

What an inspiration, Martha! I like the green chair just as it is - I abhor matchy-matchy, and your pink and green, a bit faded but in excellent shape, strike just the right chord for me. I can see that this would be the perfect place to light for an hour or two with a frivolous book and a pot of tea.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Martha, That is a beautiful master bedroom. Your chair is a great find. Thank You for stopping by today. I hope your cards look great when you get ready to display them for easter.......Julian

megan said...

Hi Martha:
I think your furniture looks fine as it is. No need to match lovely acquisitions. I just love your bedroom.

ButterYum said...

I love matchy-matchy, but honestly, I don't know how you pull yourself out of that room every day - it's absolutely stunning. Really, really lovely space. Very regal, yet cozy. You have quite a knack for decor.

:)
ButterYum

ButterYum said...

PS - I like the two mismatched chairs as is. They look wonderful together, so no need to change them if you ask me.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the new arrangement and I really like that they are all different, but compatible. I am not one for matchy, matchy. This looks wonderful to me. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
I adore your change in the bedroom decor. As I was reading, I feared you'd get rid of the chaise. I'm in agreement with the loveseat at the foot of the bed creating a cozy area for afternoon tea. The sunlight streaming through the windows makes this room so warm and inviting! Keep the inspirations coming!
Fondly,
Pat

Blondie's Journal said...

The chairs go marvelously with your beautiful bedroom! How I'd love to sit around the fire having tea!

XO,
Jane

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your master bedroom Martha is gorgeous and also elegant...I need to do a total make over! I will be looking for things like yours to start my inspiration. Love it!

FABBY

Lottie said...

Martha, I love what you have done with a sitting area in your bedroom. To be honest, I love the green and pink, and especially the green you bought!

Tracy said...

I love the green, it goes very well with your other pieces without being matchy. Love your bedroom, it's stunning.

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my gosh I love this entire room!!!
This reminds me of a room out of a B&B and it seems to just invite you in! What a fantastic make over!
Thanks for sharing,
Terry

Phyllis said...

Your new green chair is a winner....love it, and it looks so comfortable. Your room is cozy and warm and most inviting. I would not want to leave that room.....just live there. Do not change a thing.

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

so nice and cozy!! i love a fireplace in the bedroom!

Patricia said...

Such great character and style with the chair and chaise "married" by their complementary colors! I love it the way it is...for whatever that is worth, since it's not my bedroom...LOL!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a beautiful room! I love it and love your new chair- it is perfect and fits so well with your lovely chaise by the fireplace! Your bed is absolutely gorgeous too!! Wow! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Luncheons at the Junction said...

What a beautiful room! It is worthy of a magazine spread itself. You've done a wonderful job, and I love the rearrangement - the sette at the end of the bed is my favorite.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I really like what I see. I'm coming over from BNOTP and I'm now a follower. I used to subscribe to Colonial Homes magazine, too. Your bedroom with the new changes is divine. Love what I've seen of your home.
Jane
http://cottageatthecrossroads.com

Erica said...

Martha....I've always loved your Master bedroom, so inviting and beautifully decorated.

Mary said...

It all came together nicely. Your bedroom is quite lovely and inviting. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

afternoon tea said...

I also like the chairs the way they are. I think your room looks wonderful.

Rosie said...

Wow. I love all of your furniture. You have beautiful taste.

Southerncook said...

I've never been one to do the matchy matchy "thing" either, it is quite frankly boring IMO. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new chair but I admit to REALLY liking the bench you removed. The love seat is beautiful too though. I enjoyed this post and most of my inspiration comes from magazines as well.

Carolyn

Sherry Sherod said...

Lovely chair, it goes very well with your other bedroom furniture without being matchy. Where did you get it?

prakash kumar said...

Wow i had not seen such wonderful furniture, what a design...great...I am thinking of buying like that, and some memory foam pillows.