Monday, August 26, 2013

Changes in the Parlor

This is what the corner of my parlor used to look like...


until I sold my big old Upright Piano, 
so everything got moved over to the other corner in order to get the piano out of the room...


and then I had an empty corner to redecorate! So that's always fun! I love empty spaces, that means I can fill it again! So in the process of moving everything around, I decided to sell the gold upholstered chairs and the white lusters that were on the piano. (See the first photo). I want older luster's, those were more 1930's or so.
My dream for this corner is to have one of these beauties sitting there...
                      Victorian Walnut Etagere
                              Source: Internet

So until I find just the right etegere at just the right price, 
this is how the corner is going to look...


The chairs are Renaissance Revival with Egyptian influence. I bought them at auction several years ago and they had been upholstered in blue denim material, I know weird right, if you would like to see them and read about that click here.
I had them reupholstered and I did the restoration of the ebonized and gilted areas myself.


I like the bronze plaque of the pharoah looking guy on the crest of the chair...


Below is the parlor table, I got it at an auction before I bought the chairs. I really like the turtle top on it, I think it is pretty. Please ignore the stain on the carpet, the piano covered it before but now I will have to really work on getting that out! Yuck!


Here is my shadow box with an 1800's bridal head piece in it. The orange blossoms are made of wax, around the edge is the bride's veil, and even her earrings and the groom's corsage are in there! And their wedding photo, how sweet!
                         

Below is a 1907 lithograph print of the Saint Cecilia. Here is a little biography on her...she lived during the 16th century. She married, but maintained a life of Virginity. She convinced her husband to be baptized. He was then executed for burying the many Christians slain each day during a great persecution. Cecilia continued to preach, and converted hour hundred people. In time she too was arrested and sentenced to death.  St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians.


The cherubs in this print go along with the cherubs on my ceiling...


This pretty little gal got moved over here in front of the window...


and you get a little glimpse of the other corner of the parlor...


and all of its Victorian detail... 

the carved grapes on the sofa with the hand painted flowers on the jardiniere 
peeking out from amongst the fern,


the needlepoint roses and the fluffy thistle on the gold velvet pillow...


the fringe on the lampshade and the detail of the lamp post...


the detail on the frame...


and the pretty little beaded footstools...


And with that I will leave you with a view of the whole area...


Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Have a great week!

I want to thank Sandi over at ROSE CHINTZ COTTAGE for featuring my Historic Illinois Town as the most viewed post at her HOME party.

I am linking up to the following parties, please come and join us.
A DELIGHTSOME LIFE  with Kathy at A RETURN TO LOVELINESS (oops, I got that backwards!)
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Paula at IVY AND ELEPHANTS
HOME with Sandi at ROSE CHINTZ COTTAGE
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy at A DELIGHTSOME LIFE
TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY with Pamela at FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry at THE CHARM OF HOME
PINK SATURDAY with Beverly at HOW SWEET THE SOUND
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy at DWELLINGS



29 comments:

  1. Gina!!! OMG!!! Stunning beyond belief!!
    I adore the wall color...deep and rich and beautiful!! Love the colors of the furniture and all the details on it!!
    You have some wonderful Victorian pieces! And I LOVE that ceiling!!
    You know that this is SO my style!!

    Beautiful!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  2. Oh Gina,
    I just love your taste in furniture! It is so elegant. I think that we have similar taste. Most of my antique pieces were my mom's or mother in law's. You certainly know how to put it all together beautifully. Thanks for sharing! Love it!
    Karen

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  3. Wow your home is very unique and cool!

    -Brittany Ruth

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  4. Lovely blog, congratulations, beautiful images.
    A big kiss from Argentina.
    'll follow.

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  5. You have gorgeous antique furnitue and accessories to decorate your living room. The changes are so beautiful andl wonderfully placed. Thanks for sharing the before and after. Have a great week!

    Pam

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  6. Hello Gina,
    Perfection! It looks like a room one would see on a BBC period piece. Love those chairs, you did a beautiful detailing job on them.
    That doll house just kills me. I can't believe how complete it is - amazing!
    Lovely finds, you have great eye.
    Anyes
    xx

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  7. Hi Gina,
    What beautiful furniture you have! Your table and chairs look so lovely in their new place. It is really a treat to see your lovely living room. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Hugs..Nancy

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  8. Wow Gina, you certainly do Victorian proud!
    Beautiful, just beautiful!
    Ken

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  9. Hi Gina..Love all your Victorian details. Wow, you have some really gorgeous pieces. Those chairs are swoon-worthy! WOW WOW WOW

    You've done a wonderful job.

    Susan

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  10. Oh Gina I liked your white lusters and thought they looked appropriate with your other Victorian items.I don't think the lusters are not a common item to find.

    Your room looks beautiful as everyone else has said before me

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  11. Oh Gina I love your victorian home!!! Just beautiful...

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  12. Wonderful, Gina! The corner looks really nice, showing off your Victorian pieces. Thanks for sharing at my HOME.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. Hi Gina, Your marble topped table is lovely! I really like your "new" chairs too. They're gorgeous. The sage green wall is pretty too. Have a blessed day, Beth

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  14. Hi Gina. Your parlor is just beautiful. I love all your pieces. I'm sure you won't go too long without finding some more beautiful things to replace the piano, which was beautiful too. Lucky buyer..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  15. Beautiful pieces of furniture. The room is amazing!
    Sandy

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  16. It looks almost as if I had gone back in time! Very nice.

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  17. Gorgeous room!! I love the Victorian style and you have done it perfectly. The wedding garland w wedding photo is so lovely. You have many fine treasures!

    Blessings, Edie Marie

    PS We're following you so we don't miss anything!

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  18. Hi Gina! Oh, what a beautiful room! I love all of your lovely pieces. You have the most gorgeous things and you know how to display them too. Thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. OMG!!! How gorgeous those chairs are and how gorgeous everything is. But what I don't know... is why you sold that old lovely upright piano. Could you just have redone it. It was so beautiful Gina.
    Did it go to a good home?
    You do awesome restoring lady,
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

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  20. Beautiful....I love the lamp and table. Your parlor is fabulous!

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  21. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful parlor. I enjoyed the tour. It looks like such a warm and cozy place for a cup of tea. The wedding shadow box is such a treat.
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  22. The changes are marvelous - this is like stepping back in time - your Parlor is perfectly Victorian! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  23. How beautiful the chairs. Fine work you did on the ceiling, everything flows together so nicely - betsy

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  24. Gorgeous~!!!
    Visiting from "Amaze Me Monday" ~
    You're newest follower ~ can't wait to see your future blog posts. Beautiful Furniture~~~
    Jen @ Lace Crazy

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  25. Gina, what a gorgeous room filled with all the delightful eye candy that just makes me swoon! You know I love it all. How did you let go of that fabulous piano?
    I've been dying for one of those little beaded foot stools, and you have three?! You are so lucky!
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  26. Gorgeous!!! The chairs are stunning-you did a great job!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  27. Hi shop mamezantiquefashions.com they have fantastic items!!

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