Saturday, October 29, 2016

KISS--Keep It Simple (Stupid)

Just about any time that I'm able to stop to ponder, I choose to honor my commitment to KISS. But this time, should I really, really keep it simple? Or should I venture out into the more creative realm of design--out where I'm not too sure that people will be attracted to and actually PURCHASE my flights of creativity.
I bought this great pair of period French Deco Louis XV-style bergeres on Thursday. I had spotted them the week before, but since I only wanted the chairs (and they were attached to an en suite settee), I had decided against them. This week I sat with my friend Hillary who wanted the settee; so I took the chairs. (I am in awe every time the world conspires to grant me my heart's desires)

This is the third set of French Barrel back chairs that I have purchased this year.
Here's a reminder of the others...............
Pair of c. 1950-60's barrel backs before and after new upholstery.

I don't think that I took a photo of this next pair of 19th c. Louis XVI barrel backs before they went out to be upholstered. Don't they look great in the same fabric? Lalo does an amazing upholstery job when he puts his mind to it.

My dilemma is what fabric to upholster this third pair of bergeres in, taking into consideration that I had successfully sold the above two pairs of chairs by upholstering them in the same French blue-gray 100% linen (actual color has a bit more blue) fabric. I have enough gorgeous Ralph Lauren linen in a mottled charcoal gray, but I had intended to use it on the Directoire-style chaise longue.

I have enough of the trusty French Blue/gray linen for the chairs....... maybe I can add a kidney shaped down pillow to add just the right amount of interest to the back of the chairs? But these are a really classic deco form and I do not want to distract from the purity..... Ah, Hah! Maybe a kidney pillow in the Ralph Lauren charcoal linen?
And while we are not on the subject don't you think that the set of French Deco marquetry table would look great paired with the Deco chairs? Hmmmmmm

Yep, it works, plus the tables add the extra interest that I was craving.
Roberto and I will be working on the move all next week..........although the distance is only 100 ftt., it's almost as time consuming as moving across country. I've picked out a blue/gray intense tone for one wall. I'm not too sure about what will happen on the others.
We've had two days of rain this October; I'm thankful that we are off to a good start on breaking the back of this awful drought. However, please keep praying as we still need an additional 15" to be out of the woods.
Sending blessing for the week-end and for great trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Mary & Jones & Cole

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