Thursday, October 27, 2016

Foyer Fixation - or maybe I need a therapist?

I've tweaked a bit.  In my tweaking, I may have become obsessed - I can't decide on the chairs for the foyer. Set one chairs give the foyer a bit of eclectic mix, an edge, well, edgy for me, as edgy as I get. Set two chairs are French.  I shuffle these chairs in, and out of the foyer a couple of times a week.  Maybe it's some decorating psychological breakdown?  hmm.  

I would appreciate your input, and time.  Take a few moments to review the photos below, then leave me a comment identifying your favorite. 

Set one:

Graphic chairs, vintage 1970's frames upholstered in a graphic grey velvet and linen "key" pattern fabric.  Fretting about the height of these chairs, thinking the height is too much for the small space, and settee. I like the pattern. I haven't made the pillows for the settee, I could add pattern there.

View from front door, entering the cottage.

View from dining room, looking through the large framed opening of the foyer.

Set Two:

French style arm chairs.  The height of these chairs with the settee is nice.  The curved backs accent, and work well with the curves on the settee.  Is this too predictable?  Everyone today is being so edgy.  Adding some pattern pillows would make a huge difference to the room.  Slip covering the backs in a graphic design would be nice too. 

View from front door, entering the cottage.

View from the dining room, through the cased opening to the foyer. Uh! I just noticed I left the second garden stool out of the photo.  pff.

I made two slight changes; painted the table on the left in gray, then distressed it, and changed the skirted table fabric to a simple cotton sheet in a darker value of grey.  I like the hint of messiness it gives the room.  I added a small sunburst mirror, perched atop a bit of all thread, and anchored in a square of Carrera marble.  I collect sunburst mirrors.

Please scroll down and leave me a comment in the "Comment Section"; graphic or French.  Curious for your impression.  Maybe I've become obsessed, teetering upon that edge of design oblivion, where you develop a twitch!   You know how you walk in a space an think "hmm, something's a miss" - every time I come home.  Help!

All the best, until next time -

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall; "Island Style"

Island fall is a bit less eventful than other parts of the country, the world.  Here, fall arrives when the humidity drops, and the temperature flutters about 75 degrees.  Foliage doesn't turn the typical shades of amber, persimmon, and tobacco. Leaves don't release themselves from branches, to float gently upon a breeze, then settle upon the ground.   Rather than warm shades of foliage, and piles of leaves; palm fronds crash to earth from atop swaying trees, when blustery gulf winds blow.  Grass remains green. Flowers continue to bloom. The sun, and moon rise, and set a bit further south upon the horizon. Fall is a subtle change, with the most obvious difference - less tourist upon the beach.

The sunlight bright, the day clear, the temperature mild; I took a walk about.  I thought you'd enjoy seeing fall "island style".  A few pumpkins, a skeleton pirate, a spider's web; upon the Victorian painted ladies of Galveston Island. Enjoy -

Don't you just hate it when your broom goes astray?

Amazing details on the fa├žade of the lady; fish scales, arches spring from twin posts, arched transoms, an eyebrow window punctuates the gable.

Stunning front door; the "X motif at the base, topped with stain glass side lites, finished off with a hand carved pediment.

Greek Revival; swoon.

Come fly, come fly, come fly with me....

Jean Lafitte on the balcony, set to do battle with spiders.

The simplicity of pumpkins lined upon this stairwell is brilliant; a cheerful orange line leading guest to "trick or treat".

Island fall colors; chartreuse, fuchsia and ochre.

Enjoying the fall here on the island, hope you are enjoying your fall as well. 

Wishing you all the best, until next time -

Friday, October 14, 2016

Foyer Update

Often, the best laid plans can go astray -

I've been working on the foyer update for weeks now.  I found the perfect rug, exactly the size I needed 7' by 10', an odd size. The rug defines the space perfectly, edging the pathway from our front door into the cottage.  I've finished sewing, and hanging the bronze brown drapes.  Then I set to moving the furniture about like a crazy person!  I've had it every which way you can place a settee, two arm chairs, and accent tables in a 7' X 10' living space. 

Petite spaces make for difficult design dilemmas.  Add a wall of windows, and things become very interesting.  I came up with two plans that I truly liked.  Two plans that actually work for relaxing while having lively conversation with friends, and family. Ultimately, I decided to set the furniture looking toward the dining room, mainly because when you enter the cottage, the view is inviting, welcoming. 


I've walked in to the foyer over, and over, and over - only to feel something isn't quite right.  It's that little tweak that you know needs to be made, yet you can't identify the tweak.  Frustrating.  Honestly, as heart wrenching as it is, I think the armchairs are wrong for the space; the scale, too tall for the settee? Maybe the black finish on the console and side tables is too dark? Maybe grey on the side table, and stain the console to match the dining table? Silver garden stools too much? 

I chose to casually skirt a round table in one corner, a bit of French flair.  Presently I am using a quilted fabric, with squares to accent the geometric Greek Key fabric on the armchairs.  I am thinking the skirt color needs to be darker. Maybe a more formal skirting, gathered, trimmed?

View from the dining room, looking across the foyer. 

I'm happy with the drapes.  The settee is perfect scale for the room.  I'm happy with the foyer chandelier Mr. GDC, and I fastened from a three arm chandelier, rusty basket, and 98 prisms.  I love, love the new rug; jute, and cotton blend, with a velvety soft border. Accessories are on hold - while I continue to make myself mad as a hatter. I thought I'd show you where I am, stuck, and confess that sometimes the best laid plans can go astray -

Happy weekend!  I'll be in "foyer focus". Until next time, wishing you all the best -