Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend Progress Report

As the countdown to the holidays continues and the specter of hosting seven people over Thanksgiving looms ever larger, my desire to get the new house in order has increasingly become a necessity. This weekend saw the completion of a few more random projects around the house and the delivery of some new pieces for the living room (finally!).


After weeks of waiting we finally got one of the pieces I purchased at Ethan Allen over Labor Day. My Rand wing chair arrived on Saturday and I absolutely love it! Between the nail head trim and the subtle metallic and blue hues in the fabric, I nearly swooned when I saw it in the show room back in September. If every room has a star, then this chair is a bona fide diva, and my hope is that the sofa (which should be arriving in two weeks) and other major pieces (not yet purchased) will play a supporting role as they compliment and hold their own against the chair without overpowering with it -- after all, two or more divas in a room can end very badly.

I've paired the wing chair with this greek key floor lamp that I bought from Shannon over at The Designer's Attic. Shannon (of Pink Wallpaper fame) features unique fabrics, accessories, lighting and small furniture pieces that she's scored in her years as a designer. It's a "must" follow for anyone on a perpetual hunt for unique, designer-y finds at wallet-friendly prices. I simply added an inexpensive shade from Shades of Light and a cheap-o harp and finial from Lowe's and -- voila! -- gorgeous floor lamp for under $100!


Ever the princess, Olivia is rather fond of it, too.


Progress was also made in my study as I added a ceiling medallion around the new chandelier that Dave so painstakingly hung last month. Because of the height of this room -- and the look on Dave's face when I suggested we add a ceiling medallion -- I used a ceiling medallion that came in two separate pieces, which allowed us to mount the molding around the existing fixture without having to remove it!


Since the medallion is made out of lightweight polyurethane, we installed it easily with just some heavy-duty glue (which saved us an additional step of caulking and painting over any nail holes!). Prior to mounting, I did repaint the ceiling medallion in our trim paint to ensure an exact match. I was a little concerned that the seams between the two pieces would show, but from the ground they blend indistinguishably with the petal detail. All in all, this was a quick and simple upgrade that took us under an hour (dry time for the paint not included).


And lest you think I've forgotten altogether, I'm also announcing the winner to the oh, kirby! giveaway tonight. Through the highly scientific process that is random.org, the winner is...

Maple!

Christina, please email me with your address and choice of print. Many thanks also to everyone who participated in the giveaway and congratulations to Christina!

23 comments:

KJJ Houston said...

YEAH Christina! Love the chair - soooo pretty!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

The chair is DEVINE! And when you mentioned you had added a medallion my thoughts were racing about the absolute pain of having to take down the fixture...then reading on what, a relief you didn't have to. Two pieces, huh? Brilliant!
Janell
p.s. the house is looking pretty swank!

Turtle said...

i'd say that chair is a throne!! nice, congrats maple!

Jenn said...

OMGosh, that chair is so cool. It looks awesome!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

OMG! Lovely chair, what fabric did u get? I got my pair of Redgrave white tufted chairs from them. Your home is coming along real nicely Averill! It should be ready for a fabulous fete!

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Really pretty chair. Love the shimmer and the way it looks with your rug... can't wait to see what else you add to the mix.
Speaking of chairs... did you see that PK asked me to host Mood Board Monday this time? Come over and look at the ispiration pieces I chose (chairs!).

Southern Aspirations said...

the chair is fantastic and I love the mirror I see peaking from behind. The chandelier turned out great too!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Love the wingback and the ceiling medallion! I'm a sucker for both. :) Maybe a light blue silk pillow on the wingback? Can't wait to see what you do!

Kara said...

Loving it!! That chair is awesome. And the medallion is such a great touch.

And I love that Olivia is perched on her throne. :)

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

I can't believe you guys did that yourselves! Good job! I love that Olivia is already all over the chair - what a cutie!

Style Redux 2 said...

Love how it's coming along. The chair is perfect.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

I'm dying over the chair and lamp! I had no idea that a chair could be sexy, but the curvy lines and subtle bling brought the sexy back to the living room! And yes, my husband swore like a banchee while hanging our light. :)

Maple said...

How exciting!!! I can't wait to see my African Tea Party print! I love the ceiling medallion- where did you get it from? I may have to accessorize in my back bedroom. Also, any thoughts on putting a ceiling medallion around a fan? I don't think George and I can part with our bedroom ceiling fan anytime soon...

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous new pieces, darling! Especially loving that chair!

And congrats to the winner!

xoxox,
CC

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

The room looks fantastic - beautiful chair, fantastic rug, and I WONDERED who snagged that great lamp from Shannon! ;)

Do you ever wonder if your visiting family will realize just HOW fab your home/style are? I know, that's an unfair, loaded question!

Averill said...

Maureen: I had the chair upholstered in Ethan Allen's "Sparkle Ivory", which is a durable cotton blend.

Maple: I think a medallion works around a ceiling fan (and I could never get rid of the one in my bedroom either -- no matter how much I love the look of a chandy in a bedroom). One tip I found that seems to work well is to pick a medallion that has a diameter about 2/3 that of the widest part of the light fixture.

Alison: My SIL and BIL are both rather design savvy so they'll definitely appreciate it. Dave's parents, however...well, let's just say they haven't redecorated since the late '70s!

Christy said...

Wow I had no idea that you could even get ceiling medallions in two pieces. I seriously can't see the seam at all! Great job. And love the shot of your cute pooch on that gorgeous chair!

annechovie said...

Your place is really taking shape, Averill! So fun to see it as you decorate - thanks for sharing.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Your progress is fabulous, almost as much as Miss Olivia ♥

Pink Wallpaper said...

Averill! love, love, love....The room looks great w/ that rug and chair and I am so happy to see the lamp in such a great spot...i know it loves it's new home :)

pk said...

How did I miss this post? I was just going through my reader and realized it was there. This chair is FANTASTIC! LOVE it! It looks great in the room.
pk @ Room Remix

susie q said...

Oh my gosh, you have ”my” lamp!! I contacted Shannon; took waaaaay too long to make a decision; checked back in; discovered it had found a home. I'm glad you have it. It looks fabulous with your handsome wing chair.

Bromeliad said...

Love that chair. Nailhead trim is always cool.

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