|The Spode Hunt ware|
Now it's summer, I'm going to be replacing the green damask slipcovers on the living room chairs with white-on-white striped cotton covers. I have a whole box of pillow covers that come out in June as well - white and pale green and yellow instead of green-and-maroon and red-and-brown. The Spode hunt china with its autumnal colors goes back inside the china cupboard, and I display the Canton Rose instead - all bright and light. I'll put away the wool and plush throws and replace them with cotton ones, because this is Maine, and we're going to need to wrap up some nights, even in August!
|Smoke stains and water damage!|
|No swords indoors.|
Usually, the hot-weather, cold-weather change out, combined with several subscriptions to home decor magazines, is enough to satisfy. (Ross calls shelter magazines Playboy for women: "They're full of beautiful, desirable things that will never be yours.") But this year, I've gotten a real itch. I want to paint my kitchen.
We "did" the kitchen in 1994, right after we moved in. We tore down a crumbling plaster wall and had it drywalled, had the wooden floor refinished and glossed up, and painted the doorways, window frames and chair rails a deep green. I hung lincrusta wallpaper to echo the pressed tin ceiling in the foyer and covered the center panels of the (original 1920s) cupboard doors with a bright floral Waverly print. We replaced the old hanging lights with bright sealed brass and had under-counter lights installed. And then we stopped.
|Peeling lincrusta. The edge of the door's not so great, either.|
|My inspiration! (From Pinterest, of course)|
So I want to redo it in black and white. Strip off the lincrusta and paint the walls, doors, windowsills and cupboards in white. We have a black-fronted oven and dishwasher, and the original iron hinges and pulls on the cupboards, which I think will pop against glossy white. Maybe replace the laminate counter top with something glossy and black, if we can do it ourselves. (Youngest's ongoing boarding school expenses mean we have a pretty limited budget.) Keep the overhead lights, but spray over the bright 80's brass with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.
Of course, you all see the biggest problem I have with starting a kitchen re-do: I still have to deliver a book! In the meanwhile, I'll continue to cut out pictures from magazines and price materials at the local stores. How about you, Reds? Any real - or dream - decorating you'd like to do?
|I don't see any spaghetti sauce or cat hair, do you?|
Though come to think of it, we finally had to throw out a rug under the kitchen table which had faded to an ugly tan (lots of sun!) And then the chair cushions had to go--not only because blue paisley didn't match anything, but also because the foam cushions were pushing out on all sides. I had some new cushions made by a seamstress on Etsy. I wish I'd gotten something a little darker to hide spaghetti sauce and cat hair, but other than that, we're thrilled.
HALLIE EPHRON: Lincrusta?! Had to look it up. TWO sets of dishes? And Julia, you could write for one of those dirty magazines.
|Susan's tea-themed summer pillows.|
SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL:
|Hank's winter pillows...|
|...and her summer covers!|
|Who else wants Debs' fabulous leather sofa? I'm swooning.|
DEBORAH CROMBIE: I love JRW. I'm always learning new things. Today it's that our the anaglypta wallpaper below the chair rail in our living and dining room is actually a type, or brand, of lincrusta. Who knew? It was put in by the contractor who flipped our old house back in 1994 or so, and we like it and have never redone it. Unfortunately, one of our cats likes it, too. As a scratching post. We have three or four places now that we have to keep blocked off. Another project to tackle. (Repairing wallpaper, not getting rid of cat...)
JULIA: I have to confess, the Spode and the Canton Rose are only two of my sets of china. I also have an old ironware and gold set for twelve and a blue-and white Royal Dalton set for eight. This is why I could never live in a tiny house...I'd have to choose between my china and Ross. And I'm not sure which would win out.
Readers, are you swapping things out for the season? Or, like me, do you have a yearning for a BIG redo (but first I'll finish the book! I promise!) Send me your pics and I'll put them up on the front page!
|More inspiration. If I finished my book...|
|...maybe I could HIRE someone to do this!|
|Mary Sutton's fab living room w husband-made built-ins!|
|More built-ins at Mary's house.|
|Mary Sutton's kitchen. Love the 50's cutout above the window.|
|Mary's husband installed the wainscoting! Envy.|