Once upon a time my house was red, very red, and the girls room at the farm was also red. There were red dresses on the wall,
There was a red rug,
and a red chest.
Then one day I woke up and decided I didn’t like the red any more. That was too bad because I had red bedding on my bed, 3 red settees, a red sofa, 3 red ottomans, a red chest… well, you get the idea. It was overwhelming to me. But I decided I would change things bit by bit, and I have.
You can see the way the beds look now CLICK HERE TO SEE POST.
Now for the red chest, *poof* it’s gone. In it’s place, I bought a vintage oak French chest. I’ve ordered a new mirror, and I’ll show it to you later, but I didn’t have it when I took these photos. The old mirror has been moved to a new spot.
I also played musical chairs, and brought this antique rush seat chair over to the farm. It is one of the first French antiques I ever bought.
I was going to show you the detail on the bottom, but in the photo I realized the ‘help’ hasn’t been dusting it. If you haven’t guessed the ‘help’ is my daughter. We’ll be discussing proper dusting techniques tomorrow.
The chest really has some beautiful detail, which is why I really like the old pieces. The red piece was hand-painted, but it was just a few years old. I sent it to the consignment store.
I had fun moving things around.
Well I hope you like it better; I do. And if you prefer the red chest… maybe it’s still available. :0
Tara Bradford says
Love the French chest! When we were living in Paris, I went through a “red” phase. But in the Netherlands I’ve kept only one red painted wooden bookcase (that I bought in Santa Fe years ago) and a small red painted shelf from Paris. I’m thinking of painting both of them black. 🙂
What a beautiful piece! My “help” doesn’t dust very well either! Ha ha
Funny Anita, but my ‘once upon a time’ starts off the same way… Red 🙂 Like you I am slowly changing it out to more a neutral look .
Joy Schumann says
Hi Anita: Well, I, too am s-l-o-w-l-y switching out my red, And s-l-o-w-l-y changing over a little from Primitive/Country to Cottage-y/French Country. I do love red in the winter and at the holidays. I don’t what it is about “red” other than I have used it “forever.”
Always enjoy your posts…where in the world did you find those little dresses?
Lory at Designthusiasm says
It was pretty before, but I do like it better with the French chest. I’m sure the mirror will complete the package. Nice white bits to lighten it up too… 🙂
The chair is perfect with the new chest.
Cheryl @ Artzzle says
I agree with Diana . . . the two pieces fit perfectly together. But seriously, what DID happen to the red chest? It was equally gorgeous.
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
LOVE the girl’s room no matter what color it is. But, the French style is so YOU! Beautiful!
Dore @ BurlapLuxe says
Lové the 3 twin-sets all in a row, it’s so feels like a story in the making.
As for your sudden awakening to not liking red, this has happened to me with Blue and Greens, now I wish I had some of the blues and greens back in my mix. I just added some tattered worn faded yellow shams to some pillows for a bed, and I swore I would never like let alone love yellow, but in its faded-ness it just anchors the touches of golds in my home. I love the rich woods here in your home with the natural pallet you are leaning towards, it really speaks volumes!
I went more pale due to the size of this small investment home cottage, yet now I want to creep in some darker pieces here and there.
Your home inspires a home of beautiful harmony and I so love how you have taken it to a new level with out changing it all. Don’t over sell your reds, you may down the short line wish you would have kept a few much like I have. :))
Thank you for the art tip, I am going to make a purchase soon, when all is done around here and I know what piece or two for where!
See you soon,
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
i love the chest….funny how we develop a “love and not so much love” for the colors we have had…still love the red chest too!…unfortunately there is only me to blame for the dust in my house!…
i love the French chest and the lamp.
I have only been following you for about 3-4 weeks and I really like your style. I love old pieces, mostly in their original state. I’ve begun to appreciate the painted pieces as long as good old furniture is not destroyed ( a good use for reproductions) . I love the French and the French Country look. I know your book will be great. I will look forward to reading it. I will continue to follow you and look forward to your changes, tips, and of course, the BOOK.