Thursday, May 10, 2012

Parlor

When I was a little girl, my Nana and Papaw lived in a beautiful Victorian home built in the late 1880s. Visiting our grandparents was like stepping back in time to an era much more formal and yet seemingly simple in all the right ways. Afternoon tea was served in the parlor, a charming white gazebo sat on the front lawn, and the original wood floors told stories with every step, as if aching to share memories of forgotten times. We loved that house and everything in it. When Nana decided to give Zach and I some of her Victorian-style furniture, we couldn't say no. Each piece is something special and has a story to tell.
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When Z and I first moved into our house last November, we set into motion plans for a "formal sitting room". Our color choice of green for the walls was surprising to some, but we think the bright color has a fresh feel and keeps the room from being stuffy. We still need drapes, a coffee table, and to arrage the furniture in a more practical way (what you see below was done by Z...I applaud his efforts!), but here's a little sneak peek of what's been done thus far.
(you can find the 'before' pictures here)
The tea cart needs other accessories...the lamp and chest are desperately in need of a new home.
This gorgeous settee belongs to my sister-in-law and brother; we are just housing it while they are in Hawaii. It's such a pretty piece!

 A huge thank you to Nana who gave us most of what you see in the room. Also a huge thank you to my sweet husband for allowing pink furniture in our house. You're a keeper, Z!

Hope all you lovely ladies are having a great week!

12 comments:

  1. I love old victorian style homes and hope one day to have one as well. (or at least similar ya know) I love the wall color and think its very fitting!!!

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  2. that is beautiful!! I think I need to come visit your house. : )

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  3. I absolutely love this! So pretty and the colors go great together.

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  4. Britt this turned out great!!! That furniture is absolutely friggin' awesome, your Nana is the bomb :)

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  5. WOW, WOW, WOW! This looks incredible! I want a Nana like yours :)

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  6. Love it!!! Great pieces!! Thank you, Nana!

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  7. Love Love LOVE!! I felt like I stepped back in time. Beautiful job!! Pamela

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  8. ahhhh, brittany!! i am SWOONING over your amazing sitting room!!! it is so beautiful. that green is gorgeous and so inviting. what a sweet room that will bring so many wonderful memories to mind every time you set foot in it.
    i love the tea cart, the awesome framed paintings and that mirror - WOW!!
    thank you for sharing!!
    i've been thinking about you each and every day!!! cant wait to read your next post <3
    xoxoxo
    maria

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  9. Fancy sitting rooms are always fun! What gorgeous lines on those furniture pieces! And that tea cart is adorable!

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  10. Obsessed with the tea cart, can I have? Please? I think the room looks great, I can't wait to, one day hopefully, be able to see it! This living forever away from eachother stuff is silly!

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