I have some very creative Blog friends! Yes, I am talking to you! After reading through your Valentine's Day posts, I realized I could not compete.
Instead, I will share photos of my library, taken with my new camera.
The main color of the library is red so it seemed appropriate!
I finally found the perfect library table on Craigslist! It is actually a game table and has pull out glass/cup holders. I spent an inordinate amount of time pulling them out and sliding them back in...just because I could.
Do you see McGillicudy and Atticus on their daybed?
David, if you are reading this, thank you for helping me get the table into my car! xo
Gracie and I collect feathers on our walks to showcase under the glass cloches.
I am such a daredevil! Glass cloches+feathers+McGillicuddy=WHAT were you thinking!?
He mostly just takes feathers from the santos hand, then moves the hand ever so slightly out of sync with the vignette.
Life on the edge. I am telling you!
Close-up of our library chandelier. It had been in storage for four years before we had it hung!
It has European wiring and sockets, so we purchased bulb adaptors for use in the United States.
I will paint this table but I am not yet sure what color(s).
The taffeta curtains are from Half Price Drapes. What a steal! It was cheaper to buy them, with lining and interlining, than it would cost for me to make them myself!
Detail of vignette...
View from above. I have an Oriental rug that I want to lay on this floor...waiting for Handsome Husband's help.
Weird angle. Sorry about that! I had to lay on the floor to take this! McGillicuddy laid on top of me and I was stuck there for a while! A very long while, actually!
I am not about to go back and do it again! LOL!
The tapestry is a Craigslist find! Can you believe it?
The cartouche above the tapestry is an applique from Van Dyke's Restorers. I painted it with Annie Sloan Old White, applied the gold craft paint, then rubbed it with a candle and aged it with Dark Wax.
Just to give you an idea...the library opens up to the front entry hall...
The clock and the French cabinet are from Craigslist, painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, then Clear and Dark Wax.
The chair is the first piece of furniture I ever painted many years ago. I left the back open when I reupholstered it because it seemed magical to me. We call it the Through the Looking Glass chair.
That's not 100% true.
I call it the Through the Looking Glass chair. Handsome Husband refrains from mentioning the chair at all, really (much in the same way that he refuses to order the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity® meal by name from the International House of Pancakes. He just points to it on the menu and says, I would like this please).
The sheer weight of the silliness of it is just too much for him to bear. However, Gracie agrees with everything I do or say...because she is Gracie and Gracie is very agreeable.
Found this Louis XVI leather chair on ebay several years ago. It was shipped from France. It has a story to tell, I am certain of it!
Through the Looking Glass chair. Toile du Jouy remnant from France found on etsy.
One of a pair of French crystal sconces that flank the mantel.
Mantel painted with Annie Sloan Graphite and Duck Egg Blue wash.
Library steps from Craigslist, painted in Annie Sloan Old White.
Venetian mirror and globe found on Craigslist!
If you follow this blog you have seen this daybed before. A Craigslist purchase, it is one of my favorite pieces. Atticus likes it too.
Say hi to Atticus!
I painted the daybed with Annie Sloan Chateau Grey and Dark Wax, no Clear Wax at all.
The library is my absolute favorite room in the house.
I hope you enjoyed the post as much I I have enjoyed creating this room from Craigslist and ebay finds!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, my friends!
Cindy, at My Romantic Home, Show and Tell Friday!
Marian, at Miss Mustard Seed, Furniture Feature Friday
Debbie, Confessions of a Plate Addict, The Scoop!
Kathryn, at The Dedicated House, Make It Pretty Monday!
Kim, at Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesdays!
Courtney, at French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday!