Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dressing for the Home


from Country Living Magazine




From Country French Magazine





From Country French Magazine







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There is a November home tour here http://theoldpaintedcottage.com/pages/cotm.htm
It is always a joy to see lovely pictures like this.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lovely pictures as usual.

Anonymous said...

I like the color of green. Both my kitchen and my bathroom are accented in this lovely shade, some call it Celadon or Ladurée green. Pretty, peaceful pictures.

Anonymous said...

I especially like the French Country decorations.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. They are the same color palate that my family is going to use to redo the girls room.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I absentmindedly clicked "publish" instead of "save" and didnt get the article posted with the pictures. I was also going to post pictures of home sewn dresses that matched these rooms!

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Anonymous said...

...can't wait to see the 'full' article, although just these pictures are so blissful and orderly. I'm comforted to know I'm not the only one who makes little 'mistakes'. Thanks for all your work. Linda

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the article. Do you have suggestions on how to make the home look like this without a lot of expense?

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I do have my problems with modern interior design. The pictures are lovely, but sometimes they will put some wacky object in that has no sense or meaning, and in the one of the door (my favorite) the arrangement is hiding that nice door. I would probably put something completely different there, but it is probably up to the owner of the house to put what they like. I have seen people with no decorating training be able to arrange and decorate a house to the utmost beauty because they know in their heart what they want to look at.

To make a room look as you want, just get lots of the dollar a yard fabric or discount fabrics in the colors you like, and drape things with them and stand back and have a look. Taking pictures helps a lot and sharing the with your friends over email can help you make a decision about what looks best.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I didn't know there was such a thing as Country French Magazine!

Gwennie said...

Lovely post, as usual! Your blog is such a blessing, I decided to award it on my blog.

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Thank you for your beautiful blog!

~Gwennie

Roberta said...

I can see what we're loving in all the photos. The lovely fabrics in the draperies, pillows, furniture and tablecoverings. Beautiful!
xo Roberta

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I like to use fabric in my home, as well, and when I am finished my clothing sewing series I will begin some things for the home. I would like to start a tutorial for beginners then, as home sewing is much easier than setting in sleeves.

The article that was supposed to go with these photos will be added soon!

Anonymous said...

I want to say "thank you" again for this blog. I was having "one of those days", thinking of how we have very little money right now for "extras" and feeling quite sorry for myself. I had tried to start sewing a dress this summer and set it aside as I was growing tired of putting so much work into making one garment I was not sure would even come out well enough to wear.

I was going through my closet today and found it. I decided to take it out and finish it. It is coming out great! I have only a few things left to do and I will have a pretty new dress when I can least afford one. This has really lifted my spirits as it is something I can wear around the house but still look pretty. I also found some left over fabric and am going to make a new apron next.

You are completely right about cotton being the fabric of choice for these house dresses. I have a lot of fancier clothes made of fabric like rayon or even silk that I don't dare wear doing housework, but this dress will work out perfectly! Thanks again for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I just saw your post about a tutorial! I can't wait!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

So beautiful and inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Through the years I have changed my thinking on many things through reading your many wonderful articles. Also WAF articles. I always strived to look feminine but realized I still needed to refine and tweek my wardrobe and demeaner more. Now I feel more 'at home' with my self. I try to think twice when choosing patterns and materials. It has really paid off in clothing that feels right and looks better. Thankyou. I use a lot of fabrics and edgings and such in my home. They make a big difference to a look. I love to show hand made designs on my linens and kitchen wear etc. We all enjoy feathering our nests don't we!! :) The rooms you showed are beautiful. I am rethinking some of my home ideas right now. Not buying new just moving things from room to another room to redo the groupings and such or adding a scarf to the table etc. The result is a whole new looking house! My husband loves it! No ourlay of money but a refreshed home. Our house is cottage style. Thankyou for all the great information and the ideas. It has been years since we raised potatoes. We should do it again.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I have been doing a clothing series for dressing at home, but will be going on to some other project after the New year. In the meantime, I want to write about the difference between feminine and masculine dressing. Feminine is softer and rounder. THe designers had changed the collars on women's clothing way back in the early 1900's to make them more masculine, like men's shirts. There has been a gradual dismantling of women's clothing ever since. Every so often a nice designer comes along that make women look feminine without showing every thing, but that is rare. The best designers are the home sewers. Through trial and error you can come to a style that you feel comfortable with. For every three garments I made this last year, I usually found one that I liked better than the other two, so of the things I made, there were probably 3 that didn't work for me. However, the same thing seems to happen with women's storebought clothes. The difference is, when you sew, you dont lay out as much cash, and so if something doesnt work out, it is not a big loss. You can use clothing for other things.

Coffee Catholic said...

Hmmm. Nice photographs and such but I have a real question ~ it's not a gripe!

How do you dress up a home when you're on a tight budget, you have old stained carpets (some of which are hideous colors!) old stained lanolium (with shaded corners so it always looks DIRTY! Who designed that??) and stained white kitchen counters, old stained everything pretty much... including overly garish wallpaper in the kitchen that rubs off when you try to wash the guck away...

Is it possible to make a house a lovely, pretty place when the previous decorator chose the most incredibly hideous interior stuff and you don't have enough money to redecorate? (This isn't "woe is me" it's... what are the secrets for those of us that can't afford to do anything even remotely like the photos??) I know you can buy curtains and rugs but how do you work around garish and old and stained + really bad colors?? (Like, ya know: mint green with yellow and orangeish-reddish-brick stripes on the wall...ACK!!)

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