Friday, April 26, 2013

'Le salon' is taking shape



Far from finished but beginning to develop its character. 

So far this room has involved a few makovers! 

The table was originally polished mahogony, nice in it's own way but the dark wood just isn't  suitable for this room. 

 The two major makeovers were
 the fireplace ...


... and the sofa


I've had the fireplace as well as the sofa and fabric for a long time.  When each was purchased I had no idea where I'd use them and certainly no expectation they'd all end up in the same room  but I think they all look quite happy here together.  The sofa isn't generally recognised as quintessentially French but a bit of research reveals the design is from the Napoleon III era. I think it suits this room quite well and will probably stay in spite of my initial plan to make something in Louis XVI style. 

The pretty pink hydrangeas are by Jody @ Peach Blossom Hill
 She has some in her Etsy store right now!


I've decided not to work on this room any further for the moment. I want to progress to the top floor and come back to this later when I have a better feel for just how I want it to be. That's not quite happening right now so onward and (literally) upward!  

36 comments:

Cinderella Moments Real Estate said...

This room is very sophisticated. I love it already. I think your tweaking will make it the ultimate perfect room. It's gorgeous already though!
hugs♥,
Caroline

Wyrna Christensen said...

What Makeover so well chosen for each minis. I really like your room, with the long tall doors, it gives the French look. I also have the fireplace in just the original color I had not even think that I could paint it, hm, maybe sometime.
It takes shape, I look forward to seeing more.
I've bought the book by Lea Frisoni, it is absolutely beautiful to look in. I do not understand a word of French, so there are plenty of challenges, but I love to "read" it.
Hugs
Wyrna

Tatiana said...

Какое замечательное превращение!
Очень красиво смотрится камин и новый дива!!!!
Татьяна

Liduina said...

Hi Norma, you did some fantastic make-overs. Real improvements I think; the hearth and sofa look beautiful now.

Anna said...

The salon is off to a beautiful start, Norma. I hear you on mahogany - it has its uses, but can be so overpowering in miniature that I inevitably wind up stripping it off in favor of a more subdued finish.

I did not recognize the Reutter Porzellan fireplace at all! A good thick coat of white paint really does create an entirely different look.

Indy_Poppy said...

Very nice. The flowers are gorgeous. The reutter porcelain fireplace looks so different with the white. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.IndyPoppy

Briar Picchietti said...

Your make overs are perfect for the room. I am going to try my hand at painting some tables in my stash.

Fabiola said...

Great makeover. This room is very elegant and refined.
Bye, Faby

Ersilia said...

Hi Norma, I like all the changes you made on the anonymous ​​furniture. Now they are delicate and tasteful.
I can't wait to see the progress of the salon!

Ersilia

Lucille said...

Hi Norma! Lovely makeovers! I love your fabric on the divan! It must have been quite the job to reupholster but well worth the effort because it looks amazing. That is one beautiful fireplace. I love what you have done to the room so far and I look forward to seeing it to the finish.

miniacollection said...

This is a lovely room. I love your fireplace. It's amazing what a makeover can do.
Geneviève

ANA ROSA said...

Esta quedando una habitación muy bonita!! el cambio de la chimenea y el sofá es espectacular!! felicidades.
Un saludo.
Ana.

Plushpussycat said...

Love your makeovers, Norma! Can't wait to see what's next! xo Jennifer

Ilona said...

It all looks sophisticated, Norma. I think it is wise to wait and see what to do before taking the next step. The sofa and the hearth are looking much better now.
Have a nice weekend. Hugs, Ilona

Maria Ireland said...

Wonderful makeovers. I love the fabric you used on the sofa.
Hugs Maria

maragverdugo said...

I love all these changes, especially the fireplace.
A very nice room.
Hugs

Eliana said...

The room is getting gorgeous, Norma!

Daydreamer said...

Your "makeovers" are certainly an improvement on the originals!!! You have completely altered their character! I LOVE the fresh new look and hope to see more of this room before too long!

Christine said...

Lovely makeovers, especially the sofa. :)

Susan said...

What a difference you've made to each item, everything looks well loved and beautiful. You create atmosphere so beautifully.

Elizabeth S said...

Helllo Norma! I have to give the fireplace and the re-worked furniture, 2 thumbs way up! I think that you made the right choice and the lighter paint makes everything look clean and fresh. What a difference color or the lack of it can make. It can completely alter the feel of the room. Very pretty!

elizabeth

Flora said...

Ulalalà!
I see where I can sleep when I come to Paris ...
A comfortable sofa in front of the cozy fireplace :-)
Lovely room :-)
Mini hugs
Flora

Roelie said...

What a beautifull make-over! Love the fireplace.
Mini hugs, Roelie

Margaret said...

Hi Norma, I love your salon, and what great makeovers you have done, especially the settee. The lighter colours definitely look better in a French or shabby chic decor.

Evelyne Martin said...

Oh, I like your versions way more, they look MUCH better!

Fi.P said...

Hi Norma,

I cant believe the changes, what a difference, what a great eye you have to see the possibilities. The Salon is looking lovely.
I wonder if I will see you at the Fair this weekend???

ML Fi xx

Lady Jane said...

I love this room. Your results are well worth the effort. The settee is a handsome makeover and I want one, lol...

Steinworks said...

I thought I posted a comment but apparently I didn't, I wanted to say how lovely the room turned out and that sofa make over is just the bomb!

Hugs
marisa

Fabulously Small said...

Oh, Norma, I thought I had already commented on this, but started doubting and haven't; shame on me!
I love what you did with the fireplace and the sofa, very nice fabric! It all fits very well, nice job!

Janne said...

Great makeover , you have done a good job .

Nora MacPhail said...

Wow, much improved! Very stylish. I am now a follower!
Happy Creating.

Sandra said...

It certainly does all tie together beautifully - the room is looking great! Hugs Sandie

Mª José (Miniluna) said...

Impresionante, un trabajo precioso.

Felicidades!!

maria l. said...

Eso se llama estilo y buen gusto.
A tuch of class

Petit Coterie said...

Norma,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I enjoyed reading your blog and will stop by again.

Rosethé said...

le résultat de ces changements est parfait !
rosethé