November 2003
Tom put up the French Cornices and Drapes!

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These are French linen toile draperies, from the Paris Flea Market, via eBay.

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The slightly-burgundy red in the toile matches the color of some of the roses in the Aubusson rug
and colors on the Aubusson chairs. (The walls aren't that bright a red, by the way! The color is a dull coral red.

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The cornices (best shown below) provide an accent of teal blue,
similar to that in the Sevres porcelain in the living room
and that on the needlepoint rug and chair seats in the dining room.
They are carved wood, with applied gesso flowers in relief.

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This is a set of French damask draperies, from Switzerland via eBay.
The items on the window sill on the left are Italian.
The plates hanging on the right above are 18th century French faience, from Marseille.

While I'm at it, I will add some new photos of the dining room....
with colors and patterns inspired by my memories of Norway and its rose-painting,
and some touches of Holland but, otherwise mostly French in design.
Most of our decor is quite eclectic.

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While in Norway in 1967, I immediately fell in love with their 18th and 19th century Rosemaling.
their traditional, folk art, usually painted on wooden objects and furniture
and, originally, painted all over the wooden walls of their houses in the
18th century.

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Though we have no antique Norwegian examples shown here,
the Dutch clock and French wooden tray, shown above, and the needlepoint chairs are in that same spirit.
The chairs and tray were brought from Washington and were the original palet for the colors in for our dining room,
together with our Meissen and Herend dishes with the same colors.
We are expanding the Dutch influence by gradually adding Dutch Delft ware in the kitchen.
An 18th-century-Delft plaque has found its way to the foyer as well.

You can check out the additions to our collections in the occasional up-dates to the Collections pages.

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