My daybed is back from the upholsterer and it’s time for an update. As much as I wanted to make the suzani kilim work as an upholstery treatment, I heeded the advice of commenter Catherine who observed that the silk painting and kilim were at odds: “One must demure to the other,” she stated. “Once you choose a winner, I think you’ll find your wall colour choice much more straightforward.” In the end, the painting won out; I find it romantic and wanted to rescue it from its ignominious limbo at the back of my clothes closet.
Do you believe in decorating portents? Apparently I do. Back in July I ordered a range of fabric samples from mid-century specialist, Winterbeachmodern.com. When my first choice was sold out from under me, I went back to the well for more options and while I was mulling things over I headed to Dunnville for my post about Time Capsule. On the drive home, I passed a country barn with a sign out front promising “Antiques and Uniques” and that’s where I unearthed a dusty pair of lemon yellow ceramic lamps for the unbelievable price of $5 for the pair. (The lamps aren’t as tall as the ones they replaced so I jacked them up on some coordinating books.)
I let the lamps seal the deal on which fabric to choose for the daybed, a Maharam/Kvadrat’s Messenger pattern in Canary yellow ($103 for 10.25 yards). It so happens there’s yellow in the painting on the lower bird’s wings so the choice wasn’t completely out of the blue. Similarly, the bird’s grey neck and breast helped cement the wall colour choice, Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray.
And that brings me to the rug. My friend Doreen is going through some life changes and was moving most of her possessions into storage for what will likely be many months. She kindly agreed to loan me a gorgeous silk/wool Persian carpet until she finds a place to settle. With gray, black and madder red, the rug works quite well with the rest of the scheme.
Back when I was deciding whether to part with my Louis XV sofa, I observed that my new daybed, the Robsjohn-Gibbings chair and Indian coffee table would feel like they actually belonged in the same room together. And I think they do.
Every time I come into the space, the sunny yellow makes me smile. The room is lighter, brighter and the sofa is so much more comfortable to stretch out on while I’m watching TV (the Louis couldn’t accommodate my 6′ 1″ frame). And the best part is that the sale of the sofa and the suzani more than covered the cost of the daybed and re-upholstery (details to follow).