Not long ago, Patricia van Essche sent me a present. I do love presents and I keep going back again and again to admire this one. House and Garden’s Complete Guide to Interior Decoration, Sixth Edition, 1960 is a treasure trove of timeless rooms. The book is beginning to fall open on the page with the image above. The section is titled “The country look: a union of elegance and ease.” Many of us aesthetically focused folks quest for those things that are a union of elegance and ease. We can certainly see why the editors chose this room to illustrate their point.
A converted mill is the charming setting for this “flock of lightly scaled chairs” and while the mill itself might not be so easy to come by, many of the elements of the room are available at the click of a mouse.
Bronze and crystal chandelier.
The chandelier is one of the most dramatic touches and oh how it swings from the yards and yards of chain that suspends it.
1940’s Chinoiserie wall clock.
The clock in the image is lovely, but on my search I ran across the Chinoiserie one above and could not resist. Octagon, too, and Roman numerals. It’s great to have a piece in a room that has both tones, silver and gold, so you don’t feel locked into one metal or the other.
American illuminated globes.
The globe and the armillary sphere provide graphic, masculine accents to off set the feminine lines of the chairs and the ceramics.
Chinese Famille Vert lamp.
The book describes the room as having rough pink plaster and red tile floors, this Famille Vert lamp would work nicely with the warm tones of the space.
Period Louis XV French farm table.
“Furniture is seldom elaborately inlaid or ornamental in the formal manner.” hence the French farm table as desk.
Set of eight French chairs.
The aforementioned flock of lightly scaled chairs.
The rug in the photo is an Aubusson, but that has never been on my hit parade. The Samarkand above appeals to me more.
A little more bling in the lighting.
And the cool, chalky terra cotta tile for the floor. You could stick with the pink plaster or you could go with a different shade. Hmmm….what about a lovely shade of yellow?