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Just another mini-update. Of furniture and new homes.

A Queen Anne Burr and Figured Walnut Low Dresser; 1st quarter of the 18th Century

Home alone, as Mike is off to Burgundy to see a double dresser on stretcher legs in Burgundy. Nearly identical to the one above except instead of three drawers it has four; two over two. So actually a bit more like this one:

A WALNUT AND CROSS BANDED DRESSER BASE, In the

William & Mary Dresser Base (late 19th to early 20th century)

Remember that massive 19th century giltwood mirror I bought in Madrid a while back? That’s going over the dresser in the entrance hall- should Mike like it once he sees it in person.

Our new method for choosing furniture (to avoid conflict) is we choose a style together, then I do a pre-selection of pieces that are of respectable quality and that I’d be happy with, then Mike chooses from that list what he likes most.

We’ve also chosen sofas for the formal living room. We’re going with Knole settees. The new house has a distinctly Hollywood Regency feel, with a Gone with the Wind grand staircase and heavily panelled rooms; so Knole sofas seemed just right.

The Olivier's on a period Knole sofa

The Olivier’s on a period Knole sofa

We found a pair from a dealer in Kent, with brass finials, that’s just stunning and miraculously the right size for a room that’s incredibly hard to furnish. On one wall it has three french doors to the garden, on the other double doors into the study, on the other double doors into the entrance hall, and on the fourth a massive fireplace. So the challenge is placing furniture as to not block passageways. The base palette will be grey, as that’s the original colour of the room, so something like the rooms below, but with much more intense flashes of colour.

Our room is narrower than this, but will be more dramatic- I need a bit of contrast, red or burgundy or something…

The dining room will be easy. I bought the Gustavian chairs while we were still in Spain (which Mike is also picking up today.) We haven’t settled on a table yet, except that it’s going to be oval and English Regency. The general feel I want for the table and chairs is this:

diningroom

In our version the walls are plain, the chandelier is much more grand and the table is oval.

We finally have a big study. A huge mistake in the house in Spain was that it was only 20 or so m2. As it’s really where we spend most of our time and receive our closer friends, this time it’s big. There’s enough space for two three seater sofas and four armchairs. It’s going to be dark and have the feel of a 19th century London gentlemen’s club; deep reds, browns, greens, The colours of a Flemish tapestry- and velvet sofas.

18th Century Flemish Tapestry

 And that’s all for now. We move into the house in about three weeks. As soon as we do and have proper internet again, I’ll be back to visit you all as I haven’t been able to with our temporary haphazard phone connection. And many more pictures will follow. I leave you with a photo of one of the actual guest bathrooms at the new place- untouched since the 1920’s!

bathroom

 

Ah yes, the name of our soon to be town is Mazamet.

mazametmap

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18 comments on “Just another mini-update. Of furniture and new homes.

  1. john zande
    February 4, 2015

    Good to hear from you, and pleased to hear things are turning appropriately.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      February 6, 2015

      I’ll get there- and then I’ll probably drop dead, such are the ways of the world.

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      • john zande
        February 6, 2015

        How are the dogs fairing?

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        February 6, 2015

        Strange affair. Bessie, the untouchable, has suddenly decided I’m her private guardian. From not letting anyone near her for years, she now insists on sleeping on the bed. The other two are teenage hooligan boys- in Spain, France or wherever they go.

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      • john zande
        February 9, 2015

        Hey Pink, I need your help identifying a painting, probably a Renaissance work. At the bottom of the painting (the bit i’m actually interested in) there are six children wrestling. Does this ring a bell? If not, and if you don’t mind, send me an email so i can send you the still. johnzande@gmail.com

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        February 9, 2015

        It does ring a bell for a Rubens painting of putti. Email me the pictures at pink.agendist@yahoo.com 😀

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        February 9, 2015

        and if you can, also send it to my work email: admin@sotogrande.us
        because I get that on my phone.

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  2. acflory
    February 4, 2015

    How exciting, Pinky! And how nice to hear from you again. I particularly love the idea of the gentleman’s club atmosphere… except for ladies, of course. 😉

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  3. Vickie Lester
    February 5, 2015

    It all looks super-lovely! Three cheers for three weeks!

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  4. Arkenaten
    February 6, 2015

    I thought I had missed posts and was feeling a it guilt when you showed up at my spot!

    Nice to hear things are moving along. I had to read this twice as I got the ) mistaken) impression you had already moved in! When I saw the photos I thought, Sheesh, that was bloody quick!

    I have no idea what any of the furniture speak means … but it looks attractive.
    I love the black and white tiling.Has always struck me as ubiquitous of France. I wish I could get my missus to like it too. 🙂

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      February 6, 2015

      The black and white tiling is in every single bathroom and also the entrance hall. Haven’t moved in, but I’m working with the floor plans, from a distance- which is best, as I can indulge my more exuberant fantasies, entirely unhindered by reality or practicalities.

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  5. metan
    February 9, 2015

    I love your idea for conflict avoidance shopping, Mike getting to choose what he wants. I’m sure the spectre of you doesn’t loom over his shoulder at every viewing…. 😉

    Looking forward to seeing pics of the new house and all the things you’ll be doing to it. 🙂

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      February 9, 2015

      HA! That was funnier than you think. Today he was asking me to (literally) stop looking over his shoulder while he was looking at something on the computer 😀

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      • metan
        February 10, 2015

        As soon as I read that Mike was able to make the final choice I imagined him standing there saying to himself “I LOVE this one. Oh, but E wouldn’t like that tiny unnoticeable flaw/is it too light/too dark/not identical to the one he really wanted….”

        I don’t envy him…. 😀

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  6. Fran Macilvey
    February 10, 2015

    Tis wondrous delightful to hear from you again. Thanks for posting. I’m glad that it’s going well. xxxx 🙂

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  7. roughseasinthemed
    April 27, 2015

    I always thought Vivien Leigh was the most beautiful woman ever. I would have given anything to have looked like her. And she was a superb actress.

    But back to the house. I adore that bathroom. I hope you aren’t going to touch it but you probably are. Our last UK house was 30s and came complete with a burgundy plastic bath. Ripped it out and put in a free standing white one and tiled the bathroom in white with black dado and skirting. My pride and joy 😀

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