I love having a fireplace, mostly because I have a mantel to redo with every season. It is so fun to trade out and rearrange new pieces to have a fresh new take on the space. Currently, my mantel sports a pastel rendering of a lady I don't know. I call her Merriam and I love the colors in this piece. There is also a big "animal" theme in this room, including a little wooden bird in a box and some duckhead bookends. Tulips from the yard in a beautiful turquoise fiesta pitcher and a turquoise vintage clock tie in my door color.
The children are vintage prints I purchased at a cute little shop in Ft. Leavenworth. They were popular from their era, but I know little about them. I think they are great.
I recently acquired this fabulous train painting by an artist friend, Andrew Elman. I feel so lucky to have it and it works so perfect with the colors in this room. The couch was the first piece of furniture that I found after I we bought this house. It came from craigslist and is in excellent condition, however the foam in the cushions is original and someday I will have it replaced. The little turquoise lamp came from my days at Atomic Age and is a piece that can be spotted in the movie Raising Arizona.
This chair was purchased at good juju before I even knew where we were going to live. I just knew I loved it and had to have it. Other than one spot of discoloration (not horrible) it is in perfect shape. It reclines and has an ottoman which make is so comfortable. The dog is my favorite photo prop.
The chartreuse table is a piece that I made in furniture design studio at kstate. It has been in my living room ever since. I made it by bending plywood using a vacuum forming method, then I made a wood dye to finish it. The legs are bent aluminum held in place with metal pins. The lamp also came from good juju and needed to be rewired.
The horse tapestry came from the thrift store on Wilmington Island, GA. When I purchased it, my intent was to stretch canvas over the frame or paint over it. I don't know why I didn't realized how fabulous it was at first. How tragic it would have been to paint over it! I still need to actually "hang" it on the wall, but for now (and maybe forever) it sits atop everyone's favorite IKEA bookcase. The little red toy sewing machine was my mothers when she was young. My grandpa gave it to me and I think everything about it is perfect. Thanks for touring my living room and who knows, maybe I will share more of my home soon.