A few years later we scored this buffet at an estate sale.
And then a few months ago we completed the transformation when we found this set of 5 chairs at our local salvage yard. I never did find the 6th. Someone must have beat me to the punch and nabbed it as they were priced individually at an astonishing price of only $38 each!!!
I've always said, patience pays off!
I cleaned them up and placed them around the dining room table.
I initially considered painting them black but after infusing a big dose of blue in the room with the tablecloth, I began to embrace their unusual color.
In fact I've noticed that along with blue, this light peachy salmon color is often found in Imari porcelain.
I also noticed it in the pair of ginger jars on my mantle.
And then again in the framed set of hand-painted shells hanging in the dining room.
It really helped me to study the color story inherent in Imari porcelain.
(This is one of my faves with the stapled repair)
I have always been seduced by the exotic element Asian and Chinoiserie pieces inject into a space.
Over the years I have found many pieces most notably our unique Chinoiserie fireplace with its matching over mantle and screen.
Our new chairs are now the piece de resistance of the dining room!
With the addition of the chairs I've been inspired to bring more blue into both the dining and living rooms which flow together.
Last weekend, we hung this abstact painting in the living room, above the sofa. It was given to us by my mother and has been hanging in my husbands office.
I don't think I fully appreciated it at the time...
but now, I LOVE IT!
Look at all those beautiful blues!
What I love most about it is how it seems to become part of the dining room when you are seated.
(This seat looks straight at it from across the living room)
I found this unusual mirror the same day we scored the chairs.
I like it here as it brings height and light to this corner and reflects the coral display on the buffet.
I originally wanted to paint both the chairs and this
mirror black but after deciding to embrace the color of the chairs, I'm now
considering painting the mirror Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.
The example you see on the bottom right is the closest thing I could find to represent Hague Blue.
After studying the multicolored Japanese porcelain it began to make sense and encouraged me to push beyond the safe and easy choice of black!
Both rooms are still a work in progress.
My goal is to lighten up and let the stand out pieces shine.
I removed the Missoni silk throw pillows from both the sofas and chairs to let the room breathe and am finding I really like it.
I am a passionate treasure huntress addicted to "the thrill of the hunt." I pride myself on finding unique items and have spent a lifetime collecting unusual and interesting "treasures" which I have used in decorating our home. I shop with an eye for design and look for pieces that I like to call the "jewelry" of the room. Those pieces that have been around accumulating energy thereby bringing life into a space by telling its story or evoking a memory. The allure is found in the details of its journey... condition, provenance and patina. Our collected "treasures" tell the story of who we are. Billy Baldwin said it best, "Decorating is never successful unless it is personal." My treasures are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and on my companion blog, Shop La Dolfina. The links can be accessed from my sidebar.
"All of life is about energy. It's about the energy that you're putting out; energy that you're drawing to yourself, every day, based on the way you think about your life & the actions that you take. Everybody is an energy field. And because of your attitude, your thinking, your actions; who you choose to be in the world, forms your own field. You are drawing into your field people who are like you... to remind you, to show you, to reflect back to you- who you are. Believe that or not, that is what is happening all the time... and it does not require your belief. It just is. It. Just. Is." -Oprah