Friday, December 3, 2010

Red, White and Blue Gloriously Displayed for Pink Saturday 12/4/10

Welcome to Pink Saturday and a thank you to Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting it. Just click on the logo below to go visit all the participants.


Do any of you know what it's like to be posting all these scans of photos from the Ethan Allen Treasury of American Home Interiors? I have to scan, edit, PhotoShop them—which I don't do as fastidiously as I wanted for lack of time, and then upload them to Photobucket, which just went through a transition and took me a while to get used to the new version. Can I have a cheer? Please!

These books used to cost $14.95 about 10 years ago, but they were free if you went in and looked around and showed an interest in purchasing something, which I did. But I got such great ideas from them, plus you all know how much I love eye candy. These decorating ideas are timeless. BTW, I don't get a cent from Ethan Allen for promoting their products. I just love their furniture.

Now, there's an aside to this post. My daughter was lamenting to me the other day on the phone about her family room sofa. She bought it as Sofas, Inc. or some inexpensive generic store several years ago and her animals have trashed it. I can barely sit on it because it's so broken down, but she had refused to replace it for the animals to just trash another one. ??? So she was lamenting about the lack of pretty fitted slipcovers. (Trust me, I don't know why frugality is taking over now; it's NOT an issue.) I recommended to her to go to Ethen Allen and look at the quality of their furniture. She got her Rachel Ashwell living room sofa at Layla Grace about 5 years ago and loves it and it looks like good quality, but it doesn't even compare to EA.

Anyway, I told her about the blog posts I'm doing on EA here and recommended she visit one of their stores in the SF Bay Area, where she lives. She mentioned Ikea, which is an inexpensive store, and their sofas are not the best quality. It's more for college students and people just starting out really. Good enough but not great. Now, I've raised this kid and she knows my stuff and my standards on certain things. She mentioned Pottery Barn. I told her that's a couple of steps up from Ikea, but better value can be had at other furniture shops in her area; after all, I lived there and know what the stores are like. So instead of following her mother's advice, she orders a sofa and 2 chairs and the 3 slipcovers from PB. Now, don't get me wrong; it's good but not the best. So much for a mother's recommendation.

As I've said before, I love red in all its value, pink especially. I think this room is stunning.

It's kind of funny but the tulips are what drew me to show you this room. Oh, I do like the room and the furniture, but I prefer skirts on my sofas.

Notice this bedroom has 3 different kinds of stripes on the bedcoverings.

This is a variation on my own sofa I've had for 15 years. The only difference are the pillows. These are "knife-edged" and mine are rounder and softer.

Again, the harlequin rug drew me to this room along with the red walls. Red is just such a commanding color.

Same sofa as the white one 2 photos above but with a different fabric.

This is one of my favorite rooms. I once considered painting my walls yellow, but pink won out many years ago; although, I did paint my bedroom in California yellow once but it was a snap decision brought about by hubby demanding I make up my mind at the paint store quickly. I hated that hue for a couple of years and then painted it another color. Just wasn't exactly like I wanted and got rushed. Never, ever again!!!

Can we say fantastic?! I could live in this bedroom. I love it, more specifically the bed coverings and textiles in the room. I'd love to have the exact same linens for our bed but it's not happening because I know they'd be too expensive and hubby would cry...a LOT...maybe even divorce me. But they are gorgeous!!!!

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