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The Chairs, and LIVING ROOM decisions

Yes, it's true. The famous pink chairs are finally being recovered. The upholsterers came and picked them up yesterday, and the dog, who regularly sits on them (those days are over), immediately began trembling. Haha.

Now we need help choosing curtain and pillow fabric.

So, just for some background--here's one of the chairs with the fabric we picked. Dorie the color expert helped us match it to our red wall. (We may need to change the yellow wall behind it to a different shade of yellow-ish tinge -- more on that later).

In dealing with decorating this 1927 bungalow we realized that some of the traditional Craftsman styles are just way too rustic for us. We love a lot of it -- we just can't do all of it.

We also realized that our house has some tiny hints of Art Deco in it, which makes sense given that the periods overlap. (These chairs are Victorian, which means they are too fancy to make them 'Craftsman' anyway).

So we're going for an Art Deco Living Room.

Art Deco can take a few different themes, but generally--think old-school movie theatres, often with angular 'sunrise' shape embellishments and wall sconces, and lots of geometrics.

the Chrysler building is art deco:

Art Deco often manifested as a nod to the 'machine age' -- planes, blimps, industrial themes:

There are some themes that pay tribute to the "Jazz Age" -- like so (Jazz Bowls by Schreckengost):

There also was, in some quarters, a sort of 'exotification' of Egypt and Eastern countries-- a nod to travel / world exposure that I haven't wrapped my head around as all that respectful-- but it certainly resulted in some neat-o leopard print and glamorous rooms.

Now, I don't know enough about Art Deco yet, but it does seem like architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his Prairie designs have bridged some of the Craftsman-Deco styles; Tiffany-style glass lamps, for instance, are popular in both Craftsman and Deco styles.

But some of the Lloyd Wright stuff can have kind of a Southwest tinge to it.

I want to do my best to avoid that. So I need to be careful when working with geometrics not to get too 'earthy' -- we want to incorporate some mod colors and leopard prints into the mix. I want the room to be more jazzy/machiney than rustic.

Many art deco rooms have gold tones. Many others have white tones--

So keeping all this in mind----

Here's what we are deciding between---Which leopard print do you think should be our curtains/ pillows? And Which goes best with the spiral chair fabric? The white or the gold?

Of course we may also need to cover a pillow in the fabric so that the dog will have a new place to sit once he is no longer allowed on the chairs.

That means we also have to decide --

which fabric goes best with the dog?


or this?


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Nov. 24th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
oh my god, this post is AMAZING!!! The dog photos: awesome!! This is the best. Too bad I am so closely involved in this discussion that I can no longer see clearly or cast a reliable vote. However, after you said that maybe the red leopard print could go on that door curtain thingy, I have been obsessively going over it in my mind. So far, I'm on the YES side. But I don't want it to be, er, "too much."

Clearly something is wrong here if I am the one saying that.

Also those Hindenburg lamps are cool.
Nov. 24th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
more lamps here:


I definitely want one
Nov. 24th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
jesus h. crackers

i love this fucking post.

Nov. 25th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
plz vote!

white leopard or gold leopard
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
white leopard
it speaks volumes
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
again zak you are SLAYING me!

i vote for re-upholstering the dog...

check out www.comfycozypetfurniture.com

go 3 products down to the Patterned Bumper Beds

Pamper your doggy and treat yourself to luxurious new ART DECO patterns

i can not believe w will not be togther for thanksgiving by the way

Nov. 26th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
we played 'btown runway' tonight and laughed and laughed.

where is your tree skirt fashion expertise when we need you.

Nov. 25th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it is just me, but the red leopard is coming off as a bit 80's. Make them into leggins and head out to the county fair to see Whitesnake. Yes? No? I don't know. This one is hard.
Nov. 26th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
ooops--reposted comment
you mean the white leopard?

asnd the gold leopard is coming across as what-- 90s?
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: ooops--reposted comment
Isn't that red in the one you are calling white?

The gold is kind of classic, timeless. That doesn't mean I like it better.
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: ooops--reposted comment
yeah, classic, etc-i know.

i suppose i am calling the red one 'white' because white, too was an art deco color theme that i was thinking of introducing to the room
Nov. 26th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
i gotta agree with lotta

since when is any kinda leopard deco?
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
actually, since always. the period itself embraced a range of styles and a big one was this 'welcome to the jungle' theme that grew out of the whole 'now we can have world travel' machine-age awakening. it's not the deco you might think of in terms of geometrics and pastels, but it was pretty prevalent.


however, much of it was supposed to 'look real' (or was real)--which could eliminate the white/red option. Or -- perhaps that could be a way of 'updating' the older trend.

Nov. 26th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
..you know, think big wooden trunks and safari themes.

...but maybe your point is that you don't think we should two different period-based themes. I can probably agree. We already have a pineapple lamp in the dining room--maybe the white and red leopard can move into there....

what i'd like to do is make the living room sort of 1920s train-station-lounge like, adding some marble, and Check out this "union station" light fixture:

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