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post #1696 of 1897
Douglas, looks stellar. Tons of character.
post #1697 of 1897
Thanks for posting Douglas. I like the door in your kitchen.

You have odd taste in wall decorations. Moar photos for scrutiny please.
post #1698 of 1897
OK, I'll bite.

There are two professional artists in my family - my brother is a portraitist and landscape painter, and he paints in a classic representational manner. My great aunt was an abstract expressionist, though she died a few years ago. I have access to much of their, umm, back catalog, and I am not too proud to take it for the moment. I realize it doesn't all always work together but they're interesting and personal to me, and yes, I do enjoy them all. Each have a few great works I'd kill for, but for the moment, I don't have the splash to buy them outright or the seniority to make an inheritance play on yet.

Some of the other stuff (like that mirror) has just been thrown up there knowing it needs to be replaced when time, funds, and marital agreement serendipitously align. One could make the argument that less is more, but especially in that room, the wood paneling can get oppressive, and I'm trying to break it up as much as I can. Some of the other decorating details also need work, I know, but again, it's time and money and a fight with my wife away from happening.

Examples:

- I hate the piano. Not so much because it's a piano, but because it's farking huge and screws with the floor plan.
- The sofa is a POS. In a perfect world, I'd replace with two leather chesterfields facing each other across the flokati and framing the fireplace, maybe with a Noguchi table in the middle. Maybe a bit incongruous to some eyes but I like the idea of it. Unfortunately, the piano has to go to make that happen, as there's no room for a second sofa as-is.
- The main carpet is fine, but it's not my ideal. A huge Serapi is my personal grail.
- I'm still not sure what to do with perimeter "sideboard" furniture. Anything wood, as you can see, tends to get lost with the paneling there.
- The dining chairs need reupholstering badly, and could be replaced entirely, though I like their general character. Fabric choices there are going to be tough.
- Similarly, I'd like long cushions on the built-in benches (like you see on the left wall, there's another right of the shot on the wall facing into the room) but fabric and pillow choices are a bitch. I suck at that kind of thing.
- The dining table is also kind of a POS but I need a long, stately table like that, preferably Renaissance or something heavy like that, that seats 8-10. I've considered a stone top to brighten the space, but I'm also scared it could get too Liberace.

I'll PM you some specific artist details, as naming them publicly would lead the pitchforks to my door.
post #1699 of 1897
Not my style, but very nice. I'm a sucker for the walkway on the upper floor. Thanks for sharing.

re the stone top for the dining table, a honed finish would tone down the "Liberace" aspect and accomplish the brightening you're after. (BTW, I didn't even notice the piano until I read your further comment and embiggened the picture. It really blends into background in that picture.)
post #1700 of 1897
I embiggened it and didn't see a piano. Someone embiggen it and show me where its at.

Looks sharp D. The kitchen looks REALLY nice and you made a good call keeping the living room design open like that. Not my particular taste with the furniture but it looks very handsome. Actually, it looks like a bed and breakfast. You angling for some side cash flow here?
post #1701 of 1897
You see the sailboat? Right under that.
post #1702 of 1897
Never would have known that was a piano. That was good enbiggening on your part.
post #1703 of 1897
oh yeah - check this out

embiggened
post #1704 of 1897
Damn son. That's some serious embiggening on your part. Mad props.
post #1705 of 1897
I like it a lot Douglas, very interested. I really like the old world look of the table and chairs. I do agree about the piano though, it looks really awkward there. Why was a pub taking pictures of your place?
post #1706 of 1897
wow i didn't realize you could embiggen it that much.

there's been a bit of interest in our place as it is listed on the historic register on account of some unique architectural features and some notoriety of the original owner. nothing really fantastical though.
post #1707 of 1897
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wow i didn't realize you could embiggen it that much.

twss ?
post #1708 of 1897
Are you living in the home of a famed pornographer?
post #1709 of 1897
I shouldn't have said notoriety, I apologize. I know it usually carries a negative connotation but I have lately gotten into the habit of using it even when no negative connotation is intended.

The previous owner of my home was decidedly not a pornographer, anyways.
post #1710 of 1897
Douglas, your house looks fantastic. Good job on the reno.

re: the parlor, we were looking at a house that had just come on the market - it was a huge place, with a big main room that had a similar walkway as your parlor, similar wood treatment, bookshelves, etc. I loved it, but it was much more house than we needed - and it was right across the street from the in-laws.
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