Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Decor and a Happy Thanksgiving
Hurrah! As always, I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. Usually I like to cook a big dinner and have relatives over to eat, eat, eat, and drink wine. Since I have not lived in my hometown for about 40 years, those who come usually stay with me making my house full and happy. This year, however, we will be going to a restaurant instead of staying at home to cook. And for once, I am glad this is so, since I have been extremely busy lately and finally I do have family living in the same area I'm in.
Because I'm not cooking this year, I have more time to ponder the problems of decorating the townhouse. Above is our small entryway. Two problems here: do I change the little lantern-like light fixture and put a small chandelier there - or a different kind of lantern?
The other problem is with the sidelights - the little windows on either side of the doors. In his book, 101 Things I Hate About Your House, decorator James Swan criticizes those who leave these windows uncovered. However, with the different floors we have, it's not likely we will be running around the living room without clothes so that someone could see in . I like the light they allow in during the day, and since the living room sits above street level, I think we're safe from passers-by staring in.
Below is another problem: the square bay window. The bay's ceiling drops down from the tall living room ceiling. I'm not sure what to do about curtains. And once again, should I curtain the sides of the bay or leave them open. I have some luscious coral silk I bought in Brazil that will make wonderful curtains - I'm just not sure how to style them.
Finally, above, should I put a different mirror or keep the round gold one. I do have a French mirrour that is longer and a creme lacquer like the bed. I'm going to have to try it. I do love having the gold pick up the gold in the little chandelier though.