Friday, May 12, 2017

Pink Linen Curtains for my French Dining Room

 Perhaps I have been swayed by the popularity of blush pink in interiors this year.
It is a color that is everywhere these days....
Pink is a color I have always been attracted to, and yet it can be a bit much
in "regular" rooms, often relegated to babies rooms or young girls.  Maybe since 
I have a grand daughter on the way, this desire for more pink in my own house
was too much to ignore.
 Whatever the reason, I ordered a bolt of pink Irish linen to create
a pair of panels for the dining room windows.  I rolled out 3 yard increments
on the dining room table for each of the four panels.  These would not be lined,
yet simply hung with a straight stitched rod pocket and hemline.
 A french console with a pink marble top that used to be in my shop's foyer was installed between the pair of windows, underneath the venetian mirror.  Its a nice narrow display space for flowers, dishes, candles or whatever I want to highlight.  The pink looks pretty with the purple transferware collection.  Harkens back to my seventh grade bedroom, which as done in pink and purple with French provincial canopy bed.  The set was a little girl's dream,
 and I was lucky enough to have one at the age of 12.  
 We eat dinner in this room every night as a family, and most often we dine on placemats instead of a table cloth, as placemats are easier to launder.  I made a set of pink toile placemats about twelve years ago and they have stood up so well over time and repeated washings.  Sewing can really come in handy when you want specific styles in draperies, pillows, placemats, napkins and the like.  Sewing gives me the ability to showoff my personal style, and I won't see it anywhere else.
 A pair of antique gilded candlesticks from my blogging friend Cindy at Edith + Evelyn Vintage's etsy shop grace the French console.  She has many french accessories in her online shop.
I traded the candlesticks for some of my purple transferware with Cindy, which was really fun.
I am looking forward to seeing my old plates gracing her beautiful French home on her blog.
 My centerpiece is an antique garden trug that Matthew Mead gifted me.
I placed a pink gardening shovel in the trug that I found on our trip to Long Island.  
The shovel was about the only pink thing for sale at the White Flower Farmhouse shop.
This room's redecoration is a nod to spring and summer, 
and the lightheartedness these months bring to our daily living.  
Looking forward to the French doors opening to the courtyard, white wine and soft
summer breezes.  Centerpieces will be made up with cuttings from the garden pink roses.  
The pink draperies will get changed back to the grey after Labor Day, 
but until then, we will be in full spring and summer mode, here at Maison Decor.
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