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Occasionally I like to show you bits of my own home so that you can

make sense of why I’m going on about a color, or a collection, or a favorite

flea find. My home is the genesis of most of my perspective…it’s inevitably

personal. So this is the room into which a little gray must fall.  The cabinet

shelves have come down, books and favorite objects are stacked about the

room awaiting their new homes. Zinc items cluster on a marble topped

Louis XV style French chest, happy to welcome more gray into the room…

A botanical grouping from Anthropologie…

I added a bit of paint to enliven those on the right…

The flower on the far left strains to catch a

bit of the waning light…

My scientific curiosities…the glass orb contains a filament that spins commensurate

with the amount of light that hits it, a jeweler’s magnifying loop on wheels. In the tiered

glass case an English c. 1810 pocket watch, engraved and hand pierced pocket watch

“verge fusee” balance bridges from late 1600’s through early 1800’s, on top of the glass

case: La Parisienne, an antique Junelle-Eclair here. Folds up in various positions to be

alternately antique binoculars, theater glasses, compass, magnifying lenses, etc…

More info and photos in my Provenance post here

A roll of feathers on a stand, magnifying lens,

a remake of an old French lantern…

I’ve been collecting butterfly’s since my kids were young…

the top one has a Victorian look to it…

More at Deyrolle here

I will probably place the five  larger sets in the cabinets, possibly painting the frames black.

To Fanny Brawn here

The gorgeous cinematography of  Bright Star is now out on video

This curious object is the marriage of a hanging orchid

display (pot would insert at the bottom of the wire orb)

which includes a magnifying lens and balancing ball…

and the upside down pedestal of a long gone garden fountain.

Serendipitous…I like it for its sculptural quality and

occasionally add an orchid…

The baby grand piano…our first piece of furniture for the living room…

holds a collection of Nathanial Hawthorne’s works, Byron’s

complete works, and lovely but unreadable Scandinavian books from

Big Daddy’s Antiques (at the flea market)…

My favorite Ebay win…

A 19th century Louis XV Canopy chair which I still

love being covered in its original and tattered jute underlay….

Duplicate cabinets flank a window seat, and have been

sanded, primed, and had their first coat of “Pavement”

paint…

One of a set of  chairs on either side of the fireplace…

needs to be reupholstered…

love the lamp shape on the floor lamp…

bought the stone balls a decade ago

from a stone yard in Napa…

My antique French grape pickers tin “hod” or harvest basket

with attached straps and last season’s lavender…

cast stone fireplace, my 18th century settee that keeps migrating

through the house in search of a perfect spot…

The c. 1939 open beam ceiling swoops from over 9 feet at the

mantle to reach the second floor landing…

Bought the chandelier from the flea market and had it wired. Similar chandelier

at Big Daddy’s Antiques here. Love that mirror above the French desk…

bought it for $100 when I was first married and stripped and bleached it…

Ubiquitous Pottery Barn couch that withstands the cat’s claws every

morning. Really doesn’t bother me. I like a couch I don’t have to worry

about. Might redye the slip cover. More posts with photos of my home here

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It’s exciting, messy, and disruptive to pull everything

out of the cabinets, exhausting since I’m doing the work myself…

But exhilarating to be able to put my favorite finds over the last

twenty years in new places with a new look…

to be continued!

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Check comments below for sources for butterfly collections