When we moved into Nana’s Yellow House two years ago, I really wanted to keep the the house as original as possible. Several modifications had been made by previous owner; sheet rock added to the living room and dining room, carpet and laminate flooring installed over the original pine floors. This makes the task of reviving the 1930 feel more difficult as removing walls and flooring takes a lot of time and even more hard work.
Since I really cannot afford to replace all of my furniture with vintage furniture, I have to resort to buying small items to give each room a touch of days gong by.
The Pink Room is a prime example of this effort. We did remove the carpet from this room (and the master) so you can see the beautiful floors we were left with.
My mother-in-law gifted the bed to us. The other items were picked up at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, and the occasional online/social media shop.
We rarely use the room; grand-babies do come to visit and sleep here from time to time but other than that it is my own little pink showcase.
Of course, the walls are actually painted a pale yellow but most of the accents are pink; thus, The Pink Room. (note, I am fairly certain there is shiplap behind the paneling…. only time will tell)
The Pink Room
The Pink Room
Shadow box of my grandparents
The valance is not yet finished. I have purchased different vintage pillowcases for two years, washed them, pressed them, are rearranged them…. hopefully, I will get to a place soon where I am happy enough to sew a rod pocket and make them more permanent.
The Shadow Box is something I created to remember my grandparents. You can visit the link for more information on that.
Recently, I was asked to decorate a table for a local museum fundraising event, High Tea a The Schepis. I was thrilled as I love decorating and it would give me the opportunity to show off my ‘bargain” china.
My bargain china was a great find of about 100 pieces of Gibson for $40 on a local swap and sell site. I have had if for quite some time but have never really used it.
I chose to accent the china with pink accents; I LOVE pink!
I was able to find a lovely pink tablecloth and pink napkins on Ebay; they matched beautifully. However, when the napkins came in, they reeked of cigarette smoke. I soaked them in hot water, vinegar and baking soda until my water cooled down, rinsed and repeated the process. After 2 vinegar baths, I ran them through the washer on delicate. Viola, the smell was gone!
Several years ago, my mother gave me 4 silver napkins rings. Since I volunteered to set a table of 8, this would put me 4 rings short. I decided to go a more “Bonnie” route. I used vintage brooches and white ribbon to create a one-of-a-kind napkin ring for each guest. I encouraged each guest to choose their seat by picking their favorite brooch and allowed each guest to take home the brooch as a special gift from me.
I chose to use my vintage pink Limoges tea pot as my centerpiece. My local Flower Shop (yes, that is the name) did a wonder job creating the perfect balance of pink roses and white accent flowers. I centered the teapot on a Limoges vegetable bowl, and doilies, and used vintage gloves and pearls to pull the theme together.
I hope you enjoy the picture of my table below: