Monday, June 16, 2008

Salon de white sofa


As promised, this week will be full of tips on bringing haute couture to your home.  The above illustration by Mark Hampton, is of Syrie Maugham's own sitting room in Chelsea from the late twenties.  A salon of white and off-white interiors has the ability to look timeless and equally modern.  Historically, white or white-washed interiors work well from simple cottages to luxurious palaces.  Adding a simple white piece to a room adds a point of view.  Take for example this sofa.  Picture yourself relaxing on this sofa reading the latest French Fashion magazine, imagining that you are going to be called for your beauty appointment or fitting, right in your very own home salon.  Every home needs a "salon de white sofa."  Please be sure to check out this site Haute-House and click on the fabric selections.  Clever swatches appear in the shape of little birds.  

The above sofa is from Haute-House.

Last week while still on a mission of finding that sweet sofa that I had posted which I later found out that it was a seven grand, yes 7,000 dollars!  Well, as the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going- so I visited a local thrift store and was delighted to find a wonderful sofa.  I even did a drive by a local upholsterer who has covered numerous items for me and she said I must have paid at least $1,200 dollars.  I got the steal of the century.  This lovely love-seat was a mere $175 and is in excellent condition found at a local thrift shop named, Forever Elegant.   Please excuse the bad photo, I was in a rush and my camera was not cooperating.  

 I brought it home and it is in our bedroom.  Mind you I do not have a salon but it does add a special touch of couture.  Note the tufted back along with the great french legs.  The best part is my husband loved it too.  Here is my quick sketch!



30 comments:

Marnie said...

don't you just love a bargain and good looking one at that -

pve design said...

marnie-
yes, love a great find for a bargain...you must have some great bargains too!
patricia

CC said...

WOW! You did get the deal of the century, Patricia. Did you get her recovered or is that what she looked like when you bought her???

Natasha said...

That is a gorgeous find! Can I just say, if you ever feel like shopping for me I will be willing to pay! I love it, love it, love it.

erika said...

it would be safe to say that you & i should not shop together.
that is unless you are okay with blood on your white settee.
i would have shoved and pushed for that bad-boy.

Be the change..... said...

What a find; such a beautiful loveseat! We had one very like that in white in our living room when I was a little boy that was sold off before some move at some point but I always loved it!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Patricia - I love the sketch as much as I love the sofa!

Melissa Lewis said...

Patricia, that has to be the best thrift store find EVER! Wow! I love that couch, so glamorous. The bedroom is the perfect place for it!

littlebyRD said...

FABULOUS! What bargain you got - It is so very lovely!

ALL THE BEST said...

Wow, that is a great find and I love the website too!!

pve design said...

The sofa is as I found it. White and impeccable condition! A real steal, the clincher for me was when the shop keeper said, "Oh, I have that decorator coming back today to take a second look" so do not hesitate, it shall be gone soon. When I went to pick it up, she (the decorator) was there!"
Evil eyes were upon me.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Love it!! I like it it a lot more than the one you originally posted too.

pve design said...

mrs.limestone,
glad you like it. Just think of all those thousands I saved!
pve

Kwana said...

I had the honor of being with her when she found it. Ms. pve is a magic shopper. What an eye! Poof! It was gone that decorator didn't know what hit her!

houseandglobe said...

Patricia,
Wow! What a fabulous find! I cannot believe the sofa was 175. By the way, did I fail to mention my love affair with tufting when we chatted the other day?
;-) Seriously, these days I'm ga-ga over all things tufted!

pve design said...

kwana,
thanks for being there and giving me the "yes, you should buy it."
patricia

house & globe-
exquisite tufting is really tough to walk away from...
no pun intended!
patricia

LondonCalling said...

What a steal of a deal! That is a beauty at any price!

Chairloom said...

Hi Patricia! Congrats on that. It does seem perfect! That price is hard to come by! Molly Worth

Fifi Flowers said...

I need a sofe in my bedroom... I just keep searching... lucky you found what you were looking for!

BTW... awaiting the graphic art book... will provide info as soon as I get it.

Chairloom said...

Fifi - Maybe I can help? check out chairloom.com & send me your email. I have 2-3 unfinished sofas I could email pictures.

Braque68 said...

That settee was the deal of the century. Buying it was truly a no brainer! what a beautiful piece of furniture.

annechovie said...

What a tremendous buy, Patricia! It is adorable!

Paul Pincus said...

i love the sofa.

i love the sketch.

i really love the bad photo. blown-up...this image looks like a gerhard richter.

N said...

nothing is as uplifting as a good bargain! great eye on you!

I cherish bargain hunting as if it were an Olympic sport. okay...name that thrift shop, please...!

simply seleta said...

Oh this was a MUST PURCHASE. I'm so thrilled you landed this classic yet sexy piece. $175?!! $175?!! Yes I just asked that twice. [fainting spell]

Love love love.

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Lynne said...

Thanks for the comment - and what a great find. I love it.

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