Today is Le Professeur Gothique’s Monthly Homework Assignment. This month, she has charged us with blogging about something that brings us Comfort and Joy.
I wanted to keep this post on-topic for a fashion blog, but didn’t have time to do what I had planned over the weekend. However, I still wanted to participate, so instead of a fashion-related post I present to you some interior decorating!
My greatest dream throughout my life was always to own my own house. When we finally bought the home of our dreams just over two years ago, Mr. Kitty and I wanted decor that was extremely elegant, dark, and reminiscent of the Victorian era without being a full-on Victorian reproduction. We wanted abundant details and texture. Most of all, we wanted something that would make our home feel like the most wonderful place we could possibly be. It’s still a work in progress (I’m dying for crown molding, which we plan to tackle in January).
I chose to feature this room for the Comfort and Joy theme because our home is our sanctuary. We are extremely busy and don’t get a lot of time to just relax, but when we do, this room is my favorite place to spend time. Snuggling on the antique couch (which desperately needs re-upholstered) with Mr. Kitty, Perseus and Prometheus, surrounded by tidy elegance is the greatest comfort and joy in the world!
Decorating this room has been a challenge, thanks to the modern style of the house. We’re actually not fans of today’s popular features such as bullnose corners, can lights and open floorplans. We’ve done our best to minimize those aspects in various ways, such as covering the pony wall with lush houseplants (see below) to help separate the dining room a bit and replacing some of the can lights with more traditional fixtures. We replaced all of the chrome doorknobs with new knobs in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. Thankfully, the entire downstairs had already been upgraded to laminate flooring by the previous owners. Laminate flooring is so elegant and clean: a much better option than carpet for pet owners.
Now, to get this post back on-topic: I got a new pair of slippers at Bed, Bath and Beyond last weekend. Don’t you love those 20% off coupons that always come in the mail? So, how do slippers earn a mention on a Gothic fashion blog? Well, these Dearfoams slippers were pretty boring, except for the fun velvety lining, until I went to work embellishing them. No tutorial, because all I did was take a couple of ribbon bows (purchased pre-made from eBay for pennies each!) and sheer ribbon rosettes (also pre-made from eBay) and stitched them on. Now they are the cutest slippers ever, and SO comfortable. Just what I need to help me relax in comfort and joy!
What brings you the greatest comfort and joy?