Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Finishing up my Tropical Cottage Living Room



I'm almost done with this part of the living room.
I bet you thought I would never finish.


So I googled the name on this lamp. It still has it's label. 
I had trouble figuring out the name, 'cuz it looked like
Gordey.
But the great thing about Google, is if you don't have a clue.....
(meaning, if you are clueless.)
it suggests other options to consider.
It kept trying to tell me, what I really wanted to look up was:
Cordey.....
Sooooooooooo..............
I toodled around the internet, and found a Cordey figurine that still had its label, 
and it matched my lamps label!!!!!

soooooooo.........I looked up info on the company, and this is what it said:

It was founded in 1942 and produced stuff until the mid century.
Sooooooooo....
This guy is actually older than I thought.

You've probably noticed that my bird theme flows over onto my lamps.
YOU IS SO SMART!!!!!


Another Bird Lamp!!!!!


I know absolutely Nothing about this lamp.
So you have been saved from having to read a lot of boring @#$.


I have a collection of sardine boxes. This is the only one that is metal.
It's silver plate. Just one more piece that I'm not polishing.

On the back wall of my living room, by my drafting board, i have a wall full of palm trees and tropical birds.


The guy from ebay that sold this to me was an IDIOT!!!!!!!!
When he shipped this picture, he didn't protect the glass properly.
It came with the glass in broken shards that tore up the watercolor in the top right corner.
WELL!!!!!
I loved the feeling of this piece, so I took it to my local framer who mounted the artwork on a paper board as close to the color of the painting as possible. 
Then......
I used chalk pastels to color the new board, trying to match the color of the clouds.
To finish off the repair, I actually grabbed some dirt and smeared it around on the paper.
Then I had it put back in the frame with new glass.


I think I did a pretty damn good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


One of the GREAT things about ebay, is getting to see such a wide selection of stuff you'd never run across if just antiquing at your local stores.
You also get to see just how much of the same crap is out there!!!!!
I was looking under artwork for "Tropical Birds", and came across this pair of oil paintings. 
I felt like I had scored this amazing rare find!!!!!
ONE OF A KIND, I tell ya!!!! ONE OF A KIND!!!!!

After buying them, I kept looking for "tropical bird" paintings, wanting to fill up my walls.

WELL, much to my Surprise I not only found the same pair again, but AGAIN!!!!!
They must have been mass produced in a painting studio around the Victorian era. Nice to know that poster art has been around a long time.


I have NO stories about these three paintings, soooooo
just look at them.



I keep this magazine rack by my drafting table. I use it to hold my drafting supplies. I think I am very clever!!!!!!

While I'm talking about my drafting table...............
Let me show you what I'm working on now!!!!!
I'm redesigning my laundry room.
It's going to be my next project!!!!  




That squiggle to the right is me.
I always draw a stick figure in that is my height, so I can check the scale.
That's when I realized that it would be hard to reach my library books in the top wire wall basket. But I liked the way it looked there, so I ordered another one from Ballard Deign, and drew it in freehand at the bottom.
This is where I will hold my library books, so I don't forget to take them back to the library!!!!!

I don't know if I will have time to renovate the laundry room this winter, or if I have to wait till next year. That's one of the disadvantages of living 6 months at a time in a place. It can take me that long to figure out what I want to do next.


This is one of those walls that looks bare with nothing on it.
YET has absolutely no purpose. Sooooooo....
I just stick stuff in front of it that looks pretty.


The ship is a flower frog!!!!!
It was made in Czechoslovakia and imported to the US probably sometime in the 30's or 40.s
(or 50's)
It's stamped with the importers name:  Erphila.
The bird is an older chalkware piece, probably made around the turn of the last century.





Being a classy babe.....
Along with my finer collections.....
I have me some Florida SOUVENIR plates!!!
I use them on tables to act as coasters. 

MIX YOUR STUFF UP FOLKS,
MIX YOUR STUFF UP!!!!

And, LASTLY!!!!!
Here's a photo of some of the pillows I sewed with my own little hands out of vintage barkcloth.


Hope you enjoyed my Living Room!!!!!
Now, on to the next space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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16 comments:

It's All Connected said...

Love the bird lamps and sardine box. Thanks for the tour! ~ Maureen

AndeM1 said...

Betsy...you are so stinkin talented.....just looking at the pictures of your room instantly tranports me to Florida....when can I move in? I have had the best time looking through your blog......I am looking forward to the next room in the tour!!!!

the mass produced birds are my favorite!!!!!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the tour of your living room, and that you like mixing high and low.

Tracey Yasi said...

Hi Betsy - I just love looking at your home pics and quirky fun pieces! And I keep coming back to look at your cottage photos - oh my!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I love that sardine box!! yes, it is fabulous~where are the rest of the sardine boxes? I never heard of a sardine box. I can't even guess what it is~I thought they came in cans and you peeled them open with a key!
Also, the bird lamp is really nice, the Cordey. Hey I was thinking you should frame all of your drafting sketches and do a gallery wall. I think they are really great! Loved the squiggled you.

Anonymous said...

I love to visit your blog. I was so inspired by your Florida room, I bought two parakeet prints at the thrift store! They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Lana @ muddkatt3@bellsouth.net

mary beasley said...

i didn't know you wore any clothes that required ironing?

Shelia said...

I love your living room and those bird lamps - to die for, well, at least get dizzy over! :) Love your fun way of decorating and I can almost her the laughing sea gulls! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

vignette design said...

Love the tour! If you ever want to get rid of your faux bamboo magazine rack...heehee. I love it! Looking forward to your laundry room project.
Check out my new post this evening. You're mentioned....~Delores

Victoria said...

I was thinking the same thing about the bamboo magazine rack I am crazy for bamboo really love
the tortoise finish stuff. Love the laundry
room drawings I have a kitchen/laundry room
reno in the works for a client. Love this post.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Betsy! I just found you through Delores at Vignette Design, and I can see that I am going to have a great deal of fun and find inspiration looking back through your entertaining and informative blog! I am wondering what a sardine box could possibly be--not to keep sardines in, surely??!! I am off to find out now. So nice to meet and be able to follow you. Linda

LuvWheaties said...

Hi Betsy,

I recently found your blog. I am not a blogger, but I enjoy visiting several blogs each day, and I have added yours to my favorites. I love the tropical decor. I see bird lamps and figurines here (Southern California) quite frequently, and I think most of them are from the 40s and 50s. I collect pink California pottery, and most of it is from that time period, when there were so many Los Angeles kilns.

Lauren said...

Love it! I really like your new blog too!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Shut the front door!..It is fabulous!...That Cordey lamp is awesome and a masterpiece in that room...I just love the environment you have so meticulously created. I can just see Ernest Hemingway sitting in your chair enjoying a drink with you!

Anonymous said...

I love how that room looks. I'd love to drink a tropical cocktail out of a tiki in that room. I just bought a set of the very same Snowy Egret Cordey lamps. Each is slightly different from the other. The bases on mine have a slightly more intricately detailed brass lotus leaf motif. Someone make me an offer. (I paid $550 for the pair at an antique shop on Lincoln Ave. here in Chicago.) geoteb9000@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

(I shouldn't have mentioned how much I paid for them.)

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