Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cabbage Roses and Stuff

What can I say?????
I'm a cabbage rose kinda girl.....
When I moved into my condo, I thought I would go a little more contemporary and sophisticated, and not so heavy on the flowers.....
My friend Greg, (who's a boy) told me that my favorite color, dusty rose, was an old lady look. 
As he's a designer, and USED to be my mentor.....
I LISTENED TO HIM!!!!!
If you love something, don't @#$ worry if it is no longer in style.
I am happiest if I am surrounded by cabbage roses.
Just go ahead and call me  ma petite chou....
(that means my little cabbage in French)
(I think)
(it's been ages since I took French and I didn't do so good)
(course, if I could speak English properly, I would speak weller....)
So, I just kept my slipcovered chairs, and made pillows out of the same floral Cowtan & Tout fabric.
I decided that I would make blue the predominant hue on my first floor, using my dining room chandelier as my color inspiration....
Now.....
Blue is a very pretty color.....
BUT....
I am a dusty pink and green girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes I am!!!!!!!!!!!
So, after I write about my living room, with its blue draperies and white slipcovers, I may just decide to throw cabbage rose fabric all around the room.
The good thing about the way it is decorated now.....is that it photographs great, so you guys will probably wonder what the hell I'm going on and on and on about.
Just remember that I like a lot of pattern and color.
Maybe I'm not really a white slipcover kind of woman.
Maybe I'm a 
cabbage rose kind of woman!!!!!
But as it is now decorated this way, let me show you some more of the room.
Here is a view from my dining room into the living room.
You can see how I used the blue from one room into the next....
I found a wallpaper that matched the blue exactly with a soft all over pattern that worked as a nice backdrop to some of my COWS!!!
I already had the pair of blue Bristol glass vases (on the top shelves) in my inventory from when I was a big hot shot decorator....
To the left is my collection of hobnail vintage glasses that repeat the color yet again.....
I have a weakness for this stuff.
The color!!!!
The shapes!!!!!
THE BUMPS!!!!!


It was just a happy coincidence that my CABBAGE ROSE fabric had this color blue in it's pattern.
It worked really nicely with the pre-made drapery panels from Restoration Hardware.
That's it for today.
I can probably milk a whole week or two out of this room.
YIPPEE!!!!
Latah, Gatah
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25 comments:

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

Adorable. I think every woman, even on some teeny tiny scale, is attracted to that soft feminine look. Even if her look is ultra mondern. There will be some small part of her that still smiles when she sees it. Embrace it.

Sandy said...

I think you are still a "hot shot decorator"! I love your style, including the cabbage roses, and your humor and I'm still laughing over your post. I like that you don't decorate in the style of the moment - that you do what makes you happy...and it makes me very happy too.

Sandy said...

Oh, I forgot to mention I.LOVE.THAT.STOOL!!!!

Cozy Little House said...

I never bother with trends. What I like is what I use. I have to have a little blue here and there. I'm a red kind of girl.
Brenda

Connie said...

I could stand up and cheer! Let's hear it for the cabbage roses! I thought I must be the only one left in the world who still loved them along with Mario Buatta's chintz. I read in Traditional Home's current issue that chintz is back. When you have a cabbage rose print, if only a little, it seems like forever spring.
I really like your room..can't wait to see more.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the three cow paintings!

AndeM1 said...

I am so glad seeing a real life decorator keeping what she loves instead of blindly following trends....... thank you! I love this room....love it!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

I really love this room! To me there is lots here, but you can never go wrong with more in my opinion. The floral slipcovers are just gorgeous, love the print...I am a cabbage rose fan too. Adding the beams across the ceiling was just genius!!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

I meant to say that there was lots of color already, but more is always good. Whoops!

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

Love the room and its roses. This condo is SUCH a different style from the Florida house. Very interesting and as always you make it very entertaining!

Rhonda said...

Pink and green, cabbage roses, and cow paintings are among my favorite things, too! Love your room!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Simply beautiful! Love the cabbage roses and the blue hobnail!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful room!....Love cabbage roses...the English Country look...I have always admired the interiors of Mario Buatta...the Prince of Chintz....
Milk that room for a week or two...yes, that would be wonderful!!...

mom said...

Oh, please fling cabbage roses all over the place, I get my vicaries from your gorgeous, pricey fabrics!!! Seriously, some of your old magazine spreads are absolutely dripping with cabbage roses, mostly I think, the ones you have done for yourself. I have always been envious of that darling little beach cottage that I gather is long gone. How often DO you move???
I am loving your move, the Florida thing just doesn't grab me creative and wonderful as it is I go for the roses!!! Please go wild!! You can do it!!!!!

Sharon in Chicago said...

Cottage roses always have been, always will be a fav. (My only cabage rose regret was dressing my bridesmaids in cabbage rose dress; well the marriage was also a regret but I can't blame that on the cabbage roses!)

Shingle Cottage said...

Good Morning Ma petite chou,
Cabbage roses all the way for me Betsy,your room looks stunning and The chair fabric is gorgeous,my bedroom is dusky pink and i love it that much i may be painting the same colour in my cottage bedroom when we move.....i won a beautiful roll of Sanderson wallpaper on Ebay called English Garden and it arrived yesterday,i think it is about 20 plus years old but perfect pink and white stripe with huge blousy roses on top,call me old fashioned and give me roses every day of the week.
Krissie x

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Wow Krissie's wallpaper sounds so Betsy!! I love your Massachusetts decor~from the pretty sky blue and whites to the florals all mixed in ...and your awesome accessories!

Diane said...

Milk it?? Yes, milk it - love those cows and that gorgeous blue color. Cannot wait to see the rest of the photos!!

janet said...

YES...YES...YES......Cabbage roses RULE!!!!!!!!

I am on the hunt for a cabbage rose fabric to slip a chair and ottoman in...wish me luck!!!

I also plan on lining my new shop walls in Painted old doors with decoupaged cabbage roses and some crackle varnish, all against 20ft high white walls. Fills up space and makes a statement all in one shot!

Love your New England home the best....just beautiful

Janet xox
The Empty Nest.

Sue said...

Hi, I'm Sue and I'm a Cabbage Rose girl. Just had to make that clear. I went to buy fabric for some curtains and asked for cabbage roses and checks. The sales woman told me I was ten years too late. I showed her, I found cabbage roses and checks and made my curtains...and love them. MY DIL can have her up to date simple patterns (which are also pretty) but give me the frills and roses any time and I feel right at home!
Love your blog!

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Yeah..don't listen to anyone about "What's in style"! If you LOVE it, keep it! I tried going a bit more contemporary in our new home. Didn't "work" for me. I'm back to my cottage look and lovin' it.

Can't wait to see more of this room!

Jaybird said...

Yay...more, more....and I loved the sign off!!
Do you "pahk the cahr in the gharag" too????
Love your blog!!
J

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

Love the cabbage roses. I've noticed that as we baby boomers, who followed all the trends we could in high school, are now following them in middle age...whether we like them deep in our hearts or not. And the younger generations are too. But I expect that more with youth. I live with hubs and adult son so don't know how much cabbage rose I can get away with, but I'm sure gonna try. :-) Janet

Anonymous said...

I'm a little late in commenting...but...just wanted to say how refreshing it is to discover that you are a decorator who is more about what you truly love, than about what is on trend! Keep the posts coming! They're great! ( channeling Tony the Tiger). ;).

Donnamae

Unknown said...

Yes yes, I too am a cabbage rose kind of girl I never walk by a piece of said fabric at the thrift store. At my age, I eschew trends. White furniture is not my thing though. Annoys the dickens out of me when I see a great piece of furniture for sale -painted shabby chic white. I love blue and white too but it is too much of a commitment (NO, Dear. you can't bring that in here, it doesn't match............) So floral is my choice. And green is the neutral, it goes with every flower. I like feet on my glass bowls of every colour and Queen Anne legs on my furniture, I like looking at curvey furniture. Lace, Chandeliers, stained glass windows tarnished silver, mismatched china, wrought iron beds, and cast iron bathtubs. I detest mid century modern but am glad it is trendy because French provincial becomes more affordable.

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