New stuff

My last parlor chair has been returned from the upholsterer and it is my favorite of all three pieces I originally sent!  The fabric is a burgundy on burgundy stripe and it made up very rich and Regency-looking.  Would that I had had the courage to use it on the sofa!  Ah, well, what’s done is perfectly lovely, fresh and comfy.  I sent over two of the dining chairs that Moses the Cat had made his own.  The petit point tapestry chair backs cannot be replaced (we bought them in Austria in the 1980’s), but Ballew’s can replace some of the shredded trim to make them more presentable.  When these return, I’ll send two more so my guests will always have matched seating for breakfast. 

Work on the exterior of the house continues, but the window over the stairs is not yet installed.  My neighbors have been apprised of this installation, so I’m being asked every day when the window will be inserted.  I have not yet passed the nagging along to Glenn, my carpenter, but may have to do so soon to stop the inquiries and keep the viewers entertained.

Saturday, Diann and I went shopping in Longview and I bought a wardrobe for my bedroom and one for the Ramsay Suite.  This old house (1851) was built without closets and the existing ones have been installed in my lifetime.  (I’m wondering where the family wardrobes have got to.)  I have a pocket closet in my room, but not big enough for both current and seasonal clothes, so this will help.  The wardrobe I purchased for the Ramsay Suite does not come close to matching any of the furnishings, but I’m just tired of seeing those disgusting “brass” coat racks substituting for closets.  The wardrobe/armoire is smallish, but taller than I, and has a nice mirror on the door (something else the Suite has always needed), so I’m looking forward to delivery later this week.

Renovations continue

Lovely folks from Shreveport just left after celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Jefferson at Wise Manor with Stillwater Inn for dinner last night and Jodie’s Ghost Walk last evening. 

Glenn has not quite finished work on the dumb waiter, but I have been using it to haul fresh towels and linens, cleaning supplies and fresh coffee, etc. upstairs.  Glenn will be back to adjust the speed of ascension and descent and to keep it level, but it is quite functional as is.  Just in time!  as my poor old knees are starting to creak. 

The parlor sofa and Mom’s chair are back from the upholsterer’s and look spectacular!  Ballew’s was able to pick them up, order in the fabric, repair and re-upholster, then deliver, all in two weeks!  The fabric for the other chair is on back order and will arrive soon.  I have already referred two friends to Ballew’s and they seem very pleased.  In the meantime, I have discovered a retired upholsterer here in the Jefferson community.  I’ve decided to send her one of the rockers from the Ramsay Suite.  The fabric is in good shape, but it clashes with the new linens I’m using upstairs now so needs to be changed out to blend better.  The parlor furniture was in very bad shape thanks to years of use and a steady procession of highly pampered cats which could do no wrong, even if it involved shredding the furniture.

Jefferson’s first ever Easter Parade was a great hit last week.  It was a small, but auspicious beginning and ladies and gents alike had a splendid time!  I expect the parade will double in size by next year.  Start planning your Easter hat now.  More fun in Jefferson! 

And the glass for the new window installation in on its way!  The stained glass and the etched center panel will be delivered Tuesday and Glenn should have it installed within the week.  His crew is finishing up the very back of the house, installing new siding, but there are lots of things still on my to-do list.   Very excited to have the new window going in over the staircase!  Restoring this beautiful old house is a joy to my spirit!  Loving it!  Hoping Mom is watching…