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here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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February 13, 2006

'old' peoples furniture

buying the chesterfield yesterday, has bought problems. I have it in my lounge room right now, all covered in a white sheet,white chenille & pillows with white pillow shams. looks - ok. You see, last year I wanted a new lounge - it is gorgeous, new but lovely just the same. But, so that I could buy the new lounge, I had to sell my soul - yes, I had to agree to the soul mate buying - wait for it! a recliner - one of those ugly huge old peoples chairs...... I ordered it in a mint/apple green telling myself it would fit in. but no people, it DOES NOT. No matter how many lovely cushions I stack on it. I understand that many of you will be thinking that my darling soul mate deserves to be comfy and yes I agree but within reason don't you think? And since putting the chesterfield in yesterday, that chair sticks out even more. It will be the death of me ! and with that 'thing' in my lounge room there is absolutely no way my room will ever look like my imagined one * I could just cry......

Not only is it hideously big but when he sits in it - ms*sophie and I have to scamper for our lives - it boings out as if a jack in a box is hidden in it bowels...... and it reminds us of those chairs in nursing homes - all we need is the crocheted knee rug and we will be set! I know that not everyone who has one of these is old - but I hate it with a passion...and I am scheming up ways of ridding my home of it.....


Blogger BrocanteHome said...

Just accept it and you will learn to live with it the way Frasier did with his Dads ugly green chair...
Fill the room with beauty and your eyes will learn to skim over the ugly...

10:33 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

Up until moving back here and leaving the recliner at the other place for stepson we have always had one too. I just put it in a corner and get on with decorating the rest of the room. Everyone always seemed to overlook it. Now I am lucky that with 2 sofa's and a loveseat we don't have room for one and William is happy stretching out on a sofa.

10:47 am  
Blogger Calidore said...

I confess I have an old persons chair in my lounge room....lol. It was my Grandmas and is one of those recliners that you push a button and it moves up or down. She bought it as she was having trouble getting up from her chair in her later years. I must admit, as ugly as it is, I love it. 1. cause it was Grandmas, and 2. It is the best chair to sit and stitch in. It is a dark colour and situated in the corner of the lounge where it gets good light to sew by, but you don't notice it so much. One day I might even get it recovered to match the burgandy leather lounge suite we have.

Smile dear - it's only a chair, decorate the rest of the room and ignore it, I guarantee everyone else will.

11:41 am  
Blogger Alice said...

Dear Robyn - if all else fails, I'll send you my address. I even think the colour would fit in with my curtains.

Not that it really matters whether I'm in a comfy chair or not, I still fall asleep.

12:18 pm  
Blogger melissa said...

We have one too, but it's in the bedroom. I have to admit, it's awfully comfortable.

Sorry it's messing up your flow, but if your honey's happy, maybe you can be happy with the adjustment. At least he was supportive of you buying the chesterfield?

Not to worry!

1:10 pm  
Blogger Nicole said...

My Father used to have this horrible little tapestry pillow on 'his chair' in the lounge room. I used to go to great lengths to hide it from him or to bribe him to 'put it away' when not using it. It was horribly smelly and had one hundred different colours on it, and he wouldn't let us wash it. When he passed away... I'd sleep on, just to have it near me, and yes I even smelled it when no one was looking. It broke my heart to have to part with that little pillow.. but it eventually fell apart with too much love.

2:25 pm  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Oh Robyn I'm biting my lip...I laughed all the way through your post! I hear you! I would be scheming too, the demon in me would have ideas of bonfire, the demon in me would barter, beg and bemoan to get my way...I big boinging lazy boy chair is a nightmare! Comfortable yes, practical yes, your husband deserves it yes, yes yes yes...BUT! What can you do??? I am on your side we must come up with a plan...you see the demon in me?! Take the matches away from m hand!!

3:39 pm  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

I know just what you mean! But I bet your beloved loves it! Get yourself a book, a cool drink and some nibbles and curl up in 'his' chair. I hate the look of these chairs but they are comfortable!

9:06 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

Aww don't cry! Can we see a photo of it? I mean in mint green it can't look that awful. And if it does you have to spill some ink or so over it, or I'm with Corey here, burn a whole in it, by mistake of course ;-) The crotcheted knee rug really made me laughing out loud!

9:22 pm  
Blogger Kristy said...

I think you're probably stuck with the chair!People will see the overall scheme not one individual item so don't fret.Try using detail to lead the eye away to a different focus.Like we all try to do with the ubiquitous 'Goggle Box'(TV)!

9:40 pm  
Blogger dolly said...

it could of course lose a couple of screws and break or you could accidently knock into it with the a vacuum

10:17 pm  
Blogger Cookie said...

I just watched Desperate Housewives and got a great idea from Lynette. Make a small hole in the back of the chair in a spot that wont be noticed. Buy a rat and put him in the hole. Pretty soon things will happen that might cause the chair to be put on the tip. lololol

11:54 pm  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Oh the tips to get rid of the chair are priceless! Maybe show them to your husband and have him pick his favorite scheme..the winner then can come and carry out the task!!
Here is mine:
Let's have a bonfire in France...bring the chair of course!

4:51 pm  
Blogger ~NanCourt~ said...

I have my late Uncle's old recliner and I spent many a night in it after the divorce when my bed felt too big and empty..... It is not mint green but still not that pretty in blue and tan plaid. It found a new home in our guest suite in the reading/sitting area. Perfectly comfy for guests with a floor lamp, a computer near by, several soft pillows, a lap throw, and a small jelly cupboard full of reading material. I just covered the old bear with a pretty cabbage rose spread to match the room and it looks so grandma' squishy now. As ugly as they are, you just can't beat them for comfort.

2:41 am  

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