async='async' data-ad-client='ca-pub-1704385665578974' src=''/> April 2020 - Welch House 1900

French Console Table in the Library

Have you ever had a certain room or space in your home that you couldn't get quite right? I actually have several, one of them being our library.

I may have just found the perfect piece of furniture on Craigslist recently...and it seems to be bringing the room and my vision for it, to life.

I absolutely love French style furniture. My home is a victorian, but oddly I don't really love true Victorian style. I prefer the soft curvy lines of french pieces, rather than the dark, masculine and sometimes over powering eastlake style furniture.

I'm sure I do have a few victorian pieces around my home, but french style, especially Louis XV is my favorite.

When I spotted this antique hand carved Louis XV console table on craigslist I knew it needed to come home with me. When the seller dropped the price almost in half, I went for it. The hand carved bouquet of pink flowers in the bottom center was what sold me on it.

I have never seen a table that had a carved bouquet of flowers on it before. I found a similar one on Pinterest which was worth thousands.

So into the library my new antique French console table went.

Her lines are graceful and feminine.

I love the pop of blue/green color that she lends to the space.  The blue of the table compliments my antique settee perfectly! This settee is a true piece of antique French furniture and is extremely old. It was imported from Europe.

Below is a Pinterest photo of a French console table that is similar to mine.

I decided to order my favorite French fabric of all time. This is called Covington Bosporus. I ordered it to drape on either sides of my French doors in the library. I love the blues and greens and I believe it will marry well with my table and settee. This fabric also looks beautiful with pink, which is good as my walls are a very pale pink and so are some of my pillows.

The next two photos are the library when we viewed the house for the first time.

So I also ordered a rug. This one below, to be exact. I like quirky things, and the unexpected, when it comes to decor. Leopard print is one of my favorite "go to prints". I see it as a neutral, and in my opinion, it never goes out of style. I had a zebra print rug in the library for a while now, but it felt to harsh in that space. I'm going to re-home it to my office.

Here is a Pinterest picture of what look I'm trying to go for. You can see that the beautiful blue/green console table looks quite nice with the leopard rug! I actually don't even notice the rug. I have black and brown damask rugs in my living room. They are beautiful, but also a lifesaver when you have children. So many things have been spilled on those rugs and they still look great! I try to have dark colored rugs throughout my home, one, because not everyone takes their shoes off at the door (we are all guilty) and two, because I live with two boys, aka, my son and husband. I TRY to incorporate just a little masculine into my decor when I can, for them.

So, this is the start of my new look. I ordered everything and it is still en route to me.

I only have three framed pictures of France on the walls right now. I am hoping that this year I will be able to put up  French style moldings on the walls in here. I want this space to be very French Chic!

And....just a peek at a project that I've almost completed after two years of waiting for the right items to show up. I can't wait to share it with you soon!

We have been so busy here at Welch House. Yesterday we finally finished the repairs on our front porch and portico ceilings. Loose paint has been scraped off, and in a few days I will start painting them! I can't wait to share the before and afters with you! I also need to share my son's toy room with you as well! It will be a busy summer! Stay well, and I will talk to you soon!


French Garden table in the Kitchen

I hope everyone is doing well. I decided to do a quick post today, as I had several requests from friends on Instagram to see the new garden table we have in our kitchen nook.

The kitchen nook is a fairly small, but bright area in our kitchen. I have struggled to find the perfect table for this space. In the last 7 years, this will have been the fourth table that I have brought home. Our last table was a large french style set and much to big for this area. It sadly got broken this past valentines day when my husband, son and I played a lively game of Jumanji. lol 

To be fair, I actually sat on it over the winter and I heard a crack....and then while playing game, the boys' elbows did it in, as they were leaning all over the table. lol

Enter Craigslist.

 I happened to browsing craigslist (no surprise here lol)  and spotted this beauty right away! A lovely vintage, PINK, french garden table.

The price was right, so I went for it. The details are so intricate. The table legs are amazing!

Each wrought iron chair is beautifully decorated in roses. 

This view is looking in from our dining room.

The rose details remind me of Beauty and The Beast.

The whole set is like a fairy tale. I am going to keep it "as is." The chippy pink paint is perfection.

When we first saw our home, this is what the kitchen nook looked like. It was very dark, with deep red walls and beautiful wood trim...also a ceiling fan.

I finally bit the bullet and painted the wood work in this area. While it was beautiful, it wasn't my style and I didn't feel too badly because the woodwork was not original to the home.  The white woodwork brightened up this space beautifully. Our kitchen does have a gorgeous bead board ceiling which I love! I have no plans on painting it. I love the contrast of the ceiling and the walls. I would also like to paint the tiles...someday.

I love the windows here. When you look outside you will see a beautiful pink cherry blossom tree, and also our sweet antique wishing well.

Its a lovely spot to sit.

Love the chairs so much!

I have been wanting to get curtains for this area, but I'm still debating on what to choose. I have had long panels in here before, but I'm not for sure if I liked that look. I thought about white roman style shades. It would be nice to have some bit of privacy. These windows are ground level and at night I'm always afraid I'm going to see someone's face peeking in. Probably because my husband has done this to me a time or too. lol

Another  "before" view looking into our nook. I did take this row of cabinets down to open up the kitchen and I don't regret it at all.

This is the view now. I cleaned the mirror last night and I think I forgot to straighten it. Oops!

The antique mirror is from a local antique store and the painting was a ten dollar garage sale find from many years ago. I have been saving it for my forever home.

Also this cute little garden table came with the set. I stuck it here in the corner for now.

Thank you for visiting my kitchen nook! I hope you enjoyed seeing this area of my home. Its not finished, but I still wanted to share.

I want to thank you all again for your amazing kindness and sweet comments. They truly touch my heart! I also want to say thank you to a sweet subscriber who sent me a lovely Easter gift in the mail. It was such a surprise and so special! 💞 Thank you! 

 I want to wish you all a happy Easter and I hope you are all healthy and safe.

I am currently working on my son's toy room and I can't wait to share with you the finished look!