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Does Your Dwelling Room Furnishings Want To Go On A Weight loss plan?



Expensive Laurel,

In a few of your current posts, you’ve talked about one thing about bloated, puffy front room furnishings. Nicely, I is perhaps responsible of that as a result of my front room furnishings is fairly hefty. Perhaps it must go on a food regimen? lol


Sophie Divan


Thanks Sophie. You already know, over time, I’ve heard the next from purchasers and now readers like Ms. Divan ;] concerning their front room furnishings:


  • It’s so difficult. My front room is huge. I would like larger furnishings, proper?
  • My room is small, so I would like smaller items of furnishings, right?
  • However, we’re actually huge folks, and the furnishings will likely be uncomfortable if it’s too small, proper?


  • no.
  • nope.
  • not essentially. It’s what’s inside that counts, not the general dimension.


Why, no, nope, and never essentially, Laurel?


Honest sufficient. Let me ask you this.

While you stroll into a big room, do you placed on BIGGER CLOTHES and smaller garments if you go right into a small house?

Oh, cease me such as you scent onion farts. (BTW, it wasn’t me. I don’t eat onions. lol)

It’s quite simple.


The lounge furnishings is for the folks utilizing and sitting on it, NOT for the room itself.


I’ll be proper again. I’m going to seize a cup of jo whilst you mull that over…

Alright, I’m again.

How are we doing?


Okay, Laurel, I suppose that is sensible in a means however isn’t smaller furnishings going to look dumb and dinky in an enormous room?


No, not if there’s sufficient of it with a fantastically designed format. Please take a look at this submit about massive front room designs.

It is a submit written within the fall of 2015. It covers a whole lot of what I’m speaking about with overscale furnishings prevalent within the market.

Nicely, guess what? It’s six years and three months later, and NOTHING has modified!
There’s nonetheless a whole lot of front room furnishings that’s BIG, boxy, and for my part, fairly darned ugly.


Talking of which, I’ve to interrupt myself as a result of I occurred on a construction I MUST share with y’all.


Nonetheless, please, you have to put together your self. I predict your eyes will open so huge you’ll be capable to forgo your Botox therapies this month.


Please don’t pin these following 4 photographs until it’s for a public service warning.


Lovable, ain’t it?

However, please take a look at the rear facade.


This tasteless bastion is the place I imagine they take prisoners of conflict to get them to speak. I counted 11 condensers. What number of do you see? Are you able to think about the utility invoice to maintain this heap of brown barf cool?

I’m solely going to incorporate two extra photographs after which the hyperlink, in case you’re eager about buying.


The grasp rest room. (on the off-chance you’re questioning) I ponder how many individuals are concerned on this marriage?

Under, is by far my favourite a part of the home.



That’s as a result of no element was left undone. I’m extremely impressed that they thought to incorporate not one however TWO HUMONGOUS cash-wrap counters within the basement degree.  I wager their Christmas is tremendous enjoyable!

There are much more photographs right here! Sure, it’s on the market.

I’m interested in one factor, nonetheless. I imply, wasn’t there even ONE one that tried to speak these people down from the McMansion Hell ceiling? Or, did all of them say, “Fast, take the cash and RUN!”


Oh, man.


What occurred to Elsie DeWolf and Billy Baldwin?

And Albert Hadley? 

Sure, I do know. These giants of the inside design world have handed on to the nice adorning past.

Nonetheless, they’re amongst the best of the Twentieth and, into the twenty first century. They understood scale, proportion, and timeless styling.


Okay, I’ll cease blabbing and begin exhibiting you precisely what I imply.


albert hadley large living room 1969 photo by Michael Mundy via the devoted classicist - notice the scale of the living room furniture

photograph from 1969 by Michael Mundy by way of The Devoted Classicist


A grand front room designed by Albert Hadley for Mrs. Nancy (Princess) Pyne again within the Sixties.


frank babb randolphs gorgeous living room furniture

Did Frank Babb Randolph steal Mr. Hadley’s concept? Nicely, I bloody nicely hope so as a result of it’s good, and why mess with that? And likewise, Mr. Randolph normally does naked flooring. In fact, Albert Hadley has influenced untold hundreds of designers throughout and after his tenure.


Mrs. Nancy (princess) Pyne in her old living circa 1969The picture above and under by way of Rustic Stylish and nice submit as nicely!


Above, Mrs. Pyne in her tres stylish front room, designed by Albert Hadley circa 1965


cherryfields mrs nancy pyne f schumacher pyne hollyhock - classic chintz on this living room furniture
Can I inform you how a lot I really like this room?

And inform me does it look even remotely dated? (outdated images apart)

Nicely, I don’t assume so.


Under is a much smaller front room additionally adorned by Albert Hadley a long time later. And sure, it’s additionally for Mrs. Pyne’s subsequent house!


Albert-hadley-living room with white floors and lovely living room furnitureHome Lovely


Antique-English-Settee-Albert-Hadley circa 1972 - living room furniture

I really like the white painted flooring. They make this room really feel so recent, and the darkish brown antiques stand out.


simply white ode to albert hadley living room - best shades of white paint


My temper board from the Laurel Dwelling Paint and Palette Assortment for Merely White is a tribute to Albert Hadley’s beautiful room.


Albert-Hadley large space and living room furniture via gregory mellor

photograph: Gregory Mellor by way of Adeeni Design Group (a number of different beautiful Albert Hadley rooms too)


One other large-scale room with human-scaled furnishings. Even the black leather-based chesterfield is in good scale with the remainder of the furnishings. The portray is massive, and the drapes are lengthy and splendid, however the precise upholstery stays just about the identical dimension.


One of many biggest inside designers of our time, Albert Hadley, all the time acquired it proper, whether or not it was front room furnishings or every part else.


I do know no less than one guide within the guide listing that options his rooms.

Nonetheless, my level is that the furnishings in these massive rooms will not be over-scale. In reality, the normal furnishings from the early Twentieth century by means of the Seventies was surprisingly petite. You may see extra about that on this submit about membership chairs.


One other Twentieth-century designer who additionally designed customized front room furnishings is William (Billy) Baldwin. (talked about above)


Truly, Billy hated the time period “inside designer.” He thought it was pretentious and most well-liked to be known as a decorator. No matter you name him, he was the darling of the higher east aspect of New York Metropolis socialites.

One among his best-known purchasers was William and Babe Paley. As a matter of truth, he named his Lawson-arm couch and chair “Paley” after them.


Decorator Billy Baldwin NYC Apartment - human scale living room furniture

Above is a Paley Couch in Billy Baldwin’s small NYC condominium. The partitions are lacquered a chocolate brown. Now, THIS is the right way to do brown. Alas, that is the very best quality picture I might discover of his elegant condominium.


So, then. Right here’s the query.


How did our front room furnishings go from this?


billy baldwin studio sofa - classic living room furniture

human-scaled Paley couch by Billy Baldwin (and nonetheless manufactured right here.)


To this monstrosity?


gross pit sectional - bad living room furniture

I suppose you’re imagined to crawl into it? Actually? Mrs. Pyne too? I don’t assume that girls of her breeding crawl. She would require air-lifting to recline.


What the hell occurred?

Right here’s what I believe.

As a society, we’ve been lengthy overly bloated, overly-consumptive. Proper?

For instance:


1960s ford mustang

1960’s Ford Mustang



2016 Ford Tour (bought for a household of three)


mcdonalds 15 cent hamburger

1950’s hamburger – a whopping 15 cents!


too digusting super big mac for words

2022 whopper of a coronary heart assault on a plate


1950s thin family

1960’s slim household (increase your hand in case your Dad wore a tie to dinner) – Keep in mind once we might eat all of the carbs we needed and didn’t placed on an oz?

fat family


The trendy 2022 household who’s now vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb.


gross overscale leather tufted-sofa


Honey, does this couch make me look fats?


So, Laurel, the place can we discover front room furnishings, and I suppose you imply primarily sofas and chairs which can be of fantastic scale?


That’s a superb query.

In my years residing in New York Metropolis, I noticed quite a few beauties that folk had dumped on the sidewalk. In fact, all of them wanted to be reupholstered, however I think about when you reside in NYC, that’s one risk.


Different cheap potentialities are consignment retailers, property gross sales, and public sale homes.


One among my favorites on-line sources is Dwell Auctioneers. There you’ll find some excessive high-end and lovely items at beginning costs which can be about 95% off their retail worth. In fact, they aren’t bought for that low an quantity.

Nonetheless, a couple of months in the past, I noticed some George Smith chairs that I cherished, and I imagine the pair, newly upholstered, went for about $3,500.00. The overall retail worth could be no less than 5 occasions that quantity.


George Smith chair - Live Auctioneers - living room furniture

This George Smith chair is developing for public sale quickly.



This requires work and persistence, however Fb Market generally turns up some gems that folk are solely too glad to unload.


Not everybody realizes what they’re sitting on. (pun semi-intended, lol)

After that’s eBay, I’ve acquired some stunning objects on eBay.

In fact, there’s Etsy, Chairish, and 1stDibs.

Please take note of the BOTTOM-LINE costs. Typically transport is included, and generally it feels such as you even have to purchase the transferring van together with the furnishings.


Now, many of the front room furnishings from these sources (however not all) is classic and vintage furnishings.


Nicely, you guys who’ve been studying me for some time already know my favourite on-line sources for the brand new front room furnishings. You may see all of them on the HOT SALES web page. Melissa simply up to date it at present.

In closing, what I discover fascinating, is that many of the high designers at present are doing fantastically scaled furnishings. Quite a lot of it’s absolutely customized. Which means, if it’s upholstery, it’s made fully from scratch, body, and all. That means, they will design their items to express specs.




PS: I’ve some very unhappy information.


After a protracted sickness, my loyal, and smart companion; my darkubg Joe the Plant handed away on January twenty fifth, 2022. I’ll all the time cherish the great occasions we shared and be thankful for the two,235 days he stood by me, stoically listening with out judgment. However, he additionally knew when it was time to talk up and provides me one of the best recommendation and assist once I wanted it probably the most.

Relaxation in Peace Dearest Joe  (Dec. 16, 2015 – January 25, 2022)


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