I am having such fun working on our new (old) house. After an initial frenzy of hard graft, Stephen and I can sit back, take things a bit easier and enjoy our new home. There is still loads to do, but the urgency is over. I shall have photos of a few rooms very soon. In the meantime, here is a little peak at an exciting ebay find: genuine art deco curtains. They look like a flapper dress and are quite amazing.
They are to be used in the living room. The window is a 10 foot long bay window so these are to be a decorative detail rather than functional curtains as they are only just over 3 feet wide each. Are they not perfect? The fabric is a dull metallic gold heavy satin.
They are embroidered in jade and lime green, probably by hand.
And they are trimmed in gold lamé piping which has since tarnished to a metallic flecked brown.
I reckon, by the quality and look of these beauties, they had to be high-end art deco curtains back then. These were not made for your traditional small semi-detached 1930's house at the time, but that is where they are now!
They bring to mind a particular art deco motif stencil from our range.
It is DE336 and I used it on the top of some shelving in my art deco bathroom at Stocksfield Hall. It is painted metallic gold and the stencilling is done in jade green and black.
I love this stencil design so much, that I have used it again, with alterations, and bigger, in our bedroom. You'll have to wait a bit longer for photos of that room as it is not quite photography worthy just yet.
I love ebay. If you can spend time on it, you can pretty much find whatever you want. It is an excellent source of old things (which is what we prefer). But you do have to search and search and search and patience is definitely a virtue. I can spend an awful amount of time on it in the evening. I use the laptop so I can peruse in different rooms. I reckon Stephen thinks I should just have one of those cigarette girl trays hanging around my neck so I can move around and use the laptop at the same time! I justify it by simply saying that it is all in aid of a good cause: the decor of our house. I hope you enjoy my find and I shall have photos of them in place soon.