Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sophistiqué Noir Theme Post: Purple - Feat. the Gothic Mansion's Dining Room

VictorianKitty's theme for this month is purple which, after black, is the insomniac's  second favourite colour. Somewhat surprisingly, there's only one room in the Gothic Mansion painted that particular hue, making it the perfect choice for this post. However, the room in question was originally the youngest offspring's bedroom, and although she “technically” moved out three years ago, she recently moved back in. Again. The youngest possesses an uncanny sixth sense, and just when the insomniac  decides it's time to dig through the paint cans in the basement for the Benjamin Moore Victorian Purple to touch up the walls of her bedroom, she mysteriously appears on the doorstep, suitcase in hand. And within a matter of hours, it becomes all but impossible to open the door of that room wide enough to get inside, let alone obtain a picture of the beautiful purple walls or the carpet, which is once more submerged beneath layers of clothing, makeup and hairdressing appliances. Other than that minor annoyance though, it's always a delight to have her back home.

Therefore, in lieu of the Purple Bedroom of the Youngest Offspring, the Dining Room will be featured instead. It is painted an aubergine colour above the picture rail and is papered in Wm. Morris Vine with aubergine grapes, and has plenty of violaceous accents. This also seemed an opportune time to throw in a few “before renovation” shots, even though none of those include the colour purple; unless you count the pocket doors before stripping, which were painted something that might be loosely described as such.

Of all the rooms in the Gothic Mansion pre-restoration, the Dining Room had the least amount of damage. And the trim was painted black, which wasn't half bad. Visible through the window is a small portion of the rather impressive collection of used appliances on the veranda. Seven large dumpsters worth of appliances and other rubbish, to be precise.


Twenty-five years ago ...

Yesterday ...

Before ...

After ...

Then ...

For many years ...

Now ...

Purple ...

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Pink.
Oops, wrong post ...

Purple ...

A heartfelt thank you to Ms. Kitty for hosting this month's theme - and for choosing purple. To further emphasize just how much the insomniac   loves the colour, she spent the day making a headboard from an old door, painted it aubergine and padded it with black velvet. It's for the youngest's bedroom - provided one can force the door open wide enough to get it in, that is. 

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

80 comments:

  1. Your Gothic Mansion truly is magnificent! Purplelicious!!

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    1. Thank you, Little Gothic Horrors! Purplelicious - that's the perfect word - even better than violaceous!! :D

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  2. oh my god... this is the most amazing house i've ever seen!

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    1. Thank you 1666 X 30! That's high praise, indeed! :D

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  3. Aww, french beaded violets. I know how to make those.

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    1. You really have to do a tutorial one day, Tante F., so we can all learn how to make those!! Written instructions just don't cut it for the insomniac ... she needs visual aids. :D

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  4. Insomnia - your house is just TOO much! My jaw drops when I see photos of it. Even my boyfriend who usually notices nothing was amazed by it. Stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Mme. Polaire! And yes, people have mentioned before that the house is “just TOO much”. Although one had the distinct impression it wasn't meant in quite the same way as you mean it. ;o)

      “Even my boyfriend who usually notices nothing” ... LOL!

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  5. Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. You're very welcome. I keep saving pictures of your house as inspiration for the future. I hope you don't mind.

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    2. You're saving pictures for inspiration? The insomniac is amazed that you find it inspirational enough to save pictures of it, Caitlin. And doesn't mind in the slightest. That's actually pretty awesome ... :o)

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    3. It is definitely that inspirational. :)

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  6. What an amazing transformation of the dining room. Not only the walls and the beautiful carpet but also all the details. Your dining room has a very victorian feel and all your beautiful things in the room are good conversation starters.

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    1. Sometimes one forgets just how different it looked in the beginning Linnea-Maria, until one goes back through the pictures. Most days, it seems like it has always looked like this. The insomniac  is definitely going to miss those carpets though! :o)

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  7. Your dining room is absolutely fabulous *o* I have seen such interiors only in teahouses, and I can't believe that similar houses actually exist! Jawdropping masterpiece of design, I would gladly live in such environment <3

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    1. Thank you, Ra! And yes, one remembers that post you did on the teahouse and how beautiful the interior was! You must be a fan of the Cluttered Style of Decorating as much as the insomniac  is. Other than the readers of this blog, there don't seem to be too many of us around anymore! ;o)

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  8. You are truly gifted in the ways of gothic decorating!
    I hope I can see the mansion before it is sold!

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    1. Thank you, Madame MM! And yes, the insomniac  dearly hopes you'll be here before it sells, too! There's nothing she enjoys more than showing it off to an appreciative audience. Except maybe sharing a cold one with that appreciative audience afterwards while sitting around the pond, which would be the perfect thing to do in August (it was August you were coming, wasn't it?) :D

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  9. I loooooove your home so much, seriously, you have my dreamhome! If I someday get to live that beautiful I will die happy :'D

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    1. Thank you, Lesthi! The insomniac  has always firmly believed if you wish for something hard enough, it will happen. So she's sending positive thoughts out to the universe for you that some day you will also get to live in your dream home! :o)

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  10. Your first paragraph made me laugh! ^^ The walls and the cieling of my old room in my mom's house are painted orange and my mother hates it...but whenever she mentions a paint job, I rebel...I don't live there anymore, but still...:P

    Anyway, I love the shape of your dining room, and after all the renovation work, it looks amazing, the coloring is very exciting!

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    1. Orange?!! Gah - no wonder your mother has issues with it! It's funny how offspring hate to see their rooms redecorated, isn't it? One supposes it's for sentimental reasons?

      Thank you for your kind comment, Lynoire! :o)

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  11. OH MY /faints. Incredible, beautiful, amazing........
    Now I want to come visit for tea in my gauchos!

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    1. Come soon, Meagan Kyla - come soon! And yes, tea in our gauchos - that would be an awesome sight, wouldn't it? LOL

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  12. When the youngest goes back to her own abode, can I come and stay in her room for a bit and bask in the awesomeness of your house? =P The dining room is stunning, I would love to be able to have my own place and decorate in that sort of style.

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    1. Only if you promise not to leave the floor knee-deep in clothes, makeup and hairdressing appliances, Cemetery Dreamer! Then yes, you would be more than welcome to come and stay!

      It will be interesting to see if the insomniac's  decorating style stays the same in the new house. This style suits the Gothic Mansion, but perhaps it won't suit a 50's bungalow quite so well! ;D

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  13. Oh, my God! The Waterhouse picture! How did you get such an amazing reprodution? The whole room is amazing but the painting totally got my heart. I never stop surprising about what a charming home you have, if mine could just have a fraction of yours´ beauty...

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    1. It's just a poster, probably purchased online somewhere. But it's the frames that truly make them look amazing, isn't it? You should try and locate a poster for yourself, Violette. The insomniac  doesn't remember where exactly she purchased hers though, so unfortunately she can't help you with that!

      And one is quite sure your home is equally as beautiful! But, thank you! :o)

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  14. I love your house, why do you want to move?

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    1. What's that expression, Alastair - to every thing there is a season? And all the signs are pointing to this being the appropriate “season” for us to move, and to let someone else enjoy this house as much as we have. :o)

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  15. I love your pictures! I don't know how, but I missed this chance to showcase my purple home... Your dining room is great, and I love those windows. Though I would have loved to see your daughter's room too :)

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    1. Such a shame you missed this theme Ms. Misantropia, but perhaps you could showcase your purple home later anyway? Because the insomniac  would love to see it!!

      And no, you wouldn't have loved to see the youngest's room at the moment. But when she's gone once more, and all the detritus has been removed from the carpeting and every available horizontal surface, then you'll get the chance! ;o)

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  16. Your home is so beautiful! Feels cozy just by looking at the pictures :)

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Despite its size, it is a cozy house. But one thinks the dark colours help make it appear more so. It didn't seem quite as cozy when the walls were white! :o)

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    2. That is very true! :) Dark colors are nice that way.

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  17. Ah, your house is what my humble little bungalow aspires to be! I adore everything :)

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    1. Awww, thank you, Trystan! But your “humble little bungalow” is delightfully decorated, as well! The insomniac  is rather looking forward to downsizing into a bungalow - it's going to be so much easier to keep clean ... unless she decides she can't possibly get rid of anything, in which case it'll be a nightmare! :D

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  18. What a gorgeous, gorgeous dining room! Good grief, I want to live in there ... just like that. :)

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    1. Thank you, Professor! Oh, wouldn't it be grand if we could have some sort of Blogger Farewell Party in there before we go? That would be all kinds of awesome. :o)

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  19. It's too much for me, but I can feel the love you put in the decoration of your house, it's really amazing !

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    1. Oh absolutely, Persephone - it's too much for a lot of people. Many a minimalist decorating type has stepped inside this house and visibly shuddered!

      Thank you so much for commenting! :o)

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  20. Oh, I'm stunned by the *lushness* of your home - just gorgeous!! :O

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    1. Awwww, thanks Michelle! The only downside to the “lushness” is the amount of dusting it requires! Or not. LOL!!

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  21. Holy Moly! That is a serious makeover! My eyes were shocked from shifting from that bright white room in the first photo to the dark, decorated room in the second photo. It's all so Victorian! Good job! I can see that this took a lot of effort.

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    1. Oh, that room wasn't really too bad compared to some of them, Justine. Like the kitchen. And the bathroom. And the master bedroom, where the ceiling had collapsed from all the water damage. Ewwwww.

      And thank you! It was a lot of work in the beginning, but the past few years have been spent putting the finishing touches on the decorating, which is a lot less strenuous and much more fun! :D

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    1. Either you and Michelle are in the same room right now, Anita or else great minds think alike. You both said LUSH! Hahaha! :D

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    2. LOL! Probably that great minds thing. ;)

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    3. Yes definitely ... Anita, you didn't even read my comment first!! LOL :P

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  23. I am trying my best to refrain from squealing and flapping my hands. Your house really does look like the Haunted Mansion, minus the ghosts - unless yours are shy? As many people have said, I would love to see it in person and squee repeatedly, but I would also be afraid of breaking things.

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    1. Oh Pixel Pixie, you're too funny! And though others have said the place is haunted, the insomniac  herself has never seen any ghosts. But they'd probably have to stick out a piece of ectoplasm and trip her before she'd notice them, anyway.

      You must have a very high-pitched squee if you're afraid of breaking things! Maybe you should come and see it in person - if you broke enough things, it would definitely reduce the amount of packing! :D

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  24. It is perfection. Absolute perfection! How long did it take to pull it all together? I wish I had even a fraction of your creativity.

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    1. Thank you so much, Spookie Mom! Well, it took a lot of years - around twenty. Especially since we always had a limited budget for renovating once the offspring arrived! So every year a little something would be completed until it was finally done. A very long process, for sure! :D

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  25. You must have guards posted to fend off HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, HouseBeautiful and the myriad others wanting to feature your home. :)

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    1. We're pretty private, Bane - very few people have ever been inside. Probably more people will see it through these photos than have ever seen it in the entire twenty-five years we've been here! ;o)

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  26. All I can say is WOW! And also, WOW! I could do touches of gothic, but I'm far too conservative (ick, what a word but its all I could think of) to go whole hog like you do with such style. Regarding the repossession of the bedroom by Daughter Dear, you could try the approach my late mother used ie: The Ultimatum. It went something like, "you have X days to get this room in order. After that, I'll do it." You only made the mistake once of thinking she was bluffing. Her ruthlessness when it came to dirt and clutter is the stuff of legend.

    Ali

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    1. Haha, well this style of decorating is definitely not to everyone's taste, Ali! And when it comes time to dust, the insomniac  definitely has second thoughts about whether it's worth it or not, too!

      The spouse has already given the youngest an ultimatum about all the stuff she has in the back of his truck from when he moved her out of her place - three weeks ago. And his approach is identical to your late mother's - almost word for word, actually!

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  27. All I can say is wow! Your decorative skills are amazing!

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    1. Awwww, thanks Nightwind! The house has really good “bones” and that made it very easy to decorate! :o)

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  28. I'm with 1666 x 30 here! I only hope I can have such a beautiful home one day! How did you get such a wonderful collection of knick-knacks and decorative objects, if I may ask? Did you go looking for them specifically, or did you just acquire them organically as time went by? They're lovely!

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    1. Pretty much organically ... something gets added and something gets taken away, until it all ends up looking exactly like it was meant to, and that's how it stays. And then one moves on to the next vignette and starts the process all over again!

      Thank you for your kind comments, Frankie Rain! :D

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  29. there is simply too much beauty in your home!!! It's making me weak in the knees and I'm feeling rather faint... *THUD* ;) omg, gorgeous!

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    1. *THUD* LOL! You're too funny, blackhrtgurl! Thank you for your kind comment! :o)

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    2. your most welcome! :D ...recouped from my fainting spell at last ;)

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  30. Your decadent dining room must be a place from a dream?
    I've always thought grapes look fabulous in decoration because they give certain mood that always bring me to mind a Greek epoch (something along the lines of the Symposium by Plato, or perhaps Bacchus). Than again it build a stronger bond with the Pre-Raphaelite theme going on.
    Your hard work is very inspiring. ♥♥♥

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    1. The insomniac  definitely didn't put as much thought into the grape theme as you have, Uvita Viruella. She mostly picked the wallpaper for the colours! LOL!

      The Pre-Raphaelite's are a definite favourite in this house! And it's lovely to hear you think it's inspirational. Thank you, dear. :o)

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  31. I've said this before but...I am in love with your house.

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    1. Thank you, Guin. The insomniac  too. That's what making this move a lot more difficult than it should be.

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  32. To say I ADORE what you did with your dining room would be an understatement! I suspect that my taste in decor is right on par with yours, therefore if I ever have the restoration project of my dreams, be warned - I'm hunting you down to hire you as consultant! Just beautiful!!!

    Btw, there are two really neat websites that show the restoration process of two other Victorians I adore. In case you're ever bored with eBay at 2am, check them out! I'm sure you can relate to their adventures. www.ourvictoriahouse.com (and) www.sanjosevictorian.com

    Thank you for sharing these glimpses of your beautiful home!!!

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    1. Oh thank you, Danielle! The insomniac  hopes you do eventually find the restoration project of your dreams, but would like to suggest there are probably others who are much more qualified to act as your consultant! :D

      Wow, have just started looking over those two websites - it's always awesome to see other restoration projects. Thank you for sharing!

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  33. WOW! You have put my Purple Palace to shame. Your dining room is exquisite. Makes mine look totally boring. ;) I love the amount of detail you use in your decor. I could stare at the photos for hours and keep finding wonderful touches I didn't notice before.

    I'm so glad I chose to do a purple theme so you could share all of this beauty!

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    1. Oh, absolutely not, Ms. Kitty! Your Purple Palace is divine, but in a completely different, very uncluttered and tidy way. Which most definitely appeals to that part of the insomniac's  personality that hates dusting!! LOL

      It was a lovely theme - and so many participants! :D

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  34. That is a very pretty and cozy room

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