One room that’s going to get some special attention is the parlor room that’s located in the northeast corner at the front of the house. Here’s a “soon to be parlor” view…smallish houses have to be done one room at a time, so I am learning patience. This room is all old bead-board with beautiful old floors so it’s going to be in deep French blues, antique style pale blue ceiling, and contrast millwork. This will be the fancy parlor with the special treadle machines and the good tea service. 🙂
A little organized chaos…don’t mind the Christmas decorations.
This weekend was a just a brief turnaround, intended as more of checking up on the renovation work that’s been going on for about a month now. This project is going to take a bit longer than originally planned since various issues have arisen in the course of the renovation that need to be addressed- that always seems to be the way it works with any sort of remodeling/renovation, you never know sometimes what lies underneath the walls and floor… 🙂 Well, fortunately nothing major but it all adds up time-wise (and budget-wise) so it’s looking like everything will be complete in about a year.
Chartreuse is definitely the order of the day here along with gray bead-boarding and white trim. The cabinets will also be repainted and while it’s hard to make out, the floor is a tile that looks like wood planks.
However, it’s all being handled in stages so we’ll be able to utilize the house but it means a lot of shuffling. The first major phase of the operation, the kitchen, is actually close to being finished and it’s going to create a roomy, cozy space that will serve as the heart of the house. For the next phase, we’ll be renovating the bathroom to install tile and make it all user-friendly while preserving the period ambiance closely followed by the parlor and bedroom (more on that later- there are going to be some major changes there. 🙂 ).
The past year and a half have been filled with near-constant house renovations and general chaos so we’re definitely looking forward to it all coming to completion. While it may be inconvenient in the short term, it will pay off in the long run. 🙂
Finally, we just want to emphasize that as far as business goes, not to worry- we’re still very much in production although things are being operated exclusively out of our Los Angeles location for now. We have plans to return for Wyatt Earp Days at the end of May so look for us then! 🙂
Lilly Absinthe is once again on the road, headed out to Tombstone, somewhat belatedly. 🙂 It’s just a quick turnaround this time, just long enough to secure the Christmas decorations, move some furniture around and plan out the next phases of our renovation of No. 11.
If you don’t know, we’ve been engaged since February in renovating No. 11, performing many overdue upgrades to the house along with completely remodeling the kitchen and bathroom areas in order. The renovations will not only update and modernize the underlying electrical and plumbing, but will also enhance the historic nature of the house and well as enhancing the day-to-day liveability. It’s exciting to see the transformation and we’re not done yet. 🙂
With our upcoming trip to Bath, England, we’ve been doing a little research on what to see et al. Naturally, museums are at the top of our list and in particular, the Fashion Museum Bath. One of the more interesting items in their collection is an evening dress that was originally made by Worth in 1902 – 1903 for Lady Mary Curzon, who was the Vicereine of India at the time. As the wife of the Viceroy of India, Lady Curzon was in a high profile position that required her to look her best at all times and this dress was just one of a large wardrobe that she had:
Worth, Evening Dress, c. 1902; Fashion Museum Bath
We’re looking forward to seeing this, along with the rest of the collection, when we visit Bath in April. 🙂
Robert Koehler, At The Cafe, 1887
The days between Christmas and the New Year’s have always been a favorite with us as we wind down the year and think about everything we’ve achieved in the past year and what we hope to accomplish in the new year. Lily Absinthe continues to grow as we constantly strive to incorporate new ideas and improve upon older ones. For 2018, we commit ourselves once again to striving to be the best at what we do and we look forward to serving you. 🙂