I hope y’all enjoyed your Thanksgiving! While Andrew stayed back in Virginia nursing a throbbing tooth ache and downing painkillers, I went ahead and spent the holiday at my mom’s lovely home in Pennsylvania. She has a sofa in her formal living room that my DIY-loving dad reupholstered himself in fine wale corduroy almost forty years ago—and amazingly, it still looks good!
It reminded me of some pieces we saw a few weeks ago at the National Gallery’s “Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830” exhibition. On display were examples of Federal Style (1780 – 1810), a restrained Neoclassicism which is characterized by “sober mahoganies, straight tapered lines, and modest carving,” as well as French-inspired Empire Style (1805 – 1830) which featured “antiquities-inspired carving, gilt-brass furniture mounts, and decorative inlays.”
What caught my eye the most? The variety of yellow chairs:
Of course, it wouldn’t be a jenrocksfashion post if I didn’t relate the yellow embroidered upholstery to a visually-similar designer look, so here it is:
Runway images via style.com
Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830 is currently on view.
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Update on October 18, 2013: Cute interactive on the history of fainting couches.