It's time for Show and Tell Friday! Once again, thanks to Cindy at My Romantic Home for hosting this event! It's so much fun to share ideas, projects and decorating ideas with others!
I had some random pictures of things 'around my house', so I put them all into one post here and then threw in a little Victorian trivia as well, so it's more fun! I love to write trivia posts for my Vintage Voice, but I don't often have my own pictures to go with the posts.
This picture of the Mona Lisa (La Joconde) in our bedroom is hung with a tasseled picture hanger. Again, we do not have picture hanging moulding in this room either and I have a picture hanger that is converted to be hung from a nail rather than a picture rail hook. I am sure that originally most of the rooms in our house probably had this kind of moulding, but it was probably removed over the years by previous owners. Picture hanging rail is still commercially available today.
Swan Picture Hangers; they have so many beautiful styles; some are very fancy! I encourage you to take a look.
HERE to read the original post). I found some pretty pineapple crochet doilies during my recent antique mall treasure hunt (click HERE). I got a pair of them for $1.50. I bought them to put on the blue wing chairs like this. Doilies and other decorative washable lacy fabrics that were placed on the back and arms of sofas, chairs and other furnishings during the 19th century were often called antimacassars. Macassar oil was an unguent in imported hair oil used in the 19th century, when oiled hair was all the rage. Decorative cloths were placed over arms and headrests of furniture to protect the fabrics from being soiled by the hair oil. They were often made of elaborate patterns in matched sets, decorated with crochet or tatted lace. Antimacassars were used in public transportation also, on buses and trains and also in theatres.
"Hunt, my good woman; have a good look 'round, hunt under the tables, poke up the chimney, shake out the antimacassars!" --Howard's End by E.M.Forster
Thanks for joining me! I hope you had fun reading about some things from 'around the house'!