It took me exactly a year to finish decorate this room.
The living room and the formal dining area are in one huge room. That is how the previous owner laid out their furniture and I am doing the same as I do not know where else to put the formal dining table. It only make sense to put them together side by side. As shown on these pictures.
We still have not finished with the mantel. And as you can see my husband Steven put the sample tile on both sides of the fire place.
The two Louis chairs got from Wayfair. Before when started decorating this room and in my mind I wanted teal color on the upholstery of the Louis chairs. I thought I could buy a vintage Louis chair frames and change the cover myself. I was searching for the right chairs and could not find any. If they were available when calculated the price it became quite costly plus I have to do an extra work which I never guarantee of the result. There were a teal cover Louis chairs but they were too much for our budget. So these are the best choice for us. And I am happy with them.
Looking at all of pictures of each rooms (like entrance way, dining area, in the living room on top of fire place, and on the credenza) I noticed that all of the art works on the wall were all mine. I created or painted them all.
The three pink art works in the dining area are not painting. They are intaglio. I bought the intaglio from Ebay and glue them on a painted background and double frame them, small and the actual frame.
From second floor.
This wooden container box used for an elderly to put ingredients to chew betel. The small compartments were used to store leaves, and betel called areca nuts other ingredients or even tool. I remember when I was growing up and as a little girl, my family had an older lady as a servant. We called her "Nek Slamet" (nek short for nenek means grandma or older lady and Slamet is the name of her only son). I did not even know her real name. We, my siblings and I used to watch her chewing betel. She would take the leaves put the ingredients in the middle and chewed it or put the bundle between her upper lip and the gum. We thought it was the funniest thing. We did not understand why she did this all the time. Because and as she chewed the betel her mouth turns orange and red in color. Chewing betel is the same as smoking cigarette or smoking cigars. More info (here and here). Oh about Nek Slamet, I wish I could see her again. What a kind old lady she was. She took care of us like her own children. We did not know or appreciate this then as everyone in my country has servants but now I wish I could hug her and hear her telling stories about our childhood.
So this is an old box that an elder woman used to store her betel stuff inside.
These are wooden puppet or in bahasa Indonesia; wayang. Wayang originally is from Java, Indonesia. These wayangs are used to perform a theatrical and entertain commoners in Java as a shadow puppet. But these particular wayangs embellished in an ornate for home decoration.
I think these pictures were taken January 2014. As you can see there are some snow outside. After a long period of renovation we moved in last June. I remember we did not have a kitchen when moved in. Only 2 months later the kitchen finally finished. And will reveal it next time.
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