Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Gypsy Room

This guest room at Shoestring Cottage is called “the gypsy room” because it has the gypsy chandelier and that set the theme.  The chandelier should have found a new home when we left our big old house, but we couldn't bear to part with it and eventually it did find a new home at Shoestring.  The gypsy room is full of colourful objects such as the retro flowery mirrors which help bounce the light around a bit. 

Of course all is not as it seems and underneath the bed there is gradually accumulating a large selection of art deco costumes.  I can't fit them all into my sewing room or there would be no room at all for my sewing paraphernalia.   
This old print is a favourite of mine at present.  I don’t think it was originally as blue/green toned as it is now, I think it must have faded with time.  I can’t decide whether it is supposed to represent a New Zealand scene or an American scene.  (There is a tiny person in a tent, very mysterious.  Who are they and what are they doing in their tent?  Composing a wonderful novel?  Nursing an ingrown toenail?  Are they a pioneer in New Zealand or are they perhaps an American Indian?)  Rather expensive for Shoestring, we bought it for $7.50 at Habitat for Humanity.

 For instance, this one only cost $5.00 and is bigger!  More bang for your buck.  It came from the Takapuna markets.

Or this - $10.00 but an original and not a print!  (Bound to be declared a masterpiece at some time in the future.)  St Vincent de Paul.

But back to the gypsy room.  The curtains are the most neutral thing in the room, plain cream to subdue the place a bit.  They were leftovers from our old house too, so no unnecessary expenditure there, true to the Shoestring philosophy.  The old carved colonial dresser is from my mum, as is the mirror with the turned wooden stand. 
Gypsy candlesticks too

And of course the bed is decorated with the silk crazy quilt, a very gypsyish object.  (You have seen that before, I won't bore you with it.  Because this room does not receive strong direct sunlight it should be a good place for the quilt, with not too much fading hopefully.  One day it would be practical to build in some book shelves in the recess on one side of the chimney breast, and perhaps some cupboards on the other side.  But all in the fullness of time, we are having more fun playing in the garden for the time being and the next big job will be to put in the "new" kitchen kindly donated by relatives who are remodelling.  I predict that Mr Shoestring will have a few choice words to say when we are in the throes of that project, it is probably best not to mention any other plans until that has been safely achieved.