Do you know what you are sitting on??

My mother is famous for cutting out articles and passing them on to those that would benefit greatly from it’s content.  I have a file folder full of anything from how to raise children (a lot on that topic) to decorating a cake.  But somewhere in the middle I found an interesting article that came out of Woman’s Day Magazine in 1967. Furniture has a personality all it’s own and a time period to represent.  Let’s see if you have any of these Early American pieces in your home today!!
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William and Mary 1690-1725 ( also known as the Baroque style) This tends to be one of my favorites due to it’s strong Euopean influence.
Furniture began to change in America due to new styles coming out of England.  The gateleg table was very popular due to its drop leaf frame. Side chairs remain straight with scroll work.
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New England 1700-1870                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Painted Windsor chairs and chests were common for this period.  Corner cupboards, open dressers and tall case clocks all depict furniture from New England.

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Shaker 1776-1900                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The furniture in this period was all about function, not fashion. There is a lack ornamental design in the make of the furniture. Draw pulls are plain, and chair frames were often dark red.

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Pennsylvania 1700-1870                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Pennsylvania style is very similar to the New England style with the exception of the Germans and Swiss  influence. The Germans loved color and design. The tulip was their favorite motif.  The Windsor chair was first made in the Pennsylvania colony. Case clocks and chests were common in homes of this era.

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So there is your furniture history lesson for today.  Thanks mom for your clippings!!

Fondly,

Mary

In the market for a sofa?

Are you in the market for a new sofa? I have helped several clients lately with their purchase of a new sofa. It’s a major investment so buyers want to make sure to pick one that they will be happy with for a long time.

There are three popular styles of sofas-

Three Cushion Sofa:

Three cushion sofas are my personal favorite, especially for a family room. No matter if you choose a two or three cushion sofa, make sure that all top and bottom cushions are detachable.  By moving and flipping cushions around, the sign of wear is less noticeable.

Two Cushion Sofa:

Sectional:
Sectionals are not what they use to be! They are stylish, sleek and the perfect choice for a large family space.

No matter your style, here are a few things to consider when making your sofa purchase.

1) Strong Frame- Make sure your sofa frame is made of a hard wood such as oak. Wooden frames are less likely to warp or crack.
2) Cushion Filling-  Polyurethane foam is the most common filler. It is easy to care for and costs less. The best filler is a down mixed with foam. It gives a luxurious look, while keeping cost low.
3) Tight Springs- Springs are a necessity for a sturdy, comfortable sofa.  Before buying your sofa, make sure that the springs are made close together and tight.
4) Smart Fabrics- If your sofa gets lots of family love, stay away from natural blends with polyester of suede.  Those fabrics show signs of wear sooner than a cotton or linen blend.  A fabric that is 100% linen, will be HIGH maintenance.  Always wrinkled and always needing of a fluff!
Your sofa should complement your space. Be sure to take the time to consider  color, shape and size.
Fondly-
Mary

Brown Paper Packages….

If you are anything like me, you may not have all your presents wrapped and under the tree! And some of you may not have even know what you are going to wrap them in :)  Have no fear for Home Depot is near!  A role of brown paper from home Depot is cheap, looks great on any gift and can be used all year long!!

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Mary Crawford Design- Christmas Soaps

Christmas Soaps are ready for delivery! Whether it’s the bar soap wrapped and tied with a ribbon or the Joy pump soap, these gifts will make any hostess, neighbor or teacher happy this holiday season.  Order now until Thanksgiving and receive free shipping!

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Keeping It Simple… Easy Christmas mantel ideas

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Start thinking now about your Christmas mantel. This is a good time to take inventory of items you have on hand that can be used for a simple holiday mantel… keeping it simple!

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Laundry…..

Laundry is always a battle in our home.  It’s one of those things that you never see completed. As soon as the laundry room floor is clear, the kids come and dump their clothes that are on their backs!!

We have a system in our home that works pretty well.  At least it keeps me from running up and down the stairs collecting laundry. Every child has a tub that they are responsible for on a REGULAR basis! I say regular because it fills up FAST! Tubs are always kept in the laundry room.  I wash, fold, and place the clothes in their tub.  They are responsible for getting their tub, putting all the clothes away, and then bringing it back to the laundry room filled with their dirties! Repeat process, repeat process, repeat process!!!

 

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Leave a comment and share with us how you tackle the laundry. We always can learn from each another!

Fondly,

Mary

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

Growing up as a kid, I could not wait to get the tree put up. It made Christmas feel so close!! But as I get older, I want to keep it in the box as long as possible. Not because I am Scrooge, but because there is a little holiday that we tend to forget about…. THANKSGIVING!! This is my husband’s favorite holiday. Why?? Because it is the one chance we have to be with family and enjoy them! It’s not about the shopping, the craziness, the gifts! So as we draw near to Thanksgiving, I hope that you can take  time to rest and enjoying your family before December 1 get here!!

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Update With Wall Lighting

Wall lighting is a great way to update a space while brighting it up! Here are some suggestions on how you can incorporate wall sconces to any space in your home.

Vintage Tile

Bathrooms are a major selling point of any house, but can be a pricy home improvement. so think twice before you take a sledge hammer to that pink tile. What about using what you have in a fesh new way? Imbrace your vintage tile! By updating fixtures, lighting, and mirrors you have taken an old bathroom and given it a brand new look that everyone is going to love.

Using Every Space

I had the privilege of meeting with an 11- year- old yesterday for a bedroom make over. Virgina was super excited about every detail of her new room.  One thing we discussed was removing her closet doors and using her closet for a multi-purpose area.  And then I thought that this might be a great option for some of you.