Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love Seat



I grew up with this love seat. It was in the entry of my Grandmother's home which was nestled in the hills of Studio City, California. Like all the antique pieces of hers I own, this piece of furniture has been in the family for several genarations, originally surviving my Great Great Grandparents westward migration from Chicago to Los Angeles in the early 1900's. These pieces were handed down from my Grandmothers Grandparents to her parents, and in turn from her parents to her.


My Grandmother upholstered the love seat in the red toile fabric. I hadn't realized this until we were closing up her house and found all the fabric scraps. She loved red toile...she loved her red transfer ware.

The dip you see in the right-half of the cushion is from me. I was a teenager and I decided to plop myself down on it one day but immediately sprang back up when I heard the sound of a spring pop. I had Hubby try to retie the springs last weekend so that's why we had it on the porch.



As you can see in the picture above, it's not looking very much like winter around here! We've had only rain these past few weeks...making it feel a lot more like spring. xo

45 comments :

thedomesticfringe said...

It's so nice that you have something special from your grandmother. It looks lovely on your porch.

-FringeGirl

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

How nice to have such a treasured family heirloom! Your pics look god enough for a magazine and I'm really enjoying the look of spring....ahhhh!! Can't wait until we get our own dose of it!
XOXO
Joni

Amy R. said...

Your house is absolutely beautiful! I love your blog and I am so happy that I found it. The love seat is very unique. I can certainly appreciate antiques with heart ties. We are using a small chair that was my husband's grandmothers that she had upholstered in a yellow fabric that I would have chosen myself. We are also having his grandfather's desk restored. I think we will display it in our living room. Where do you plan to use the love seat?

.lauryn said...

oooo I really love the toile! And that a lot of the furniture in your home is from your family. I used to walk around my grandparents house when I was young pointing to everything I wanted to take with me when I had a house of my own. :-)

My Yellow House said...

If you're trying to make me jealous ~ it's working! :) What a gorgeous bench. Don't you cherish it even more knowing it has such a special history within your family. I love that your grandmother was into transferware and toile! What I'm really jealous of is that stunning table - where do you have these items in your home?
Be thankful that you aren't buried in 5 ft of snow like so many of us are!
Take Care,
Sarah

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I love that you have so many wonderful family pieces. As I collect I think about how they will one day be passed down.
That is a really pretty loveseat.

DustyLu said...

Gorgeous and love your post! ~lulu

Living It At Home said...

It really is a treasure. So pretty!

The Little Red Shop said...

Thank you for sharing so much of the rich history of your love seat with us. Isn't this weather the goofiest? The only places we have snow left are where it fell off of the roof or was plowed into piles.

: )

Julie M.

annie said...

It's beautiful. It's been well loved and still holds happy memories. Quite a treasure.
It even looks grand on your porch!
annie

vignette design said...

It looks like your settee found a great home on your porch, sporting a new toile cover. Very nice.

Windlost said...

Gorgeous! You are blessed to have had a grandmother with such amazing taste. Happy memories too! I also loved your brass sconce. Wish I could visit your lovely home some time. And envying your weather!!

xo Terri

Low Tide High Style said...

Your photos are beautiful as always and that love seat is as gorgeous as it is special! I've never seen one quite like it, and I'm sure your grandmother would love seeing how much it means to you.

We have plenty of snow out east and we're more than happy to share it!

Kat :)

Kelsey said...

That is a gorgeous piece of history! So neat that its been in the family for so long!

Freckles Chick said...

I just found your beautiful blog thru a series of clicks. I absolutely adore how you've captured your home's transfomration and the little things to be enjoyed in life. Lovely.

This heirloom piece is beautiful, not only in its curvy lines but also it's lineage. Magnificent.

Rie said...

Gorgeous! I love your use of antiques. Beautiful.

Janine Marshall said...

Hi Trina,
Always love calling in and seeing what's going on. Love the loveseat, especially the red toile. LOVE red! It just goes to show that the toile after these years has held its own and hasn't dated at all. Classic!! Where are you eventually going to put this stunning piece of furniture??? Anyway, better go.
Take care.
Janine
XXOO
Tasmaia, Australia

Carla said...

Love your loveseat, especially that red toile. It's gorgeous.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Such a stunning piece...all the more special with memories. Your grandmother had style! :)

Amy

the gardeners cottage said...

Adore the toile!

Also I'm loving the view peeking out the side of the portch. Just gorgeous.

Amy Kinser said...

What a beautiful love seat, and how wonderful that it is a family heirloom.

Wilhelmiina said...

Beautiful love seat , I love the old furniture there are just gorgeous!

Gretchen said...

What a sweet story. What a lovely loveseat! I wish we had rain instead of the 30+ inches of snow we got! I am ready for spring!
Gretchen

Morning T said...

How fitting to show your grandmother's beautiful 'love' seat this week. It is gorgeous, as is your round table and blooming branches.

Gail said...

How lovely....and what fun to be the recipient of such a treasured piece!

A Life In Focus Photography said...

a lovely keepsake...and you doesn't like red..? snowed in here.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

What a great heirloom.

Enjoy the no snow!!!!!

Susan said...

a very special piece of furniture--thanks for sharing it with us

Traci said...

it's beautiful. so is your porch.

MyJourneyBack said...

Beautiful. I love it on the porch. You are blessed to have such a beautiful porch to display it on. Thanks for sharing. I will stay and visit awhile. I love country farms.
Hope your Friday is Blessed,
Sherry

Maria Killam said...

It is stunning, and it sure looks wonderful on your porch!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

There is NOTHING like a passed down from loving hands family heirloom! It is beautiful and soulful...and looks particularly happy on your gorgeous farmhouse porch!

Pamela said...

I just love red toile!! That loveseat is beautiful . I have two chairs covered in that same fabric and also have a collection of red transferware!

Love your blog!

Pamela

Time Worn Style said...

I absolutely adore that love seat, if I saw that in a store I would snap it up darn fast. Isnt it lovely to have a piece of furniture like that handed down to you?
alicia

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

what a gorgeous piece of furniture Trina, and what lovely memories it must hold for you!

your gran was obviously one stylish lady - the red toile was the perfect choice :)

julesx

Patricia Torres said...

That is sooooo gorgeous.. So nice to have something so precious from your grand mom!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

An amazing piece. It's funny how one little thing like a broken spring can take us back to our past and in this case, very fond memories. btw...I saw your note at Lauren's...please post the chair! :)

Brabourne Farm said...

What a wonderful old darling this is - it's easy to see why it's called a "love seat"! Leigh

Suzann said...

Just popping in to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Suzann (The Olive Cottage)

Mary said...

It's easy to see where you come about your love of antiques from -- what a beautiful piece, and so what wonderful memories it must hold for you!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

That is such a beautiful loveseat and I love the red toile (I also love red transferware).The photo is perfect,too.
I have my mother's hopechest and several other pieces of her furniture. My brother has my grandmother's bedroom set which is beautiful.Isn't it wonderful to see the history when you look at these peices?
~Nancy

red ticking said...

this is precious... i just love that you have this... and all of the memories it holds... and i have things of my grams that i just treasure... xx pam

The Blushing Hostess said...

Truly beautiful and individual.

Floralovely said...

It's so lovely to have something that has been in the family for years... and even lovelier to have something as stunning as that love seat! Gorgeous!

kim said...

I love your blog. I have been reading yours for a while since I love your home you are working on. I just started a blog last month and I went back to my saved favorites and glad I did. I have been so busy with mine I forgot to keep up with yours. I love that bench. I have a thing for benches for some reason. That one is unique....Kim

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