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 :

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

    -FringeGirl

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  2. 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

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  3. 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?

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  4. 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. :-)

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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  7. Gorgeous and love your post! ~lulu

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  8. 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.

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

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

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  11. 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

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  12. 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 :)

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

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  14. 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.

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  15. Gorgeous! I love your use of antiques. Beautiful.

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  16. 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

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

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

    Amy

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  19. Adore the toile!

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

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

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

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  22. 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

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

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

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

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  26. What a great heirloom.

    Enjoy the no snow!!!!!

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

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  28. it's beautiful. so is your porch.

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  29. 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

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

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  31. 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!

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  32. 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

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  33. 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

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  34. 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

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

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  36. 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! :)

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

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

    Suzann (The Olive Cottage)

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  39. 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!

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  40. 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

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  41. 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

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  42. 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!

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  43. 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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