June 14, 2012

Client Family Room Sneakity Peek & a message from the past

Of course I had to know the name, so I turned to page 103:

I’m not back to work yet and am still on a “maternity leave” of some sorts, but I have gotten a few things accomplished.  I wanted to share a little sneakity peek of a client’s family room:
Our client  found the old cabin blueprints above the sofa at a thrift store years ago and we loved them too so we had them framed.  The blue bowl on the coffee table is one I found a while back and its design is made out of safety pin idents into the clay that were then outlined in gold.  Right now it’s a corral for the remote controls, but when entertaining it can be emptied and filled with something pretty like flowers or napkins or something seasonal.
Their new linen sofa by Lee Industries is so comfortable and I wish I’d fixed the back cushions for this pic after I put the throw blanket on but I didn’t notice that until later. Oh well.  I love its lines and it’s such a comfy “vegging” sofa.
The faded oushak rug has hits of blue in it, so for a bolster pillow, we used my “Pierced Porcelain” linen in a custom blue and we had the pillow edged in the Greek key trim.
 I added a few interesting accessories to make the room feel like home (my client is very trusting and really lets me have fun & get creative with the accessorizing, which I love.  It’s all a total surprise to her when she comes home-) and one of them was an antique children’s book full of stories.  Glancing through the book I found this inscription:
{Hard to read but it says, “If my name you need to see, Look on page 103”
{If my name you still would find, Look on page marked 59″}

….Well, you can’t stop there (at this point I’m thinking, “Ok kid, when is this going to end???”) so I kept turning:


“Susan Cornelia Jones”
“If on that name you chance to look, Think of me and close this book.”
…And that made me smile, because as I slowly closed the book, I did think of Susan Cornelia Jones.

…There was no way not to.  Reading her note gave us just the tiniest little insight into this girl…  she was fun & creative and patient… and more than that, she wanted to be thought of one day, to be remembered.

I looked her up and found a couple of different Susan Cornelia Jones’s  (I mean come on, I’m searching for a “Jones!!”) but I did find a Susan Cornelia Jones who lived in Washington, DC in a Georgetown townhouse as a girl and then moved to Virginia with her husband and two children.  I found the book around here so just maybe.  And I found another from Long Island who died at the age of 24.  And then another from Texas…

I’m not sure if any of these are her or not, but either way, I hope she’s looking down today & knows we found her message.

xoxo, Lauren

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