Double Parlor The Victorian House

The One with the Red Console

Gem is moving to a new spot in town next month. I walked by the current location on my way back from class last week and spotted a sign that guaranteed a slight detour from heading straight home. (And look, the trees have exploded with spring flowers! Oak Park was just named an arboretum, you know.)

Downtown Oak Park

I fell a little bit in love with a ring while I was there, but it had diamonds and rubies and was priced accordingly. There were snakes on it though! Subtle snakes — the best kind. I can’t impulse-buy a $1000 ring, but I can snap up a red console with drawers for $200. Behold.

Red Console with Drawers

Have you seen the latest Anthropologie home catalog/lookbook? I’ve had this image from “the optimist’s house” in my head because I loved that lacquered blue bar in the corner.

Anthropologie — The Optimist's Home (March 2015 Lookbook and Catalog)

It’s not that I wanted that exact piece. I was inspired more by the idea of something in a bright color to give a little oomph to a corner of our living room, and I made a mental note to keep a lookout for the right fit. Something with interesting lines, that either had gotten a paint job already or that could stand to benefit from one. I admired that red console when I spotted it at Gem, not sure where I would use it until I measured it and realized it would fit opposite the teal sofa! It came home with me later that day.

Red Console, Peacock Mirror, Black Walls » Making it Lovely

I might scoot that mirror up a bit now (the previous table it hung above was several inches lower), but I’m not mad at it. I’d shrink the console down by 10% if I could too — it fits, but it bumps up against the edge of the trim. Again though, I’m not mad at it.

Red Console, Peacock Mirror, Black Walls » Making it Lovely

Red! Pink! Mixed metals, wood, and black! This little corner is looking pretty fantastic. I had to buy a couple of nude ceramic figures while I was there too, as one does.

Ceramic Nude Figures » Making it Lovely

I snipped the lilacs for those vases from our backyard. Thank you, spring. Thank you, too, sidewalk placard at Gem! So glad I stopped in.

Red Console, Peacock Mirror, Black Walls » Making it Lovely

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  • Danielle
    May 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Love the console – congrats on the awesome score!

  • Laura @
    May 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    The red lacquer and the mirrored mirror almost give that corner a Southeast-Asian look now. I feel like one might find some ancient oriental treasures in those drawers! Is it an old piece of furniture, or just distressed to look like it?

    • Making it Lovely
      May 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I didn’t realize it when I bought it (or I would have mentioned it in the post), but the owner of Gem said that it came from Jayson Home. It was the cash wrap when Gem was on Damen.

  • Jane
    May 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I love the nakeds!! I love being inspired by your creativity!

  • Sarah
    May 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    What a steal! It looks great!

  • Chris Hart
    May 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Score!!!!! Great find!

  • Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    May 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Wow wee! So love the red console! Hardware is groovin. Golly, you really hit the jackpot on this piece Nicole. Matches perfect with the two sofas. Also wonderful looking with floral print chair. Love that! Reds, whites and blues go so well together! Our wrap around front porch has this theme. Lovely to look at. In the summertime, we usually hang impatients ….. a darker shade of pink.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Sounds so nice. I’m looking forward to putting out some flowers on the porch, but it might be just a smidge too early still.

  • Your mother
    May 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    You just inspired me to go clip some lilacs from
    The backyard!

  • Laurie
    May 4, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Oh I LOVE it against the dark wall! I’m looking at my little buffet differently now. Maybe it just needs some red paint…

  • Julia
    May 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Would love to see it in context of the whole room! The little vignettes are cute but I can’t get a clear idea of the furniture placement.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I think I’m going to turn the secretary in the library ninety degrees for better sight lines between the two spaces, but I couldn’t move that big iron desk myself and Brandon was out when I was taking pictures. Once I get things changed around I’ll take a few shots from farther back! I’ve been playing around with my floor plan too — I can post that at the same time.

  • Norm
    May 5, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Everything is lovely, but the lilacs made me homesick. I was born in Chicago and lilacs are my mother’s favorite. Unfortunately we can’t grow them in North Carolina.

  • Bethann
    May 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Love the red console find and the pop of color it brings to the space! Your nudes Adam and Eve resting on “Anatomy” and above “The Sick Rose” about medical diseases made me laugh out loud here at Starbucks! Love your sneaky humor!!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Ha! And underneath is a book on Henry Darger.

      • Lucas
        May 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

        Have you ever been to the Roger Brown House on Halsted just south of Armitage. There’s a huge Darger Hanging in the space. Its interesting to see his work in a more “domestic” environment. What fun for your kids to grow up in a house with such a rich collecion of books and subject matter!

  • Jana
    May 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    The console corner looks fantastic, and your writing is so fun to read. You crack me up.

  • The Office Stylist
    May 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    No way! That red console table is gorgeous. It looks awesome next to the modern decor in your home. It’s the perfect match.

  • judy
    May 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I love your juxtaposition of disparate objects that just flow into such pretty vignettes. Your décor has such a combining of sophisticated elegance with a lovely cozy family vibe. I know from your watercolors that you have an Artists eye and it shows very much in your décor

  • mary beth
    May 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    love the red console against the dark wall, nice pop.

  • laura kitsos
    May 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Nicole- thanks for the mention and for sharing your beautiful home with us–very inspiring to see your touches throughout the house; I especially love the dark walls and the cool mirror above the sideboard. I would love to see what you’ve concocted with the low bench!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks! The bench is going in the upstairs hallway, but I have some art on the way to hang above it. Once it’s all here, I’ll be photographing and sharing!

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    May 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Don’t you just love when that happens! And that peacock mirror is so so fab paired with it!!

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    October 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm


    Could you tell me where you purchased that beautiful mirror?

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