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A Los Angeles Childhood - Memories From Home Part 1
Monday, 31 October 2011 15:14

There are two pieces that lived in my parent's living room as long as I can remember. They bought them for their new home at 4027 York Boulevard in Los Angeles. These two pieces remain with me. Both have the feet of an animal and are reminiscent of the period of Duncan Phyfe. Originally from Scotland, Phyfe immigrated to Albany, New York and served as a cabinetmaker's apprentice. My particular pieces are mahogany. Pieces of this style can be seen in the White House Green Room. As a child, I always thought they walked into our lives and here they stay.

I have known three fabric coverings. The first one, most formal was sateen stripe and very reminiscent of that period of furniture. When my parents first gave the two pieces to me I recovered the couch in burnt orange velvet. And many years later, before I moved to Santa Fe, had the couch refurbished, the frame stripped down and the fabric changed to a rich warm gray, the color it remains today. It rests in my bedroom where I can read or write on a lovely winter day, a fire in the fireplace, or in summer with the windows open allowing for a late afternoon summer breeze.

Return soon to read more about the memories from my home that the furnishings recall and thank you for visiting Not Just A Jewish Book Blog.