Thursday, April 17, 2008

Parlour-Office-Studio Inspired by Mamie Eisenhower

Yes, I am still busy decorating in my mind! We are still looking for out next home but that hasn't stopped me from planning how every room is going to look! This room, my office-parlour-studio, is inspired by the the fabulous wife of President Eisenhower, Mamie. Mamie Eisenhower was the first lady from 1953 to 1961 and pink was Mamie’s favorite color. She wore a pink gown with 2,000 pink rhinestones to Ike’s inauguration (she is pictured in this dress above.) Ike sent her pink flowers every morning (very well trained hubby.) Her bathroom in Gettysburg was pink down to the cotton balls. She re-decorated the private quarters in the White House in pink. So much so that reporters called it the “Pink Palace.” I have been unable to find any pictures of Mamie's decorating. Pink down to the cotton balls would be fabulous to see! Seeing as this room will be for me, I am going to town with the colour pink!

Pretty shade of pink paint by Dulux called "Fairy Wings." Feature wall in Cath Kidston Antique Rose wallpaper.

Gorgeous chandelier from An Enchanted Cottage

Must have pretty craft supplies! The ones below are by Martha Stewart. Fabulous vintage pink typewriter. I would love to have a collection of these. I have seen an aqua one which is just as cool as this.

LCD screen pink tv. I am yet to see these in Australia. The only pink tv's I have seen are your old 34cm type by Hello Kitty or Bratz. Now I can be quite immature some times but a Bratz TV is a little too much.

Pink sateen sofa to snuggle up with boyfriend Ryan, see picture below for your viewing pleasure.

Choices, choices...which rug to roll around with Ryan on? The pretty pink or gorgeous green? Might have to give them both a whirl.

Here is my annoyance at the moment. You can't get an attractive, stylish office chair here in Australia which will suit a vintage style home.
The ones below would be perfect, but of course they are from the US.
I am thinking of trying to make one. You can buy computer chair bases seperately from ikea. Then finding a nice chair, cutting the legs off and attaching the base.


  1. Oh my goodness! I wouldn't care what my office looked like if "ryan" was my secretary. LOL I do love those chairs and that wallpaper is gorgeous!

  2. Your dream home will be oh so pretty and pink

  3. Trust you!! A pink typewritter and I love the office chairs, funny I was in Office works today, just couldn't bring myself to buy a traditional style grey chair

  4. I'll take one of each to please! You have such a good eye!


  5. I love all of your pink decorating ideas. I am finishing up my office/craft room. I have an extended sitting room in my master bedroom and I have taken the whole space! Now where did you find those fun office chairs, in those delicious colors?

  6. These fab office chairs are fron pottery barn :)

  7. loving the new banner and i just love the posts lately love all the things and i NEED fairywings in my back room>

  8. Thanks Jules, lovely shade of paint, isn't it?

  9. "Making the world a Pinker place"!
    That is fabulous! We are doing our part on this side of the globe!


  10. Oh I fell into pink bliss on your post today!! If I come across a site on Mamie's pink room I'll let you know! See ya,Lori

  11. ROFL! I have the aqua typewriter and a great office chair. Added my zebra rug and the old hotel desk w/ mail sorter. It's vintage. The curtains are perfect. Paint color is fine, but it's missing something?????? A Ryan perhaps?! Hmmmmm?! Thanks for the midnight giggle!

  12. A Ryan always sets off a room just so :)

  13. I NEED one of those swivel chairs, they are amazing!! I love all your pics everything is sooo pink!! Just the way it should be..

  14. Hi Peta,

    Love all the things you have in mind...I tell you...I can not wait to see your new home!!! Have you started buying yet?

    Siobhan ox

  15. I must have the pink tv. I got a laptop last year and the next month they came out with ones in colors, even pink. Can't justify getting a new one just yet just to have it in pink, but I did think about it. LOL Hey Peta, my eyes are bad but is your one true love Sawyer from Lost or is that someone who just looks like that hunk of a guy? I'm a big Lost fan!

  16. Peta, what a wonderful post. I especially love these office chairs. Where in the US did you find them? They are beyond stunning. I NEED a pink one!


  17. Oh to dream!! I love all of these things that you found!

  18. I can not wait to see how you put all these good ideas to use! It's going to be so beautiful.

  19. Gasping over...

    the Chandelier- not Ryan! ~ Wink~

  20. hey peta... a GF of mine showed me the pic of the deskchairs so i started searching for it.. found you.. found the pottery barn but i didnt find the chairs :(..
    have you any idea where the chairs can be bought? thing is, she lives in australia and i live in the netherlands. see the porblem lol

  21. Hi Marco, the chairs are from PBTeen (Pottery Barn for teenagers) and are only available in the US. I am killing myself too as I can't get one either!

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