Decorating the Chapman

Today was my volunteer shift at the Chapman Museum. This was supposed to be my slow week, which is why I scheduled my shift, but the week really didn’t start that way. However, after a late night working yesterday and working at 6 a.m. this morning, it’s finally caught up. Now I can relax a little for the holiday, which I could use big time.

Anyway, at the museum it was time to make it a little festive.  When I arrived, the director brought a bunch of boxes in and said to have at it with decorating the shop and reception area.  I had a box of greenery, a bunch of stems and picks, a big box of ornaments and a couple of small trees to work with.

Small tree:

img_1760bA couple table setups:


I hope no one needs to move any of these because they will fall apart LOL.


It’s a good start and there is a lot of stuff left for someone else to work with.

Some of the other volunteers had already done the house itself earlier today. It’s very simple decorating.

The piano in the library:


There is a small tabletop tree, which I tried to get a picture of, but the lighting was bad.

Here is the mantle in the parlor:


Isn’t that gorgeous?  The great thing about the Chapman Museum is that you can take all the pictures you want.

And speaking of the parlor, I covet this chair very much:


It’s a Belter style piece, very rococco. This was owned by the lady of the house. Note how the chair seat is lower to the floor so that when women sat in down, their skirts could be draped so their ankles wouldn’t show.

I’ll be on a blog hiatus for a few days, so I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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7 thoughts on “Decorating the Chapman

  1. Helen

    I actually enjoy simple decorations like that and I think especially in the museum you’d want the museum pieces to shine. That must have been a nice break in your routine!

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