Some choices were obvious - like the fantastic Empire four poster bed that was available (look at the far end of the warehouse photo. My bed was in pieces on a shelf!)
Other choices were more challenging. I was searching for something that would provide the "color inspiration" for the bedroom. The painting here was a candidate but did it have enough vibrancy? I had a vision for the room that was classic yet updated and a bit unexpected - mixing beautiful antiques with strong colors and contemporary upholstery to lift it above a museum "feel".
This silouette of Thomas Metcalfe, Governor of Kentucky in 1828, could add an interesting historical note to the room. I need to find a special place for it!
We found our inspiration! This painting entitled "Kentucky September" by M. J. Weber has beautiful colors - persimmon, lavendar and leaf green. Perfect for our color scheme. It is hanging in our studio for the next few weeks so we can refer to it when selecting our fabrics, trims and accessories. I will miss it when it makes its way back to the mansion.