Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday Tip

Consider giving something you thought was really ugly a complete overhaul. The results may surprise you!
The client sent me this photo taken at night, I'd swear, just to demonstrate how ugly and hopeless the chair was in it's current state. It had been recovered in this red stripped, somewhat shiny,  fabric a decade ago. The little blue fabric swatch she tossed on the back indicated to me she was open to the possibility it could have a new life. That and a story she told me of how this was the chair that her husband used to sit on, with a board laid acrss the arms, so he could do his homework as a child. I pounced on it! And not just because of sentimal reasons...

but also becasue this chair had the right proportions, was well made and so interesting with the barley twist details! Not what you normally see on an Arts and Crafts style chair.  A bobbin or spool chair would have been a handsome addition to the room. But I didn't see the point when I knew this one would do just fine. We took the blue velvet seat from an occasional chair, just to have a look since the client thought she wanted blue to be one of the predominate colors in the room.

Purist's look away, or least try to keep in mind I was trying to save this chair from a life sentence in a basement. The new ebony color, proved to be just the stroke of genius that many of you got a good laugh over last year! It certainly yielded the desired effect to overhaul this baby.
 And, of course the perfect fabrics...

made the transformation complete. The cream toss pillow with the carmel velvet "conversation bubbles" is from John Robshaw and the wool plaid is from Kravet.  As you can see, we ended up with just a hint of blue-gray in the plaid I selected. I joked with the client that if she comes home one day and the chair is missing, it's at my house. Her response? It better not be because now it's one of her favorite pieces too!


  1. Great job! Hard to believe its the same chair...beautiful. Love the ebony finish and the plaid was a great choice.

  2. Wow, that's the same chair? I especially love the ebony finish - so rich and such depth. Big transformation, Rebecca. The chair and ottoman are beautiful.

  3. Love the end result, the chair is fabulous :) Please do an inspiration board for 1000 thread count fitted sheet or bedroom style inspiration! I just got a new apartment and am pretty excited about decorating but I'm not sure where to start!

  4. Love it Rebecca! Of course you know I love anything 'ebony'! Well done!


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