Have you ever really considered all the different kinds of paint on the market today? I do, because I use paint all the time on the chairs that I revamp and reinvent for my clients. It’s not enough to just pick a color, I also have to consider the style of chair and the fabric that I’m using. I always tell my clients that the fabric will determine the paint. However, there’s a few other things to consider as well. Primarily, what look are we going for? Do we want modern, shabby chic, rustic, traditional, or something else? Continue reading “My Favorite Chair Paint”
If you’ve been paying attention lately, you might have noticed a common theme with me—it all begins with the chairs. That’s what works for me anyway. Back in December, a friend opened a quaint pie shop here in town, Papi’s Pies. At that point, the idea was just to get it open so it could start bringing in some income.
I’m a chair stylist. It’s taken me a while to really pinpoint exactly what I do, and I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way. Yes, I know how to upholster furniture. That knowledge came to be by taking two long courses in upholstery. And, I’m still learning. But here’s some things I’ve learned along the way… Continue reading “Confessions from a Chair Stylist”
During my last hair appointment back in December, my hairstylist delivered the great news that she was moving shops. Her new shop was just a few minutes down South Congress Avenue in Austin. There, she would have room to not only design her own salon, but also have chickens and a community garden—two things she had only dreamed about. With this new design, she had two chairs that she wanted me to tackle. These would serve as the “waiting room” chairs. Continue reading “Modern Chairs for a Rustic Salon”
You may be wondering, what exactly is a 10-minute chair? I heard this phrase for the first time just a few months ago. And my first response was, What in the world is a 10-minute chair? It basically refers to how long you can sit in a chair comfortably. You might be wondering, if we could only survive 10 minutes in a chair, why would anyone bother with it? Continue reading “The Case for the 10-Minute Chair”
It’s 2017 and a new year has begun! Looking back, I’m amazed at how much my business has grown and how much I accomplished in 2016. It’s good to remind ourselves how far we’ve come. And in doing that, here’s some of my favorites from this past year. Continue reading “Chair Reflections from the Past Year”
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, one of our founding fathers, was a collector of chairs? Yes, it’s true. Just this past week I came across this tidbit of information while researching chair styles. I remember a few years ago hearing Nate Berkus confess that he was a chair hoarder. “So, I’m not the only one,” I thought. And now it turns out that Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon had an obsession with chairs, too. Continue reading “Thomas Jefferson, a.k.a. Chair Collector”
When a client comes to me wanting an eclectic set of chairs, I get excited. I have no idea how it’s going to turn out exactly, but I know the end result will be fabulous. That might sound scary to many of you. The problem solving that goes into decisions concerning fabric, paint, and chair frames is quite a challenge, but this type of work is right up my alley!
I long for that type of challenge because it’s the process that pushes me to be creative. I start with a some rules that are determined by the answers to a few questions. The answers my clients give me set the boundaries that I need to work within. One thing I discovered long ago is that creativity needs boundaries and restrictions to thrive. If everything is a possibility, then it’s too overwhelming. In those cases, decisions are too hard to make and nothing gets done as a result.
Here are the questions I ask my clients: Continue reading “It’s All About the Process”
Recently, I had a client who wanted a shabby chic look for her new dining space, but she just couldn’t come to terms with the idea of using old grainsacks. Sure, she wanted an authentic look, but the thought of sitting on used (and possibly dirty) grainsacks wasn’t her cup of tea.
So, we went to work hunting down a few stencils to make our own grainsack. One was a stripe stencil and the other had the design. Then we selected just the right shade of hemp fabric. If you’ve never used stencils on fabric, it’s the easy thing in the world. Here’s how you do it.
About six months ago, a client approached me wanting a pair of modern farmhouse chairs using classic Victorian arm chairs. I found a pair that were similar—but not an exact match—and slowly the brainstorming began. What type of fabric should I use? How can I get the light wood finish from a pair of chairs that have red undertones? Do I keep the carvings or not?