Yes, I know it’s fall, but lately it has felt like spring in my workshop. And, my latest set of chairs for a client is the main cause. We started out with a cute set of vintage dining chairs that had great curves, but an unsavory color and upholstery. Continue reading “Chairs that Celebrate Spring All Year”
It’s been 13 years and counting. My dad passed away somewhat suddenly after being a very active man. The last few days of his life we turned to hospice so we could bring our dad home where he wanted to be. Up to this point, I had no experience or contact with a hospice organization—death was a scary topic that I didn’t care to entertain. But the fact is, it comes to all of us eventually. And looking back, I am so grateful for hospice. Sure, it’s still painful after all these years to look back on those events, but because of this organization I do have some comfort in knowing that we were able to give my dad his last wish—being at home. My brother and I were prepared to do whatever we needed to take care of him, but after an initial evaluation, the hospice nurses said they would be there 24 hours a day. And, they were amazing in their care not only for my dad, but for us. People who devote their lives to this type of service are simply amazing. The nurses are a huge part of this, but it takes a village to run hospice organizations from office staff to counselors and educators.
Every year for the past four years I’ve donated a chair to the annual Hospice Austin’s Beauty of Life charity auction event. This year is no different. And as I’ve selected the frame, fabric, and finish of my chair, I’ve reflected on my dad. He would never have believed I’ve made a career change like this one. But he were still alive, he would be my biggest cheerleader. Continue reading “A Chair to Honor My Dad”
Do you have a home that can handle lots of color? Well, my latest clients do! And from the pictures they showed me of their previous home, they were not afraid of color either. They expressed a desire to have a variety of different bright colored fabrics that would include a stripe. I knew exactly the fabrics I would be selecting to show my clients…a chic, colorful pallet created by Dana Gibson.
I’m in the process right now of planning a set of six multi-colored kitchen chairs. Lucky for me, the kitchen is large and white. It can handle the chaos that a set of chairs like this will provide. And truthfully, this kitchen needs the color. The client doesn’t want to settle for a monochromatic atmosphere. So, how does one go about planning for a set like this? How can you make chaos live in harmony? Well, I’ve got a few tips up my sleeve to show you how it’s done.
I’m always on the hunt for new fabrics that I can use for upholstery. “Normal” individuals go into a store and appreciate the tablecloths, skirts, and rugs on display. But evidently, I’m not normal. When I go into a store, my mind automatically goes into high gear thinking about how I could use these textiles on chairs. Often, I don’t have any specific chairs or projects in mind. I am merely just attracted to the vibrant colors and rich textures. Continue reading “Frazadas: One of my Newest Faves”
A few months ago I received an order from a client who had been an art teacher for more than 30 years. The only instructions she gave me was that she liked magenta and turquoise and needed the fabric to be durable. And most importantly, she wanted some color in her life! So basically, I could do anything I wanted to these chairs. What a fun challenge! Continue reading “Introducing the Three Sisters”
Some day, when I really make it in this world, I’m going to only buy Kate Spade apparel. I love that line of clothing so much, so you can understand why I love her fabric line, too. It’s playful and fresh, and yet, still very grown up. Just a few months ago I blogged about this chair makeover using her linen and chenille dot fabric. Well, Kate Spade strikes again. And this time it’s a black and white animal print on a large scale.
A few months ago, a client contacted me looking for a set of dining chairs. Her family had just moved from sunny New Mexico to Minnesota. She wanted something to brighten up their home during the long, dreary winters that were to come. There’s nothing better to cure the cold winter blues than colorful Otomi. And, she wanted something to remind them of home.
Just recently, I got an order from a client who gave me full freedom to use any fabrics of my choosing on a set of chairs. It’s a big compliment when I get those sort of orders. It’s also a little nerve racking. At least I knew they liked the boho style chairs I had done for a previous client, so I steered my creative efforts in that direction. The boho-chic style is drawing more and more people, and so I had to ask myself, why? What draws us to this boho style?
Deciding on what fabrics to use on a chair makeover can be a really hard decision, especially if the chair is an old fuddy-duddy antique chair. Don’t get me wrong, I love these antique chairs. They have so much potential. This chair was one of those chairs. Continue reading “Why Whimsical Fabrics are the Perfect Antidote for Antique Chairs”