I need to stay away from antique malls. I really do. I always find something that I can’t resist. Actually, I do resist buying stuff. (You wouldn’t believe this if you saw my garage…never mind that, though). I rarely buy things when I first see them. Instead, I go home and if I can’t stop thinking about it for a week, I go back praying that it’s still there. Well, I saw this chair and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
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”
I love settees. And I love Victorian furniture. I have a dream of bringing back this look and saying, “Hey, Victorian is the new black!” I scored this amazing settee and two chairs on Craigslist a few months ago. Again, I wasn’t sure where it would go, but I knew I couldn’t part with it. So, it did not go up for purchase in my Etsy shop. Instead, I hoarded it for myself.
When we consider painting walls pink, we often envision rooms for sweet baby girls. How daring would it be, though, to paint a room that is used by the entire family, husband included? Pretty daring, as it turned out in my situation.
I wanted to do something really different. For the past six and a half years, I had a great warm yellow/whole wheat color on the wall. It was nice, but it was in desperate need of a paint refresh. So, I decided to make a big change instead of just repainting the same color.
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”
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”
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?
I’ve got a problem… It’s my ever increasing obsession with craigslist. Sometimes I drive hours away to get a good deal. I’ve known others who love craigslist, too, but not to this degree. I’ve been buying on craigslist for years long before they had posted pictures! What did I do before craigslist? I can tell you that I was a garage sale fanatic. When I lived in St. Louis they had amazing garage sales. The best day to go was on Wednesday. My friends and I would pile into a Suburban and head out for the day almost weekly to find all sorts of treasures that we never knew we needed until we saw them. That’s how I first began decorating my house. This was in the early 90s. After moving away to Chicago, I missed garage sales terribly as cities are no conducive to these types of sales. So, I found Goodwill stores and other resale stores. And then, craigslist came along. Here’s one of my most favorite sets bought on craigslist that I refurbished with the paint and fabric. Continue reading “My Great Craigslist Adventures”