How a Victorian Settee Defined an Upstairs Landing

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.

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My Favorite Chair Paint

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”

Thomas Jefferson, a.k.a. Chair Collector

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”

How Chairs can Make a Difference for Hospice

If you’ve ever had a loved one need hospice care, you find out real quick that hospice workers are the most amazing people to ever walk this planet. About 12 years ago, my dear dad became so sick that we needed hospice to step in. The nurses supported us as caretakers, counselors, and listeners. They didn’t shy away from death, but instead helped us face it with courage. I wish I could do such meaningful work. It’s truly inspiring.

That’s why for the last three years I’ve donated chairs to a hospice charity fundraiser. Last year was my first year to actually attend the event and the keynote speaker was Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild which also was a movie with Reece Witherspoon. It was amazing to hear her personal story. This year’s speakers are the parents of Esther Earl. You would best know her as the main character in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Continue reading “How Chairs can Make a Difference for Hospice”

My Big Crush

I admit it…I’ve got a huge crush on the Kate Spade brand right now. It doesn’t matter if it’s the dishes (and I’ve got a huge problem when it comes to loving dishes—ask my family), fabric by the yard, or Kate Spade Keds, I love it all. So, when I discover a cute apron that I want—but know that I’ll never wear—I have to devise a reason for buying it.

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The Ugly Chair Makeover Reveal

Remember back a couple of months ago? I put out a call for for you to submit all your ugly chairs, we voted, and there was a winner! Does this chair ring a bell? It was the winner!

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This chair was one of those that has awesome bones. My rule of thumb is to always look at the shape of the chair. Ignore the wood and fabric. Is the shape attractive? Does it have potential? This one was a definite YES! Continue reading “The Ugly Chair Makeover Reveal”

Advice 101: Be True to Your Roots

I’ve been interested in design for some time now. But I’ve wondered where I and my work fits in to helping others achieve their dreams. I enjoy decorating my own home and helping friends do the same. I looked up to other designers and analyzed how they’ve found their niche, and while it might be obvious now, I’ve wondered, “Where do I fit? How can I contribute to this vast world of design?”

Here’s how it all began…or sort of began. I’ve always had a thing for chairs. And I felt strange because of it. Who else around me loves chairs? No one. Until one day  when I heard Nate Berkus declare the same thing on his show! (Remember when he had his own daytime afternoon show? Boy, how I miss it!) Wow, I thought, I’m not the only oneContinue reading “Advice 101: Be True to Your Roots”