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.
I’m a frequent visitor to Anthropologie in Austin and on one of my visits this past year, I spied a dishcloth that immediately resonated with me. I love checks, black and white combos, and floral fabrics—this dishcloth had them all. The floral print was appliquéd on top of the black and white check. The wheels started turning and the rest is history.
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.
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”
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?
What’s a girl to do when she has a ton of pallet wood in her garage? I do have friends who have requested signs—and yes, I’m getting to those! But I have so much of this wood that I know I’ll never use it all and it’s taking up valuable real estate that need to be occupied by chairs. It just so happens that I’ve had problem in my studio. I have two lofts with undersides that are unfinished. I tried to cover it with a thick coat of paint, but I realized quickly that paint would not do the trick. Continue reading “Pallet Wood Ceilings”