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?
I talk to clients all the time who want new chairs for their dining and kitchen spaces. But if you are like most people, it’s costly to afford an entirely new set. So, why not just update the end chairs instead? That’s exactly what this latest client decided to do.
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’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.
Have you ever thought of chairs as a perfect surface to display works of art? Fabrics can definitely be viewed as art, especially when they are one-of-a-kind ethnic fabrics. Continue reading “Original Fabrics Become Art for Chairs”
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”
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”