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.
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.
Last week I traveled to High Point, North Carolina to experience THE MARKET for furniture. And boy, it did not disappoint. With 180 buildings, I knew I had a lot of ground to cover even if I couldn’t realistically visit them all. The glitz and glamour abounded…
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”
When a client comes to me wanting an eclectic set of chairs, I get excited. I have no idea how it’s going to turn out exactly, but I know the end result will be fabulous. That might sound scary to many of you. The problem solving that goes into decisions concerning fabric, paint, and chair frames is quite a challenge, but this type of work is right up my alley!
I long for that type of challenge because it’s the process that pushes me to be creative. I start with a some rules that are determined by the answers to a few questions. The answers my clients give me set the boundaries that I need to work within. One thing I discovered long ago is that creativity needs boundaries and restrictions to thrive. If everything is a possibility, then it’s too overwhelming. In those cases, decisions are too hard to make and nothing gets done as a result.
Here are the questions I ask my clients: Continue reading “It’s All About the Process”
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”
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”