Jewel Tones for October

Every day is an opportunity to create something new. That’s exactly what I love about my job. The job of creating has no 9 to 5 time limit. And it pops up out of necessity just as much as it arrives unexpectedly. 

Last month, I received an order for a set of eight eclectic chairs from my new line. The only problem was that I only had a set of six eclectic chairs in my line at the time. So, I  began working to add two more that could go with the mix. 

My client wanted blue to be one of the colors and saw that the other missing color was a green.  I had used both of these seat fabrics before, so I knew they looked great on chairs. I also knew I needed a stripe, since I didn’t have one yet. 

I had to figure out what to use for the top and the backside of both these chairs. Not only did they need to work individually, they had to work as a group. 

After a lot of playing around with different fabrics, I settled on these fabrics seen in the first two chairs below. One I’ve used in my new line, but the other was a new fabric that I had spied a while back and kept fantasizing about.  This proved to be the perfect combo. 

There’s a balance I need to strike when combining fabrics like these. I need as many neutral backgrounds as I need jewel tones. The eye has to rest at some point, and the neutral ones help with that. 

I’ve got an amazing intern this semester from UT, and she gave me the idea for the location for a photo shoot…Pease Park in Austin. 

She also set up a shoot in my backyard showing these beauties. And there’s my new old dishes that I found recently in an antique shop. They were made in Japan, and someone even suggested that they were made right after WWII during the occupation there. 

Creativity is an interesting beast…what I’ve found is that stress often drives it. We need deadlines to force creativity to happen. And that’s exactly what happened here. 

You can see all of these on my website:  It’s hard to pick, for me, but I do have an affinity for the pink/red/green chair. Which one do you like best?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. 


I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

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