My Year in Chairs

Looking back over 2023, I’m shocked to see how many chairs I completed.

Are you ready for my recap?

Let’s go!

The first chair was this adorable blue chair in bird fabric. I love how the birds look like they are sitting on the line gossiping about the latest news in the neighborhood.

I made this cute chair below by cutting out my own dots for my friend Sara McDaniel’s boutique hotel, The Villas at Spanish Court.

If you stay in the Carrie, you see it. It’s my favorite room in all her properties.

This next set used a great embroidery with lots of colors. I took all the seat fabrics from the top fabric and painted the frames a nice navy blue that served as a neutral.


I took this antique classic French chair, painted it, and used an amazing fabric from Spoonflower for my Ugly Chair Challenge back in January. I love this big floral. The bigger…the better I always say.

Fabric placement is key to getting a great look.

I used my favorite fabric from Chivasso to create this colorful set below with champagne paint on antique dining chairs.

These two chairs joined some others I had done for a client. I can’t ever get enough checks in my designs and this one I laid on the diagonal to give it some interest.

I love doing Mexican textiles, and this embroidered Otomi involved some pillowcases for the top with coordinating velvets for the seats.


I hosted a book party with more than 250 of my followers and changed up my dining room chairs for the occasion. I’m still loving the wallpaper and new fabrics.

I also finished up a settee makeover in my living room just in time for the party. The Liberty velvet fabric was just the right thing for my space.

And of course my own living room chairs needed a refresh too. I covered them in this amazing Chivasso floral.

You probably won’t believe this, but I did a grainsack chair for a client. I used to do these back when I first started, but moved away from them to more color.

The only thing better than one Carrie Schmitt chair is two! I finished these for a client last spring and Maui obviously approved.

This little chair with purple embroidery was a special order from a client who had very specific decor.

My assistant Gina got a wallpaper makeover and this fun chair to hold her towels. It was perfect for her space.

I made a desk chair for my incredibly talented photographer, Abby Grace.


I also created a coordinating chair for the office space. I love this print by Schumacher!

I finished two chairs for my bedroom to get ready for a photoshoot of my house. Stay tuned for that this coming year!

These next two chairs were created for Kimberly of the country group Little Big Town. How fun is that?


This was my very last frame in this style and it went to a client who also wanted Carrie Schmitt’s art on it.

And in case you didn’t hear, I did some chairs for a Magnolia Network TV show, In with the Old with my friend Sara’s Victorian. You can still stream the episode on Magnolia Network, Minden’s Mysterious Yellow House. You’ll see my studio on it too!


I had extra fabric left over from my Book Party dress, so I used it on a chair just for fun. I love how it came out.


This great chair went to a client who had a newly designed dining room. These bold colors were exactly what the space needed to jazz it up.


And if you didn’t catch my Barbie inspired chair, here it is. My daughter painted her for me and I coordinated it with pink check on the front.


The second Ugly Chair Challenge of the year took place in August and this is the chair I completed.  (BTW, You should join my Ugly Chair Challenge that will be happening at the end of January this coming year.)

My daughter moved into her new, working girl apartment (yes, she’s off the payroll now!) and I did a set of 3 chairs and a settee for her dining space.

She’s very much into the cottagecore look, so she picked these fabrics for the set and I painted a table green for her.

I created a set of these classic French chairs for my friend and artist, Brittany Atkinson.

This sweet vanity chair was auctioned off at the Hospice Austin annual event in November.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’ve been releasing Taylor Swift inspired chairs based on each of her albums. So far, I’ve completed Lover, Reputation, and Folklore. Stay tuned for next week and next album chair!


These fun chairs went to a home nearby Austin and made gorgeous end chairs to a dining table.


Speaking of furry, I also did these little chairs below for a shop!

The largest chair order came with this set of 10 that I completed in November. The floral had so many colors, but we focused on the blue.

Here they are in their new home…just the perfect thing for brightening up the space.

I’ll be showing the bakery soon where this next set are now. The owner loved the yellow stripe, so I found a way to do the seat welt cord in it to add a bit of whimsy.


That leads me to the last order, completed just before Christmas.  A very traditional look for an entry way/living space.


I’ve got others lined up for 2024 and I can’t wait to show you. I hope your New Year is lovely and that 2024 holds the best yet for both of us!



I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

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