I thought I would share a little Before & After this fine Monday morning since there are very few upholstered pieces that I buy that don’t get a makeover before they enter the collection. I love the original frames and structures of old furniture, but let’s be honest….the fabric is usually not up to par! Giving new life to an old piece is one of the best parts of my job. Some people may look at the original piece and find it to be gross and dirty….I see most pieces with endless possibilities. In fact, choosing fabric is usually the hardest part for me. I am always drawn to a more neutral tone because I love to add color with pillows, but I am realizing more and more that you can really change the look of any piece with what you pair with it…and it doesn’t always have to be a neutral base! Look how different Avanti looks with new fabric, and pairing it in different ways….the skies the limit!
I decided that it was time for a little makeover…
I’ve always been a fan of the unfinished look of a stripped upholstered piece. The loved the deconstructed feel of the Cara Unfinished Settee and Chair and the raw, simplicity of it. A perfect touch for shoots. But it was time to bring a finished look and with my love of indigo these days, it was an easy choice. What do you think?
I am so very excited to share this post with you all! It is a little bit different than our normal wedding and event related posts, but near and dear to my heart all the same. About 2 years ago our house was featured in Flea Market Style and shortly there after, I received an email from one of the sweetest people I have ever met, asking if I would consider decorating her house. She wanted my help bringing a little personality and coziness into her home. I was thrilled at the idea, and after meeting with her in person, I was excited to take on the project. I was given creative freedom, and after a couple months of buying and having pieces made, I installed everything over one weekend while the family went away (per my request). Joel came down a couple weeks later to take pictures of everything for me….What do you think?
I had Joel take family photos of them because I think having beautiful photos of your family up on the wall is crucial. Not only does it give your home personality, but I think it completes a warm and inviting space as well.
I have always loved decorating. Even as a little girl I was very particular about how my room was set up, what color my bedding was, and the accessories atop my dresser. Then as an adult when I started buying antiques for my own home, I realized that old pieces with history and patina can add so much character and comfort to any space. I am so thankful for this beautiful family that started out as clients, and quickly became friends. Thank you, Michelle, for welcoming me into your home, and Happy Birthday (today)!!!
I love my job!
Check out the entire home tour on Style Me Pretty Living! Such an honor!
Picked these beauties up a few weeks ago for their gorgeous gold frames (of course their original fabric was… charming) and just love how they turned out upholstered with white velvet! I’m always in search of lounge furniture with beautiful and unique frames, knowing that even if their upholstery is lovely, with time it will need a refresher. Excited to introduce Leopold + Arabella!
I picked this settee and chairs up from my upholsterer the other day & when I brought them back to the studio I asked the hubby to take a few shots for the inventory site. Then I realized what a perfect opportunity to show how putting together an entire vignette can really make an impact!
So I started with a lonely settee…
Added a couple chairs…A little backdrop…Side tables…A pillow and some accessories…A coffee table (or something “serving” as a coffee table)…
And there you have it! A complete vignette that is comfy, inviting, and such an impact!
Found Pieces: Laine Armchairs, Bronwin White Settee, Burns Ladder, Powell Silver Nesting Tables (pair), Pillow, and Haversham Plaid Ottoman
It is always fun to show what some of my pieces look like when I first get them.
I love transforming something that has a really great shape and years & years of history into something new and different. I love getting creative with fabric and making one-of-kind pieces that will not be found anywhere else. My upholsterer has learned not to ask too many questions. He used to think I was crazy when I would have him patching pieces together leaving the stitching exposed on the top, or creating fabric flowers for the buttons…but after ten years I think he is used to the crazy things I come up with. He never disappoints me wtih the final product either!
These have been in the inventory for a while, but just thought it would be fun to share.
I have at least 20 more pieces just waiting to be transformed into something beautiful….if only there were more hours in the day!