Chair Makeovers

Beware – ugliness ahead

I have been in the midst of several chair makeovers.  Here are the before photos:

This is a chair in my house, pardon the unstyled photos, pardon the dog bed, if you look closely, you should probably pardon the dog hair dust bunnies.  Anyway, you can see this is an awesome danish modern chair.  I bought it about 4 years ago imagining that it would be recovered.  The fabric is in perfect shape, it is a bit of a sacrilege to change it.  Olive green and gold is really a part of Danish Modern design, sorry purists!  Fast forward 3 years, last May I went with Raina (on her birthday as a matter of fact) to a great fabric warehouse sale.  I bought 10 yards of fabric for about $30 I believe.  Finally, nearly a year later, the chair is off at the upholsterer – don’t ever accuse me of rushing into anything!

Next, is a pair of chairs from Craigslist.  They have the flavor of an Eames Eiffel dining chair.  The previous owner had used these outside.  They were sad, very sad.  I swooped in with primer and spray paint, the difference isn’t dramatic, but it is good.

Now for the good stuff –

These are Milo Baughman knockoffs that were in desperate need of some fabric help.  My client and I referred to these as the furry plaid chairs for a couple months while the perfect fabric was located.  They are part of the project I talked about here.  These have been delivered…stunning!

Stay tuned for the “Afters”!


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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3 Responses to Chair Makeovers

  1. Meghan says:

    That pillow in the first picture is amazing – do you mind sharing where you found it?

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