A Little Makeover

I finally have a formal dining room in our new house.  I have had my grandmothers dining table in storage for nearly 6 years waiting for somewhere to put it.  My mom and I had reupholstered the seats probably 20-25 years ago in a velvety stripe.  It was actually kind of cool, but had seen better days.   Sort of like this:

In typical form, I didn’t take before photos of the chairs.  Mostly because I was working on this project last week when it was steaming hot in Chicago for my wimpy Colorado blood.  Most anything I accomplished for the day was done between the hours of 9pm and midnight, when I could stand to move faster than a tortoise.  Night time isn’t optimal photo taking time.  Anyway, I finally snapped some photos of the finished product.

This is a fabric I hoarded from a project I worked on in Boston.  The upholsterer I used created a double sided sofa and upholstered the whole thing inside out.  Thankfully that created a lot of remnant fabric for me and I had just enough to do 6 chairs and one little remnant waiting for a pillow sometime.

A close up of the fabric:

That’s right, a herringbone with a cherry blossom woven in.  The construction technique for this fabric blows my mind.  It is from a small textile line called Castel – http://www.castelmaison.com/.  This fabric has been discontinued, but there is lots of other yummy textile goodness on their website.  Simple, well constructed, interesting patterns and color palettes.

Project 1 down, 900,000 to go!


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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