Monday, May 22, 2017

PROJECT ROUNDUP

Computer issues have kept me from sharing projects here on a regular basis, so I thought I'd combine several recent ones together. 

First is a leather bar stool update. The owner had three of these and debated throwing them away. Instead, she bought six yards of inexpensive indoor/outdoor fabric and had me make slipcovers to use them in a beach rental they own. These covers fit like a glove but slip off easily for a spin through the wash. And they look adorable from the back all lined up at the counter. 



This is a chair & ottoman combo that I had previously slipcovered about 15 years ago in a gray/green chenille. The owner was updating her room but still loved this duo so she chose a pretty fabric and had me make a slipcover for the chair. The ottoman was previously skirted, so I did a little re-upholstery job and added new feet to really update the look and make it feel like all new furniture. 
I also made the double width panels on the window but getting a good photo with all that light was beyond my skill level. 



You may have seen these chairs in your local Target a few seasons ago. They owner fell for them, but the romance fizzled when the upholstery began to pill badly and she tired of the bold print.  Many fabric samples later, she landed on this blue/gray linen look poly that turned out to be exactly what her room needed. The chairs' low, square profile have a mid-century feel in the solid fabric and make them great candidates for tailored slipcovers.  I'm sure she'll be in love with her "new" chairs for a long time. 

Before:

After:


Here are a couple of chairs that I recently slipcovered for a DK Designs client. 
The fun bandana print is by Duralee, and the gold linen is by Fabricut. These were really nice chairs with down wrapped cushions and great proportions.

I love the trim detail on the skirt hem. Subtle but so pretty. 


HUNT AND LANE is a cool store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that sells authentic Indonesian furniture and accessories. They have a giant banana leaf mural inside and loved this Tommy Bahama indoor/outdoor fabric as soon as they saw it. Here are cushions for some of the teak seating pieces that I covered for them in that fabric. 


I can't believe I forgot to take a "before" shot of this sleeper sofa. It came with the beach condo when the owners bought it and was sooooo ugly. Too many other projects come before new furniture but this slipcover in a pale gray washable brushed canvas make it look perfectly fresh and beachy. 


If you're still reading, thanks for sticking around! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

OVERSIZE CLUB CHAIR: A LOVE STORY

This chair and it's owner are soul mates. It's her favorite spot and feels like "home." The room was ready for an update and they bought a new sofa they loved,  but there wasn't another chair to be found that gave her all the warm fuzzies that this guy did.



A large, fun ikat print and slipcover with simple design tweaks- cutting off the attached back cushion and adding a tailored skirt- transformed it into her new happy place. 

Note: The photos aren't glamour shots. This chair was too big to move inside so he had to stay in the garage for his transformation. I did my best to blur out the ladder, propane tank and assorted junk. Please use your imagination and picture it in a lovely home. 





Cute! and so happy. 

We added a skirt to it's ottoman too, and made it an additional slipcover just in case it was called into service for another room in the future...





This "fabric" is actually an inexpensive table cloth in a design the owner loved. 

The blue ikat is a different colorway of the same fabric I used on these wing chairs a few months ago.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NAVY BLUE & WHITE WING CHAIRS

Sometimes simple is best. Not only were these chairs dirty, they were also much too formal for their new home at the beach. 


Inexpensive cotton duck in a classic navy and white combo makes makes them current, smart and perfectly at home in a beach house. 



 These are "fancy" tailored slipcovers that won't be taking a lot of abuse so we kept the fabric crisp and didn't pre-wash the yardage. A dose of Scotchguard should be all that's needed for light use. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

ENGLISH ARM CHAIR CLUB CHAIR IN RUSTIC LINEN

 Life happens. This chair and its mate have seen alot of life. They have gorgeous bones and the structure and cushions are still in tip top shape but dozens of washings have left the original manufacturer's (Rowe)slipcovers in tatters. 


The owner wanted to go a little more "oatmeal" with her new washable slipcovers and chose a linen cotton blend from Onlinefabricstore.com. I pre-washed the yardage and what you see below is the way it looked out of the dryer. I didn't iron or even steam the finished covers. 



I'm a huge fan. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

SAVING A WHITE SOFA

Here we have a woeful sofa that tried hard to love it's family's two dogs but finally gave up.


It's a great size in a timeless style, so a washable slipcover in sturdy fabric will help it coexist better with the furrier family members. 

The owners wanted to go dark and the bright room can handle it. They chose Carr-go brushed canvas in Graphite. 
After:






Friday, February 10, 2017

CUTE LITTLE LOVESEAT

This sweet little loveseat is from a guest room in a lovely local inn. Sun exposure over the years had faded the upholstery so the owner decided to try a washable slipcover in good old white.



We used a heavy weight pre-washed slubby canvas.  Here's the new look- so simple and clean. I just love it with the english arms and little turned legs.



If you ever find yourself heading to the Maryland coast, check out The Holland House Bed & Breakfast. It's a charming local treasure and the town of Berlin is just delightful too. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

BLUE AND WHITE IKAT TRANSFORMS A THRIFT STORE TREASURE

I have a great friend who works at our local ReStore. I had asked her to keep her eye out for a smallish swivel rocker. When she sent me a text with a photo of this chair, I honestly dismissed it as "too ugly, even for me," but when I popped in a few days later to search for something else, the chair was still there and I gave it a chance.





It felt super solid, and passed the sit and sniff tests with flying colors. A quick internet search told me that W&J Sloane was a "furniture and rug store in New York City that catered to the wealthy." This piece was built in 1970 in North Carolina for W&J Sloane (I found the original tag inside) by a subsidiary of Hickory Furniture that built pieces for retailers. 

My point is, this chair cost $20. It needed a little love, but really only a little, to end up with a top quality, one of a kind piece of furniture for less than it would cost to buy a particle board and cheap foam chair from Homegoods or Wayfair. 



The arm pads were a little deflated so I sliced them open and added some additional cotton batting. 

The owner chose a china blue and white ikat- Kandhar by Robert Allen for the slipcover. It's from Fabric.com and was about $14/yard. The huge repeat ate up every bit of 10 yards, and I wish there had been one more.  

Here it is now...




This is going in an open concept townhouse where the back will be highly visible so this view was as important as the front. 



Here are a few "comparables" I found from a pinterest search. Granted, they are all upholstered and this one is a slipcover, but you have to look pretty close to tell.