Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

Former neighbors of mine recently moved in to a beautiful brand new home and reached out to see if I could help update a few of the furniture pieces that came along from their previous home.

There's not a thing wrong with them except they didn't love the more angular profile and heavy nailhead trim in their airy new space. They wanted a softer, more welcoming attitude.

The "before"...


They also wanted easy care and after much deliberation decided to go with a super soft Crypton fabric for slipcovers. I hesitated a little because Crypton fabric is spendy and pretty much stain proof- anything is supposed to come out- so why do slipcovers? But they wanted a softer look and loved everything about their furniture except the nailheads, so slipcovers it would be!

After...




It's hard to argue with this result.
Tailored skirts on all three pieces add even more softness. Here's a close up of the fabric, it's as soft as a marshmallow...from a distance it looks white, but up close has a more oatmeal linen appearance.


I loved working with this great couple!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE CURE FOR AGING - FURNITURE EDITION

Here's a camelback beauty that has been with its owner for a very long time. 



Years of faithful service have been repayed with a coveted spot in the loft of her new house with sweeping waterviews and beautiful sunsets to enjoy daily. 

The new house called for a more casual look and linen was the perfect casual elegant choice.  This particular fabric is a personal favorite and the same linen/cotton blend used HERE.

Don't you love the addition of a skirt? Me too, it feels so much friendlier now.

A beautiful canvas, ready for lots of pillows, a cozy throw, a juicy book and a killer sunset. Enjoy! 





PS...I continue to stink at photography and editing as evidenced above and the blue, green and pink casts in the images. I would say that the first one is the closest to reality. Apologies!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LINEN CHAIRS FOR ROMANTIC FARMOUSE

"Romantic Farmhouse." That's the description that springs to mind when I think of a space with light colors, natural, neutral furnishings, painted wood and floral accents. I recently helped a homeowner update a few pieces for her newly built home that is a perfect example of Romantic Farmhouse style. 

Sorry, this isn't a house tour but you can catch a few glimpses of the lovely space in the background of my furniture pics. 

She chose an all-time favorite slipcover fabric for two large club chairs in the great room. A cotton-linen blend, it's one of those great fabrics that can work in just about any design style or color scheme, is hard wearing, washable AND reasonably priced. Win! 



I would choose this fabric over Belgian Linen any day, especially at about one third of the price. 


The homeowner bought her barstools at Ikea. Originally the legs were black but a can of spray paint quickly fixed that. Less than two yards each of the charming Waverly floral completed her vision for  kitchen island seating. 



Here's a before shot of the club chairs. They're Pennsylvania House pieces and quite lovely in red velvet too. 



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LEATHER SECTIONAL GOES COASTAL

When a couple built their dream house on a stunning waterfront lot at the beach, their beautiful leather sectional came along. 
It is a perfect size for seating tons of guests in the great room but it felt a little "heavy" for casual summer living. 

Linen, but even better, a poly linen look upholstery-weight fabric, gives them the perfect light and airy look with a better price point and fewer wrinkles. 



It's a little trickier to slipcover over leather. You can't stick pins into the upholstery to hold your fabric in place, and it's a slippery surface with zero grip. The square lines and loose loose cushions of this design are really the perfect scenario for slip covering leather furniture. 

I didn't snap a "before" picture, but it's not hard to picture a brown leather sectional.  When the weather turns cold and it's time to light a fire, the linen covers can be packed away and their beautiful leather seating will be ready for winter snuggling. 



FLORAL CAMEL BACK SOFA

Here's a happy little spot to enjoy your coffee. The sun had faded the original upholstery on this sweet sofa so we slip covered it with a bright cheerful floral. It suits the owner's bubbly personality to a "T", and everyone loves it!


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.