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Jazzy Statement Chairs

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Don’t you just love one-of-a-kind statement chairs? A chair that is full of personality and uniqueness?:

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I have to admit I was pretty excited when One Kings Lane contacted me last week to help introduce their new Decor Resource Center to my blog readers. They knew I loved accent statement chairs and asked if I would share one of my favorite chairs. Here is a chair I just finished painting and had reupholstered:

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I have always loved the shape of this chair. According to the resource guide, my chair is similar to Renaissance Revival Chair, 1870. Their resource guide is great that you can look up the history of your chair from Ancient civilizations to Modern American Design. There are illustrations of each chair that includes a detailed history:

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When designing a statement chair, the first step is finding a chair that you love, a piece that gets you excited(no matter what it looks like before):

 

Then I decide where the chair will be going, so I can work with the existing furnishings. I put together this fabric palette that will work well:

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I think statement chairs add life to a room by being a centerpiece that accents the rest of the decor. When people enter the room, their eyes are drawn to it. Here are a couple of my favorite chairs I have saved:

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Sometimes a room needs a chair as a finishing touch once everything is in place. Do you have any statement chairs in your home? Now is the time to search the internet or flea markets for a signature chair that can be reupholstered, repainted or restored to finish off the room!

PS I wanted to add a couple pictures of the whole fireplace that a reader requested. She wanted to see the whole thing. Here you go Terri!

If you need help accessorizing your home, contact me today.

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Quick Tip When Reupholstering

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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A good suggestion to remember when you are narrowing down your choices with different fabric samples on the furniture piece you are going to have slipcovered or reupholstered:

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Is to get a truer impression of how the new fabric will look by using a white backdrop between the new and existing fabric:

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It is the same as sampling paint colors on the wall. You should always sample with a white piece between so that way you are not influenced by the existing color on the walls.

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It is a easy step that will help you visually see what the new fabric will look like on the furniture piece without being influenced by the existing fabric. Simple and smart!

If you need help decorating your space, contact me today!

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Inexpensive & Quick Bedroom Makeover

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

 

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It seems to always take me so long to find that perfect comforter for my bedroom. Does anyone else have that problem? I can easily help others find that perfect bedding, but it takes such a long time to find the one for me!

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I came across a great set at Target.  The best part was that they were on sale. For a new king size reversible comforter and shams, new sheet set that works beautifully with the set and a king bed skirt only cost $140.00. Pretty good don’t you think? Of course I can not find a picture of my new comforter online. Target must only sell this pattern in stores. But here it is in my room:

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Here is my bedroom before:

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And with a new Springmaid makeover:

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Not bad for an inexpensive, quick bedroom makeover on a Sunday. Don’t you think it looks fresh and happy?

 

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Fabric Workroom Visit

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Have you ever been to a fabric workshop? I am in absolute heaven as soon as I walk through the door:

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Look! Everywhere you turn there are more fabric books to look at:

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I love, love looking through all the books. Most fabric workrooms are open and available ‘to the trade’ only, meaning that you need to show identification as well as a state identification sales tax number. Each state has different requirements to obtain a sales Id number. If you are interested in obtaining, I would call your state tax office to inquire. At this particular workroom in Providence, RI, you must be ‘in the trade’ to browse here and purchase fabric.

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Why go through the bother of visiting and purchasing from a workroom? For a few good reasons – not only do you get to pay wholesale cost which is considerably lower than the retail price, but you are able to see the latest and hottest fabric trends and colors, you can also borrow any books for a few days to bring home and you can order fabric samples right there quickly and easily! How great is that!

Each fabric workshop is unique in that each have their own fabric collections that they represent. This shop had Kravet, Duralee, Robert Allen,  Carole and many others. I seem to always be drawn to the Duralee fabrics because of all the great colors and patterns they use. This fabric below (and above) is from the new collection of Eileen Kathryn Boyd. So gorgeous!:

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The reason for my visit this particular day was to look at fabric for window treatments for a client’s dining room. I had to work with this fabric below that was on her chairs:

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I actually had a good idea of what I was looking for and I found rather quickly:

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And then I was able to relax and browse through a few books for ideas, inspiration and fun! Here were two of my favorite books I brought home:

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I love this blue fabric:

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Another project I am working on is refinishing a old hope chest. I think I will use this fabric for the top. Don’t you just love it?

So if you would love to browse through fabric books, you should check out your local fabric workroom. Have you ever been to a workshop? Do you enjoy going?

If you need help finding the perfect fabric that goes with the perfect wall color, contact me today.

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