Monday, October 26, 2009

Decisions decisions....

I am steering away from the KWID Imperial Trellis pattern because
  1. it is very trendy
  2. it is very expensive
  3. it is a very bold statement for chairs, especially when you factor in reasons 1 and 2.
I think I prefer it for pillows, drapery, and headboards.  I do reserve the right to change my mind on this at anytime.

So........anyone like these options?

Bocce in Coffee

East Village in Pink

High Voltage in Sand

High Voltage in Smoke

Yes, I'm obsessed with the chevron pattern.  Very trendy, too, but still very classic and the colors I chose are muted.

I do already have the High Voltage in mind for something else (cross your fingers the piece is still there on Thursday!) but there is no harm is using the same fabric twice.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Updates and new project

I just ordered the East Village fabric in Raspberry from Rubie Green!  Thanks, Michelle, for setting up an account for me!  I feel very business-y now.

The chair is coming along great and the fabric should be on it by next week's class.  This is the current state of the project.  I just tightened the springs, added webbing and burlap, and started working on the arms with cotton and muslin.  Next is more cotton and muslin on the seat and back and on to fabric!

I am scoring my resources for fabric for this new project:

They are both the same color, but the photo came out weird.  The wood is in pretty bad shape so I may have to paint it (white? or a bright color?)

Anywho, I was thinking Imperial Trellis

I was playing on a fabric site and ordered a bunch of expensive samples.  They all arrived this week and I am in love.  Why do I have champagne taste and a bud light budget?

From left:  Couture Home's Contessa, Donghia's Suzani, Schumacher's Imperial Trellis, Schumacher's High Voltage, and Alan Cambell's Zigzag.

Swoon.  Apparently I have to return the samples within 30 days.  Now what is the fun in that?  I wonder if it is a designer faux pas to disregard that request.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fabrics and Cane Back Chairs

When I was in Charleston last week I had the pleasure of touring Coastal Living's 2009 Idea Cottage featured in this month's issue.  I had borrowed the magazine from my sister because there were some great fabrics showcased and I wanted to look them up.  I was thrilled to be able to see and touch them in person!

My sister has already laid claim to 2 fabulous cane back chairs I planned to start after my current project.  After being in the presence of all those fabrics, I was inspired to find the perfect cloth for her chairs.  Now I just have to get her over her fears of patterns and color.....

I am going to paint these white and reupholster the seat.

Wouldn't they look great in Donghia's Suzani pattern?

or a fun animal print?

I'll keep you posted on what we decide.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chairs with Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon Fabric

While this fabric is overused, it is still one of my very favorites.  All the pretty colors make me so happy.  And, paired with a timeless classic as the faux bamboo chippendale chair.....perfection!

Here is the transformation......

I had to replace all the innards of the seat.  After taking off the old fabric, foam and cotton from the frame and tightening the webbing, I traced out the new foam and cut it using a kitchen knife (ssshh, don't tell my husband).

And then wrapped it in batting

Had to make sure it all fit

I then positioned the dragon image over the cushion, cut it out, and used my trusty nail gun to attach it to the frame.

The final product:

These are for sale for a really great deal....$250 each for the armless and $275 each for the arms.  I would prefer not to break up the set, which is discounted at $1,000 for all 4 chairs.  Shoot me an email or visit my Etsy store if you are interested.
UPDATE:  The arm chairs are sold, but 2 armless chairs are still available!  SOLD