My grandmother's chair

One of my favorite things about my job is seeing old items take on a new life. Whether that involves giving an old piece a new home as is... or re-doing the piece to have a whole new look of its own. I love it. Things leave our office looking one way and return with a whole new life! It is like Christmas for me overtime a re-upholstered chair comes through the door... or a custom headboard, that has only lived on paper perviously, is made real!

Well, today I got to keep a little of that magic for myself. When my grandmother, Mimi, was getting ready to sell her house I had my eye on this antique chair that had been in her living room since forever. I have no idea how old it is, but it is so unique and still in great shape. I asked Mimi if I could have it, and so when her house finally sold the chair came to Nashville to live with me!

Even though I LOVED the chair.... the fabric was not what I wanted. Sorry, but lime green doesn't match anything in my home. So I started pulling fabric samples to figure out a new look for it, and I definitely changed my mind more than a few times. You would thing for someone who does this for a living it would be easier to pick a fabric for myself but I think it is actually harder! Maybe because I see soooo many  amazing fabrics everyday that I had option-overload. Anyway.... today is the day that the chair is finished and I couldn't be happier with the way it looks now!


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Designer tip: notice all of the detail and the shape of the frame; that is what will tell you if a piece is worth buying or not. Fabric and finishes can change so don't be thrown off by an antique with a bad fabric. If it has a great frame it will be a winner.


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Here is a close up of the pattern in the fabric. I wanted something with a slight pattern so that it would be interesting without taking too much attention away from the reed back and detail in the frame. I like that it looks more like a solid from a distance. I am planning to make a lumbar pillow with a fun fabric to add a pop of color.

I just love this "new" chair! Thanks to Mimi for letting me have it, I will give it a good home and use it for years and years.