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Thursday, February 10, 2011

An upholstery project

When I am decorating a space for myself or for a client I like to keep the "bones" of the space neutral. In my own home I like to switch things up a lot and the best way to do that is by changing out a few accessories. I prefer that the walls and sofas be fairly neutral so that if I want to change the look, I can throw in a new pillow, a pretty collection of glazed pottery or a new print and get a re-freshed room. That being said, fabrics are a wonderful way to brighten up a space.

Last month while I was working with my "out of town" client, one of the things I needed to do was to select fabrics for a few upholstery projects.

This bedroom is used as a guest room for when the client's adult children come to visit and it has a calm, spa-like feel to it. In keeping with that, the walls will be painted Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter (HC 172) and I had them replace the bedskirt with a linen skirt to match the headboard.

Pleated Button Bed Skirt from Pottery Barn
To finish off the existing window treatments they are having simple dummy panels made in a white cotton duck that will flank the sides and also between the two windows with an espresso colored wooden rod.

The client had an existing chair from her previous home that we are having re-covered and an ottoman made to match in this fabric from Norbar. The color is perfect to keep the space calm and uncluttered and I like the organic feel to it.

Prism Spa Collection, Pattern: Sadie, Color: Spa 493

I chose this fabric, also from Norbar for a pillow just for fun.

Slade / Robin 001

Downstairs there is a small settee that sits in their family room in front of this bookcase:

And it will be re-covered in this fun pattern that will add some life but is still fairly neutral: 

Duralee 42020, Chocolate 103
This beautiful Ikat fabric was selected for the dining room drapes:

{Robert Allen Home 2320885 Khandar - Indigo}
And lastly, they have a wonderful banquette in their kitchen that is worn and ready for a new look. 

The banquette gets a lot of use and needs something very durable but I also wanted to lighten it up a bit. It sits right next to their kitchen (think 'Something's Gotta Give kitchen) and this:

 In order to get the lighter fabric that I wanted to use, we decided to cover the back and the seat in different fabric (actually, it was my client's idea and I agree!). We chose this fabric for the back and the seat will be covered with a tan colored leather:

{Duralee 14800 / 192 Flame}
And just for fun, I wanted to show you a chair we had recovered last year. It was a chair that was very sentimental to my client. It was small but I did not realize HOW SMALL it was until it was recovered and placed in the room it was intended to be in (the downstairs guest room). The bed in that room is a very high bed and it completely dwarfed the chair. On my first visit to their new home to see all the furnishings we had selected for the first time in person I stayed in that room. The client voiced that she was not happy with the chair because she did not like the way the upholsterer had put the large red flower in the center of the chair. The sample I had sent her did not reflect as much of the flower. But I did not like it for a different reason ... it was just toooo small. You know when you make those kind of mistakes and you are just sick because you know it is just wrong and there is nothing you can do? I had some thinking to do ... so we dragged the chair upstairs ...

and placed it in the children's room and it worked perfectly! (Whew!)

This sweet children's room attaches to the adult kid's room with a Jack and Jill bathroom in between and will also be painted in Revere Pewter.


Unknown said...

I really love that dog painting!! Love it. And I like the fabric you chose.

Unknown said...

Thanks Priscilla! The dog painting was purchased on my first trip up there and really made that room!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hello Sherri!

I want to thank you so much, much, much for your comment! :-) I really needed some impute about my "overdoing" habits. I do too much sometimes and now, I'm paying the consequences. I just came back from the doctor and I'm with bronchitis, so I will need to take it easy and take care of myself. It's not a big deal, but I can't stop coughing and everything hurts inside. So, reading your comment made me feel really cared. Thank you so much!!!

About this post, well... you know that I truly love reading about your projects. I always learn so much with them and I always get great info from it. I'm loving the fabrics and I'm with Priscila, I also love the dog's painting. How adorable!

Thank you for caring, Sherri. That meant more than you imagine. :-)

Now, I'll rest. :-)


Luciane at HomeBunch.cm