Post Wedding Shower

Thanksgiving Eve Gathering

Mansion in May


Repair Months

Christmas 2009

Side Chairs

Fall Arrival 2009

The Beach House

A Casual Dinner Party

The Peonies Arrival

As a decorator I have a passion to change things. In order to satisfy the frequent urge to create a new design, I often reupholster side chairs. They require little fabric and the labor cost to change them is minimal. There is so much opportunity to design interesting applications of fabric, and apply trims that are slightly unexpected.

The swedish style breakfast room chair is a painted and glazed chair that has green stripings on the legs and back of the chair to highlight its lines. I chose a green cotton pinstripe to cover the back and seat and then turned the same pinstripe fabric into a ¾” bias trim to use as a gimp all over the chair, giving it a tailored look. Then the fun begins, with a green Rose Cummings rhododendron leaf chintz used as a tie on slipcover not only to protect the chair from spills, but to give it a fancy new look.

The mahogany sheath of wheat back chair is covered in blue linen that has been painted with a white and beige leaf vine. Instead of a formal treatment, a box pleated skirt is added and is trimmed in a brown linen fabric that again is used on the bias as a trim for the bottom of the skirt. The effect is whimsical and pretty.

The victorian painted chair is upholstered in fresh white ground linen with an updated classical pattern in pale sea foam. The design and the color of the fabric are traditional with a thoroughly modern twist. narrow sea foam tape is applied at the bottom to give it a finished look. It takes a fussy chair and brings it down.

This empire style chair gets a surprise remodel when beige patent leather fabric is placed on the front, and a black and white texture is applied to the back of the chair. It is a totally sleeklook, yet still classic, like the ebonized chair wants to be.


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