Reupholstered Channel-Back Chair

A few years back, I bought a gorgeous vintage channel-back chair from a local consignment store. The upholstery was yellow brocade, but in bad condition. But the price was low, so I brought it home. The shredded upholstery held up very well and gave off a cool, shabby, boho vibe. But all things must end.






My brother and I had plans to reupholster this puppy during his next visit - he was super handy like that. There was a fleeting moment when I considered digging into it myself, but I thought better of it and sent it to a professional. After a little research in the DFW area, I found Back Alley Furniture in Carrolton to help me with the job.

I decided to save some money on fabric by covering the chair with a gray canvas drop cloth, purchased for 30 dollars at Home Depot. It's super durable and the color and texture is awesome. I could not be happier with the results. Back Alley Furniture was AMAZING to work with and the chair was done in a week! The cost was also very reasonable.





Artist Feature | Paco Camús

Paco Camús describes his pieces as "functional sculptures" and are a cross between furniture and art. His pieces are so unique that it is sometimes difficult to ascertain their function just by looking. I have a soft spot in my heart for all things Art Nouveau, and these pieces seem to stem from that tradition. Hailing from Valencia Spain, Paco now makes his home in Connecticut. He studied Industrial Design and was influenced by comic book art of the '80's. But I'll wager that if he were pressed, he would agree with their Art Nouveau connection. Check out these astonishing furniture pieces below:













And in other news, 
La Maison Boheme hit ten thousand followers today on Pinterest
Wowie Zowie!



New (Free) Area Rug

What's better than a new rug? A free one! A friend of mine bought this beautiful rug for her home, but decided after a while that it didn't really fit with the room. Now it's mine!

Since painting my living room blue last year, the space hasn't had a suitable rug. I've had some beautiful flat weave rugs, but they aren't really practical for us because our youngest is either in his wheel chair smooshing the rug up with turning wheels or he's getting caught up on the edges scooting around on his bottom. Now I have a rug that stays put and meshes perfectly with the vibe of my living room. I'm a happy mama!









Most recently I had a beautiful rug from Pottery Barn, but the color wasn't right for the space - see the photo below. I've moved that rug to my dining room where it is much happier.




A Pair of Vintage Chairs

I love nothing more than a pair of reupholstered vintage chairs. No matter what kind of space you have, it can always be updated with these little blasts from the past. I've got three sets in my house: mustard colored club chairs in my office, turquoise midcentury vinyl waiting room chairs in the dining room and a set of blue-gray barrel backs in my living room. I can't resist a good pair of vintage chairs. How about you?


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And here are some vintage chair pairs from my abode:









I Love Bulk Trash

This weekend was bulk trash pick up in our neighborhood.  A friend of mine once told me that she rents a truck and prowls the fancy Dallas neighborhoods during bulk trash weekend.  I've heard of people scoring entire Restoration Hardware patio sets, beautiful Midcentry sofas in mint condition, pairs of Victorian wingback chairs, lucite console tables and more!

This weekend I scored two wooden rocking chairs from the bulk trash.  They needed a paint job, some new screws and a little wood glue.  I also found a door with little square windows.  It was damaged around the edges, but not so badly that it couldn't be repurposed.  I painted the name of our home on the glass panes and hung it from some rings and an "S" hook.  The weight of the door (this mother is heavy!) rests on the ground and the hooks keep it upright.  So, thank you bulk trash for the free spring update!












DIY: My Dining Set Makeover on Houzz


I'm so excited to share my latest article for Houzz.com.
Its a DIY story about my dining room chair makeover!

From the article:
When my husband and I bought our Dallas ranch house, we also became the owners of a dining set the previous owners had left behind. It wasn't our style, but it was sturdy and comfortable, and as my dad says, "Love the one you're with." After living with the hand-me-down dining set for three years, I was ready for a budget-friendly upgrade. Here's how I took my dining chairs from blah to bold one weekend.









Tools and materials needed:
  • Staple gun
  • 3/8-inch staples
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Spray can of B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer (I used two cans for four chairs)
  • Spray paint in your chosen color. (I used two cans of glossy Apple Red from Rust-Oleum to refinish four chairs)
  • Spray can of polyurethane clear gloss topcoat
Seat cushion materials:
  • Box of tea to stain upholstery fabric (I used 10 bags of Earl Grey)
  • about 1/2 yard fabric of your choice per cushion, depending on seat size
  • Plastic bucket, sink or soaking tub








Again, from the article:
I love the look of script, so I chose this typographic fabric from Ikea. I covered five cushions using less than 3 yards of fabric. The fabric was too white for my dining room, so I altered the color with a simple tea stain.







 



Ta da! I love the bright red chairs against our dark dining rooms walls. All in all, the job was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I can't believe I waited so long to paint and reupholster them. If you've got some old chairs that need a lift, don't wait!  Find a bright color you love and go to town!





Click HERE to read the full article 
and get all the details about my dining chair upgrade!

Red Dining Chairs

Remember last spring when I posted THIS?   It must have made an impression because last weekend I painting my dining chairs apple red. But I didn't stop there - I also reupholstered them! I'll be posting a DIY article about the process on Houzz.com, but until then, here's a little eye candy and a sneak peek of my finished product!










I'll post the full article from Houzz.com later, but until then
here's a little peek at my handiwork...


Create Some Drama

I guess I've always been kind of a drama queen. My grandmother was calling me "Sarah Bernhardt" when I was old enough to cut my own potatoes. I don't throw epic fits anymore, but I'm still prone to exaggeration and wearing red. I usually, however, keep my drama confined to the decorating and design of my home.  Here are some lovely dramatic spaces to get your creative juices flowing.

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Do you?

Every once in a while someone will ask me, "Do you pin?"  Its funny because it sometimes feels like someone is asking if I "toke" or "party".  But instead of weed, its Pinterest, an online pin board for inspiring images, recipes, quotes and crafts.  And I suppose it is like a drug, because I'm pretty addicted these days. And it has really transformed how I search and catalog images for my blog. It's certainly not perfect, but its sure fun! Here are some randdom goodies I found on Pinterest this week.

This amazing tile...

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This stunning peacock door...

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This phenomenal roof-top garden in Manhattan...

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And this ridiculously groovy chair...

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So...
Do you pin?

Chill Out



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"For fast acting relief, try slowing down."   
- Lily Tomlin

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"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
- Ovid

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"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know any of them." 
- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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"Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, 
but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way." 
- Douglas Pagels

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A Break in the Weather

After the barrage of 100 degree days we've had this summer in Dallas, the weather finally broke.  For the past few days the evening lows have dropped into the 60's and the mornings have been hovering in the 70's.  Do you know what this means?  First, that there is a merciful God or a higher power who watches over us.  Second, that Autumn is on her way.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the weather, the holidays, the clothes, and most importantly, the quality of light that Fall brings with her.  I'm ready for that slanting, focused light of Autumn to fill my home. 

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Browsing Cost Plus World Market

I had a few free moments yesterday, so I popped in to my local Cost Plus World Market for a look-see.  I love this place.  I always find something fun and interesting for my home or my kitchen cabinets.  I can pick up a great bottle of wine, a set of fresh towels, some ethnic jewelry and a little goodie for my three year old.  I haven't been in to the store in a while and I was so happy to see their most recent collections.  These are some of the items I might come home with if I were on a little spree.



Comfy Chair

Everyone needs a special spot for some solitary time - a place to sit, think, read, sip some tea or, as in my case, sit and nurse a baby.  Below, is a photo of the chair in my office.  I bought it at a consignment store last July as a birthday present to myself.  It has some bumps and bruises, but I love it.  It is very comfortable and, I think, beautiful.


P.S. Barcaloungers are comfy, yes - but beautiful, they are not.  They will never ever EVER be beautiful and they don't belong in your home.  This is why God invented Craig's List: somewhere there's a college kid who needs a Lazy Boy to put in front of his play station.  Sell your recliner and instead, opt for something that has both comfort AND style. When it comes to choosing a chair for your own little meditative nook, you might look to some of the following photos for inspiration. 

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And for those of you who read the title of my post and thought I was referring to Monty Python's famous "Comfy Chair" Inquisition sketch, here you go: