February 24, 2011

Wing Chair Redo

first, thanks to everyone who has liked vfmh on facebook!  ok, in our bedroom we have a great wing chair that i love. it fits perfectly in the corner and provides just the right spot to put on socks or tie shoes. or if i'm being honest, it's also been known to collect random crap! when i first saw this chair with its sailboat/ticking stripe upholstery, it spoke to the nautical-beach-house-loving-side of me. it begged me to take it home and i in turn begged for it to be my birthday present. :)

the chair has actually lived in a few spots in our house, first starting out in the family room. and while the  colors worked great in our beach-inspired family room, the traditional look of a wing chair didn't fit in with the casual vibe we're going for. plus it just wasn't comfy enough. if we had room for multiple chairs it may have worked, but as the only chair it felt a little stiff. so up it moved to the master bedroom where we were in great need of seating.

(old pic but best i could find!)

but as i'm slowly figuring out this room (isn't weird how some rooms come together right away others take a long time?), the red ticking and yellow sailboats are fitting in less and less. so while i still love the wing chair, it's time to re-cover it. enter beautiful robert allen ikat fabric (which by the way ikat is pronounced ee-cot, not eye-cat, which i only learned a year or two ago myself!):

khandar indigo

(overall pattern)

the colors are perfect and for whatever reason i find the overall look very soothing. i was thinking i would reupholster it but my mom suggested a slipcover which is a pretty great idea so i'm also considering that as an option too! if there's leftover yardage, a long rectangular pillow for the bed might be nice.

so if there are pieces in your house that aren't working, breathe new life into them with new fabric. i'll be working with a client on doing exactly that for two pieces in her home! another big lesson learned as well - buy things that will actually work in your house, not in a house that you wish you had! e.g. fabulous beach house. whoops.

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