Like Magic, New Chairs

Another chapter in my quest to reuse and update older furniture for our cottage.  This is how these two tub chairs look now.

These lovely little tub chairs, swivel and rock and fit our space perfectly, because they can be turned to face the fireplace or to face the tv.  Therefore, the decision was made to first off, raise them a couple of inches as they were very low, and secondly, to give them a fun, fresh makeover.  The upholstery had definitely seen better days.

And how they started out.

Since I had gone with white plain slipcovers for the sofa and love seat, I wanted to do these with a large graphic pattern.
I found this beautiful navy and white print….if you read my blog regularly you must realize by now..that I love blue and white…  And as a bonus, it is exterior fabric which means it won’t fade from the sun, won’t stain easily and will hold up to a busy cottage.  Perfect!

I decided to contrast this fabric with a solid and durable navy fabric.

My upholsterer did such a fabulous job. The navy piping is the perfect finishing touch and having them a little higher is perfect for my family.


Chintz gets a make under

In my quest to try and save some money and reuse and recycle, I’ve been slipcovering and reupholstering some old furniture to use at our cottage.

First up, were these well made, down filled sofa and love seat.  I just wasn’t feeling the chintz floral and my goal was for a calm, simple, serene, easy living cottage, so they definitely had to go.

After my master slip coverer got to work on them…they now look like this.  We cleaned up the silhouette a little and made the skirt a little more streamlined to go with the new look.

Ahh….so much better……

 

Designing custom furniture

I was very excited to visit one of my client’s homes this week, as she received her custom designed television console and I had yet to see it.  This is the same client who had custom designed bookcases made for her space, that I shared with you earlier.

And here it is!  (Excuse the photos it’s hard to take a great photo with the bright windows in the background).

We started out with this television cabinet that she had and wanted to replace (you can see it to the right of the window). We discussed putting the television over the fireplace but neither her or I liked that option, so this is the route we took.

In fact this is how the room looked before we got started.

It was the typical television cabinet, made with unknown materials and rather flimsy.  So, since we had specific requirements for it, we opted for the custom route. They were:

1. had to be on castors so she could wheel it out of the way when entertaining;
2. had to fit in the space by the window (there is a wall jut out there);
3. open storage for baskets on the bottom shelf; and
4. be solid and pretty.

We had recently purchased a buffet that she loved, so I decided to use that as a jumping off point for the television cabinet.  It is directly across the room from the buffet so I thought some symmetry was in order.

I did up a sketch for our talented carpenter (who also did the built ins).

He took my sketch and made this beautiful little cabinet, which was stained to match the buffet.

And here’s how it looks in the room now.

Next up, the artwork and the finishing elements for the fireplace and the shelves.


A little teaser

Hope you all had a great Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend!  US visitors your time is coming…. 😉

I wanted to share some beautiful custom built in bookcases that were just completed by a most wonderful carpenter, for one of my clients.
Aren’t they just so beautiful!

This is how the room started…

Quite the improvement isn’t it?

Now we have to get on with the finishing touches!

Have you started following The TBBs yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

 

 

From Wood to Gas

Thought I’d share a client before and after makeover.  This one is their family room wood burning fireplace.  They wanted to change it from wood burning to gas and to start over with a clean slate (no pun intended).

Here’s what we started with…no judgments please…..

The scale of the fireplace was much, much too large for the size of the room, so that needed to be addressed first.

And after much talk, design and, of course some messiness, we now have this….

As you can see, we removed the raised hearth and the original mantel and installed 12″ x 12″ slate tile for the flush hearth and small brick slate for the surround.  The mantel was custom made to match the existing wood floor.   A new paint colour and some up to date sconces and voila, a room that they can enjoy and be proud to show.

My clients are very happy and it’s pretty to boot.