Friday, December 05, 2008

Melody's Workshop

This is the dining room in my old house. Very spare black, white and red.
I covered all those chairs with zebra velvet. Appropriate for that house, not so good for the new Mexican Chalet. Plus the velvet had a drag effect when you sat down on it . Shifting positions was um, difficult.
Yesterday I recovered two of them in royal purple satin. Much easier to slip around on the seat. But I was still not happy. The backs of these chairs are not so comfy. I wanted a poufy backing.
It took several days for the right idea to form in my head about the construction. Eventually I found a nearly right idea in an old issue of Mary Englebreit's Home Companion.
A thick layer of batting and a 60" long swath of satin backed with a similar length of purple cotton. Then the fave mother of pearl buttons. Voila!

Here they are (taken with a flash, as it is still dark outside) in their place. That carpet has got to go.

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:46 AM

    FABULOUS! What great style???

    Yes, the carpet definitely has to find a new home.

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  2. What an ingenious solution for the chair backs!

    Kristin in SC

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  3. Positively regal!

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  4. You are knockin' my socks off this week, Melody!

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  5. These chair coverings are so clever and cute. Very nice.

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  6. the chairs are beautiful. It makes me wish I had chairs like that to recover. but I will find something. Your creativity is such an inspiration.

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