Tuesday, December 14, 2010


It's possible that I have become obsessed with chairs.
The style of furniture I usually prefer is sleek Scandinavian Contemporary (IKEA, DANIA etc.) but when it comes to comfort I prefer a cozy upholstered cushy traditional chair. Now that I finally have one I am not content to leave it 'as is'.
Over the years I have seen artist made chairs with fabrics that coordinate and contrast, all combined to make a fabulous product. Even this Mary Englebreit illustration has different fabrics in combination.
I love the look of these chairs from Mary Lynn O'Shea at The Artful Home, but O the prices! And they aren't girly or cushy enough.  

 This chair I got from a magazine article about yard sales. As if one could just find these anywhere. I've tried, and gave up.
So I have collected pictures of cushy but plain versions, in hopes of one day having a cuddly chair of my own....affordably, that is. And now I do...

Very expensive version, and then a pink pug picture, just for fun. Isn't he fat?

These are just so messy, in a shabby chic way. I can't do messy. I just don't know how to pull it off.

Lots of ruffles and pillows must be included in the design. It's all about the illusion of comfort and luxury and frilliness.
 But I am still drawn to these chairs that are painted by Eric Carle. Children's size. Too cute.

So after spending hours online at Fabric.com, I bit the bullet and ordered all these fabrics, for upholstery, cushions, pillows, window treatments, lampshades and tablecloths. Sigh. Some are 54" decorator duck and others are heavy cotton dec. And along with these I also got six yards of single sided quilted hot pink nylon with poly batt, 59" wide, for a fitted bed cover with matching headboard. I have a lot of sewing in my future. Ruffles, trims, welting, tassels? We'll see how obsessed I really am.

 Meanwhile, Chums waits patiently for his next snack. He always looks worried that he'll never get fed. Ha!


  1. Love it, I mean the fabrics, no the dog, is he so the perfect(well almost) pup? We are slowly getting close to getting another, Our 16 year old died in Oct.
    Cathy B

  2. Anonymous10:28 AM

    I love the chairs and I think that I will have to do the same with a chair that I have. I also love the fabrics that you have chosen to use. I also love all your photos of Chumley, he looks so under-treated.LOL. Cindy

  3. My first thought was painting the fabric but then the more I read, it seems you've discounted that. I love the fabrics and can't wait to see what you do with them. Maybe you could paint the slip-cover for a back up! Judy Coates Perez seems to do lots of fabric painting.

  4. Why not paint your own design and have that printed on upholstery cotton?

  5. I can understand why
    The Chums is concerned
    once you're lost in deciding, picking, choosing
    a poor guy could starve
    Well, maybe not starve but
    at least treats withdrawal.

    Can't wait to see what happens
    now, Melody.

    Happy Holiday Hugs,

  6. Wow, I love the fabrics. I wish I could be so bold.

  7. I love those first few chairs. I love the idea of a chair just for me.

  8. Anonymous3:20 AM

    I love your idea about changing the look of an existing chair. I saw these pictures of older chairs a fabric designer, Anna Maria Horner had done in her fabric and loved how colorful they are.

  9. I need one of those chairs! Good thing I don't have one, or it would be covered in yarn.

  10. It must be that time of year to redo chairs. I just finished one yesterday (posted on my blog)with fabric from Fabric.com. Don't you love that site? Can't wait to see what you come up with, you have such a good eye for color and I love your designs.


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