Before the holidays and after my pop-up store was over, I worked on a few small projects.  The clients wanted to refresh a few things here and there in their homes, and to do it in phases.  A new paint color or new fabric on a worn chair is sometimes all that's needed to breathe life to a room.  It can really lift spirits too!

Project #1

For this client, the first phase was a small dining room makeover in time for the holidays.  The chairs were the most in need…


The budget was not huge, but since the rest of the furnishings were all higher end, I wanted to choose something that would stay consistent with that level.  The Design Center has so many fabric showrooms – most of them pricier than we wanted to go.  But some have GREAT close-out fabrics that are under $50/yd (down from hundreds)! 


Such was the case with this beautiful Pindler and Pindler vine pattern.  We backed the chairs with a beautiful lapis blue velvet.

Chairs - after

Here they are leaving the upholsterer.  He did such an amazing job making sure the vines all went the same way on each chair.  We had the wood refinished and wobbly legs fixed.

Chair - after

Chair back - after


Project #2

This client has a space on her lower level that her four teenage kids and their friends use heavily.  She is the most easy-going mother ever as evidenced by the holes in the wall due to various sports being played indoors.  



The kids didn't seem to use the sofa as much since video games are better played closer to the tv. 



This room is also where sleepovers take place, so the goal was to find pieces that could be rearranged depending on the activity and that are INDUSTRIAL strength!


We tried to keep the budget as low as possible and we succeeded!  Target slipper chairs were around $150 ea (she had two already) recovered in chocolate ultrasuede – an extremely forgiving and durable fabric. And yes, new fabric and reupholstering was still less than new chairs from a big box retailer!

The ottoman was hers, but needed new upholstery.  I used a Sunbrella fabric – almost indestructible. These outdoor fabrics are perfect for kids spaces since they're made of acrylic, but feel like cloth and now come in gorgeous patterns and colorways.  There were a few more things added to the room, but I wanted to get a quick photo before kids got to it!


New beadboard painted in Benjamin Moore Navajo White covers the damaged walls and (hopefully) protects them from future run-ins with lacrosse balls!  And walls were painted in BM Dorset Gold.

Just getting started on Phase II now…  

If you are thinking about giving your home (and yourself!) a fresh start for the new year and need some help, send me an email and we'll take it from from there!

Last but not least…The American Pickers dvd and pillow winners drawn from the selection widget that I unsuccessfully installed but was able to use, are numbers 1 – Tricia Z and 11 – Gina!  Thank you to all who entered!!!  I loved hearing from you and wish I had dvds for all  - hint hint History Channel šŸ™‚


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