Posts tagged home decor
Posts tagged home decor
Would Hamlet have been so melancholy if he had simply owned a cozy sofa or settee?
Of all the furniture needed to truly make a house into a home, the sofa remains the key element in bringing comfort and relaxation to your primary living space. A recent article on Houzz, “Things You Need To Know About Buying a Sofa,” gives a comprehensive list of the determining factors any decorator should take into consideration when selecting a sofa: size, construction, durability, comfort.
However, there is one consideration the article only mentions briefly—that of reupholstering an existing piece—that deserves more recognition that it receives.
Any novice or professional purveyor of antique furniture will tell you in a heartbeat that older furniture is solidly constructed, with a sense of elegant craftsmanship that can easily stand the test of time. However, as styles change, so do our ideas of what constitutes an appealing fabric or pattern. (Lime green corduroy stripes, anyone?)
This is where brilliantly executed reupholstering can prove invaluable. If you have a legacy piece (sofa, settee, or chair) that doesn’t quite meet your current style, consider these points before bringing it to the curb:
Does the piece have sentimental value?
Is the construction quality greater than what you are encountering in the big-box furniture stores?
Is the shape and size of the piece a perfect fit for your space, but the fabric could use a facelift?
If any of these questions set off an alarm in the décor section of your brain, stop and consider the transformational possibilities available with reupholstering your vintage furniture.
More clients than I can count have been floored by the look of their new furniture once the reupholstering process has been completed. Rather than spending countless thousands of dollars on new furniture, a dynamic change of fabric can bring an old-fashioned design element into the now.
Consider these transformations!
A settee is given new life through a durable fabric that conveys a classic English elegance.
The wooden elements of this vintage Queen Anne chair are enhanced by the move from a garish yellow to a warm blue.
A set of chairs that could have been brought to the trash heap ages ago are revived with a crisp look, providing an intimate and comfortable conversation space.
So whether you’re thinking of reviving that family heirloom, or happen to find a knockout vintage piece for $25 at a flea market, never underestimate the power of reupholstery—it will take your furniture from cringe-worthy to classic in no time at all.
To discuss my reupholstery services and how they can help in your next design project, email me at Gail@gmbdesignscustom.com.
I built my latest inspiration board for a new client that needed some style direction for their breezy, sunny master bedroom. With their house located along the Connecticut River, I was won over by the beautiful views and elegant windows.
Thanks to my new Canon Rebel T3 digital camera, I was able to document the room after imbuing the room with soft green [not quite Emerald Green, but green is still the theme of 2013!], as well as a collection of rich fabrics and window treatments.
My inner photographer is beginning to blossom!
Emerald 17-5641, to be exact. Pantone announced their annual color selection last week, and it could not have been a livelier choice.
Evoking nature and the lush grass that makes us all dream of summertime amidst the bitter January snow, emerald green is an elegant color that truly enhances our human sense of well-being and the richness of life.
My latest inspiration board makes use of the Pantone choice, giving my dear friends opportunities to discover the crystalline shade across furniture, lighting fixtures, and artwork.
Feeling the creative juices flowing? Let me hear about it! Once you’ve incorporated emerald green into your décor, take a picture and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be posting my work with the color throughout the year, and maybe your style choice can “pay it forward” to another reader in the inspiration department!
Another rendering using colors from Benjamin Moore’s fall palette. While golden yellows and olive are year-round favorites, they are especially warm and inviting during the autumn months.
I’m currently engrossed in my latest renderings that incorporate themes from Benjamin Moore’s fall color gallery. To coincide with the first signs of fall, I’ve put together a room that mixes off-white, fresh green, and deep stone brown—glamorous yet grounded.