Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Vintage Chairs




Sorry about the terrible photos however, I just had to snap a few shots of these pretty chairs I recently had recovered for one of my clients. They were her mother's chairs which we have worked into her lounge room scheme. We covered them in a black and white ticking and had box pleated skirts put around the base of them. I wanted to keep the timber frame in it's original condition so as to show the age of the chairs.

32 comments:

amber darling said...

how lovely that you left the patina on the arms of these gorgeous family heirlooms. such a sweet gesture that retains the integrity of the piece. how i regret not fixing my great aunt's chair. such things are precious beyond their price tag.

Catherine Shields said...

Anna, love the ticking juxtaposed with that box pleat which is a bit of an Annabel Spiro signature look, nes pas?

Shell Sherree said...

I'm glad you kept the character marks on the timber arms, Anna ~ and the ticking looks gorgeous with the skirt!

Pink Lemonade said...

Love them! Totally addicted to stripes!!

my favorite and my best said...

those are great. pretty.

Susan Lang said...

I think the timber frame gives the chair so much character. Great look!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Always a fan of b/w ticking, but over the moon that you did not refinish the wood - it makes them wonderful.

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Anna, I so appreciate it when the original wear & tear on the wood IS left "as found"... refinishing would take away ALLLL of sentimental personality of the pieces, making each chair "JUST another chair"!!!

KUDOS~ they're simply DEEEEELIGHTFUL!

Linda in AZ *

e.e. said...

I love the ticking and the pleated skirts, the chairs are just beautiful!

Bella said...

Lovely. It's great that you were able to refresh the chairs without taking away their character.

Jordan said...

great work! love it love it love it! :)

Devon said...

I am unbelievably in love with these chairs. Love the ticking fabric and the contrast between the old and the new. Great work!!

Jennifer Froh said...

Oh, those chairs are beautiful!!!!!

beachbungalow8 said...

i love ticking. what a great choice for these little ladies.

Renae said...

These are great...lovely upholstery and I adore the box pleats. So much fun to make something old, look new!

Yansy said...

Anna,

I love the way the chairs came out.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Perfect little chairs. 2 favourites together, ticking and box pleats.

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

black and white ticking is so gorgeous! anna, i know this may seem a boring request, but is there a chance that you can do a post on finding a decent upholsterer?! really. i have at least four chairs (including a featherstone) that need a little sprucing and wouldn't have the first clue about how to find someone decent to restore them....i'm sure i'm not alone in this. x

About me said...

I LOVE how you left the frame as is. A lovely way to show their history!

20 box said...

great chairs

Debbie said...

Hi :0) I just had to comment on these pretty chairs! ..they look so pretty and as if they are wearing dresses and awaiting guests...I love them!

Pigtown-Design said...

GREAT to hear your voice finally on Skirted Roundtable! It was such fun to listen all of the interesting things you had to say!

preppyinnewengland said...

Ticking stripe pattern with skirt looks perfect for this chair.
Chic yet casual. Inviting.

Little Miss Emma said...

I have a very similar chair which I think was my grandmothers, my mother was going to through it out and I said NO! It is in desperate need of new upholstery though and has beautiful arms like that chair. You've inspired me to finally get my chair restored!

Nicola said...

Lovely chairs. I'm doing an upholstery night course at the moment and covering a similar chair - hope mine looks as lovely as yours! I was going to sand and re-stain the arms, but I like how your ones are left original - I think I'll go the same way.

Julie said...

Anna,I really enjoyed hearing you today and your "accent". I understood complelty what you had to say about how you dont like to talk about yourself and hold some back. Im not good with that either. I dont have a blog but I just love to read and enjoy the many that I visit on the net. Yours was the first one I visted way back last year. I took one day to read the whole thing. Ive come every day since and enjoy it very much. You have such a great energy and it comes across in your writting. Thanks so much for sharing what you have about you,you family and work. Oh yea now Ned. He is adorable! I always sign off Julie in Holland, Im from the states I moved to Holland 10 years ago ...

Pamela Fitzgibbon Artist said...

Oh my God...my mother's chairs are now famous!! What a lovely surprise to find them on your blog Anna.I'm so thrilled with them, especially when I remember the sad sorry state they were in. They look gorgeous with those embroidery cushions we did up....soft pinks and greens. Yummy. I just adore my beautiful furnishings...big thank you Anna.
Pamela

Janet K @ Manly Gallery said...

So elegant Anna, I love the pleats and the ticking is a perennial favourite and timeless. What a lovely chair - a special piece indeed...J

Design For All Seasons said...

Really pretty chair and the way it lies over the frame is elegant. Good choice to present. Love IT!

style chronicle said...

Love, love, love ticking and the upholstery detailing is great.

The Princess & The Pea said...

Hi, like everyone else who has posted here, I love these chairs, beautiful. You've given me a great idea for some old chairs I have around my own house. Nicole

paula said...

she is just gorgeous...