Monday, June 30, 2014

Chairs, pillows, design

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I recently found a pair of chairs in a thrift shop.  They weigh a ton and they look like thrones, and I am mad for the dusty pink velvet upholstery, but they’re presenting a challenge; namely, how to keep them from making the whole room look like Barbie’s dream house.  I spent five minutes making some eensy pillows using wacky upholstery samples and a skirt that didn’t fit me anymore, which seems to be helping.  

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I don’t know a thing about design, so this is how the process works for me:  if something is too glamorous or pink or frilly, I feel it’s time to add something brown or beat up or weird, just to bring things back to center.  My lack of design skills frustrates me a lot, actually, because I really want to be good at it, and I just stab around in the dark and get lucky sometimes, and fail mostly, but I am so intrigued by it all.  When it works, for anybody, I really love it, and then I think How did they ever know to use that blue?  and I know I never would have thought of it, and part of my trouble is that I kind of like everything.  Sparkly Victorian chandeliers?  Yes.  Granny blankets in every color?  Yes!  Funny taxidermy?  YES!

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Figuring out how to reconcile all that into one little house is how I have fun in this life. 

26 comments:

  1. I love the shot where the sun is coming through the window. Nice job on the pillows.

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  2. These chairs are gorgeous what a find!! They look so comfortable and cozy, well done you x

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  3. I think that the chairs look wonderful and will be great to sit in beside the window when you are crocheting or knitting in the winter! You can curl up with your making and hot cup of something, or your book and just snuggle into a chair like that! xx

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  4. The perfect spot to curl up with a book/crochet/a hot mug or just a snuggle in the sun!!! Have a fab week!!!
    Love
    AMarie xxx

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  5. Very handsome chairs beautifully proportioned. Very jealous.

    jean x

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  6. Don't see any lack of design skills here... and I love the chairs.

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  7. You are so right, some days it happens and some days I look and stare saying 'what was I thinking of?' Today lady, you got it spot on. Jo x

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  8. Is this not how all nesting women do it? They look so cozy for relaxing! Can you pull that basket around as a foot rest?

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  9. Love the chairs, what a lucky find and your cushions look fab against the dusky pink well done x

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  10. I think you have a great eye for design, the cushions look like a match made in heaven for the amazing chairs. I want one of those chairs!

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  11. Your chair and cushions look great together. I'd happily give room to them!

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  12. lovely chairs. Cushions are the best thing to fix/jazz-up/tone-down/casualify your decor. These play off beautifully against the chairs.

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  13. Wow - that chair looks perfect for snuggling up in, with some crochet, or a good book, or just taking time to look out the window.

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  14. Oh I have chair envy! Those are very unusual, especially the base. The wee cushions are so sweet and really make the chairs look much more stylish yet informal. Can I ask a personal question, did you stuff your cushions with teeny cushion pads? I have never seen those little ones. Shauna. x

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  15. I love that the fabric is worn where lots of heads (or maybe just one head) has rested its weariness day-to-day. I think you've got interior design down to a fine art. Great chairs.

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  16. gorgeous chairs!

    Look up the Goethe color wheel...you might get some color ideas from that

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  17. Hi Kristen, your chairs look great! The most important thing with design is that it makes you happy & smile after all it's your home. Me personally I love a eclectic mix of styles and I'm so with you on the sparkly chandelier I also love a granny blanket or two but not so sure on the taxidermy. Have a lovely week Anna x

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  18. These are fabulous looking chairs, I just love the details of the flared back and the turned bits and curved wood below. They don't say 'Barbie' to me, but old elegance (maybe even old money). I think they look great with the mini pillow bundle on them, and you'll fit right into the whole scene with a colourful granny square blanket (WIP) draped across your knees ... and maybe an old book left open face-down on the other chair (you know, like you're never supposed to do with old books). yeah ... these are great finds! Wendy x

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  19. I so get this post! My design skills are less than zero too and I usually end up trawling the internet and Pinterest (what did we do before this?) until I find an image of what I want, then I reproduce it in my home. The chairs are gorgeous so how about a crochet blanket casually slung across the back to break up the pink? Just sayin ..... xxx

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  20. I agree with the previous comment - definitely or crocheted (or knitted) blanket over the back of the chair.

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  21. They are very unusual chairs - fancy finding them in a thrift shop! :)
    www.thequietstitcher.com

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  22. Great chairs, so much character :) You could crochet some antimacassers for the back, rectangular with a curved bottom...well, you could!

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  23. Love, love, love the chairs! I would have taken them home too! And the cushions you made are just perfect!

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  24. I love the chairs, they have such great lines and the pillows make them perfect.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  25. I think if you put everything together that you like,(even if it's different styles) it will magically just happen. You lucked out big time on those chairs, they are fabulous. Right now somebody is thinking, How did she ever know to use those upholstery samples to make cute throw pillows?

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