Thursday, June 7, 2012

French Twist

My grandmother's living room was a masterpiece. It was filled with beautiful french style furniture with ornate, intricate designs. It was a classic sitting room that was only used to receive visitors. We NEVER lounged around in that room! As a child I would walk through the dining room into the living room and just stare because to me it seemed so luxurious. I was so excited recently when my family gave me one of my grandmother's chairs.
Check out this beauty.

So to make it my own I've been researching ideas for fabrics and finishes. Of course, for me, I'd like to do something nontraditional and really make this chair the star of the room. Here are some great inspiration pieces I've found.

This Louis IX style chair was used at a Kips Bay Decorator Show House. It's a flea market find that was upholstered in an African Mud Cloth. I don't think I ever would have thought of this. How fabulous and interesting is this chair?! Love it!

This French provincial armchair by Back Alley Furniture is beyond words. It's upholstered in a turquoise and white ikat damask fabric and refinished in cream. It's so fresh and feminine.

I found this Bergere Armchair in the Etsy store WildChairy. The bright colorful floral and polka dot fabric is so fun! I love how they used two different fabrics on the chair, it definitely makes it more interesting. They used a dark stain on the wood but I think I'm leaning towards painting my chair white. We shall see!


I hope these lovelies inspire you to do something unexpected with your furniture, especially if the style is more traditional. Modern fabrics and colors can really liven up an older piece and make it current. I can't wait to show you how my chair turns out. I'll be sure to post pics!

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