My love affair with antique chairs began a few years ago in The High Point Antique & Design Center. It was there that I heard Toma Haines, the diva in The Antiques Diva & CO, give a presentation on European chairs. Sounded more soap opera than history lecture, and I was inspired to book with one of her diva guides, a slipcover reconnaissance through Italy. Not long after, I was propositioned by Pandora de Balthazar about making slipcovers using her much sought after Old World antique linen. Here's where the truckload of furniture comes in ...
Spotted my slipcovers in the current issue of
"Where Women Create".
I'm a secret source!
Shhhhhh. It's a secret.
Here is one of a pair of small winged parsons chairs, and they will book end the fireplace in my client's home. Nice way to spend some of the chilly mornings we've been having. Loved the color way of greens and blues on the charcoal ground of the fabric, perfect for cozying up to a warm fire.
Working in large scale floral is always fun, and I try to minimize the break in pattern to keep the flowers flowing. In this design, the back and sides of the chair were cut in one piece from one width of fabric, as were the inside arms, seat and front panel and corner pleats.
Below are a few clips from the draping design process.
This slipcover was for a Very Important Person: my MOTHER! Mama had been busy sprucing things up in her bedroom. She painted the walls lavender, purchased new bedding and made new curtains and pillows. The old attached back winged rocker just didn't go with her new nest. So we selected a lilac check and made up this pretty little lady. A Very Important Project for my VIP!
Here is a scrappy little slipcover for a child's wingback that I made during the Furniture Festival demonstrations in Hickory. I am a sucker for using up stuff and piecing things together, and it is a great way to keep project costs down. A bold print here is mixed with solid cottons and a ticking stripe, and dolled up with grosgrain ribbon and ruffly skirt, all machine washable.