Friday, May 9, 2008

Reader decorating dilemma: Whitney's chair



Whitney sent this in:

I picked one up just like this at a thrift store, and I'm flummoxed about what sort of fabric to put on it, especially since I'm a cheap-o, but I hate cheap-looking fabric. I know, it's a problem. I was hoping some of your readers might have ideas for me. (Although this could spark up the Damn-You-Straight-To-Hell-For-Buying-Discounted-To-The-Trade-Fabrics-Online brouhaha that broke out over the last Domino post.) It's going in a pretty neutral room, that currently has white walls, a cowhide rug, my desk and a platform guest bed with boring white bedding on it. So I think I can do just about anything color/pattern-wise, and I'd like to do something with a bit of oomph.


P.S. Tried my first taste of Lillet last night . . . mmmmmmm. I felt very Duchess of Windsor-y.



What does everyone suggest?


**Update**

Whitney wrote in to let us know she bought this fabric.

25 comments:

A-bomb said...

What is that? Is it some kind of linen? I think it looks nice just the way it is. Or maybe use a seam ripper to take out the two top peices (leaving the sides and the bottoms as is) and replace the tops with some kind of very nice animal hair on hide. I hope you aren't thinking of putting some gross neo baroque contemporary colorful thing on it.

a-bomb said...

I know what you're thinking too--"but the room is so drab, it needs a colorful accent to draw your eye", no no no. I'd keep the upholstery clean and tasteful and use really interesting objects for your color and drama, find some weird bright red baskets in a cool proportion or some really gorgeous emerald glass vases or something on ebay.

Leslie (Reclaiming Miss Havisham) said...

I vote for gross neo baroque contemporary colorful thing. (we in the soft sciences call this "baroque n' roll") Or marimekko that shit.

a-bomb said...

hahahahahah

a-bomb said...

fine do it mustard yellow, that's what all the kids are doing these days. It'll look like it's right out of your 1957 dunbar catalog

Anonymous said...

I'm with a-bomb: I like what you've got. Going all David Hicks or whatever is just so predictable and Dominoey.

UrsieB said...

How about some cool Designer's Guild fabric? Tons of it on ebay.

lucitebox said...

I'd be very tempted to go for color or pattern, but this is truly perfect as it is. If you have a place that's totally neutral and you don't have grubby dogs and snotty kids ruining it, why not keep the chair in its original state?

I only say this because my house looks like it was decorated by PeeWee Herman's grandma. I cannot ever own such a pristine item and not ruin it. Damn dogs. I can't have anything nice! (And then there's the little old lady inside me that just *has* to doo-dad up everything with clutter and prints.)

If you're already the type who lives "Pure Style" then go all the way...keep this chair pure.

Whitney said...

Thanks everyone!

That's actually not a picture of my chair -- it's one I found on ebay that's just like mine. My chair is sitting in pieces in my garage, and the upholstery has got to go. It's stained sage green polyester, and totally gross.

Whitney said...

P.S. One kid (not snotty, at the moment at least) and two hairy dogs here.

Anonymous said...

Going against the grain here.... how about a dark blue velet?

Anonymous said...

Hey Whitney,

I like the lines of the wood frame, and I'd let those be the star and get all the attention. So I'd use a solid color for the fabric, something mild-mannered that won't detract from the frame.

Anonymous said...

One option in between solid and pattern: Do one broad contrasting stripe running vertically down each cushion (an upholsterer could stitch this over the underlying fabric). Check out how Nick Olsen did this in his two Regency chairs:

http://www.dominomag.com/galleries/2007/10/nick_olsen?slide=3

mrlfvl said...

Cool chair - I'd do it in a really beautiful texture - a boucle or something nubby and rich. Keep an eye on e-bay...you don't need much yardage so you can prob. find something really great there

Also love this one from Knoll:
http://www.knoll.com/products/textileproduct.jsp?prod_id=162&flag=cat&cat_id=86

d.Sharp said...

Fun find - I think many of the patterns from Hable Construction could look great with this. Many of their patterns are on thicker canvas.

http://www.hableconstruction.com/shop/interiordesign.php

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Brown and white mattress ticketing ... or brown and white brocade design ...

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Brown and white mattress ticketing ... or brown and white brocade design ...

iris said...

Maybe you can find some cool looking curtains and use that to cover your chair.

lucitebox said...

Well, shoot. Here I thought you had yourself a perfect, neutral linen colored chair and one of those gorgeous white homes. (I've got the dogs, too, but not the kids. **Can't have anything nice!**)

I'd like to see this chair in some kind of medium green color and a nubby fabric. Or a mid-century electric kind of blue. It would look great in that MCM mustard color, too.

I'd be really tempted to stick to a solid color. And, as a-bomb said, you can always use colorful accessories.

I didn't say this before--congratulations on an amazing find! I'm so jealous!

Anonymous said...

how about cutting up the cowhide rug?

Anonymous said...

Weird idea but...what about blue-and-white-striped Oxford shirt material?

Linda Merrill said...

If you're having an upholstery shop do the new cushions and put your chair back together, you might ask them if they sell remnants. Upholsterers always have leftovers from other jobs. It's a great way to get an upscale fabric at remnant price and you probably only need 3 or so yards.

maison21 said...

a classic missoni fabric would be nice- gotta be able to get a knock off somewhere.

SH said...

I think a cotton velvet or mohair in a great color would be the ticket. Turquoise, green, hot pink(not a scary one) if you like vivid colors. Aqua, pale green, softer pink if quieter colors are your thing. Love the chair!

cindyanne said...

OH, I love that chair and yours will be gorgeous when done I'm sure. From what you described of the room it will be in...white,cowhide rug, white bedding I think it would like fantastic in a clean black and white fabric...I love this fabric http://www.contemporarycloth.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?cart_id=3093205.27901.s0&product=Fashion_For_Home_Collection&productid=hd_5--m1&sales=0&lastmenu=submenu-1100.html, and you could punch the chair up and tie it in with the rest of the room with a mix of colored solid and pattern pillows..turquiose? or whatever is your pleasure on the boring white bedding as you stated as well and oh some white lined curtains with a ribbon of color along the edge in black.