Chairs and a little Windsor

I've been under the weather around here lately. Haven't been into the office this week YET, meaning- I have been laying around my house all day surrounded by kleenex. And not responding to emails (sorry guys!) When I'm not blowing my nose, watching Oprah, or sleeping I've been laying on the couch staring at ways we could change our place. Hmm.. I should hang out here more often.

I also realized that I haven't shared my chair story. It's recent too.

I'm helping my good friend, Catherine, with her living room. I wanted her to put a wing chair in the corner because the room needed some height. But we are working with a tight budget so we decided to stick with the existing chair and wait to get what we really wanted. (Which I recommend in most situations!) But as luck would have it- we struck gold... early. 

Where?     Craigslist, my friends. Yes, It is a hit or miss- much like flea markets and junk stores. But this one particular day I found a post titled: 2 wing chairs for sale, mint condition, $350 for the pair

 Picture looked vague, boring, but it had me intrigued. I called Catherine and said "Let's just go look at them- it's worth a shot." 

We roll up to the house in a pick-up truck, ready to talk business. (Husbands, no snide comments here please.) 


The chairs looked pretty nice up close- Score!... so I flipped up the cushion to see the brand:

H chair 1

(gasp!!) Hickory Chair?!

Catherine gave me the cut-your-throat hand gesture while I scrambled to compose myself: 

"We'll take them... but the fabric is faded in the back-....We'll only pay $300." 


So, as I promised- I took one and Catherine took the other. We rode off in our pick-up truck all excited that we scored a Hickory Chair wingback (retails up to 2K) for $150. Pretty darn good.

 For me- I wanted to dress it up and make it a little more feminine. Believe me, our place needs a little femininininity. Casual, slipcovered, relaxed.  I was inspired by Windsor Smith's home featured in House Beautiful several months ago- let's just say the woman is not afraid to go bold or feminine. I wanted this chair to have a pleated skirt that puddled ever-so-slightly- like these:


And have the simplicity of this:


And I wanted it slipcovered in light sunbrella fabric so I could use it anywhere and get away with white.

Thanks to my slipcover lady I got myself a Windsor inspired chair. Isn't she cute?...




The back is my favorite part. It was a last minute decision and I love how it turned out. And guess what? I can rip it off and throw it in the washing machine. Nothing better than that!


Voila! My little craigslist chair got a facelift. And a sex change (?)... It's possible.

I'll post pictures of Catherine's chair soon. I can hear the Oprah episode now: "Twin chairs separated in childhood, one went through sex change, the other did not. Their FIRST interview together- NEXT Oprah."

Just in case you haven't seen the rest of Windsor Smith's fabulous house, here it is:

















My next step (after taking a long nap) is going to be: find tall black boots... and something orange.

What do you feel inspired to do?


<pictures via House Beautiful>