Monday, May 19, 2014

Chair Makeovers

With a little lacquer and a few yards of fabric, a lifeless old chair is easily transformed. This spring, I helped several clients freshen up some of their favorite seats. These before-and-after shots might inspire you to rethink throwing out your grandmother's antique chair!

Rheims Place Before 
 A pair of vintage chairs - a major steal from the online Park Cities Yard Sale!

Rheims Place After 
A few simple tweaks - removing the tufting, raising the skirt and 
dressing them up in a crisp gray fabric from 
Kravet - make the chairs look brand new! 

Hanover Before 
The homeowner inherited a pair of these chairs. The wood and rush seat were 
a little too French Country for her taste, but the back design gives them potential. 

Hanover After 
The new lacquered finish makes a huge difference, don't you think? 
And she scored this amazing dove gray leather lookalike 
at a local fabric discounter. It's gorgeous! 

Normandy Before 
It's already darling, but needed to be lightened up to go with the new color palette. 

Normandy After 
And now it's even cuter! The legs were lacquered off-white, 
and the body covered in Quadrille's Melong Batik.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fabric Love: Lulu DK

I'm a self-confessed fabric junkie. On my days off, I actually go look at fabrics in the design center - just for "FUN." Last week I was flipping through fabric wings at the Donghia showroom, and came across Lulu DK designed by Lulu deKwiatkowki. The line is so unique - bright colors and fun, modern prints. 

A couple of years ago, she launched a children's collection for Schumacher. Everything is super cute and reasonably priced. 

One of my clients recently used some of the prints for her guest room/playroom. She needed a playroom for her son and daughter, but wanted the room to still be usable when guests come to visit. We chose this daybed from Ballard Designs and covered it in a durable, pretty blue Sunbrella fabric. Then we punched it up with some pillows made with Lulu DK Child prints - which in my opinion, make the room! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

New from EMYO

"Full of Life"
36" x 36"

Available through Lindley Arthur Antiques at Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Highland Park Homes - A Few Favorites

Driving around Highland Park is a pretty sight - the little pocket of Dallas has its share of beautiful houses. But there are a few that make me really slow down between carpools. Here are some snaps of my favorites. 

Windsor Parkway

Miramar Avenue 

Harvard Avenue 

Normandy Avenue