I’ve been thinking about chairs a lot lately. I love their versatility. I often daydream about them and then sketch what I’ve imagined.It’s time to replace, reupholster or repair the four that live in my den. Two of them are in desperate need of some TLC. Because I didn’t allow televisions in their rooms, my children lived in those chairs as teenagers. It shows. They are worn, tired and faded, and just a little too springy. (The most curious thing I ever found in the cushions was a stripped bare peach pit. Go figure!)
One of the other two chairs is in good shape, but needs an update. I’ve hesitated to make a change, as its leather bears the nail scratches of our late, beloved Golden Retriever. It’s been six years and we still aren’t over her loss. We never will be, I think, and I know that hanging onto to other memories of her will have to be enough. The chair’s twin fell victim to an accident involving an in-law, but since it’s of a good quality it is worthy of repair and recovering. It’s definitely time for a change. Definitely.
While pondering the possibilities yesterday, I had obviously had a Klismos chair in my thoughts:
In my minds eye, it wears a custom fabric design I’m working on, and sparkling acrylic legs. As its drawn, it’s okay, but it’s been done before, and done very well at that. It wouldn’t work in my den anyway. There are two young boys in the mix now, and it is far too delicate for a rough and tumble room.Deciding if it is financially advantageous to renovate or rehab a piece of furniture can be a tough choice. Sometimes, reupholstering is cost prohibitive, especially if the construction isn’t solid. If the chair is well made, and materials and labor aren’t exorbitant, it makes sense to give it a face-lift. Sometimes, it’s just time to move on to something new. When scouring showrooms, I’m always drawn to small modifications of classic shapes.
Last year, I expressed my pleasure at the resurgence of the corner chair. When I came upon über-talented designer Jan Shower’s Danielle Tete A Tete chair again in Atlanta a few weeks ago, I realized I like it just as much now as I did then.
This particular trade showroom married her traditional chair to fellow Dallas resident, and Master of Fine Acrylics, Allan Knight’s more rustic iron, glass and wood side tables:
They say opposites attract. Maybe it’s true. He is breezy and transparent, and while Constance is grounded and more serious, the turned arm hints at her spontaneous side. Together, they feel like the perfect pair for the corner of a living room or master bedroom, as they are much more elegant than my den will ever be. We live here, and it shows!
I make up that designers often have a more difficult time selecting things for their own home than they do for clients because our homes are our calling cards and we are aware of all the possibilities. We know where they keep the really good stuff. Sometimes that makes us even more hesitant about our purchases. Or, maybe it’s just me. Who knows? Who cares?
While I dither about what to do, when to do it and how much to spend, I’ll continue to sketch, make notes, and seek inspiration from all of the usual suspects (see my bio). One thing I know for sure is that I want to spend more time with Jan and Allan. Couple time. Look at how they shine when they are together!