Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Decorating Inspiration | Slipcovers + Seat Skirts for Dining Room Chairs

I have a list of decorating/home updating projects for 2014.  Some are carry-overs from 2013 (downstairs powder room, new family room sofa), others have been on the list since we moved in  (Andrew's BR, Jimmy's office).  When it comes to decorating, I need to feel inspired and motivated (oh yeah, and money too), so sometimes my intended plans get pushed back or my style changes ever so slightly and it makes me reconsider my original ideas.  When you know you are going to be living in your home for a long while there is less of a rush.  I like to enjoy the process, not feel pressured to make decisions or purchases until I'm sure.  So while I have more pressing decorating needs, I continue to  tweak rooms that I thought were more finished, if anything in the home is ever really finished.


My dining room is a great example.  I loved it when I posted it here after working with Holly to freshen it up.  But with time the red check valance started to feel too heavy, so I exchanged it for lighter linen drapes.  Next was the table, I found a beautiful antique harvest table at auction (when I was looking for something else) and jumped on it. Last fall I replaced the toile pillows with a luscious gray velvet with pretty pleated trim.  I still love the toile but I was craving a more neutral and un-fussy palette in the dining room.  While I love beautiful fabrics and patterns (they are my weakness and more often than not, make a space) the one room that they can be tricky in is the dining room, especially if you use the room daily like we do.  Busy patterns on drapes or upholstery can limit the options for napkins and tablecloths, even flower arrangements, and the room can feel too busy very quickly (with mine there is also a lot of art and blue and white transferware competing for attention).  The most recent change were the chairs.  The black Windsor reproductions were 16 years old and in need of some repair.  Before we decided to fix them, I started looking at some other options.  I came across 4 antique chairs on Craigslist that were calling my name.  I put in an offer and it was promptly rejected.  I waited another 6 weeks and noticed they were still there, so I made my original offer again and it was accepted!  When it's meant to be, it will be.  Patience is key to building a home or room that evolves over time.  So hard sometimes, though!!
^^wonderful patina, a very pretty shape to the back, and those claw feet in the front! ^^

^^When we are having a party, I love how they will mix with the ladderbacks and slipcovered Parson chair.  Our table seats 8, a little cozy, but I do adore a full table!^^

The chair seats were covered in a heavy, outdated, turquoise fabric.  I removed this immediately (grrr, there were so many staple and nails, it was a tedious task) and replaced it with a natural linen I had on hand.  My plan is to have slips made for the seats in an oatmeal linen.  Eventually, I will probably recover the attached seats again (I only used a few staples and NO nails, so it will be a snap!) in something a little more interesting, maybe a stripe or check or toile (like this one that Holly introduced me to for something else and I didn't use it, but I still think about it!!) for those occasions that I want something a little more fun. (What was I saying earlier about limiting pattern in the dining room?  A girl full of contradictions.  Welcome to my madness.  Beware of taking my advice! Ha. :)) As for the slips, here is some inspiration.

^^ I'd only cover the seat, not the back, but I like the tailored look of these with the corner pleats^^

^^ so simple with dainty banding and buttons ^^

^^ I keep coming back to these, love them ^^

^^How many times have I posted this DR on my blog?! These slips are a favorite too^^



^^ this chair shape most closely resembles ours, I love the idea of box pleats and banding too^^

^^ ignore the bed, but check out chair on the left, I love the mass of pleats^^

Stay tuned... I keep changing my mind, but I will settle on something soon.. I'd like this room to be finished.  Ha ha.  Just kidding, tweak, tweak, tweak, that's the name of the game....

14 comments :

  1. Tessa, I love your new chairs and table!! I can't believe you found those chairs on CL! Lucky! And, your inspirational pics are wonderful - I'm leaning towards the linen scalloped ones (Mixed Moods) with the button detail!!

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  2. I LOVE the look of seat skirts. I have several home improvement/decorating projects I'd love to do but I'm not ambitious. Most knick knacks and wall hangings are still tucked away, I'm scared to put a hole in the walls. I have the fabric to make the drapes (yes I sew) but am scared to actually go for it afraid they won't match properly. I do well with furniture, we have a ton of antiques and they all seem to flow well together with our more recent modern purchases. First step though....the laundry room and then I'll branch out from there. All that being said, I love that dining room table with those chairs!!

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  3. I'm glad someone else changes their mind like I do! Holly helped me with my living room, and it totally reflects what I loved (at that time) and what I told her. She did a great job. But now I want a little less color.....waiting on the $$ to tweak the pillows, etc. I agree...I love not rushing the process. I'm not planning on moving and have always been a slow, buy what you love decorator...I like to think it results in a more layered, unique look (I love antiques and things with character) than if I just went out and bought a living room at a big box store.

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    1. Holly was itching to get my check valance down when she visited! She was ready to help me cut the flouncy trim off! Ha! Funny how our taste changes and evolves over time, even though I've always been a bit traditional and a bit country. :)

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  4. Just beautiful--and I love how you've taken your own advice and are tweaking things slowly as your style and needs evolve. I enjoyed scrolling through all of the chair slip examples and am eager to see which direction you will go in (buttons? no buttons? box pleats? no pleats?) with your beautiful antique chairs.

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  5. Your dining room looks great! Very cozy and lived in.

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  6. Tessa,
    Your dining room looked beautiful before, but all these new changes are just lovely. The antique chairs look perfect with the checked Parsons chairs. The velvet pillows on the wingbacks are very elegant. New slipcovers will be very nice. Love the slips with the buttons and banding. Too funny, I have my pewter pitcher full of orange tulips on my kitchen table right now! Yours look so nice with the hurricanes. Love it when tulips are back in the stores! Agree that putting together a beautiful home takes time...and where would the fun be if it was all over and done with quickly? I'm also loving all of your block prints. Thinking of something like that for new kitchen curtains. Take care!

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  7. Beautiful! I love the slipcovered chairs next to the hutch. Where did you find those? Was it a custom slipcover/upholstery project? Everything looks so great together!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, custom made slips.

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  8. Hi Tessa, would you mind sharing the color of your hutch? It's perfect!! As is your beautiful home, I love everything!
    Samantha

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  9. Tessa, would you mind sharing the color of your hutch? It's perfect!! As is your home:) love!!

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  10. Beautiful! I wondered what the color of your walls and trim are? Love the hutch color, too! So lovely. Thanks!

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    1. Walls are Ben Moore Bone White, trim is Bennington Gray. Thanks!

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  11. I love everything! Could you share the color of the walls and trim? I love the hutch color, too. It is all so lovely.. Thanks!

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