Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ugly Old Chair Disguised with Pillows Extraordinaire

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Perfect pillows~they make a HUGE difference!

I purchased a pair of these chairs for about $20 somewhere around 18 years ago... ironicallly from what would later be my shop and warehouse space!    Today, I decided to do something with them!  Although I didn't paint, reupholster or refinish them...I think this made a huge difference for the better.

I had a pair of pillows whose stuffing was all bunched up and they were looking really sad.  I removed the stuffing and placed them over the chair pads.  These are in my entry way, on either side of an English Chippendale styled dresser so they are really there just for looks.

Pillows make such a difference in the way a chair appears...they add so much warmth and charm  an overall 'have a seat' feeling.  I got some new pillows from Word Etsy shop I adore that specializes in custom made decorative pillows.   She has a vast selection ranging from French inspired Cottage Chic to custom picture pillows and beautiful Old World Style pictorials.    Here are pictures of the floral vase and enchanting castle on lake pillows I have.

   My favorite is this floral pictorial trimmed with gold gimp and framed in burlap...the perfect combination where elegant sophistication meets comfortably casual.  I love it! 
Isn't the detail wonderful?

 Sally at Word Garden has a lot of scenes and graphics to choose from in her burlap pillow line.  Each pillow cover has an image that has been printed onto cotton fabric, then appliqued onto a burlap pillow cover. The trim is hand sewn around the image, framing it beautifully!  Right now, she has a sale going on and you can choose any two of the scenic burlap pillows at a discounted rate!  Tell Sally Nancy sent you! You can also buy the whole pillow or just the pillow covers if you have some that you want to freshen up or change out for a different look.  I love doing that!

 I added a little dragonfly ornament that I can't seem to toss out, despite the fact that an antennae is missing.  I think he's cute perched on the pillow and it works here since these chairs are really never sat upon.  I love the mix of fabrics and textures of embroidery on silk, cotton on burlap and hand beading. 

  My home is  blend of French, English, and Victorian with an Old World feel so these fit in beautifully but they would blend with any traditional or Cottage chic style!

Next month I'm going to show you some of Sally's ever so Paris Chic-y French document pillows!  Can't wait!  And I'll be announcing a giveaway Wednesday or Thursday so check back in and don't forget to visit Word Garden...isn't that a great name?

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

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  1. Love the mix of pillows. I love mixing fabrics and textures and this is a perfect mix. Your hall is stunning. What a wonderfully warm and welcoming spot for your guests. Hugs Marty

  2. Those pillows have made a huge difference, and are very beautiful. I must agree with Marty your hallway is certainly warm and welcoming.

  3. Nancy, just perfect! I love changing out pillows- such a quick and easy way to change a mood and look. Lovely!
    xoxo Pattie

  4. Oh my word! THAT is your entryway. It is just beautiful. Everything looks so perfect, and how comfy, warm and inviting those chairs look now. I would never have thought of putting pillows on a chair like that! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Wow Nancy...those pillow are perfect and look wonderful on that little chair..great look!

    Miss Bloomers

  6. Beautiful that a candlestick or plant holder to the left of your chair with the gorgeous pillows? Either one, I love the piece!

  7. I love that floral applique pillow!

  8. The pillows are beautiful and look lovely the way you have them arranged on the chair!
    What a great idea to use the pillow covering as a cover for the chair pad!

  9. Love the different pillows together. Perfect thing for a tired little chair!

  10. Oh, what lovely pillows and they do dress up your little chair. Now I'm just drooling looking at your beautiful home! I hope you'll show more of it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Nancy, What a great idea using the deflated pillow as a seat cover! All of the pillows are wonderful and thanks for the introduction to Word Garden. She does have lovely pillow covers.

  12. Those chairs really is a wonderful transformation!The fabric mix is beautiful!

  13. Look so pretty nice with that beautiful pillows.


  14. I wonder if you have a pillow addiction, too? We're starting a support group, if you'd like to join. (supported with pillows, that is!) Nancy, very clever and pretty!

  15. You have a talent... I think you need your own decorating tv show!!

  16. I have passed the Trendy Blog award to you. Congrats!


  17. Perfect for your house. Please stop by if you have time. Jane F

  18. This is indeed great shot and very informative blog.

    Very beautiful furniture and linen...

  19. Oh I just love that pillow with the red roses... so romantic... just my style... wish I knew how to make something as pretty as that! And a big thank you for participating in our "Show off your cottage Monday".... hope you can participate in our Victorian Tea Party this Mother's Day... ;)



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