If you’ve sensed a theme in any of my posts, or if you know me well, you know I love a good deal. But I love the hunt just as much, especially the type of hunt where you have no idea what you’re looking for.
That happened a few weeks ago when I snagged this humble but practical side chair at my local Housing Works. It leans toward the Biedermeier style with it’s clean, curved lines and minimal ornamentation. I also like its small scale which makes me think it’s old. (I have a very unsophisticated way of dating things: smallish = old. Hey, people were tinier 100 years ago).
I’m always looking for extra movable seating for my place, and at the $30 price tag, I picked it up. I envision its new life sanded down and au natural, letting the beauty of the original wood shine through. A patterned neutral seat to replace the worn burgundy velvet will ensure its place in any room in my apartment.
And while there is no shortage of fabric options out there, I recently read an article in HGTV magazine about using cloth napkins instead of buying fabric by-the-yard for smaller projects. Smart, right?
I did some hunting and found the above: the left and right patterns are from cloth napkins from Anthropologie, and the middle fabric is actually a linen pillow case by Ligne Particulier from ABC Carpet & Home. Here’s how they’d look:
I’m leaning toward #3 as the winner. It’s actually been through the wash a few times which imparts a soft, faded look and feel.
When the weather warms up, I’ll decide for sure, do some sanding, staple-gunning, and report back on progress. But until then, I think I need to sit on it…