21.5.14

My love for French chairs

If you have been reading my blog, you know that I have this obsession with chairs...especially French chairs.  I don't know what it is about them.  They just scream glamour and feminine sexiness.  I have ridiculous amount of chairs especially for a household of three ladies.  I keep saying I am going to sell them after I reupholster them but I just...can't...seem...to...let them go.  Here is my latest find.





Do you love it???  Pink? check. Gold detailing? check.  Just look at that frame!







I don't know what year it was made but since I can see where the pieces are connected, I want to say it is more of a vintage than an antique.  I am taking it to my upholstery class to get it strip to the frame.  I want to modernize it a bit.  Here is what I am thinking.

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White or beige linen.  Old white+gold details.

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Or either French linen or Paris Grey.  I want to start bringing in more neutral tone to my very gilded decor.






I also picked up a pair of late 1800s Victorian Eastlake parlor chairs.  They are beautiful and petite.  Do you think chairs are smaller back then because people are generally smaller?  It must be their organic diet with no growth hormone.  I have an idea of what I want to do with them.


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How gorgeous are these?  I am pretty sure I will get kick out of my class if I tell them I am going to paint antique Victorian chairs.  I am hoping to be able to open an online shop in the fall.  Beautiful re imagined mirrors, gorgeous vintage chairs, and whatever else my imagination let me create.  I am so happy to have all of you in my life and I can't wait for you to go on this journey with me.

Love,
Victoria


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20 comments:

  1. I really like the pink one as is...I do not think I could do anything to it. But white linen would look best in my sea cottage so I know it will be beautiful.

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    1. The chair is really old, Kerrie. I thought maybe shabby light pink velvet too. As much as I love white linen, it is a very risky move for my household. So we shall see.

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  2. How exciting, Victoria! I love the first photo! xoxo I love the chair, but I'm sure the reimagined will be even better! I have an obsessions with French chairs too, and I have way too many, but mine are less ornate, more French country, and the oldest are only about 40ish. I would love to find something like this, but I need to walk right by the chairs.

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  3. Ooh-la-la! Your chair is fabulous. Love your inspirational photos too.
    Mary Alice

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  4. I am sure you will make the chairs beautiful Victoria-you have a great eye and creative mind so you will do your magic!

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  5. I love it, so so beautifull. I follow you, your blog is very nice. Regards from URUGUAY.

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  6. Your new chair is gorgeous! It's going to look amazing after its makeover, can't wait to see it:) How cool that you're taking an upholstery class!

    Funny you mentioned the size being smaller. We were at historic Dodgertown, which was built in the 40's, and the stadium seats were tiny! I told my husband the people of today would need 2 seats to be able to sit comfortably!

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  7. Anything you come up with Victoria will be great!

    I love personally more neutrals for for my decor living once with golds and colour, now it's time for a bit calmer tones in my life. So I pick the whites yet fear in upholstery finish it maybe hard to keep clean not being able to take it off and wash it. I had a chair finished in a heavy muslin fabric and a slip cover made for easy removal to launder.
    Such big dreams for this chair I am sure, and I am sure it will look divine.

    Love chairs, and wish I could fit a few more in my small home :)

    Xx
    Dore

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  8. Some serious eye candy. I love the way you use color, Victoria. Like an impressionist's painting.

    And plans for an online shop? C'est fantastique!

    xo,
    Lin

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  9. Gasp!!! An online shop?? I can't wait!!!!!

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  10. Say, the "email me" button doesn't work. Is there a way to get in touch with you? I'm not sure where you are, I kind of suspect in the northeast somewhere, but if you are in the midwest, I have an antique mirror with roses that I think you would probably like and I would like to give to you. It's way too heavy and fragile to send, but if you are around here I would bring it to you. I live in northern Indiana. I'm moving so we need to connect quickly but I just this moment thought of it so I thought I would give it a try….I could send you a pic if you like.

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    1. Hi Sara Marie, Thank you so much for all your encouraging words. I really need to fix the email button. I am so clueless when it comes to actually making a blog stuff. This is my email. sumyatnwe@yahoo.com. I live in Western Massachusetts. How kind of you to think of me. Thank you so much. Now I wish I live in Midwest. How exciting that you are moving. Now you get to decorate from the beginning!

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  11. Victoria - That is a gorgeous chair. Any one of your choices of colour you mentioned would look great, I especially like the idea of beige linen + old white & gold details. I have always wanted to take an upholstery class. Is it very complicated & physically demanding? Your online shop is a great idea, and you have such great ideas. I'm sure it would be a success. Have a great day!

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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  12. I can't wait to see the finished product! The white or linen sounds gorgeous! Keep us all posted on your online shop...that would be great!
    Julie @ Renaissance Mermaid

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  13. This chair is absolutely yummy. I love it the way it is, but I know you'll work your magic. At first I thought the mirror frame behind the chair in the first picture was part of the chair frame. Wouldn't that be awesome? An asymmetrical chair frame!

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  14. This chair is fabolous !,HI ! I love your blog ,, you have a new follower from Chile

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  15. Your whole blog is so charming! I found you via link party where you linked this chair and I linked my Victorian parlor chair that we reupholstered into a peacock chair. I'm so glad to have found your blog! I'm going to copy a link to your blog on my Shares & Linky party page, so I can refer back to you easily! You need a "button" soon for your beautiful blog! I can hardly wait to see what you post next now that I've spent some time clicking around your site and reading your stories! :) Amber

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    1. Thank you so much, Amber. I just saw your peacock chair, how pretty is that??? Very bohemian chic. I am taking upholstery class now and I am thinking of getting a staple gun and air compressor for home. Do you use manual staple gun or air gun? As for my own button, you know, I consider myself pretty smart but when it comes to coding and programming, I am completely clueless. I might have to get myself a book on blogging for dummies.

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  16. I love French chairs! In fact, I love everything about French Rococo styles. The first one really has a vintage vibe. One can really see the wear and tear on the close up, which I think adds charm and character. The last one is gorgeous too, with the lyre back support design. Though my favorite would have to be the white linen with gold frames. Its pristine look would sway anyone, whether or not they're a fan of the style itself. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing! Wishing you all the best!

    Bob Ward @ Allure

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