August 16, 2010

Upholster me, baby!

Sometimes I need my design fixes to hit me over the head.  Our DVR recently recorded a few episodes of Sarah's House on HGTV which is apparently the most popular design show in Canada.  Well, I'm only in Massachusetts so I didn't get the memo.  Somehow, despite our crazy-busy-we-don't-have-time-to-watch-random-shows-the-DVR-selected-for-us-schedule, I managed to sit down and watch all 10 episodes (not in one sitting…but still…a little embarassing).

One thing I noticed early on in my watching spree was that Sarah reupholsters furniture in every. single. room. in every. single. episode. And it is delicious to see what she comes up with. 

Here are a few gems I stole from her website. 

Now, I'm not one to put animal print in my living room unless you count my son's velvety, cheeta-print baby blanket with the gold satin trim that we were gifted which he absolutely adores…but I can't get over those masculine chairs paired with the exotic prints!  Makes me want to start liking martinis-on-the-rocks with a twist and then drink some while sitting down in this lovely room:

And how fun is this antique chair re-do for a teenage girl's room…or you know…my escape room where I curl up with old Nancy Drew Hardcovers:


Sadly, I don't have any current furniture in my house that even romotely needs to be reupholstered any time soon (sure wish I had thought to re-do some old before purchasing new), but something small-scale like this chair is definitely within my financial and time budget:


And how about these lovely leggy ladies…why reupholster a whole chair when you can just do a small pop of color on a functional, budget friendly ottoman:

Those last two really make my heart go pitter patter.  We have a guest bedroom around here that desperatley needs some sprucing up…do I smell project in my near future?  Have you ever reupholstered something old into something new?

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5 Responses to “Upholster me, baby!”

  1. Amy Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    My parents had these great chrome frame chairs with a thick cushion.  They are the most comfy thing ever! I had the cushions completely rebuilt a couple years ago and it was so worth the $$. I would have loved to be able to do it myself, but there was some intricate re-engineering that needed to be done so I left it o the professionals.  They went from a dirty tan to a sleek black  (and canvas- I totally suggest canvas!)

  2. Karen Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I remember every time we moved my mom would make my dad re-cover our dining room chairs to match the new decor….what great memories!!

  3. Miriam Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for the canvas tip, Amy.  I am very close to deciding whether or not to take a class and this information will definitely come in handy.  Would LOVE to see those chairs…they sound great!
    Karen – your mom was a visionary!!

  4. Kelly | Glamour This Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I am a devoted fan of Sarah Richardson. She is my ultimate favorite designer. And I wish I could be her friend.  Too bad you just have Sarah's House. She did Design Inc, Sarah's House 1 & 2 Sarah's Cottage and recently made over a barn.
    I always love what she does (match bold patterns and colors) and yup shes the queen of reupholstering. I'm still a reupholstering virgin. But hopefully that won't last very long. 

  5. Sugar Says:
    August 18th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Totally obsessed with Sarah's house! Can;t wait for the next season.