Sit here please. Be bold with fabric!

I have a thing for rescuing and restoring chairs.  And, I love to use bold fabrics when I reupholster.  It’s the perfect way to showcase your personality.  Here are a few of my co-stars…

This navy velvet stunner belonged to Mother’s best friend Miss Margaret. Her precious daughter Pegie gave it to me as a token of their friendship and I love having it.  It was covered in a beautiful green silk, but I put the twist with a bold navy fabric.

This cutie is in my office at home.  It belonged to Mother and was dark burgandy, then I recovered it in a brown and white Ikat pattern.  When I moved it to its final place in my office (it’s the perfect reading chair), I wanted something bold.  Mother loved birds and she also made the peacock curtains hanging in my office. I added a turquoise ottoman and it’s the perfect pop of sunshine.

I shared this little gal on Instagram recently.  She was a castaway I found on the side of the road with cigarette burns.  I freshened her up with a chinoiserie fabric in colors of pink, red, green, soft blue and navy.  It’s the perfect chair in Miss Bee’s room.  I made sure my upholstery guy replecated the ruching on the arms and tufted back just like the original version.

I bought this chair on Craig’s List.  It was a nice navy and white fabric, but I had animal print in mind.  I mixed an orange animal print with a geometric fabric in the same shade.  I love how we did the arms and backside of the chair in geometric and animal print on the seat and front of the chair.  Don’t be afraid to mix your patterns.  This chair resides in my ladies lounge where I keep all my cookbooks and dishware on open shelves.  The pop of color from the pillow is another addition of mixing patterns.

In my opinion you always need at least one pair of neutral chairs that you can mix with any color if your tastes change.  I bought a set of these chairs at World Market a few years ago.  They are light weight so I can easily move them all over the house.  They have cute covered buttons in the tufts.  I can change the look with a throw or pillows.

I purchase my fabric on Etsy and Hobby Lobby.  If you are in Fort Worth and you are looking for an upholstery guy, I highly recommend Alfonso who is the owner of Teocal’s Upholstery, 5260 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76133, (817) 423-0355.  He is very reasonable, meticulous about how he matches the fabric and has a super fast turnaround.  I can stop by with a photo of something I want recovered and he tells me the price and how much fabric I need to order.  He does not deliver or pick up so you will need to make arrangements to drop your furniture off.

Have fun with fabric.  Life it too short to be neutral.  Go bold!  Your furniture will thank you for the new life you are giving it.

Easy Style Tips from Ballard Designs

I had so much fun attending the Ballard Designs Fort Worth store preview last evening.    Located in the Shops at Clearfork, this new store is a stunning.  Beautiful lighting, creative displays and very attentive staff will make this newest jewel to Clearfork sparkle.

I have been a longtime customer of their catalog, but have never had the chance to actually shop in a store.  It was a treat to meet the management team, including Ryan McKelvey, President of Ballard Designs.  We chatted about his excitement over this new store to the company’s over 30-year history.  I also got to meet the darling Lindsey Pfeiffer from Ohio, who has the fun job of traveling to open new stores.  I smell a new job for me someday!

I wandered the store and snapped inspiration ideas.  One of my favorite things to do is nest at home on the weekends moving furniture and accessories around the house.  So, to be able to spend time studying how their design team styled the accessories was a real treat.   The store features a huge design center central in the store layout, so you can sit and study features and fabrics to customize your choices.

I loved this pillow.  I think it would be a perfect house warming or wedding gift.

And this bag, well it just says, “welcome to summer, darling.”  It’s lined with the cutest black and white striped ticking.  It’s quite roomy so it will fit your beach reads, laptop, towel and flipflops.

I tried to find ideas to share with you on how to style what you already have.  Good style doesn’t have to be expensive.  Focus on being creative and thinking outside the box on how you display your treasures.  Case in point, look at this wooden bowl filled with spools of twine!

Or these glass jars in your laundry room filled with soap, clothespins, and twine.

Blue and white.  I chatted with the store manager Joyce Tarter and asked her what her favorite color was and she said, “blue, because everyone looks good in blue!”  Mother always told me that blue is nature’s color and it will go with everything, and she was right.  I loved their vast selection of blue and white ginger jars.

Look how they used one of the ginger jars to hold paint brushes!  I love this inspiration.

Pops of color were everywhere — hot pink and orange.  But, there were also subtle touches of blush pink and coral.

Coffee table books were everywhere!  Stacks of books are the perfect accessory on a table.  Add a candle and some fresh flowers and call it day.

This book from Eddie Ross in on my wish list…

One last thing, one of my newest favorite podcasts is How to Decorate:  Ideas and Inspiration from Ballard Designs.  Every week they dish on all sorts of fun things.  Be sure to subscribe!