BEFORE & AFTER: LINE ITEM DETAIL
I found this frame in our storage facility. It had a 1970s vibe happening when it came in to our custom workroom, Tiger Lily’s Greenwich. I ripped a picture from the internet to give you a feel for the style.
I had the upholstery team gut the chair and remove the channel tufts, adding new straight foam across the back.
I selected a indoor/outdoor neutral stripe for the new fabric. I decided to railroad the fabric creating a horizontal stripe rather then veritical. The change in direction of the fabric for me gives a modern feel.
Once the fabric was in place. I started thinking more about the black lacquer finish I initially created when I began the furniture facelift.
The chair began to feel more beachy, so I wanted to pull back some layers. We played around with the finish using a sander in a playful way that created a tortise-shell like finish.
TAKE ME TO THE BEACH $1.695.00
The end result is one-of-a-kind with beach side bungalow style. For more information on Before & After, custom upholstery and one-of-kind furniture, visit our website http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. You can also shop us on 1stdibs.com.
BEFORE & AFTER: CUSTOM
BEFORE: Buy custom because it is a luxury. It is made only for you. It is a special experience. The outcome is 100% perfection. You get what you pay for. The price is higher then the product on the commercial market.
AFTER: “Look at me Lucite” Bench with larson style arms. Upholstered in fabric by Lee Jofa. 64″ L x 18″ D x 19″ SD x 24″H. For more information log onto our webstie, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.
NATE BERKUS: THE THINGS THAT MATTER
I have to thank my Uncle Garry who’s love for sharing books led me to “Nate Berkus: The Things That Matter,” on a recent trip to his source of love & employment, the Byram Library. I admit, I am the type that doesn’t want to like someone or something that gets a lot of play! Frankly, that was my impression of Nate Berkus. I thought he just got lucky with his Oprah Winfrey gig and questioned the talent behind it.
The Things That Matter
Boy was I WRONG! The Things That Matter is a very personal reflection for Berkus on his style and approach to decorating. He shares intimate details of his life and his relationships with his clients. He is a truly talented, creative man.
The picture above comes from Fabiola Beracasa’s home detailed in a section of the book. It is part of Berkus’ celebration of her one-of-a-kind style. He says in this shared experience:
“There are people who have learned the rules by heart, and respect them, event love them, but feel free to break every single one of them.”
I love that outlook on life and style. I had that in mind when I picked up this amazing vintage find. To give it a personal touch, I added a tie-on cushion in a bold blue toned ikat by Duralee.
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BEFORE & AFTER: YUCKY YELLOW CANE CHAIR
When I shop vintage, I often come across french style furniture frames with an aged yellow finish. I know you treasure seekers and pickers across the world know exactly what I am talking about! It is a thick yellow with gold, manufacturer’s number that time-freezes the frame in the 1970s.
I love this frame for a woman’s dressing room or as an occasional side chair in a living room. There are a few features that made this chair special including that five-leg structre with shell-style carving and elongated back. She (this chair) has legs and knows how to use them! I also loved that the caning on the back was still in place. When you are looking at pieces with up-life potential, the quality of the caning is important. If it is broken, hand caning and repairs can begin at $250.00.
I used a gray-hued paint to kill the base yellow color. I had the option to strip the piece first but when I can, I tend to save the existing paint to add to the layering opportunity. I sanded the piece down in areas that I wanted to highlight and hand finished those areas with white and silver highlights. The upholstery is Dedar’s Casabalanca which has a wonderful raise stitched geometeric pattern.
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BEFORE & AFTER: What’s underneath your clothes?
In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s before and after is all about your skinnies. If it looks good flaunt it and if it doesn’t look good now, cover it! This works in your love life and your interior design. Above, is a pair of sofas that are in need of a fresh look.
This is a beach house. The colors need to be more bright. The new colors moving forward became hues of blue popping off crisp white.
The sofas were saved with slip covers in a bright white canvass duck cloth. The ugly body got covered up and the result totally transforms. The space is more casual and certainly enovolved into a great room where the clients spend lots of time.
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BEFORE & AFTER: Baby French Caned Settee
I have had this settee in my inventory at Tiger Lily’s Greenwich for over three-years. It is a funny thing about an interior decorator who also has to work for a living, they obsess over the bills and getting paid. The settee was three-years of lost money. I had to do something.
The settee below had a faux finish of what I can only call, color-blind novice work–my own, mind you—beige/brown. The upholstery: Rogers & Goffigon. Fabric alone on the piece was over $200.00 a yard back in 2006! The trim is a super traditional loop tassel. Everything needed to be changed.
TADA: Here’s that same piece of funiture by 2013 standards. The color has gray overtones with highlights of white. This is my work and much more experienced, idf I do admit. The trick is to start with the dark color first, sand and then come in with the lighter color, in this case white, as a highlight. The fabric is a Robert Allen ikat. Robert Allen is an amazing go to source for affordable, current fabrics. The upcompany has significantly upped its game in the last two years. This print retails for under $70.00 a yard and has a look well over $200.00. The colors on settee pop the pattern. It sold four-weeks later on Gilt. Shop their sales and look for me: http://www.gilt.com.
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BEFORE & AFTER: HEAD CHAIR GETS HEIGHT
Head-chairs have to have height, right? If you want to make them bold, make them big! The best part about reupholstering an old piece is you have the opportunity to make some alterations. I picked up a pair of english tudor style chairs along the way and kept them refinished and in fresh muslin in my custom workroom, Tiger Lilys Greenwich (www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com) for a few years.
When I came across Windsor Smith’s collection for Kravet featuring the Leisi Paisley, I knew I found the right fit. It is a wonderful grand scale with a medallion type feel in a cotton and viscose blend. The blend is a durable upholstery quality. It retails for $129.00 a yard . To make the most of the scale, I wanted to use it on a piece of furniture that shows the entire pattern but doesn’t devour too much fabric. The great thing about upholstered head chairs is they can make a huge statement for under three-yards each.
First I changed the height of the chair from standard to 51″ high to incorporate the full fabric repeat. To do that, we opened up the back of the chair cut the wooden frame in the mid-section and added height from there, then reupholstered. From there I worked off a piece of the fabric to create a painted leg finish that added age and a pop of color. The first step was a gray base, then I sanded each layer and added a creamy white paint on the base until I achieved a distressed finish.
I finished the chairs with decorative nailheads in nickel. It completes the finish and adds one more decorative, custom element.
The final result was a reimagined head chair. For more information on custom upholstery, one-of-a-kind furniture touches or custom pieces, visit our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.