Friday, December 18, 2009

ABOVE: Home for the holidays... not yet. Home owners will wait until after the first of the New Year to move into their sophisticated classic/contemporary woodland home. Two slipper chairs covered in fabric by Duralee specified by Interior Elements

LEFT: Before

Monday, November 30, 2009

FROM RELAXED TO FORMAL - the magic of slipcovers

BEFORE: Comfy sofa served well in the family room of a previous home; however, new home and architectural elements call for refinement.

AFTER: Brunschwig trim inserted in seams of light weight canvas combine for simple elegance.
Aubusson throw pillows add timeless charm.

Palecek chair and Ottoman provide more calm in the master.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sweet Dreams: bolsters

Guest room

Detail of bolster

Good Morning

By the sea

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ever Clever Slipcovers update living room

Slipcovers should not be considered an inexpensive option; however, they can transform well worn/loved quality furniture. Two matching Harden sofas, wing chair and arm chair had seen better days;nonetheless, the scale was right in the room. The designer drew color and inspiration from the clients much loved hand knotted rug. Fresh paint, new window treatment and thoughtful fabric choices for the slipcovers breath new life into the room.

The client loves the results and workmanship; her friends cannot believe they are slipcovers.... I don't know how I feel about that, nothing déclassé about them. To slipcover or reupholster is a lifestyle choice. The money - not so much.
A woven plaid was considered to replace the seat of the Queen Anne arm chair. In the end the client decided on an upholstery weight small woven pattern that added interest and energy to the room.

Before and after (not in client's setting).
Rather than an ordinary upholstered seat, the designer opted for a charming loose cover with dressmaker details.
Knowing the client was not a bow or tie person....
She specified:
Welted seat
Tailored inverted pleat skirt
Tab closure at base of arms, and wrapped skirt at back (both with covered button closure).
Interior design by JOYCE JORDAN

Monday, September 28, 2009

Now for something completely different

Fortuny or not? Only the designer knows for sure....
Simple slipper/sleep chairs w/waterfall skirts

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Solid wing chairs with contrast welt
Camel back with self welt

detail of back closure
Let the project begin:
-Update wing w/winter and summer slipcovers
fabric choice:
Tree of Life
Winter.... printed Matelasse w/half drop repeat (perfect choice)
Summer.... linen w/drop repeat (another perfect choice)

-Tailored cotton canvas slipcovered sofa to be refined w/stria velvet

After decisions were made, the client doubted her choice with concern that the fabrics for the chair were too similar; however, as the slipcovers progressed it was clear the fabrics were differentiated by scale and texture, the likeness ensures both fabrics will work in the scheme.
Moreover, the different textures of the fabrics, with the introduction of spring green in the summer linen (printed in England) breathes freshness into the summer
choice, (off site photo)

while the autumnal printed matelasse is cozy and warm.

Sofa in stria velvet with two new matching throws and a center throw to tie in seasonal wing.
Matching pattern is never easy....
Never ever on a wing chair!

Detail of back closure

Inspiration - Sister Parish's Dark Harbor House