Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dated upholstered wing chairs are new again in slipcovers fabricated in an icy Duralee flocked linen.
Specified by Vinette Varvaro, Art and Interior Design.

Moravian star pendants add charm and style to the freshly painted room.
A work in process.... awaiting rug and artwork.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Comfortable and sophisticated seating, Lee swivel stools upholstered in canvas, perfect for slipcovers fabricated with dressmaker details - braid trim and covered buttons, specified by and for a kitchen designed by Mary Ann Gillen through

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bedrooms inspired by tradition

"Wall lamps and bed by Axel Vervoordt. Headboard in taffeta plaid by Brunschwig & Fils. Antique French quilt."
Jean Bond Rafferty

Source: photo and text VERANDA Sept. 2010

Seaside guestroom: custom headboard, bedskirt and window shade specified and fabricated by Sarah Horton.
Custom bedding designed and specified by Joyce Jordan Interiors fabricated by Sarah Horton.

Custom bedding is costly; hence a commitment. Upholstered headboard, tailored skirt and Matelasse or solid quilt combine to create a custom look that endures.

Custom Euros and pillow shams tie the scheme together.

Source: OOPS! I don't remember where I tore this - Maybe HOUSE BEAUTIFUL?

Click on the links to view more inspired design...

How to upholster a headboard?
Click on link.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good things keep getting better!
Much loved mahogany chair updated to coordinate with a coastal theme fabricated in a luminous coral tapestry by Stroheim and Romann.Dot back with button closure.

Detail of contrast bias welt and ties...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A room without accessories is not firing on all cylinders.

Throw pillows fabricated in a document print by Brunschwig and Fils specified by Joyce Jordan Interiors.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

English Arm Chair

Chair and Ottoman slipcovered in a Duralee upholstery weight velvet w/ accent braid trim.
Designed and specified through Interior Elements
I deliver tomorrow - I know the family dog will love it!
Timeless Inspiration English arm chair - Sister Parish's Dark Harbor Summer Home.

More inspiration: English arm w/braid trim
Veranda March/April 2006

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Show House Summer 2009

Among my summer projects...

Decorator Show House - Savannah's room slipcover
Fabricated by: Sarah Horton, Hampton, NH
Specified by: Joyce Jordan Interiors, Hampton Falls, NH
Inspired by the natural beauty of the setting, the comfort and imagination of the room's wee occupant, Savannah's room is a harmonious blend of nature and dance. Eric Andersen's (Amesbury, MA) charming mural evokes childhood dreams, blends whimsical images of woodland creatures with views of York river marshes from the bedroom windows. Once again Joyce created an appropriate, livable room.

The Museums of Old York celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Decorator Show House at McIntire Farm on Cider Hill Road in York, Maine. This 1920s farmhouse features dozens of spaces, each to be decorated by one of the region’s most talented and imaginative designers. McIntire Farm overlooks the beautiful marshes and York River. Much of the surrounding property is protected by a conservation easement held by the York Land Trust or Museums of Old York and is a part of the McIntire homestead, which dates back to 1707.
The Decorator Show House will run from July 18th through August 15th. McIntire Farm, located at 270 Cider Hill Road in York, can be viewed Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays. On-site parking is available and admission is $20. Tickets to the Show House are good for $2.00 off the cost of admission to the Museums of Old York. For more information about this incredible event, related programming or ticket purchases, please call (207) 363-4974.

Serene Sitting Area

Today.... Installed slipcovers for a pair of wing chairs re-purposed in a master bedroom's sitting area - fabricated in a solid robin's egg blue by Kravet.

Curtains, shams and throw pillows in
Brunschwig and Fils' Bird and Thistle
add charm in a woodland setting.
Design by:

Ruffled shams with micro-welt

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Slipcover for girl's room - designed without welt with the exception of the cushion; welt increases durability....

Micro welt is a jolly good solution.
Micro welt cord available in 4 sizes through Rowley Company.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sunroom Redux : sofa, loveseat, two chairs and Ottoman Slipcovers

A stitch in time saves nine - Hand basting before taking the pieces to the machine exemplifies the proverb.

Timely effort prevents more work later.

"Practically Perfect"

Duralee Fabric

Slipcovers Completed and Installed
Designed / Specified by Interior Elements

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

tips of the trade

Sign of the times:

Contrast bias welt is a jolly good alternative to more costly braid trim... Matched pattern ensures quality - seams are virtually invisible.
Contrast bias welt applied to faces of back cushions for "by the sea" chairs.

Finished product:
Practical natural duck cloth slipcovers with arm covers (grandchildren always welcome) will serve well; just remove, shake, and the sand is back outside where it belongs.

Good ideas are going around, from Hampton, New Hampshire to Montego Bay, Jamaica- as featured in Coastal Living, February 2010.