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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.20.2010

Border Lines

Part of the inspiration for a recent chair project came from revisiting Melanie Acevedo's photos of artist Konstantin Kakanias' house (House & Garden).

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There actually are no slipcovered pieces of furniture in the pictures I saved, but a chair and a few tables are casually covered with printed fabrics, some of which have pretty borders. It was the general breezy, open-to-the-garden feeling of the home that served as the muse.

[Directly above, a detail of Melanie Acevedo's photo from House & Garden.]

And I have a weak spot for grand old spaces (you may remember the 1920s building was once actress Barbara Stanwyck's ballroom) given new life in a less formal way.

To capture that endless summer quality, I asked my upholsterer to cover a chair's existing silk seat and arms with unlined linen -- PD's Kashmir Paisley in peacock.

He cut the border to emphasize it, not just on the seat, but also on the narrow arms and ties.

When the lawn is green again -- really green -- I hope to copy the other shelter mag story, the one that provided initial inspiration and offered tangible guidance, and photograph the whole chair outside in the sun.

[Lisa diStefano, Green Sky with Hill, mixed media on paper, 12 x 16 inches, courtesy Ann Connelly Fine Art.]

Looking at Lisa diStefano's abstracted Louisiana landscapes, too, it's easy to daydream about horizon lines, sunlight, subtropical breezes, and the great outdoors.

[Lisa diStefano, Untitled Landscape, mixed media on panel, 30 x 30 inches, courtesy Ann Connelly Fine Art.]

[Lisa diStefano, Untitled, mixed media on linen, 6 x 6 inches, courtesy Ann Connelly Fine Art.]

In Baton Rouge, Lisa is represented by Ann Connelly Fine Art.

Oh, and for those of you who are skilled enough to do your own sewing, the current issue of Selvedge highlights more artisan copper scissors. These are for sale online through London-based Plumo, meaning that for U.S. residents a pair isn't available just down the road, but I read that the scissors are made by hand in a fairtrade women’s association, and are currently discounted, so I decided to share. If I come across something similar made in the United States I'll update this post with that option too.

22 comments:

Laura Casey Interiors said...

The chair looks great! I love the fabric and the details.

Style Court said...

Oh thanks Laura! So sweet of you. Borders are fun :)

little augury said...

Turned out great- I love that you kept the wood, no paint. Peacock Perfect.

Style Court said...

No paint indeed :)

Thanks as always Gaye.

Style Court said...

Oh, and Gaye, I think you already know but the linen is richer, more peacock in person. My photos aren't doing it justice.

Stacy said...

Your chair looks so great!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Love seeing the chair and the inspiration. Wonderful.

Style Court said...

Hi Stacy -- thanks so much! The man who cut the fabric and sewed the slipcover is really talented.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- thanks for stopping by to look.

Karena said...

Oh really beautiful fabric and color. I love the peacock shade! I turned out great!!

Karena said...

Oh and love Lisa DiStefano's art! Love, love love it!

Lacquered Life said...

I absolutely love the chair--that fabric is stunning. And yes, keeping the wood was lovely, it has such a rich tone to it!

Style Court said...

Olivia and Karena -- so glad you like it!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

So who is your upholsterer? Just kidding! Bench looks wonderful with her brown legs, rich caning and new, breezy blue linen dress. Absolutely summer incarnate!

Style Court said...

Claire -- I'm happy to share. Direct inquires to Olivia:

atlantacraftsman@bellsouth.net

Husband Russell can copy any picture. Great customer service too!

Thanks for your comments. Really appreciate them!

home before dark said...

Always fun to see fabric itself as a canvas to manipulate. The dressmaker details add a delightful pea hen to the peacock.

Style Court said...

HBD,

Ah! Brilliant insight. The masculine/feminine balance.

domesticated_desk said...

that is such a beautiful image! I wish we were able to purchase here in the US. I love the back story about who made the scissors. thanks for the post! Rachel Dd

Decs said...

Fantastic. Love that fabric.

Cote de Texas said...

I love the chair! !!! :)
and I can't wait to see it outside ala Dan C. how inspiring.
Use it in good health and much happiness.
Joni

Style Court said...

Rachel and Decs, thanks for stopping by.

Style Court said...

Joni, you are the slipcover queen so that is high praise! Thanks so much.