Benches, Trim, and Makeovers
Since spotting these benches with the fun-yet-elegant vintage trim at Coleen & Company last year, I've been thinking about reinventing this old piece, below, rather than discarding it.
Now the idea has moved higher on the priority list because over the holidays I gave my bedroom ottoman and a few other things to my sister. (Great fits for her living room in progress.)
[Carolina Irving's Robert Kime ottoman photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue, October 2006]
Tassel trim, which seems to be coming back in vogue, might be one means to successfully transform this rush seat bench into an upholstered piece (perhaps add a box cushion.) But there are other options in my head that wouldn't involve fringe or tassels. I'll try to document everything of note that I learn from the upholsterer.
[Cottage Living editor, Anne Turner Carroll, with her chair upholstered in Home Couture's "Contessa," and Ruthie Sommers' bed canopy of same fabric, photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo for In Style Home spring 2007]
In general I want to avoid fabric that has received loads of press -- with two exceptions: Home Couture's "Contessa," and the little black dress of prints, Brunschwig & Fils "Le Zebre." Samples of each are on the way.
[Carolina Herrera, Jr.'s ottoman covered in "Le Zebre," photographed by Eric Cahan for Domino, spring/summer 2005]
See also Carolina Irving Textiles.