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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

1.24.2008

In Context




You've seen the before. Seen the after. Now here's the chair in context, happily settled in the 18th-century Sag Harbour home of Margot Brunelle Fooshee, J. Crew's head of marketing. Her friend Ruthie Sommers is responsible for the chair's transformation and the lovely house. Makes you rethink Goodwill finds, doesn't it?

Photography, Don Freeman for House Beautiful, June 2007.

14 comments:

Brilliant Asylum said...

Nice job she did! I love a good makeover story.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful re-do of a bargain find!! I adore thrift stores and consignment stores -- you never know what might turn up -- around a corner or hidden in the back room!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage who is another fan of makeover stories -- the best part of any magazine feature! :)

My Notting Hill said...

Love that you showed the 2nd picture - chair redone but not in the setting that really shows it off. That was really helpful to me. thanks.

Style Court said...

Notting Hill, you are welcome!

Pigtown-Design said...

Ugly can be skin deep, too! Just gotta look at the bones and skip the skin - to be totally gross!

The Peak of Chic said...

I so agree. I think some people have that knack for finding the diamonds in the rough. The good news is that the rest of us can learn to do so! (I'm finally seeing the light of day!)

Melissa said...

I just have to post and tell readers about two AMAZING vintage finds I spotted in Atlanta on Craigslist. One is reminicent of Rashida Jones Sofa that you mentioned a few days ago. It doesnt have the curved back, but I adore its lines. And it needs new upholstery, but for $50, who cares?? http://atlanta.craigslist.org/fur/546433211.html

Also- these chairs look just like something Vanessa de Vargas would reupholster and sell for $2k for the set and they're only $60 for the pair.
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/fur/546711260.html

I'm addicted to scouring for these wonderful finds, but I only have 900 square feet... Maybe someone will give these a good home!
Melissa

Style Court said...

Great finds Melissa, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love it this room and the chair in it, though I fell mildly disloyal because I so loved Gambrel's incarnation of the house. Any sources for similar hurricane lamps? The scale and the bases are terrific. Thanks for another great post!

Style Court said...

Yeah, I know. I loved the Gambrel version too. Ralph Lauren makes hurricane's like this...let me check Williams Sonoma Home as well...

Style Court said...

Yeah, I know. I loved the Gambrel version too. Ralph Lauren makes hurricane's like this...let me check Williams Sonoma Home as well...

girl meets glamour said...

You're right is really does, I think I'll try and go thrift shopping this weekend! Great post!!

~Kate

annechovie said...

An amazing transformation! I also noticed that identical hurricanes were included in the Southampton dining room designed by Ashley Whittaker that is featured in the Feb. 2008 issue of House Beautiful, so they might have the source in the mag. It's amazing how much more I notice the details when I have to paint them!

Cote de Texas said...

I'm like 99.999999999 percent positive those are just cheap ass (pardone moi frenche') Global Views hurricanes.