Dorothy is happy to be back and to resume her role as blog model.
This chair has been needing a new seat for, well, way, way too long. It is Sugarwings' seat at the dining table, and she tends to be...a messy boisterous diner. The original seat was quite ugly, and I hated it from the minute I saw it, but it didn't show the results of her dining mishaps. I'd made a seat slipcover to use over it when company came, but didn't leave it on all of the time, because it was light colored.
When I saw these chairs on clearance at Nebraska Furniture Mart, I was inspired to recover Sugarwings' seat in a faux leather look, to compliment this chair, which I bought for the other end of the table.
Hancock Fabric is going out of business, and I got the cloth for 75% off, and a ruffled trim for an 85% discount. The two chairs don't exactly match, but I prefer things that blend nicely, not match perfectly. The other chairs are a mix match too, but I'm considering covering the seats with this 'pleather' stuff.
The kitchen/dining/living rooms will all be open to the new hearth room, where two of these genuine leather recliners will sit in front of the fireplace. The home will still be mostly whites and creams, but I'm looking forward to adding these darker, more rustic elements of leather, especially in the hearth area.
I'm not a fan of recliners, but my husband is. And the fireplace is his dream. So I searched high and low to find a couple that we could both live with. While I'd prefer some cushy, velvet seats with plush footstools instead, I have to remember it is his space too. And don't you think that this recliner is less recliner-y than most? It reminds me more of a leather club chair than a typical recliner, so I think I'll like it.
Maybe with a soft throw over each, and a distressed, white table between them? Oooh, and an alabaster lamp!?
Plus, they were half price. Well, at least the floor model was, and the salesman gave the second one to me at the sale price too!
See what I mean about how open it will all be? When the deconstruction started, it was a gamble, not knowing if we'd be able to have it this opened up or not. Old houses can be tricky and the builder told us we'd have to see what was in the walls before he could say for sure whether it would require supports or not.
But we lucked out and the room will be finished as we'd hoped.
Now, to pick out paint colors. And from looking at this photo, I think I need to redo the wallpaper on the stairs. In the past, you couldn't see the roses on the risers and the text on the wall next to them, at the same time. Now, from the new room, they are on full display and look a bit busy together.
There is a lot of work ahead, but I can feel it coming together.