Before and After: From Smelly To Stylin’

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At the end of last year I sold some danish modern chairs, with a fair amount of post-sale regret. While I didn’t actually do the re-upholstery work, I had the vision of turning them from nothing into something awesome, and really loved the way they turned out. So shortly after I sold them I found another chair to transform and fill the void. It was on eBay and in Florida (could it be any further away?) yet it had potential and seemed in pretty good shape, so I bid on it. And won it. And had it shipped to San Francisco via Greyhound Bus. My plan was to live with it for awhile (the existing upholstery wasn’t too terrible) while I hunted for the perfect fabric.

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However, when I headed down to the bus station to pick it up on a Friday afternoon during rush hour (which I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy by the way), and unpacked it, I realized it reeked of smoke. Hoping it was just “bus fumes”, I let it air out in the empty apartment next door for a few days. But no such luck: this was smoker’s smoke.

To make a long story short, my plan of living with it for a while went out the window, and my “winter project” became someone else’s winter project. I took it to Klassik Living in Berkeley, where they stripped, sanded, stained, repaired, re-stuffed and re-upholstered the chair. It may have been overkill as it really wasn’t in bad shape, but I wanted no trace of that smoke in my apartment! And I splurged on some Norbar fabric to top it off. Because after all that work, this one was going to be a keeper……at least until I got the itch again.

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Chairished

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I’ve been thinking a lot about re-doing my apartment lately. For the past year I’ve been looking for a coffee table, which in turn has made me re-think the sofa (in addition to my home office, which has extended into my living room). So in order to streamline I’ve decided to sell a few things.

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A bunch of the blogs I follow have been promoting a new furniture re-sale service called Chairish, so I decided to give it a try. The last few times I listed with Craigs List I got lots of spam and shady replies. And I have no desire to figure out shipping via eBay. So Chairish just seemed like a good option as they handle shipping arrangements and payment for a small % of the sale.

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One of the first items I listed was this pair of danish modern chairs—which sold 14 days later. (Ironically, the buyers are local so shipping wasn’t even an issue). Done and done.

And now I’m on a roll: I have a bunch of items listed for sale on Chairish (links below). In fact I’m rethinking the whole apartment! So if you’re looking for something new (or old), take a look. Maybe one of these old treasures can become yours.

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Pair of Kofod Larsen Ottomans

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Danish Modern Cocktail Table

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Kofod Larsen + Robert le Heros

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A few flea markets ago I picked up this pair of danish-modern Kofod Larsen ottomans for a steal. I have a few vintage chairs I wanted to pair them with, but have yet to recover the cushions. While the current fabric isn’t horrible, it’s not really my style: doesn’t go with the apartment and is too manly.

So I’ve been researching fabrics and am in love with these Robert de hero textiles I’ve seen over at Lotus Bleu (a home decor and interior design shop in Hayes Valley). They’ve used this fabric to recover danish-modern furniture as well, and I think the look goes together perfectly. I had called Lotus Bleu to ask about remnants, since the cushions have such a small surface area, and they recommended a program at the SF Design Center called Access Door. It’s a program where you can source trade fabrics without working with a designer. I have yet to look into that, but be assured it’s on the To Do list.

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(Furniture images property of Lotus Bleu)

Mother’s Day—Retro Style

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I love these old photos of my mom (she’s the little one in the middle, above). I love old family photos in general, and I never get tired of looking at them. A few years ago I sent a bunch of my grandma’s old negatives (and original photos) to ScanDigital to be scanned and archived on CDs. Which I then copied to a backup hard drive, and sent to all my relatives—just in case. So now I have them handy whenever I need to access them (like for my Grandmother’s upcoming 100th birthday invite, for instance—will post more on that later). And now I feel better they won’t get lost or fade away. The more we go digital, the more precious these vintage pics become.

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Painted Planks

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I saw this cool tabletop at the flea market a few months ago and I’ve been holding onto this pic for inspiration. I remember the table being pretty large and it looked like it had been made of old flooring and reclaimed wood. Love the explosion of colors and textures. Speaking of … look below and check out the floors in Serendipity, a gift shop here in SF. Who says art needs to be hung on the walls?

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Coloring On The Furniture: Part Two

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Anthropologie’s Drawing Study chair

My affinity for hand-painted furniture started during a trip to Wilmington, NC to visit my Aunt Carol. She took me to this great furniture-oriented shop called the Red Dinette, which was run by a very creative husband and wife team. They had beautifully transformed furniture with hand-painting and unique upholstery. I was so inspired by their creations I decided that’s what I would do when I retired: refinish and repaint old furniture. The Red Dinette has long since closed, but fortunately for me there’s a ton of inspiration floating around out there (and hopefully I won’t wait so long to get started). Check out these recent finds.

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Knack Studio: (top photos) hutch and side table (originally found on Poppytalk). Love the painterly scenics—as well as the vintage paintings on the walls. Chest (below) is a modern twist on an old find.

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Vintage dresser, above, found at Stuff, SF. Love the color combo as well as the detail in the flowers.