One of the questions we get asked quite often is how do we decide what vintage treasures to keep for ourselves and what should we sell in the shop. We have acquired so many pretty pieces over the past year and do have a hard time parting with many of them as we know we may never find that piece again. Both of us have scored some stellar vintage furniture that has been sitting in storage collecting dust and we knew we had to take the plunge and start refurbishing these awesome pieces before our collection got of control. Here's our short story of how we turned up the volume with leopard print and gold! A few months back, Amy had picked up this pair of Bergere arm chairs with cane backing at an estate sale for $80. While they were in pretty good condition, they still needed a lot of love.
The fabric was bland and tired but the cane was in tact and the wood frame was solid. The chairs definitely needed a little sparkle and print. For inspiration, we gathered ideas from Pinterest, our collection of design books, random blogs and magazines.
To balance the gold in the chairs, we had first thought a bright solid or patterned magenta would make a statement but realized to take this set from pretty to glamorous, an animal print would be the perfect neutral for the living room space. Magenta then, would be accented in a pillow or home decor accessory. We shopped around at our local design center and then by chance, perused Calico Corners online and there it was, the ever-popular Jamil Natural Animal Print, we've seen countless times in print and social media. It was the perfect rich, cotton velvet leopard print and at a reasonable sale price of $29.99 a yard.
We reached out to our local, go-to upholsterer Len, who has been in the business since 1969. With new seat cushions and double-welting Len gave these chairs life!
For our style shots, we assembled another one of our refurbished vintage campaign side tables along with some vintage pieces we have on-hand. The pink chinoiserie lamp was a score at another estate sale which we topped with a new fluted silk shade and gold greek key finial. The Vintage Asian Couple Figurines are currently for sale in the shop and the white milk glass with succulents is a personal piece. The two mint green frosted highball glasses and Georges Briard-style catch-all dish are also from our private collection.
We spent a total of $485 refurbishing the pair of chairs and feel they worth well worth the energy and time to making these chairs glam again. Let us know what you think of our "new" chairs. Are you an animal print fanatic like us? What vintage furniture have you brought back to life?
We want to know!
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