Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New York DIYs

Last weekend marked another historic battle in the ongoing war over which is better: NYC or DC??  I visited my sister for a long Halloween weekend and conducted a careful assessment of the city. 
Was it bitterly cold and kind of smelly?  Yes. 
Did they have good food and good parties?  Yes. 
Were the food and parties better than DC?  Debatable. 
Did they have funny pumpkins?  Yes

Plus one for New York. 
Do they have great chairs at a local market that could be reupholstered in really fun fabrics?  Yes! 

Originally I planned to find examples of fabrics that I thought would go well with each piece, but then I realized it was 10:15PM and I was tired and this would be an excellent way to help people exercise their imaginations!

I think this chair would look beautiful with a wide cream and light grey stripe.  If you wanted to have a little more fun, you could use neon piping in any number of colors!

Oh man I love these chairs.  I would reupholster them in exactly the same fabric and then put them in an entry hall on either side of a shiny black chest of drawers, with a bright vase of pink flowers, a gold mirror and a sparkly chandelier.  Maybe the front hall would have a black and white tiled floor, too.  Maybe.

This chair might be a tiny bit overwrought but if you wanted to make it a real statement piece you could paint the frame turquoise (or maybe silver!) and reupholster it in something like a midnight blue velvet. Then you could put a pretty throw pillow on it in bright pink, green or purple.

Here's a nice little mirror you could repaint.  I wasn't that excited about it but it was there...

Here's a fun bedframe that I think would actually be great left just the way it is.  Paired with very bright bedding or elegant, neutral bedding I think it would look fabulous.

On this settee I see a linen fabric of wide, lavender vertical stripes with grey or yellow patterned throw pillows (depending on how loud you want it to be)

I think this piece would be so fun in a bright preppy pink pattern, but if you don't have that kind of a house I think it would also look beautiful in a delicate grey rough linen.  Or maybe a beautiful subtle grey chinoiserie...

These were there, too.  I don't really know what they are so I don't have much to say about them except that I think they're pretty cool, although they would never go with a house I would own..

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