One Saturday morning I received a phone call from a woman who had just read an article about me in the Sacramento Bee. She said she found the article intriguing because it talked about how I enjoy working my projects around some or most of my clients' existing furniture, particularly antiques. That initial thirty minute conversation led to a mutually satisfying, four month project.
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Her house has the "good bones" you often hear about when discussing quality architecture. It is a 1940’s home built on a beautiful, tree lined street of old William Land Park. The client had all the furniture, antiques, artwork and mementos generally collected over a lifetime. Remodeling had taken place in recent years. Everything was as it should be except for one thing: the fabrics.
What she wanted was to recover all the seating in the home as well as have made new, custom window treatments to replace the store bought curtains with which she’d been "making do". She also wanted to do custom bedding, upholstery and window coverings for the master bedroom.
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Custom fabric treatments like these are a passion of mine. I usually lean towards understated designs that visually pull together the client's architecture and furnishings. I love mixing antiques and vintage furniture with new fabrics because I find homes age and evolve well with a mix of eras.
All her furniture is of excellent quality and merited re-upholstering. We covered the sofa in a textured Pindler and Pindler blue linen blend and dressed it up with throw pillows in GP and J Baker’s classic, Bird of the Nile floral. We had the legs changed to gain some needed seat height. A diminutive arm chair was covered in a sunny yellow, graphic, Robert Allen print and I designed a small, matching tufted ottoman which the client likes to refer to as a "tuffet". A roomy club chair and matching ottoman were done in a Stroheim and Romann blue quilted fabric with a small yellow dot. Custom draperies were made from a crisp, tone on tone blue stripe fabric mounted on custom painted wood traverse rods that matches the other wood work in the room and perfectly flatters the room’s architecture.
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Though the other rooms were also done in warm blues, they have their own distinct style. A little den off the dining room is where the husband watches television and does light office work. We recovered the sofa and matching chair in a textured Kravet upholstery chenille in a warm, powdery blue. Down filled, eighteen inch throw pillows were done in a Kravet, periwinkle blue, graphic print fabric.
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In the dining room, next to a beautiful, Hepplewhite mahogany dining set and sideboard we hung draperies in blue tone on tone stripe to match the living room. This provided a nice continuity from room to room. The brass chandelier hanging over the dining room table was an old reproduction from the client's trip to Historic Williamsburg. They speak fondly of carrying it home on board the plane.
The master bedroom is a light filled room overlooking a quiet, shady street. On the windows we did floor length stationery drapery panels in a Fabricut Collier Campbell, periwinkle blue linen print mounted over privacy sheers. I couldn't convince them to have room darkening window coverings of any kind. A mistake in my book but in the end, we must do what the client wants.
We recovered an adorable little arm chair that was the client's grandmother's in an off white quilted, Collier Campbell fabric with striking, contrasting blue welts. We were able to use the existing, pale yellow, quilted fabric headboard and I found a quilted fabric for the bed skirt that coordinated with it beautifully. The duvet, pillow shams and throw pillows were done in the same fabrics as the bed skirt and curtains.
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