Perhaps you folks might remember Melissa, my dear friend and neighbor. She is still in the process of pulling off the vanishing act with a lot of her furniture that has become outdated. Since she knows I'm always up for a good repurpose project, she asked if I would like her 1990’s style love seat?
Since that day I had been reading Veranda Magazine May-June issue. Designer Pamela Pierce had done a magnificent interior reconstruction. This fabulous room really speaks for itself, outstanding color palette with French textiles and linens, antique stone walls, reclaimed limestone flooring. This room calling out to me with a soft place for my eyes to land.
Veranda Magazine 2011
As a textile and interior designer, I was especially intrigued by the outstanding generously cut linen slipcovers! This was the first time I had seen a ruffle placed on the outside of the slipcover seam, as opposed to sewn inside the seam. My insane though and vision was, I’d like to try and make this slipcover sometime. So when my neighbor offered her loveseat, I thought, oh that’s just the perfect piece to practice my newly found Old World look!
My next task was to figure out a way to give this older piece a new lease on life. Since enormous rolled arms are a thing of the past they would have be modified, hmph . . .
YAY another new project! :-)
As you can see I made quite a few design changes, I fashioned this hand-me-down love seat with Giorgio Armani 100% Italian linen. That I snagged downtown wholesale for $16.00 per yard. “No one will ever know that it’s not from France.” I used down back pillows and one long 8” thick seat cushion, instead of two cushions for a newer look, artfully modified the arms, to a more functional size,
and added this feminine inspired ruffle, for a true vintage feel.
Come on folks let’s be real, this loveseat has a very specific look and would only appeal to a certain client and decor. It really doesn't match my decor style. So everyone confusedly asked, “Laurie, what are you going to do with it?” Not really sure myself, but passionately wanting to bask in it’s beauty for a while, maybe a day. lol I took the custom designed French loveseat to our local antique mall and sold it, romantically skirted ruffle on the floor and all! :-)
Next time I think I’ll slipcover an itsy foot stool, this was quite an undertaking. It took some patience. But it was worth it!
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