A few months ago I flew out to LA to do a little housekeeping. I may have mentioned that I lived there for a very brief moment and when I left, I left a lot of my belongings in a storage space. After four years I barely remembered what was left behind but what I found was a pleasant surprise. Having worked in the home textiles industry for a long time, I had acquired a lot of fabric. Some were just little bits or cuttings and others were larger pieces I had been holding onto for the next grand project. As I sorted through the boxes, I sifted through some beauties I had worked on. One of them was a fairly large piece of linen with mid scale lace medallions embroidered on it. The embroidery was a tonal ivory color on a matching linen ground. All I have to say is, “Gorgeous”! And so glad I went back for it.
The fabric was inspired by a lace trend going on in fashion at the time. I used the fabric to make a curtain for my kitchen window. It was the perfect fit as there was not enough fabric for more than one window and it was the perfect complement to my very simple kitchen. It also does a nice job of maintaining privacy while letting in sunlight.
Take a look at how well lace looks in the home.
Close up of the embroidered lace motif on natural linen fabric
In my last post I showed you my white, rectangular dining table, two white chairs and newly painted navy bench. It’s a pretty long table so even though I now have all those seats, I still can use more. A newly married friend and her husband are in the process of revamping their apartment. Since their styles are completely opposite, modern vs antique, I end up getting first dibs on many of the pieces they are getting rid of. This time I got another chair. A black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.
I love the chair but the color isn’t quite right. The black feels too heavy and just doesn’t work with the navy, blush and gold color palette I’m going for. The plan is to strip the chair, I know, a big and not so fun job, and paint it navy just like the bench. I was already able to recruit my mom to make a new cushion. We used a pretty lace-like diamond pattern fabric in a very pale blush and matching pink velvet ribbon to make the ties. This is what it looks like at the moment but will keep you posted once the paint project is complete.
This is my new chair…..black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.
Here is the chair with its new cushion. We may need to tuft it in a few spots…looking a little puffy as is but loving the blush lace-like fabric.