Friday, June 22, 2012

My Sweet Gilt Chair

Once the carpet was out I started to think about the interior space.  The carpet going away was key as now I could finally see the real room, with just the beautiful hardwood floors and the French bed.  Since I had decided at the start that I wanted to use pieces I had, I thought to use this pretty gilt chair, bought this chair in Old Town Orange for a song a long time ago.   You have seen in a dozen or more times; it was in the Romantic Homes Give Freely layout, holding a stack of linens on top.  It shows up in my market booths from time to time though I use it less as it’s not for sale.  I could have sold it 100 times, maybe that’s why I don’t trot it around as much, everyone wants to buy it!


I can’t get enough of chippy gilt French style side chairs; buy them when you can; this one is delicate and aged, with red gesso and gilt and the works; I have loved the detail, and it has been a great accent piece~


The current seat is solid enough, but this is a pretty accent chair, I don’t use it to sit on a lot; perfect for a guest room.  It was originally a caned seat, though that fell through, literally, and it was then webbed on top~


Again using what is on hand, I had some silk velvet…this is high end stuff, from a previous project.  I save every scrap of this stuff!


I had left the chair at my seamstress before; she marked the piece with my name~ this is why you see it in shoots covered in linens~


But I got the tools out….I can do this myself, I think…..


A little tuck and a little glue~


I think it will just work~


And she was very very pretty!!!  I am so happy with the new chair~


This will look great in my new little guest room, which I am of course going to do in French style~

At this point I started to think about what else to do with the room….the gold chair was the start, here with the fabric draped over it….how about drapes with them…here tacked up on a nail~



  1. Your room looks charming... slow and steady! It feels so good to work on a project that you have wanted to do for years doesnt it?

  2. i love your ideas for this room plus reusing what you have. the room has wonderful bones- i love the window, and window hardware. cannot wait for the next post. ciao, robin in umbria

  3. Gorgeous Andrea!! This gilt chair ( I adore) turned out perfectly!

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  4. OMG! Love the chair, love the fabric even more! Do you recall who manufactured it? I have been searching high and low for something just like that.

  5. Love the chair Andrea, love "doing" this room with you as you share along...
    Thought of you today as we were driving along rural France to visit markets in search of trouvaile..
    There were so many forests and it was reminded me about you finding moss branches for lucky girl!
    Love to you from France
    Colette x