was about the settee at the foot of my bed.
The wood carved frame and all the details, details, details- Perfect.
small and dainty in it’s depth and feeling- Perfect.
coming and going etc.
But the cats loved laying on the sofa. For several years.
Which meant a lot of hair.
I might have sneezed the whole way home even with all the windows open in my car
within a few minutes of looking at it-
I was so sad to learn of Charles recent passing and
wanted to share one of the many inspirations
his designs brought to my style and my home.
gooey teenage girl kind of crush.
The kind of first love and feeling that you always remember and that has a special place in your heart.
I was completely mesmerized at the beautiful, elegant and yet so welcoming spaces.
I studied each detail- noticing the color on the lamp or the style of the artwork
mixed with the wallpaper or wood planks.
They were like all the elements of a song- each instrument bringing something on it’s own but harmonizing to perfection. His rooms speak to me.
The furniture- the fabrics, the patterns. All that toile, all that charm.
There are only 2 designers I feel that strongly about their designs
Charles will always be one of my biggest inspirations.
than grand- I do mix it up.
Not a rule follower over here- never have been.
knowing it was the perfect candidate for adding some of that wonderful
Faudree charm to my home
Now my husband on the other hand- was not feeling the love.
He was more feeling like I had lost my marbles… again. (common)
But after cringing, shaking his head and giving me the look
he loaded them up.
Since I re-did this before blogging- when I didn’t document each project
I will have to just explain the re-do and share a few close ups
I started by pulling the fabric off the frame all the way down to the horsehair stuffing.
Then came out the super sized (or 5) cans of Lysol
and several hours in the hot sun just to bake away anything that was lingering.
they got a good dousing of lysol as well)
The cushions themselves also got the Lysol and sun treatment- they are the original spring and horsehair construction and much better than foam cushions- so they stayed.
I found the fabric I wanted to upholster it in – on Ebay of all places
It reminded me so much of this fabric- which is Vervain
After cutting the piece that I needed from the pattern- which was the original
upholstery fabric I had saved-
I started by tacking it at one end with the cardboard strips for upholstery and using a staple gun
I followed it along the frame until the back was done and then pulled it down
and tacked it on the bottom under the frame.
So- the back piece was tacked along the front under the carved frame and pulled down
pushed through the very back of the ‘cushion area’ into the back crease
and then tacked underneath to the frame.
Then I repeated for the ‘seat’ area which is where the cushions sit on top of.
Tacking the fabric along the frame in the front
and pushing it through the same crease in the back and taking underneath.
It was a job- and it is one of those jobs where having someone
help you- would be awesome.
I was a little worried about the busy of the pattern on a bias, etc.
These are actually going to be re-done in the next few months and I will probably be attempting cording for them instead this time.
But the rope cording worked perfectly, honestly, for those of you who would
like to do something similar.
You can use a hot glue gun or an adhesive to avoid any tacking nails or staples.
I had a moment.
a Charles Faudree-esque piece brings to your design.
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