Friday, September 26, 2014

WHITE DENIM, SLEEPER SOFA

When my client called, she originally thought she only wanted arm covers for her existing slipcover.  The slipcover, also in white denim, was 20 years old, though!  There was no way to just make arm covers because there was no way to match the fabric.  No matter how close the color, fabric that is 20 years old will never look anything but old beside a new fabric.


So we ordered new fabric.  I'd say she got her money's worth from her old one!


This sofa was already in the center of the room with the back showing and perfect for a button-back.  The husband said, no way.  He wanted it exactly as the old one was, and that meant a zipper right down the center of the back.  Not what I would have done, but I do what the client wants.


There is a table that goes behind the sofa, so it won't show as much as it does in the photo.


And even though they have never had a guest sleep on the sofa bed, I put the zipper in the deck so that they have that option.  Otherwise, the entire slipcover would have to be removed to pull the bed out.  At least it is accessible this way.


The pictures above and below are cushions I did for them 10 or 11 years ago!  They still look great!  Sunbrella is a wonderful fabric!



Friday, September 19, 2014

SUNBRELLA SLIPCOVERED PORCH CHAIRS

These chairs literally weigh about 2 pounds each, including their new slipcovers, and so can easily be moved inside to provide extra seating.


I forgot to take a picture of the original fabric, but it is a black Sunbrella.  The gray is just a touch lighter and the skirts make them seem fancier than they really are.


The covered buttons are more than just a nice touch.  Because the top of the chair is wider than the bottom, without an opening of some kind, it would not be possible to get the slipcovers on.


My client, and her adorable dog, love the 'new' chairs.

Friday, September 12, 2014

INVERTED PLEAT LINEN DRAPERY PANEL

The width of this doorway/opening to the backyard is 180".  When the designer told me she wanted one panel, not a pair, that would stack to the far left side, I told her it was too big an expanse, that there had to be a center support because the weight of the panel would bow the rod.  And with a center support, half the rings would be stuck on the other side of that support.

That Cara Clancy is so cleaver, though!  She had a rod made with the needed center support and special rings that slip past the center so that panel CAN be pushed to one side!  I was so amazed that this was even possible, but as you can see from the picture above and below, it's all on the left side of the rod.


We chose to less fullness than normal for the inverted pleat drapery panel. The usual is 2 1/2 - 3 times full.  In this case, I made it only about 1 1/4 times full. But because the panel will almost always be open, the less fabric in the panel, the less the window will be covered, and it still looks nice when it's closed.


The stripe even looks nice all bunched up.


More of an over all view of the dining room with the drapery panel shut.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

A VERY VINTAGE LOOKING FABRIC

This bed in the guest room of my client's home has a very vintage-y vibe to it.  Though it looks to be old, the fabric is new.  


I made the 3 pillows - the 2 Euro squares and the long pillow in front.  (The headboard was done by the upholsterer.)

       



The Euro shams have a flat flange with pleated corners and the long pillow has self-welting.  We used the solid fabric on the back, as well.  The green makes the black and white really pop!



The print on the fabric, not to mention it being black and white, is what gives it the 'old' feel.




Friday, August 29, 2014

SILK BURLAP ROMAN SHADE

Though I've never been a big fan of burlap...it's itchy, it smells funny, it's hard to work with...silk burlap is a whole other story.  

This roman shade is in the downstairs powder room of the house I've been working on with Cara Clancy.  To give it a little more pizazz, I added grosgrain ribbon, which shows best when the shade is closed.


The designer wanted bigger folds, so instead of six inches between tucks, I did ten.  The bigger the space, though, the more of the window the shade covers even when pulled all the way up.  In this case, the view is of the fence and the neighbor's house, so more coverage was preferable.


It is very challenging to take pictures in the afternoon of windows that face west.  Even the flash can't knock out the sunlight.  Hence the side angel shot.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BED SKIRT FROM DRAPERY PANELS

I did not take a picture of the draperies, but you can see them to the right in the picture below.  My client looked and looked for a suitable fabric to make the bed skirt.  Nothing she found really worked.  Then she noticed how well the draperies matched the comforter, so she went back and got more of the panels for the skirt.  


Getting skirts onto beds is always a challenging proposition.  And king beds are even more so.  I have to say,  I've never seen the job go more smoothly.  Not exactly sure why, but after I got the skirt on the deck and my client's husband came back in the room to help her put the mattress back on, I was on the floor holding the skirt in place.  It never moved, even when the mattress had to be slid over.  Very strange, but very nice!


I do not normally get to take pictures because so many times I simply drop the bedding off and never see the finished product on the bed.  I use duck cloth or denim for the deck, which is a lot more stable than using lining fabric.  Maybe that's why it stayed so nicely in place.  Whatever the case, it looked great and my clients were very happy with it.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

SUNBRELLA SLIPCOVERS - SAVE FURNITURE FROM LITTLE BOYS!

My client has two little boys.  Both when I went to cut the slipcovers and to install the finished product, I had to wade through legos, lots and lots of legos.  And all kinds of other toys that little boys love.


Both of these chairs are upholstered in a lovely damask, a cream colored damask.  Not the best color for little boys.  So a dark gray Sunbrella was chosen for slipcovers.



The good thing is the slipcovers can be removed for cleaning or simply to change the look of the room.



I did a short skirt on both chairs for a lighter look.



Buttons down the back of this chair.  The other one did not need to have an opening for ease of getting it on and off.  Since they are different frames, I decided to go without buttons on the one.


The chair below is the above chair in its 'natural' state.







Friday, August 8, 2014

4TH TIME'S THE CHARM?

This is the fourth slipcover I've made for this chaise.  With 3 large dogs, slipcovers are a way of life for Kim Kelly.  And linen is one of her favorite fabrics in the world.


This is a tiny black and white check, though the entire time I was working with it, I kept thinking it was a dark navy blue.  I also kept thinking what a nice dress it would make.



In her house, it indeed looks like it's black.


I did the small ruffle on the cushion in place of welting.  I also made the skirt a little less gathered than I normally do.


In its new home.


Same chaise, earlier cover.


And this was the very first slipcover I did for it.  I do not have a picture of the other one, the one that Kim sent home with me in April so that I could take it apart and use it as the pattern to make the new one.

Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW PILLOWS FOR NEW SOFAS

Apparently coral is the new black.  


Very heavy fabric with very heavy cotton loop fringe meant using my industrial machine.  Luckily, I am no longer afraid of it.  When I first got it, well, that was a totally different story.  Now, I am just glad I have it when I get these fabrics that my regular machine could never sew on.


This embroidered coral (in coral) is a very popular fabric these days.


A herringbone (also in coral) with a tassel fringe.


The love seat, sofa and all the fabrics for the pillows are from Cotier here on Coronado.  The other pillows seen on the love seat are available from the store.

Friday, July 25, 2014

MY 'NEW' FAVORITE CAR

Well, this is not really MY car.  But it is in my favorite color!  I saw it on my way home last week from delivering the slipcovers in my last post.  I had to go around the block to go back and take pictures.  I don't know the year, or even if this is its original color, but I LOVE it!


It's such a happy bus!




 Even the surfboard on top matches.
And the VW on the seats.



Friday, July 18, 2014

OCCASIONAL CHAIR AND OTTOMAN

It's kind of hard to see, but this fabric is a light blue and khaki stripe, and goes perfectly in this very neutral home.  


The button-back is really just decorative.  When I put the slipcover on the chair, I did not even unbutton it.  This chair does float, though, and the buttons are more interesting than a plain back.


Throw pillow with self-welting


Flanged pillow


The blue of the chair picks up the blue of the swimming pool.