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Sunday, January 23, 2011

snapshot...


antique French armchair found in Marseilles years ago sits in the reading room,  recently back from being reupholstered...
chair covered in a natural linen with a vintage alligator hide back.



46 comments:

  1. Just love it. I want to do my whole farm house over now that I've seen what you've done. I have for SOOO long wanted to reupholster with linen - but three dogs make me hesitate. The kids are old enough to respect it now, but the dogs...? hmmm....

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  2. LOVE the way you recovered this chair. I would have never thought to do the back in alligator hide. Very interesting.

    Carolyn

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  3. Oh my, this is stunning. What a beautiful chair and such a wonderful mix of fabrics to upholster it. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Joan, that is gorgeous. Love the leather back. So unique. Wow, your followers have grown over 100. So glad.

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  5. It is gorgeous I love your fabric choices!! A transformation is so fun!

    to brighten your day....

    Come and join my Gorgeous Giveaway from Blydesign!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  6. I adore the unexpected and you've achieved exactly that. Beautiful.

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  7. Love it. And I'm not having a giveaway!

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  8. Beautiful chair, the the alligator hide back.

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  9. It's beautiful, Joan. The alligator on the back is so unique! Love it!
    Deborah

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  10. I was surprised to see this. I love it! I just reupholstered my dining room chairs the same way. Imagine my surprise when I saw yours. Of course my backs were leather not vintage alligator. :(

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  11. Joan, Gorgeous!! I also love the alligator.
    Hugs,
    Shrry

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  12. Hello,

    So pretty. Love the back of the chair with the alligator material.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Claudia

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  13. Hello new friend! I just discovered your blog and share your love of New England, love of pets, and love of design. I am deeply in envy of your kitchen fireplace...that brick is simply wonderful. Looking forward to following your adventures.

    Sheila from west Michigan

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  14. I love the combination of the two fabrics - very unique. Your chair looks lovely in the space you show. Love the glass front cabinet too!

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  15. Love the 'gator back. :) I have a chair I bought at the Stoke-on-Trent Flea Market about 12 yrs ago that has yet been reupholstered, but soon...very soon. :)

    Did you live in Europe or did you pick up lovelies during your travels? We lived in Belgium for three years. I miss it so much. :(

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  16. hi Barb

    picked up during travels, i.e. buying trips!!

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  17. hi joan,

    the vegan inside me winces at the alligator hide but the decorator inside me says wowsa! so beautiful and so you. quintessentially you.

    xo

    janet

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  18. Beautiful chair Joan and love that alligator back! Actually love the two fabrics you choose!

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  19. How unusual to choose the alligator ,the easier would have been more white linen ,but thhis is perfect so individual!
    ~Sharon~

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  20. Alligator? Joan you wild and crazy gal. You do know that it is similar to lizard...right?

    ;~P

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  21. I love the chair! What a great find- beautiful fabric choices! I also loved visiting the flea markets in Europe! My favorites are in Tongeren, Belgium and Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in France.

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  22. Looks great! Do you happen to have a snap shot of the cabinet behind the chair? I like the mix of items in there. I am getting ready to refill a similar cabinet and am looking for inspiration.

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  23. You have a lovely home. I have just been catching up on all of you posts via Savvy Southern Style. ;-)

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  24. Fabulous! I'm also loving everything in the cabinet - blue & white pottery, old books, etc. So beautifully arranged.
    Patti

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  25. * I've long admired your taste, flair, sense of understated n' simply beautiful, warm style... this chair just proves it. Classically updated, it's just yummy!

    I always enjoy visiting your blog, but usually neglect to THANK YOU, soooo, tonight, I say "THANK YOU"!!!

    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  26. ***P.S. Our "Belle-girl" sends licks to your precious "Ella"! ***

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  27. I love an unexpected back on an upholstered chair, and this one is just brilliant...well done!

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  28. You have an amazing upholsterer. It is always good to reuse and reinvent a piece to your liking. I am excited to find another blog that house beautiful images. I am adding myself as a new follower and I hope that is ok.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  29. A beautiful chair but the cabinet really caught my eye May we see more of it
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  30. Greetings...stopping over from Kim's blog Savvy Southern Style. What beautiful photos of your home, just gorgeous the kitchen. Can't wait to see more. I am honored to be your newest follower, xoxo tami

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  31. Your blog is amazing!

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  32. love those contrasting fabrics/feels, joan.

    how I do wish that silver-leaf mirror was my own. thanks, you made me realize that I forgot to credit my photos today...

    hope you have a wonderful week, donna

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  33. I really love everything about that picture..chair / rug / basket / cabinet...thanks for sharing...k

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  34. Joan,
    Gushing over the gator! Let me know if you ever tire of this chair and I'll send my address!!! I gave you a bloggy award...
    ~R

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  35. Michelle B @ Park Avenue TudorJanuary 24, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    I have managed to furnish our little home with antiques I buy from Craigslist and refinish myself!, I always go to Craigslist first when we are searching for just the right piece...if that doesn't work we also have fun browsing Habitat Restores! Too much fun.

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  36. Oh my gosh, it looks amazing. I'm such a fan of french chairs and I love the juxtapostion of the leather with the chair!!

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  37. I really love the chair, rug, and, cabinet in your photo!

    Karen T.

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  38. Absolutly beautiful and so unique!!!

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  39. Hi, I love your gorgeous home!! I found your blog through kim.I come here for such inspiration.I love everything about your home.I hope you don't mind that on my post today i put a link to your blog.I tried using your dining room table vignette that i'm in love with.

    Kathy

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  40. Wow! Love it! The alligator back is stunning!

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  41. Oh my - the alligator back - HUGE swoon!!!

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