Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kicked to the curb…

Everyone in my family knows that me and Jon love finding things in other’s people trash. Normally on a Sunday night we get into the car and under the cover of night we start driving around to see what we can find. My sisters find this hysterical and always ask me to bring a video camera with me. I have yet to do that, but I think perhaps it might be funny to see so stay tuned. Hopefully I’ll talk Jon into it!

A couple of days ago on our way home Jon spotted a huge pile of furniture bits and pieces on a neighbors curb. After some quick and discreet moves this lovely lady made to our house.


Isn’t she pretty? I’ve been on the look out for a new office chair and she will bit the bill. Yes she is in a sad state, but after some TLC she will be amazing!

This is the desk where she will be used:

westelm parson table

Here are some of the accent colors/fabrics in the room:


Close up of sofa fabric:


Now the question has to be what type of fabric do I use to recover the chair?

I’ve always loved polka dots and I don’t really have any in my home.

These have caught my eye:

I could pick up some of the green in the sofa fabric:


Or go neutral, but fun with this latte color. I could get a jolt color and paint the chair legs something fun!


A favorite of mine is always orange so of course I’m considering this as well.


Another way to go would be for a more geometric fabric like these:




Or go more simply and classic with a stripe. Plus it’s probably the only room in the house where I can get away with PINK!


Picking up the green the sofa fabric I think these teeny stripes would look fab!


So, what do you guys think? Polka dots? Geometric? Stripes? Or just go with a classic neutral linen?

What would you do? Any other suggestions?

* Polka dot fabrics are from here,Geometric fabrics are fromhere,Striped fabrics are from here




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love all of these fabrics! Where are the geometics and the stripes from, I have been searching for fabrics just like these :)

May 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Kiki said...

I love the Duralee brown and green geometric shapes fabric - I think that might look really well with your desk... however, don't know how it will fit alongside your sofa fabric...PS. That was a great find - it will look awesome after you get it reupholstered.


May 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger The Lone Dollier said...

Definitely the orange polka dot. Love it & think it will go with your room.


May 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow said...

I have two favorites. Love the green polka dots and the all pink geometric pattern. Can't wait to see the finished product!

May 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I like the first green with polka dots. Looks like a solid from a distance, but as you get closer, you see the FUN! Plus, it wouldn't clash with the great print on the sofa... so fun!

May 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

geometric, geometric! contrast! i also pick stuff out of the trash - might as well! it is 'green', right? :)

May 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

nice find! it's got great lines, and I love your fabric choices!


May 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Dayka (Life +Style) said...

my favorite is the green striped fabric!

May 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go with either the green polka dots or neutral with a pop of color on the legs! I love it! I live vicariously through your decorating.

New Mexico

May 27, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

Great choices (and thanks for the links!!) I love the green polka dots, but wouldn't want to detract much from that fun yellow desk. So my pick would be the punch of color, but very complimentary to the desk. Can't wait to see the complete room!

May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I like that pink geometric! You could always paint the legs a bright green, there is NOTHING wrong with "dumpster diving" as we call it, I like to think of it as "upcycling" ;) Can't wait to see the changes! *Amy

May 27, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Chic Geek said...

Love the polka dots! I think I would do green. Can't wait to see the finished product!

May 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the desk from? I've been looking for a yellow parsons!

May 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

love the geometric

May 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Kathysue said...

I am loving the geometrics or the stripe. I think the polka dot will look too sweet and have a more solid look once it is on the chair. I would only use the gree dot if you did a welt in the pink/red fab. similar to the trim on the drape. Just a thought!! Kathysue

May 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous ConfettiStyle said...

I say for something unexpected and fun like the green or orange dot, or the red/pink geometric. This is your office, your creative space, so go with a fabric that will make you smile everytime you look at it.
Can't wait to see the finished product.

May 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger SogniSorrisi said...

I would go with the geometric print. I love your sofa fabric and the desk - so fun! Can't wait to see the finished product.

May 27, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Pink!! Definitely go pink. Pink chair + yellow desk = happiest place on earth.

May 27, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger lauren @ gathering moss said...

i vote for the pink and white geometric or the green polka dots. i think the geometric would be so festive and bold (and pink!). the polka dots would be a little more subtle but still fun (maybe with an accent pillow in the geometric for when you're not sitting there?)

May 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sabbe said...

I think the pink stripe would be awesome

May 27, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Miss Wendy said...

I vote for the green polka dots...

May 27, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Oh, my! The orange or lime mini-dots get my vote! You seriously need to document one of these stealth outings - wear your black, burgler's catsuit! ;)

May 27, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Laura@JourneyChic said...

I love the tiny polka dots - they keep the focus on that pretty sofa fabric. Green would complement the desk really well.

May 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger The mad woman behind the blog said...

Orange polka dots, for sure! (Though I'm loving them all!)

May 27, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Anna See said...

nice job on the dumpster dive! i love the fabric choices you are considering.

May 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger MandeeFoFandee said...

nice work, she's a beaut! I vote for the green stripe!

May 27, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

I'm kind of thinking green stripes!

May 28, 2010 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Can't wait to see what you decide. Where did you find your sofa fabric? I heart it!

May 28, 2010 at 2:02 AM  
Blogger Courtney @ Project Pretty said...

I was scrolling through this post & was thinking to myself, she needs a bold, vertical stripe. And then at the bottom, you showed one. I think it's meant to be. It'll add some drama but not compete with the other patterns & textures in the room.

May 28, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Heidi McLeod said...

I don't ever take the time to comment but I LOVE re-decorating things so I just had to say that hands down, for sure, 100 % positive, you HAVE to choose the first geometric pattern (the red/pink). That would accent the other colors and patterns in the room PERFECTLY. The green polka dots would be okay but this would be BAM!

May 28, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger LiveLikeYou said...

Great shape on the chair. I LOVE saving trash. It's the way of the future!! My vote is the pink on pink geometric pattern.

May 28, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Urban Sherp said...

Have been going through the how-do-you-pick-just-one fabric dilemma as well - my vote is for the orange dots, just peachy enough to look great with the yellow, and so sweet. Psyched to see how it turns out.

Now got to figure out what I am going to use - any thoughts?

May 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors said...

Both our upholsterer and our exterminator have recently warned us about picking up "pre-loved" pieces with the bed bug epidemic being spread around. Make sure you sterilize that baby and then go for the pink since it's the only room you can!

May 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I am in LOVE with the green polka dots! I have a thing for polka dots too but that's something I'll have a hard time getting away with in my house. : )

May 30, 2010 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger SM said...

Where did you find the sofa fabric? It is fabulous!

June 20, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

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