Sunday, March 4, 2012

Unleash Your Inner Stylist... again

Okay my stylish friends, help me out. 



As soon as we saw this retro sideboard we fell in love (in a superficial kind of way, not real love love... but close), it was my favourite colour, in perfect condition and actually within our minuscule budget. Once we got it home we realised that it kinda didn't actually fit in our living room and that some changes would need to be made. We removed one lounge and put the old TV unit into Zephie's room, the vintage glass cabinet is now holding my fabrics in the study. The dining chairs will be replaced with replica eames chairs.

We have temporarily borrowed some arm chairs from my parents until we decide what to do. These issues are very pressing and one would want to make a rushed decision, right? 

There are a few options to consider;

1. Keep the wing backed chair that you see on the right but have it recovered in this or this or this or something else from Fabric Studio's collection
2. Remove the other chair under the windows and replace with a small table and chairs (for morning paper and coffee sessions) 
2. Keep both chairs and have them both recovered
3. Get rid of both chairs, go with idea 2 and get this chair or maybe this one.
4. All of the artworks need changing, replacing or something.... not sure what to do here... one or two large works, lots of smaller ones?
5. Paint the duck egg blue wall another colour




Should we be going for an eclectic look or just go retro?

We need your help with these very important issues peeps, lets just pretend there are no budgetary restraints.

28 comments:

  1. Table & chairs under the window most definitely - I look forward to a cuppa right there with you.
    Keep one chair and cover it in dandelion clocks.

    As for artwork - one or two large ones. How about a Tim photo? x

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  2. Maybe it'd be better if you left things as they were and just gave the sideboard to me?! ha!

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  3. Keeep it eclectic- nothing too 'done'- thats best right! I am and have always been a sucker for Florence Broadhurst patterns- cheaper your way right? Anyways Em, your fab sense of style will work it out. LOVE the sideboard, Jo xx

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  5. I like the idea of lots of little artworks, different shapes.... I'd reupholster the chairs - but that is me! Love your new banner - did you do it? xx

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  6. I think the wing-backed chair would look great with the dandelion clocks fabric and I'd like to add my support for a table and chairs in the other corner. Not sure about the artwork - I'm leaning towards one large piece but couldn't tell you why for the life of me (I usually like lots of small works bunched together - so that's a bit of a departure for me).

    I think that whatever you decide to do you'll love it - and it will look incredible!

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  7. Yep.

    Totally not working.

    I think you just need to send that amazing unit to me ;)

    I kid!

    Looks INCREDIBLE!

    Replica Eames chair - superb!

    But I'm not stylish, so don't take my advice :)

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  8. Cover one chair - one is enough... don't change wall colour, I love it how it is. Table and chair under windows for paper and cuppa...definitely. And yes, Jodi's advice about a large Tim photo would be perfect.

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  9. Love your sideboard, Em - and your floorboards are gorgeous.

    Unless I'm mistaken your kitchen table is just off to the right of these photos, right? So, I'm not sure I'd double up with another table and chairs. I'd keep the two chairs you've got (they're lovely!), get them recovered, and with your leather lounge, keep it as a relaxed living area.

    But, I'm sure whatever you do will be fab! :)

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  10. Okay so i'm going to go off on a tangent here...

    I see an acoustic guitar on a stand in the corner and one (or two) of the chairs, recovered. I always believe that if an instrument is out of it's case and not hidden away in a less-used room it becomes a part of the house, a part of the family and played oodles more. I see a turntable atop the sideboard and lots of lovely vinyl sitting....somewhere too.

    But whatever you do, you're working with beautiful things so you can't really go wrong!

    x

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  11. You could also have a wall mounted guitar hook!

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  12. hello, any chance you can add a couple of more photos to see how the whole room works and what the layout is.. where doors & windows are etc? do you have a sofa somewhere? i think there's a focal point missing. the apple monitor looks a little odd there to me & is actually what my eye ends up focusing on. i think lots more artworks big & small would look great, especially if you already have them ready to go & i would spread them from above the sideboard next to the window, right across to where you have some now. i'm sure you'll make it all look gorgeous whatever you do. i think a little bit of dark colour to anchor the space would be nice too. maybe one of the chairs reupholstered in a plain darker colour or if budget is no constraint, a lovely charcoal wool mid century or modern sofa would look ace perpendicular to the sideboard on the left of the photo. a rug would look great & anchor the space too, but finding the perfect rug is not easy!! i don't think i'd go for another table in the room if your dining space is next door. better to have one great table space & one great lounge space with a big comfy sofa, rug & coffee table. x

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  13. Definitely get rid of those chairs, they'd be better recovered but I'm not convinced the lines work with the sideboard, which is perfection. I like the Eames lounge but it would dominate the sideboard, the Wagner however I think would really give something to the space. And absolutely a drinking under the window set up, tea or coffee by day sweet cocktails by night. Your house has a lovely feel to it.

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    1. Oh and big artwork, the whole lots of bits and pieces only works if you really love every bit and piece.

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  14. Keep both chairs and recover with your fave fabric. I love the idea of a few of your favourite photos from the Tim photo shoot. Maybe tie in a colour from the fabric you choose and use it in the frames for the photos. Get rid of the keep calm art work. It has been a bit done now...by a few too many people?! A few funky things on top of the side table and move the monitor.

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  15. Ok, I would have just the chair on the right and I would reupholster it in a fabric with a large print. I would put a drinks trolley in the corner with the window and I would go with lots of small, framed artwork. It is hard to tell from the photo whether the colour of the wall works with the sideboard or not. I would probably put in a rug as well.

    Good luck!

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  16. God I love that sideboard! I'd cover one of the chairs with the dandelion clocks fabric or something neutral without a pattern in a grey, so that the sideboard sings. And get rid of the other, have nothing that matches, but compliments instead. Maybe an eames rocker?

    Have a small table and chairs, circular and white.

    Large print - yes. Maybe in black and white and then a few coloured ones. Move the keep calm one to the kitchen where stuff really gets crazy!
    Get a rug... something neutral to tie it all together. I think let the sideboard be king here. Oh and a succulent cactus type of thing like this....http://pinterest.com/pin/71213237827445095/

    how exciting - can't wait to see how you do it. xx

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  17. Hey Em!
    I adore the idea of a brekky nook!
    I would keep the wing back chair and have it reupholstered - love the dandelion clocks in the "chaffinch"!
    How fun!!! Jx

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  18. Hi, I totally just found your sweet little blog and love it and actually have never commented on a blog before after reading all sorts for years, but I love your sweet cuteness! so here it goes with my little advice, I think you should recover your chairs( it is fairly easy and very rewarding!) but choose several different fabrics. I did this on a wing back chair using a vintage curtain drapes and a flour bag and some new fabric and it is so fun and brings all my favorit colors in my space. Have fun! Good Luck!

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  19. This area is aching to be a vinyl sitting room with that sideboard! Recover the wing backed chair definitely, both might be a little much though... good luck, can't wait to see the results!

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  20. I'm no style guru, but I think the chairs are just fab, love anything old with character like that. I can see you making a masterpiece of that space, whichever way you go... look forward to seeing it all unfold xo

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  21. Hi, I love both the chairs but think that the dandelion clock fabric would work really well with them, would tie in with your sideboard and suit your style. Sam

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  22. I say go eclectic...then you can throw in the retro pieces that you love and still rock it!

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    1. Oh and p.s. I was thinking a cool rug to bring it all together plus art work would make that space!

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  23. Nice piece, great colour! Personally I would ditch the chairs..although they are lovely, your sideboard screams retro, and the chairs aren't as you'd know. I think you are on the right track with your wall decor..looks great..maybe add a couple of small vintage bevelled mirrors (love a mirror collage but also they look great alongside vintage plates, the prints you already have) and a funky pot plant on top of the sideboard (nice tall vertical one to cover some wall)? I'm no expert but sell a lot of vintage...and spend way too much time on Pinterest! :)

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  24. Have to say that I love the Sanderson dandelion clocks fabric, the chairs would look awesome recovered in this!

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  25. Hmmm..so many options here Em...first things first, I don't believe you have to stick to one particular style. I think homes are most interesting when they are a combination of styles that you love. You could definately keep the retro theme and add touches of eclectic flare.

    1. I love the sideboard and the chairs. They are such a beautiful shape and would look lovely recovered in Dandilion fabric in "Chaffinch". They would look great with the timber painted white also. But recovering is expensive, but worth it if they hold sentimental value.

    2. I love the idea of a little coffee nook,maybe the chairs could be moved under the window and you could get a little table in between? Otherwise, I do like the idea of keeping one chair and getting a little table set.

    3. A beautiful turkish, woven rug or footstool would add an eclectic touch, and keep with the retro theme. A rug will also centre the space.

    4. Old mirrors, a cluster of artworks framed, hung with bullnose clips and even stuck with washi tape would look great on that wall. Keep what you have and add more! One large painting or a series of prints would also look great, but I don't know if that's you?? You seem like a bit of a gatherer of precious things to me! ;)

    I hope this is a little helpful-oh and I looove the eames chairs, you have to get them! It adds a bit of modern retro in there too. I'll do a post of some ideas for you.

    Bek xx

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  26. Ooh just thought of another idea, could you possibly add a window bench seat with comfy cushions for reading and coffee, and have the chairs opposite so you have more seating?? Yes, I like this idea!

    Bek xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em