Friday, May 13, 2011

Grandma's Chairs

So these are the really cool 1960's chairs I inherited from my grandmother (with Bandit in the background).

There are two of them:

And they're really beautiful walnut and sturdy as anything.  I've been thinking about recovering them for years.  The fabric on them now is not terrible, but needs some updating, no question.  I actually proposed the idea of painting them white for a really contemporary look, but my mother almost had a bloody cow!  So I'll just be having them reupholstered once we get to Toronto.  Although I can do some simple upholstery myself, this is a really complicated project, so I'll find someone else to do it.

But fabric choice is really complicated for these chairs because they've got alot going on.  Here's a photo of the fabric I've chosen:

A nice white background with light grey pattern.  It's called Lattice Tuscany.  I thought we would get a new sofa from Ikea, one that's modern, with square arms and a chaise at one end.  But we'll have to wait till we get to Toronto for that.  I wonder if Sarah Richardson will give me reference for an upholsterer?

And we're off to Toronto. . .

Among all the other crazy things I have to do right now while moving from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Toronto, Ontario, I've decided to start blogging about all the creative things I do to my home, as well as the limits I put on myself.  I've started daydreaming about our new (rental) home in Toronto and how I want it to look and feel.  So follow me while I explain the creative process and what I'm thinking. . . .

As you can see from the title, I call myself a JAP -- a Jewish American Princess.  There seems to be a misconception out there that previosly-spoiled Jewish girls just call someone to do all their household repair and projects.  I'm sure this idea sprung partly from the iconic book of the 80's, The Jewish American Princess Handbook, by Sandy Toback and Debbie Lukatsky.  But the shiny glimmer has worn and the concept is tarnished.  Us JAPs have grown up.  We've gotten our college degrees and our post-grad doctorates.  We've gotten married, gotten jobs, and we've got kids and animals.  But guess what?  We still like our homes and environments to look really, really nice.  So, since we spend our money on other priorities, we have to learn to do things ourselves.  This is the thinking behind my blog. 

So follow me as my family and I move from Lincoln to Toronto and set up a new house with a full range of creative possibilities, from furniture to paint to whole new antique malls to explore.  Fun times with crazy reusing/repurporsing/fixing-up lie ahead!