Diamond Chair Cover Thoughts

I think I need to start a blog post category just called “Chairs and their Covers.” I have a problem. You may remember that I bought this dream vintage Bertoia diamond chair a few months ago but the pumpkin-orange original cushion cover was unexpectedly unsalvageable. It was immediately clear that this was a job beyond my sewing abilities/wants. I thought about having an upholsterer do it but I wasn’t at all excited about putting forth the effort of finding fabric on my own or getting on my upholsterer’s long list or paying the high price I was expecting. Are you catching the lazy vibe I’m throwing down? Clicking buttons on a computer sounded so much better so on the suggestion of some IG friends, I purchased a reproduction cover from an ebay seller. I’m here to share the details in case you are A.) in the same boat B.) lazy and C.) can’t afford a billion dollar replacement from Knoll!

You can find the seller right here. They manufacture other Bertoia cover replacements for those large diamonds, birds, and ottomans too! The cost for a regular diamond chair cover came in under $200 after shipping and, although it took months to arrive, for the price and convenience, I’m generally happy. The fabric and construction are good enough, though obviously the quality of the original and Knoll replacements I’m sure are on another level. The cushion ships folded in half, so that right there sets it apart from the completely molded foam originals which are shaped perfectly to that curve. A bit of manipulating is required to get this cover into place and the results is wrinkled areas on the back sides. Sad, as that back view is the best view! The fit is actually pretty decent from the front.My biggest worry was that the fabric would be cheap looking and in an off color. I picked a vivid dark orange from their fabric choices (Persimmon) and, while not as nubby or as thick as my adorable original, it has some texture and is better than expected. The color is surprisingly great! The foam itself is thinner, which I’m fine with, but it arrived with a few areas where the foam isn’t totally adhered to the fabric causing bubbling. And a few more bubbles popped up within a few days of fitting it to the chair. Not ideal, but you only see it in certain lights and it’s not a deal breaker for my lazy butt.The tether system is my biggest complaint, being rigged a bit differently and not hidden. On the originals, one piece of twine encircles the entire cover and clips inconspicuously under the seat. This cover has two tethers that need to clip at the sides, the angles of which are not at all forgiving when trying to hide the clips. The look is super clunky and the one thing I would change if I could!Some shots of the original for comparison. (Does anybody want it for a pattern/other reason? Foam is lumpy/deteriorating and there is slight smoke smell but if you still have a use for it, hit me up!)Overall, for the price and especially THE LACK OF WORK ON MY PART, I’m happy with the purchase!

I’m really just so thankful to have this chair.

I’m basically exactly this at minute 1:50…

But no really, ashtray/lamp/chair hits a little too close to home.

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Tiny Paintings

I’m gonna keep this short because making sure a certain fluffy husky stays out of trouble is my demanding and stressful full-time job right now. But I made these diminutive round paintings and had to share the weirdness!

I found these tiny but beefy 4″ wood frames at an antique store last year, filled with horrifying drawings that would surely be the type of drawings to murder you in your sleep. Murder drawings or not, at $3/each I couldn’t leave them behind. I planned on filling them with little precious starburst embroideries, but motivation to embroider rarely arrives. So I moved to plan B, whipping up some quick little paintings. I stuck to my regular colors and made about 20 designs, narrowing it down to 4 that worked well together. I attached the frames together with black chain to add even more beef, and ta-da: new thing to hang on my wall!

I would link to some similar frames, but nothing out there is doing it for me. I really think vintage is the way to go here, so check ebay/etsy/etc if you want some tiny paintings for yourself!The weirdness ended up in our family room and all was well for a few days until fluffy husky showed up and A GIANT DOG CRATE MOVED INTO THIS CORNER :( It’s so ugly, but our dog is crazy and needs a safe space for the brief moments we leave the house. Any suggestions on how to make a giant ugly dog crate invisible????

Oh, Christmas Tree!

faux sheepskin christmas tree skirt ikeaIt’s that time! Our aluminum tree is up in our family room! Last year it was in the den and we did a flocked tree in here, but in the interest of simplicity, we are keeping things nice and minimal in 2017, which always ends up being my favorite way to decorate for Christmas. I’m such a sucker for simple glass balls on Christmas trees, especially airy aluminum ones, and after some deliberation we landed on this turquoise/yellow/orange/green/gold color scheme that I am loving in this room. I think it’s the prettiest tree ever, but I think that every year.
mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteThe “tree skirt” is just two Ikea faux sheepskins.mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteSome ornaments are vintage, but those lovely turquoise and aqua ones are new from Michaels. It’s hard to find a really good vibrant greenish blue, so I scooped up a bunch after Christmas last year and a few more boxes this year too! I want more orange but nobody ever sells orange ornaments…
Elsewhere in the room, tinsel drenches the bookshelf and a few little vintage trees sit here and there and that’s the extent of the decorating!This beaded tree was my husband’s grandma’s. Isn’t it adorable? That spacey base alone!Not planned, but a perk from outside is how well this year’s tree coordinates with our patio and backyard (same colors as crazy wall!). Double fun!mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteIt goes without saying that a color wheel illuminates the tree at night, making boss wall shadows everywhere! I’ve scattered a few other festive touches around the house and it feels like just enough, not too overwhelming. I’ll share more next time!

Hope you are having a slow and simple December. We would be except I’m pushing to finish the front yard saga (yes we are still working on that) before the new year and, if we make it, it will be cutting it close!