HEIRLOOM pieces are my ❤️
Would you consider a piece of furniture a living memoir? These two memoirs, this queen chair and this understated desk, played a big role in the design and inspiration process for my Home Office Re-Magined of the #oneroomchallenge.
See this little gal sitting proudly on this chair? That’s me pretending to model at about 2 years old, while being introduced to antiques, fabric and texture. I can say I don’t remember this greenish fabric but I do remember and still have the chair in the red ornate pattern. I have carted this relic around with me for years. I’m not sure how it ended up in my home and not in another one of my large family members homes but probably because of my love for antique pieces that mean something to me. This chair, as the story goes, was not quite so ornate and apparently needed new fabric, shortly after this photo of my young modeling career. My dad, builder, creator, designer, and fixer of all things, embellished it and recovered it, making it fit for a king, only now it’s for a queen! I will carry on the tradition and recover this favorite chair of mine, with ornate and velvety fabric, too. I chose this yummy soft and velvety fabric made in Italy and beyond beautiful. The first time I experienced this floral print was in Paris. I was attending the International trade fair Maison and Object and while wandering through one of the many booths I saw a sofa covered in this floral fabric. I was actually able to sit on the sofa and I remember just sitting there and petting it. I took so many photos of that sofa and have referred to them often, dreaming of that fabric for the next 3 years. Then along came this carpet, the drapes and now this chair I knew this floral fabric would be the perfect choice. This fabric was not cheap it’s pricey! Believe me, I looked at many other alternative choices in blacks and grays and almost a hot pink but when I rediscovered this floral velvet I couldn’t look back. The fabric has arrived and it and the chair have been sent off to be reupholstered!
My new home office is not very big so finding a piece that fits in the space and looks the part was a little tricky. Thinking of the charcoal and black undertones in my carpet, this desk seemed to be the right feel and scale. It too is a piece my dad made, this time from scratch! He curved and laminated the top and attached the understated ornate legs creating this small and functional desk, perfect for my office.
You see, my dad has since passed away and he meant the world to me, he is the one that introduced me to the world of design. By having these 2 heirloom items, this chair and this desk, in my office, it is a way for me to honor my dad and the past, and carry each piece into the future.
This room has become a bricolage of new and old and I LOVE it.
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