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Sitting Pretty Fab Originals

& The Stories Behind Them!

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Fabulously flamboyant       French Armchair

This stately & colorful French armchair is rich with vibrant  jewel tones and bold florals. The chair's back is a cotton fabric and flaunt a fun pattern designed by American Artist Kaffe Fassett. The chair's seat is covered in a bright coral micro-suede fabric. Together the two fabrics are a happy marriage of color and design! It went to its new home in Michigan!


 Secretary Chair

 This stylish secretary chair was custom-upholstered for a customer's living room. The chair had a torn caned seat but otherwise was in good condition. She wanted to keep the chair, which had been in her family for years. Taking into consideration her living room colors, I found this fun boho print in muted colors. The end result was very fitting and the customer was thrilled with her chair's transformation! 


 Art Nouveau floral armchair

This stunning armchair had a banged up wooden frame with worn upholstery fabric. And the top of the chair's frame had snapped in half frame. It was a hot mess. But the chair has great lines and beautiful details -- the decorative floral carving at the top of the frame, the padded arm rests and elegantly curved cabriol legs. I knew it had great potential to be transformed into a real beauty! I started with sanding down and repairing the frame. Then I gave it 2 coats of black semi-gloss paint. Next came the fun part! I chose a gorgeous dark moody floral in an art nouveau style, which I found on Spoonflower. This site is exceptional because it lets you select the type of fabric you want the the print to appear on. I chose a celosia velvet for an elevated luxe look. The end result was spectacular! The chair was my fasted selling chair -- bought within 20 minutes of posting it on my Facebook page

While this chair has sold, I do take custom orders for armchairs and would be happy to design one for your space!


   The Armchair


This French armchair was another curbside pick-up! I am always amazed at what people throw out and what they don't throw out. This one was a keeper! It had that dated speckled brown finish and a caned seat and  chair back. It was a lot of work ripping the caning out and sanding it down. Once the black semi-gloss paint went on, this chair began to come to life. I could see a very stately presence in it and wanted to choose a fabric that suited it's demeanor. I went to my faborite fabric store in Cleveland -- Schindler's Fabric on Lorain Road. I spent quite a while wondering around that old two-story building looking at fabric after fabric -- one of my favorite pass times. I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed by all the gorgeous options but when I saw this vintage travel print with pops of hot pink throughout it, I knew I had found THE fabric for this chair! But because the pattern is busy and dense, I felt it would only work best on the chair's back. I then knew hot pink fabric would be the perfect chair seat and that is exactly what I found! I couldn't be happier with how the two fabrics work together.. This chair sold quickly and was purchased by a client who had recently returned from a family trip to Europe and felt this chair fit perfectly underneath a wall of family travel photos and framed maps!

While this chair has sold, I do take custom orders for armchairs and would be happy to design one for your space!

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      The Llama

     party chair!

 This super fun & whimsical French chair was found on the side of the curb. Someone had thrown it out and I just happened to have been driving by! I stopped and threw it into the back of my car and brought it home. The chair originally had a speckled brown finish and torn caning on both the seat and backside. It was one of the first chairs I had ever covered. I knew I wanted to create a super fun & silly chair -- something someone could use in a special space! I found these bright and cheery fabrics on Etsy and though together they would make a fun & eclectic mix! And indeed they did!  This little chair went to its new home in California!


   The First Chair

    I Upholstered

 So this is the chair that launched Sitting Pretty Fab! It too was pulled off a curb and was given the works!  I followed several youtube tutorials on how to upholster it. Learning to remove the caning was quite a task and literally took weeks. I worked on it late at night after work. It became my favorite pass time and a real labor of love. Picking the fabrics was my favorite part. As you might have read in an earlier post, I found that amazing floral print on Etsy and just thought it was the greatest print -- floral and polk-a=dots -- I had to have it! And then when I found that hot coral micro-suede -- well I knew I had a stunning combination! I was pretty proud of the end result! I've decided to hang onto to this chair. It means a lot to me. and helped me realize I can teach myself a new skill that others value as well!

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