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!

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 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! 

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 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 https://www.facebook.com/sittingprettyfab/

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 Armchair

     Traveler

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!

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   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!