Thursday, March 15, 2012

Just by chance

A few weeks ago my name was mentioned in a Boston Globe Sunday Magazine article entitled 'Secondhand shops around Boston' (see article here 

...designer Elizabeth Benedict of Elizabeth Home Decor & Design scours consignment shops for upholstered pieces with quality frames that can be re-covered. It’s a strategy that can save money and yield unique pieces, often with a shorter lead time than if they were ordered new, Benedict says...

On a number of occasions I have blogged about how I like to repurpose what clients have or use the likes of criagslist and consignment stores to find pieces that are timeless but in need of some TLC.  After this article came out, I received an interesting phone call from an 82-year-old woman in Revere who was downsizing.  She had seen my name in the Globe, so she looked me up and asked if I'd be interested in purchasing some Provincial-type chairs.  Since she didn't have a computer, she offered to send me actual photographs of the chairs by mail.  When I opened her letter, I was pleasantly surprised by this chance encounter, and I arranged to purchase them the next day.  Nothing beats 3 classic frames for $200.

Here are my new friends.  Yes, they are in need of some updating, but with a great finish and some luxe modern fabrics, they are sure to be the perfect ending to this great story.... 

This is a pair!  I'm thinking a high lacquer dark walnut stain with a geometric print - just the right scale for an office or on either side of a game table.

And this little French lady will need some plush texture to contrast the distressed crackled cream-colored frame - ideal for a corner reading chair in a bedroom or fireside.

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