A Parsons Chair Facelift

Now that we're mostly finished with construction at our new place, I'm knee-deep in decorating decisions!!  Our new house- although still a 70's contemporary- is so different from our last house so much of what we had is either going or being reworked.  In our last house, for example, I had lots of chairs, but in our new house, we needed more sofas and now have an excess of chairs. In our new dining room- which is a fairly small room nestled in the middle of the house- I plan on using our old parsons chairs:

They're from Ballard Designs & I'll be honest, a couple of them are a little creaky but we already own them so I'm working with them.   (They are on casters and are super-comfortable and after a long day, I like to eat in the dining room because sitting there just feels so good...  and you can sort of roll to where you need to be instead of walking. haha.  for real.)

The chairs are okay but our new house is so laid-back that they just won't work as-is.  They're too tailored & "pretty" feeling for what I need now. 

Anyway, I've ordered a soft & nubby stonewashed linen to have new slipcovers made in a style similar to these: 

{Dining room from one of my FAVORITE houses EVERRRR by Kay Douglas in House Beautiful}

I love how the slips break on the floor slightly and that linen wrinkle is just perfect.  I'll be prewashing mine and because the fabric I've selected is stonewashed, it will already feel broken in before we even get started in that department.  (Not that we wouldn't get there quickly ;) ;) 

{This isn't the actual fabric but it's a similar-looking one I found here}

 It will feel so much more relaxed than the box pleats and piping our chairs currently have:

I'm off for the day but will be back later this week to share behind-the-scenes details on our One Kings Lane shoot that's taking place tomorrow & Friday.  (I've always wondered how they shoot those white/ backgroundless photos and it looks like we'll be getting a crash course!!)

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Wendy A said...

May I caution you against letting the slip break on the floor on a chair with castors - very easy for the material to get caught in one and cause an accident or a rip in the fabric. I wanted to hide my castors so did a similar style and my nephew nearly tipped over on it.


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I think your new fabric is going to look great!

I am a huge fan of OKL, I cannot wait to see your sale.

Have a great week.

PP@pimpmybricks.wordpress.com said...

I've been watching the birth of your new house with interest. I've gradually grown into your blog and am always pleased to find you've posted.

That dining room by Kay Douglas - I think I've fallen in love! Do you, by any chance, have a link you could put up so that I/we could see the rest of the house? It's so beautiful.


Kare said...

If you go to House Beautiful and type in Kay Douglas, you will find the link.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I think it will be so pretty as with everything you do!
Love seeing your new home coming together.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

best of luck with your full plate Lauren! Love the linen relaxed chair slips!
xo Nancy

Mia Hart said...

Beautiful home. It actually looks like a real adults home. I feel like mine just looks crazy like children rule the place. Absolutely beautiful.

PP@pimpmybricks.wordpress.com said...

Thanks Kare - will do just that!

Corinna said...

Lauren, Would you be interested in selling your old white slipcovers? I've always loved them :D If so, reach me at corinnandolo(at)gmail(dot)com

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