Monday, April 4, 2011

Bar Stool Color Burst

I've been going a little wild with color lately.  And for some reason, I haven't been hesitant about it.  In fact, I'm just plunging right in with abandon. 

I think it started with wanting green chairs at my dining table.  That's still a work in progress.

Next I found some wild fabric that I love.  You'll see that in a minute.  It's what I used to cover my bar stools.

Then, I went to an estate sale that was amazing.  It has haunted me.  I think the man who had lived there was a decorator... a really good one and his house was wonderful.  It was very livable, not stuffy at all.  He used color in just the right amounts.  It wasn't overpowering (like my house will be if I keep bringing in crazy things).  I find myself thinking about him a lot and hoping he had a happy life. 

I spent a small fortune at that sale.  Some things I put into my booth. Lots of it has already sold.  Some things I'm keeping.  One is a colorful framed poster. 

It is a reproduction of a vintage French advertising art poster for umbrellas in Paris, France by Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello (1875 – 1942). It is entitled ' Parapluie Revel'.  I found conflicting information about the words.  Parapluie is the french word for umbrella.  No conflict there.  But some say Revel is the name of a french umbrella company which doesn't exist anymore.  Another source said revel means 'to take great pleasure or delight', so basically the poster says "Umbrella-Delight".

I also bought some wonderful Fiesta dishes.  They aren't terribly old - most are from 1997 to 2004.  I had been thinking about changing my white dishes to colorful Fiesta ones.  Now, the transition is in full swing.  I need more.  I can't decide if I should go buy some new pieces or just wait til I come across more when I'm out thrifting.  Somehow I don't feel confident about finding many of those secondhand.

I'm really enjoying using them.  My salads look so much more exciting on a Feista platter than in a plain white bowl.

Now to my main topic - the bar stools. I have thought about recovering them for months.  I'd thought about using a grain sack or something.  But then I found this crazy fabric and decided to head in that direction.  The fabric has my green in it.

The fabric that was on them was pretty, but didn't fit my current decorating mood.

I'm still getting used to the new look.  They make me feel good to look at them, but at the same time, I think they may be a little too much.  I'm keeping them this way until they wear out or I get tired of them.  They're fun.
The rugs, on the other hand, need to go!!!

By the way, I had lots of assistance from Sissy while recovering the seats.  
She's very helpful.


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