My favorite armchair || Show and tell with Chairish

Who doesn’t love vintage pieces? I know that I am a sucker for them, my design style lends to a classic use of simple, clean design pieces within a contemporary setting. The combination of vintage, ethnic and contemporary items create a timeless space with essence. See my home tour here.

I am always on the hunt for a bargain piece in need of some serious tender love and care. Having the imagination and skills to recycle, renew and re-purpose an orphaned piece of furniture is a talent that will serve you well as you decorate (and in my case, re-decorate) your home.  No space is complete without an accent chair!


My heart skipped a beat when I stumbled across this beautiful original Duros chairs. I simply love every detail, especially the traditional joinery work. 



Originally the arm chair was varnished with a mahogany varnish, it was dark and high gloss – two of my least favorite things! It was upholstered in a maroon tweed fabric, it was dated and looking rather tatty.

I wanted to enhance the natural beauty of the chair, I started the process by sanding it down to raw timber, I then sealed it with a natural clear wax which has a matt finish. Much better right? The fabric choice was the toughest decision for me. I wanted to avoid ‘trendy’ fabrics that would out-date but needed something that was authentic to a period chair, long story short I decided on a classic French farm scene in a mushroom colour palette. Something neutral, a subtle statement piece.

Thank you to Chairish for inviting me to share my favorite accent chair in my home.


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