8.04.2016

Chairs That Can Change Looks... and I'm Lucky To Be Alive


This little guy has changed a bit in the last few years and so has the chair on which he is sitting.

When described for a BH&G article  two years ago, they said I "believed in second chances.  Third and fourth ones, too".  That's accurate!  I am big on re-inventing what you have.  Plus, I've moved a lot and it's been necessary to find new uses.
The chairs from Noir Furniture (no longer available) came in a cheap muslin (they assume designers will customize them).  So, I had the fun Raoul green covers made (I still have them for when I want to switch things up).  I also had the upholsterer wrap the cushion inserts with a layer of down and feathers and it gives them a bit of plushness.

And then I later had plain, washed linen/cotton covers made (I love the tulips in this photo).
Here they are now in our dining room bay window.  A perfect spot to catch up with a friend.

Here are some similar chairs who's covers can be changed to keep them interesting for the long haul.


We just bought two of these "made in America" Spindle back chairs from Horchow for a client named Floris in Sacramento, CA.  ON Sale right now!  Floris confirms that they are comfy.

And Debbie can switch up the look of her wooden framed chairs....  medium blue stripes to

a darker blue medallion pattern from Raoul.


Back to where I am blogging with my feet up...
The African throw is from a flea market but you can buy similar on Etsy here.

Last week I had an accident while quickly walking 
Chief down some steep steps.  
He darted sideways in front of me 
and I tried to hop over him (dumb) 
and fell and dislocated my ankle.
I will spare you the photo, but my foot was going sideways...
even the seasoned ER staff had wide eyed expressions 
when they saw it (imagine a horror film).
So, now I have a cast and need crutches :(
Two of the nurses in the ER had the same thing 
happen to them with their dogs on stairs!
So, please be careful walking your dog if you have one.
Chief is fine (he was a bit traumatized though).  
And I am so lucky it wasn't worse (like if I hit my head).  
Someday, I will show you a photo of the stairs.
Take care!

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58 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your accident! Literally gasped reading your account of it. Quick healing and comfort as you recover!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet wishes... have a cast for three weeks and then a boot!

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  2. Sorry to hear of your accident. Very scary especially considering it could of been much worse. Hope you are back on both feet soon.

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  3. That's terrible! You are very lucky you didn't hit your head. Wishing you a very speedy and pain free recovery (and a fashionable boot to wear while you heal. :) )

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    1. That is exactly what I keep thinking, Kelly! Lucky.

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  4. Ouch, you poor thing. I remember once spraining my ankle very badly, jumping off a pony when I was a teenager, I was told at the time it was more painful than an actual break and I can still remember it vividly now. You have my utmost sympathy, I really hope it heals quickly. In the meantime, bravo to you for continuing to write beautiful posts. I love having covers made for chairs and sofas, it makes for simple changes. Susan x

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. I didn't break any bones but the doctor said the ligament in front "exploded" so those have to heal.

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  5. Love that Raul fabric on Debby's chairs! Does she have Conrads in her windows? Are they divided? I have some windows that are too large...

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    1. There are three separate shades, Cindy, but they open and close at once.

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  6. My poor friend! I hope you are getting lots of rest and pampering. EVERY time someone gets hurt my mom says, at least it wasn't their head. And if it IS the head, she will say well at least it wasn't their eye �� Gotta look on the bright side. You and Chief will hopefully be back to your walks soon!

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    1. Your mom sounds so wonderful, Lisa...must be where you get your optimism.

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  7. Love those chairs and I sure hope you heal quickly. OUCH! I fell a few months ago and did hit my head and bust my forehead open. Not as bad as your dislocated ankle.

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    1. Oh my gosh, Kim, I am so sorry about that!

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  8. Even without photos, I imagine your foot is looking pretty "technicolor"! So sorry to hear of your misstep. Best of luck with your recovery. If this is a soft tissue injury do allow plenty of time for healing and recovery.

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    1. Thanks Sue....you have seen the step outside our building. Scary.

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  9. Oh no Mary Ann! That's just awful...how did you get to the E.R.? I had a similar thing happen in 2000 one evening I was in a hurry going down our stairs outside and misstepped and broke my ankle. I thought the same thing, thank goodness I didn't hit my head! The sprain was worse than the break...I was bruised up to my knee. In a boot for 6 weeks.

    I know what you mean about dogs, sometimes when you are walking them they stop suddenly or turn in front of you. My dog pulled me down 4 years ago and broke my ribs when another dog was loose while on our walk. (I bought a shorter leash after that) One also needs to be careful walking into a room when the lights are off. I've almost tripped over my dog on a few occasions. I try to remember to shuffle my feet! I said our next dog is not going to be a dark color. :/

    Hope you are not out of commission for too long...get well soon!

    Linda in S.D.

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    1. A bystander used my telephone to call Howard and Howard took me, Linda. Another neighbor called 911 and when asked something I heard her say "Oh, it's DEFINITELY broken." But we canceled the ambulance.

      Actually, it was just out of the socket and the bone poked through the skin...too much info? Wow...that is terrible about your ribs. Who knew these things could happen?

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  10. First Oh My, I am so sorry about your accident, that is just terrible. I guess Chief will forever be carried down the stairs. Love the black chairs and I have a black spindle chair I purchased from Ethan Allen with a white textured cloth on it and I ♥♥♥ it. I change it up with the pillows I add for the seasons. I will have this beauty forever and when the time comes it will be an easy reupholster job. Take care and I hope you are not in too much pain.
    xo Kathysue

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    1. Exactly, Kathysue...what a great purchase you made.

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  11. Mary Ann, I'm so sorry to read about your accident. Thank goodness you will be okay. I tripped over one of my dogs when she was about a year old. She loved to lay by my feet and I stepped back not realizing she was there and fell sideways to avoid hitting her.

    Love the chairs in all of the pictures. I still get so giddy when I see pictures of your beautiful home knowing I was once there!!!

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    1. Brandi, it's making me feel a little better that other people have risked hurting themselves to avoid hurting their dogs...also, if I would have stepped on Chief I think I would have still ended up falling down.
      Hope you come back!

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  12. I am so sorry to hear of your accident...it was lucky that you avoided a worse fall. I can relate, I walked on an uneven sidewalk, fell an scraped my knees and my hands. I felt like it was in slow motion as I caught myself with my hands. Avoid sidewalks in strange areas-since it isn't easy to see an uneven sidewalk until it is too late! My yoga teacher experienced a similar fate as me! Hope you heal up quickly!

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    1. I will be so much more mindful now, JolieAnne!

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  13. Oh you poor girl! I know Chief feels awful.
    The chairs are beautiful.

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  14. I had a similar accident with my dog when he was a puppy and broke two bones in my foot. Had a cast and crutches, then needed a few sessions of physical therapy when healed. Get better soon and indulge yourself in the meantime.

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    1. Are you fully healed, Cathy? The dr. said I will need a couple sessions of physical therapy, too.

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  15. I am glad that you and Chief have lived to blog another day. I think crutches, cast and a boot are not made for the hills of SF! I believe in doing whatever you need to do in the new phase of life. I'm thinking Diva here. I do think I've read that people in your condition should never to housework, shop for mundane things such as groceries or cook!

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    1. Yes...the pillows and throws are scattered every where and my bedside table is cluttered, haven't been making the bed... I have loosened the reign around here. At least until I can walk again. :)

      Eventually, I will make use of our elevator and Uber/Lyft with the crutches. (no hills though :)

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  16. So very sorry to hear of your accident! Thank goodness, Chief was not hurt as well. Wishing you a smooth recovery - rest, relax & heal!

    I thought of you today when I bought a darling "Boston Terrier Sweater" at Talbot's at So. Coast Plaza! Scarlett is very proud that she is a trendsetter now! Take care!

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    1. My sister, Teresa sent me a photo of that cute sweater. She wants it, too!

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  17. Oh no!! Thank goodness it wasn't worse, Mary Ann, stairs can be scary! On the bright side, that photo of Chief is so darn cute! :)

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  18. So glad that you are well. YOU take care:)

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    1. Thanks Brenda! Still hurts but I'm sure it will be better.

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  19. Oh that sounds so painful, take care and get better quickly. Slip covers are the best since you can quickly change out looks.

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  20. So hope you recover quicky from what must have been a really scary experience. But on a bright note, your chairs look fabulous! Happy weekend!

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  21. Mary Ann,
    I love the various transformations of the wonderful chairs. It's a nice reminder that reupholstering can change the entire look of a room.
    I'm relieved you're on the road to recovery. Scary.
    xo,
    Karen

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  22. Oh Mary Ann! That sounds just horrible! I can't imagine seeing your foot at such an angle. Yikes! I hope there were people around to help you. And the pain, I'm sure it was excruciating. Poor Chief, he must have been so afraid. It was just a freaky thing but like you said, it could have been much worse. I think you might avoid those steep steps in the future! Knowing you, you're getting around just fine, but PLEASE, get well soon!
    Sending love and prayers,
    Gail

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    1. Thanks, Gail...I had great neighbors calling Howard and helping me into his car. You are so kind.

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  23. Love your style and wish you a speedy and successful recovery! Chief is a darling and hopefully in time, the memory of that day will fade! Be well friend!

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    1. Donna, I appreciate your comment!!! I hope I can get over a fear of those stairs now. Bu I know I will be careful. Take care.

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  24. Sorry to hear about your accident. It sounds like a horrible experience - hope you heal quickly with no lingering problems.

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  25. Sorry to hear about your accident. It sounds like a horrible experience - hope you heal quickly with no lingering problems.

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear about your accident and hope you will mend quickly, Mary Ann. I dislocated my shoulder once and it was extremely painful. I can only imagine how you must have felt. I also fell while walking two of my dogs, not down stairs but on the sidewalk. One was pulling, the other walked in front of me and stopped, and down I went, turning mid-air and falling on my backside. A few days later I was flat on the floor with a bulging disc in my lower back. I hope you recover well and don't have any lasting problems with your ankle. Physical therapy can do wonders. Take care!
    Claudia

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    1. That is so terrible! I hope you are fully recovered!!!

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  27. Oh Mary Ann, what a terrible experience. I hope you were walking with someone or others were passing by to assist. When I had my dog walking, stair fall a few months ago I was left crawling back to the house while trying to corral the dogs on my own. Looking back, it must have been quite a sight and I can laugh, but at the time not so much. I’m sorry you’re confined to a cast and using crutches (ouch, the underarms). You might look into one of those kneeling scooters, although either way it’s frustrating and inconvenient. I hope its a fast heeling process and you’re good as new in no time. Poor Chief, he must feel terrible. Get well.

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  28. Oh my...what a terrible state of affairs!! I hope you AND Chief recover quickly!
    This post could not have come at a more appropriate time!!! I have an antique wooden chair...we have always called it the Whittle Chair because all of the wood frame appears to have been cut by hand!! No one in my family likes to sit in it because the board across the front of the seat portion cuts off the circulation in their legs :^(. Thanks to your post, I am thinking that I could make a little roll of batting?? or something and then cover cushion AND the extra roll, with more batting. That should relieve the sharp edges and make the "sitters" happy!!
    Many thanks for all of the information you give us. I have learned so much from your blog!
    Blessings,
    J

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  29. I'm so sorry to hear about your fall - it is very scary falling down stairs. Your story came at an interesting time as we are going through a remodel of our downstairs and stairway to the second floor. I'm removing slate and carpeting and replacing it all with wood-look porcelain tile. My designer tried to talk me out of using the porcelain tile on the stair treads, arguing it would be more dangerous than real wood or carpeting if we fell down the stairs. My design dogma won out over common sense and I promised her we would hold onto the banisters going down the stairs!! I hope you mend well.

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    1. I was holding a leash and a cell phone and not the banister...these were concrete steps outside. HANG on to the banister, Cynthia!!

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  30. I'm so sorry to hear about your fall - it is very scary falling down stairs. Your story came at an interesting time as we are going through a remodel of our downstairs and stairway to the second floor. I'm removing slate and carpeting and replacing it all with wood-look porcelain tile. My designer tried to talk me out of using the porcelain tile on the stair treads, arguing it would be more dangerous than real wood or carpeting if we fell down the stairs. My design dogma won out over common sense and I promised her we would hold onto the banisters going down the stairs!! I hope you mend well.

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  31. Never good to fall. I fell going up the stairs while carrying a laundry basket. My foot caught my long bathrobe. Broke some ribs . . . . yuck! I wish you a rapid recovery. I don't mean to be picky; however, you might want to correct your spelling of "muslim" ( the person) and change it to "muslin" (fabric type). And, no I'm not Muslim or offended. BTW, physical therapy will give you confidence and address your fears. Take care.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandy!!! I appreciate you telling me of the typos. And I will have physical therapy.
      Yes, a long robe or skirt can be scary on stairs...it can happen so fast.

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  32. Oops! I forgot to tell you I REALLY liked this post. I am going to check out some of these chairs for my family room remodel!

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  33. MaryAnn....I have just realized that I can only comment on Google Chrome....weird huh! So sorry about your accident. I have fallen quite a few times with Cami and the worst thing to happen was I ripped my jeans....which still makes me mad:) Getting an injury sucks and it seems that since I have gotten older they take longer to heal....grrrrrr!

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