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(edith wharton)


Wednesday, 18 February 2009

chairs and tables...

not only is change happening in my soul but as it does, change is happening in my home. I have an old dining room table.. probably 1930's. I would call it vintage but am a tad tired of that word. How it has lost it's true meaning these days. Just about everything on ebay or etsy is listed as vintage. Not. the word that should be used for that is repro. My table is not a reproduction, it is old.... anyhow, that is not what I am posting about...

the chairs. The chairs that came with the table need a little bit of pizzazz.. a little bit of ...how would the french say it?? .. .... the fabric was in need of a change. it was getting a little jaded.


grab a fistful of fabrics, all different:

explain to husband that it will look wonderful if these fabrics could be covering these chairs... wishing & hoping that he will get the hint and offer to do it for you.


.... and he did!


next on the list is something or some kind of Trompe L'oliel (and that is not the correct word, I know.. but it sounds good and it is suiting my 'french' mood of today very well... and i know what I mean) on the wall under a painting of a rose... of course it will have to be the usual 'La vie en rose' which apparently means 'bed of roses'... perfect. My life is truly a bed of roses.

what is happening at Inglewood? my tanks are overflowing with all the rain we have had the past week. I am not sure if autumn is on the way or if we are in for some hot humid weather when the rain stops. The crickets are chirping loudly which to my friend Peter means that autumn is here... but as it always does, autumn will come eventually. I have two large pumpkins on my vine and tamarillos are forming on the tree.
No news on my brother in law Paul. He had surgery yesterday and we are now waiting for the biopsy results. UPDATE: it seems that the tumour is cancerous and now we are waiting to see if it will be responsive to treatment. The prayers that are wrapping us all in love and care are definitely helping.. so thank you again. so much
(if I haven't been to your blog to visit.. please tap me on the shoulder.. I am still tracing each of you but with what has been going on, I may have missed some)

17 comments:

Winterwood said...

love love those chairs... I used to do the same with my pine ones as you could remove the seat bit to put a new cover on it - its such a practical idea which you can change the fabric with mood and to match new decor! now that is recycling!!

Night Owl said...

The chairs look great. I'm sending positive thoughts your familys way.

amelia said...

I also love your chairs. Scott did ours this winter but they are chocolate brown and not nice bright colours like yours!! Our house needs colour!
My kids bought me a salt rock lamp for my birthday and that adds some nice colour when it's on.
So sorry about your BIL. Let's hope that treatment can help.

Tracy said...

Your chairs look great!

I pray the tumor responds to treatment for your BIL.

xx

Billie Jane said...

I love the idea of your chairs not matching. I have plates like that and my husband is always saying we should get a matching set... but I dont want everything to match!!! xx positive thoughts winging their way to you and your family. xx

Sheila said...

Love the chairs..Joe did a good job..!
It's nice to shake things up a bit now and again.
Sending healing prayers for your BIL, that they can successfully treat this for him..xx

Janet said...

The chairs look great! Isn't it wonderful to have a handy hubby!!

Tori said...

Those chairs look great! I love changing things around in my house, it keeps boredom at bay.

Sorry about your brother-in-law. I hope things start looking up.

Genie Sea said...

My prayers and well-wishes go out to Paul, you and your whole family. May his health be restored.

I love the fabrics of the chairs. I really like that you didn't do them all the same fabric! You have given the chairs new life! :)

Monique said...

he chairs are gorgeous !!! I hope your brother in law will respond good to treatment. My thoughts are with you and yours !!

solsticedreamer~laoi gaul~williams said...

lovely~you are right about the over use of 'vintage' and 'shabby chic' too, its starting to drive me mad~to me its just old and characterful and i would rather wait and find something with history rather than buy it new without the history

Ruth said...

Glad you've got rain down there now - my weather from Britain obviously reached you. sorry to hear things are so tough at the moment, but it looks as if you're staying calm and happy.

gemma said...

Love all the different fabrics.
Much more interesting than matchy matchy....

Tinker said...

The chairs look beautiful! I've been trying to decide on a fabric to recover ours in - but I think you've just inspired me!

Your family members are still in my thoughts and prayers, Robyn. May all be well, and all be well - and all manner of things be well, for you all.

Serena said...

The chairs look fabulous with their new makeover, Robyn. I've always wanted to have wooden dining chairs painted all different colours....one day ~ :)

I will keep your BIL in my prayers.

Love, light and peace,
serena

Leanne said...

still sending healing thoughts to your BIL Robyn. collective prayer and thoughts have power, dont they?

leanne x

Jamie said...

My heart is with you and your family. You are all included in my wishes.

big hugs,
Jamie