I finally found two great little petite chairs for the front of our living room. I’ve been searching for a pair of Lewittes caned wingback chairs for over a year, but not having much luck. I had a saved Craigslist search and these popped up in the next town over, so I decided to go for it.
The burgundy fabric was not going to work for me and the padding was a little flat, so I decided to try having something reupholstered for the first time. The recovering of the chairs cost seven times what the chairs themselves cost, but I am so pleased with how they turned out. The upholsterer added padding to the seat and back cushions, and even made the back of the seat cushions follow the curve of the back of the chairs.
I chose a fabric by Richloom – Olson Cement. It is a nice putty color in a subtle herringbone pattern.
I love the caning, and with a little Restor-A-Finish on the wood, I think they will clean up really nicely. The size is perfect for under the front windows in the living room and they don’t block traffic in and out of the room. The best thing about them is they are good short-people chairs. I (at 5’3″) can sit all the way back in the chair and the front of the seat hits the back of my knees with my feet flat on the floor.
I’ve made some big decor change-ups in the living room. And it all started with our bathroom renovation.
I was on the hunt for some art to break up the large blue wall in the bathroom when I came across this print at Pier1. I brought it home, but it was way too large for the bathroom. So we gave it a trial run over the couch. I decided I liked it there, but it didn’t go with the green accents I had going on in the room – curtain panels I had from when we moved into our first house nine years ago that looked a little washed out in the space and throw pillows in a green houndstooth and chocolate and green floral patterns.
My next step was finding new curtain panels for not a lot of money. I found these turquoise panels at Tuesday Morning for $20 per pair. They are a little long and grommet-top is not my first choice, but they do look nice in the room.
After finding the curtain panels, I knew I needed to find a way to bridge the gap between my houndstooth pillows that I love and am not ready to give up and the turquoise art and curtains. I found this fun ikat chevron print fabric at Forsyth Fabrics here in Atlanta. It has turquoise, the same green as the houndstooth, and a lime color on a cream backdrop. It was on sale, so I bought three yards and had four pillow covers made for the inserts I removed from the old throw pillows.
It feels like the room is so much more full now even though I didn’t add any furniture. I guess that is what happens when you bring in big art and rich colors. All this and I still haven’t found a piece of art for the bathroom.
Our den, where we spend a lot of time when we are home, stays pretty dark during the day. It is flanked by the garage on one side, a covered screened porch on the opposite side, and a fireplace wall with no windows. I have always thought that I would love to add small, high windows on either side of the fireplace and have built-ins installed below them. I’m sure that will be a pretty good sized budget project, so in the short-term (and as our gift to each other for our 10th anniversary) we decided to add two sun tunnels to the room to add a little natural light. They go through the attic and roof to let sunlight into the room. From inside they look like very large recessed light fixtures.
Here is the room with the new sun tunnels installed:
Here is the room before:
Both pictures were taken on sunny afternoons, with the same camera setting and neither were altered in post-processing. It isn’t a glaring difference, but the extra bit of light really brings the room alive.
Here are the installed sun tunnels. Each is about 14″ across.
The tunnels without the cover:
I’ve added an oval coffee table that I found on Craigslist. I didn’t want anyone to knock their shins on the corners of a rectangular table since this room also serves as a pass-through from the foyer to the dining room.
When we bought recliners for the den, the loveseat was relocated to the living room. It really helped to fill out the room and add much-needed seating for our weekly small group gathering. The room is still awkward to furnish because of the door and window placements, so I’m sure this will be a room that changes a lot over time.
Our house receives tweaking on a constant basis. As I live in a space, I’m able to envision new and better ways of using the space for the way we live. Last fall, we decided that we would graduate to the status of old people and buy his-and-hers recliners for the den to replace the loveseat/ottoman combination. Bradley liked the thought of leather, and I liked the thought of the chairs not looking like jet-puffed marshmallows. We purchased the chairs on Black Friday and have really enjoyed them ever since.
The other big change in the room is the removal of the corner cubby coat rack. I removed the bench as soon as we moved in, but the coat rack stayed until I finally got a new cabinet to house our shoes. It is the Oxford 72″ Bookcase with Glass Doors in Chestnut. The size could not be more perfect. It just fits between the light switch and the corner, and is 13″ deep – deep enough for Bradley’s shoes, but it doesn’t impede the air vent or outlet on the right side. The functionality of this piece makes much more sense for us, and the corner bench set went to a nice family that can use it to corral all manner of kid paraphernalia.
From the house listing: