When we last left off with our Milo Baughman chair, we were so sure we were going bold. We asked, fuchsia or teal? I found myself waffling along with each comment that came through, agreeing that fuchsia was it when you said so, but also nodding my head when you leaned teal. And for those of that you voted for neutral? We heard that, too. I would think, oh, yes! Neutral. Totally! Scott, we must be nuts, yeah?
Well, surprise! We ultimately nixed both when, on a whim, I ordered a sample swatch of super soft lavender velvet. Lavender! There’s a color I never thought I’d say, but as soon as we were holding the swatch in our hand, we knew it was the one:
The fabric is Wisteria by Robert Allen, and the color is more subtle than the online photo suggests. We needed a total of 8 yards for the upholstery, and we had the job done by our go-to team in the city, Covers Unlimited (the same crew that performed magic on One Tail at a Time’s Garbage Sofa!). All said and done, the cost of the chair, fabric and upholstery is still comparable to that of a new arm chair (moderately priced), but can I get all nerdy and just say, they don’t make them like they used to? You know we can’t resist a good furniture rescue, but it’s so worth it when you find an old chair made of solid wood and heavy springs. Plus, ooh, that sloped arm! So pretty.
This funny little nook of ours has already been through a few transitions, but there is some progress aside from the chair! We’ve picked up a brassy sconce, we have rug samples in hand, and we’re thinking this vintage fabric will find a place in there as well. And just as we thought we’d go bold on Milo’s fabric, we were adamant about leaving the wall color alone. But, um, we’re changing our minds?
Just call us Waffles.