So here I am sitting at our beach retreat and blogging instead of going down to hit the sea and sands. It's early, Mr. Fufu is out wiping down his car (salt spray is a constant) and our darling younger daughter who is here w/us this weekend is peacefully catching some winks. I am sitting in the breakfast room and thinking about how much I love all of the seating that we have here. Most of it vintage that was accumulated over time and with patience, and for not much money. In decorating any home I feel that having a vision and then the patience to wait for just the right pieces to come along makes sense. Today I am going to share some of the seating that we have, and hopefully give you some ideas.
This spot is where I love to sit in the morning with my morning coffee and laptop, and watch the sunrise over the ocean. I found this vintage patio set years ago at a local consignment shop for I think around $125. Although I do sew, I decided to leave this project to my friend Susan. We picked a lovely cotton floral fabric with a vintage tropical theme and I painted over the set in a fresh coat of cottage white.
In the dining room there is absolutely nothing new, and in terms of seating we have two different collections of chairs going on. These chairs I bought from another antique dealer/friend (again, years back so not sure of the cost) and painted them white and distressed. I recovered the seats with a pale faded looking Rachel Ashwell fabric that has blue roses on white. The chairs are turn of the century Victorian and were a heavy dark wood with horsehair seats. Seeing the potential, and I am pleased as punch with how they look now.
These (we have a pair) are 1940's French caned flea market finds that I painted a light cream and covered in a cotton matelasse that has roses in white on white. Texture and color with lack of color!
Only new chairs in the place are these barstools from Haverty's. We have a high eating counter/bar and vintage was not an option, so these had sort of that casual beach feel that I was going for.
This chair is a real old one and was in Mr. Fufu's family for several generations. I think that it goes well in our den that is a darker room, and sits in front of my petite antique French writing desk (picked up at a yard sale:-)
Resting spot for a pair of vintage binoculars that we often use to spy boats out on the sea. The old perfectly beaten and battered stool was a local thrift shop find for $5. The color and weathered patina call to mind a stormy day over the ocean.
We were so fortunate to receive this custom made patio set from one of my husband's clients who was moving to Maine and didn't feel that these would fit in up there. They are artisan made from copper and rope and would not be affordable.....so I was thrilled to get them!! Perfect for the beach, as they sit outside and have gotten a wonderful patina in the harsh enviornment.
A very old wicker chair that I found years ago at an estate sale in Coconut Grove. Susan made up these cushions from some vintage aqua barkcloth from my stash closet.
Just sorta cute, my $5 vintage vanity stool from a tag sale that I painted and covered in an old aqua brocade. The formal fabric juxtaposed against the shabby iron chair works well here.
My very favorite has to be this old French chaise and ottoman that I acquired at a garage sale back at home for $50! It was worth having this set redone professionally, but I had the finish left as found. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.....and my favorite spot to curl up with a book when it's raining.
Speaking of.......it's NOT raining, in fact the day is just beautiful~so I will talk to you later!
P.S......if you are a fan of the website we have lots coming this week~a mini collage of just a few things to expect.