Chairing again...

 Half a year...What can I say?  It has been a busy summer.   But a good fair helps to get me working on my houses again.   Last ...

 Half a year...What can I say?  It has been a busy summer.  




But a good fair helps to get me working on my houses again.   Last weekend at the fair in Ulft, the Netherlands, I bought these chairs from Alison Davies.  She scales down photographs of full sized antique chairs using AutoCad (I believe), then casts are made from a master copy, making the final pieces quite affordable.  




The style of the chairs fits very well in my Blue and Yellow Salon, but the colour of the upholstery does not.  The sage green is the perfect colour for my first Canal House, but that's not where they will go, so...

I decided to gild one of the chairs, just to see how it would look.  I really like it, but it took a lot of gold leaf, leaving me not enough to finish the other three chairs.  I tried several fabrics but loved this vibrant raspberry coloured silk.  Even though the chair on the right looks wider, the chairs are all exactly the same size.   It is probably the angle of the photo which makes it look bigger.  




I love the pop of colour in the Blue Salon.  It is not quite finished yet as I still want to add 'springs and webbing'  to the underside of the chair and I may still add fabric to the armrests.  

The little Queen Anne tea table was made by Elga Koster and is awaiting my attempt to chart and embroider a table top. Not sure when that is going to happen ;-)




For the Yellow Salon I think the original colour of the chair works better.  I tried yellow, golden, patterned and cream fabrics, but again chose the raspberry silk for the pop of colour.  Plus I like to have some sort of continuity in colour and materials from room to room.  

The little wall table (above) is also by Alison Davies.  I haven't made any changes to it.  Yet.  I think I will paint it.  Or gild it.  And marble the top.  Probably.  ;-)



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29 comments

  1. Your furniture are so beautiful!

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  2. Wat mooi Josje,heb je niet gezien in ulft maar Jeffry wel was weer leuk hem te ontmoeten.Wat word je huis mooi en die stoeljes ook.grortjes adrie

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    1. Ha Adrie, nee jammer, ik heb jou ook niet gezien maar Jeffry wel ;-) Eindelijk weer eens iets voor mijn huis maken, dat werd weer eens tijd.

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  3. Welcome back! Beautiful chairs. Very luxurious and beautiful. Crimson color works well. Have a nice day!

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  4. Hi Josje! Those chars are gorgeous! The raspberry color is just perfect! I am a big fan of color... and it is not always the most popular thing these days! Your rooms are a pleasure to look at.... so many gorgeous details to admire... and your attention to details is so inspiring... springs and webbing!!! I Love it! It's so good to see you are still here in mini blogland! :)

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    1. Thank you Betsy! Yes still here :-) Yes, colour! I know you are a fan ;-) As for the chairs, I have always wanted to make my own chairs but so far have not had time to make them. But they would have to include springs and webbing of course! I found a blog yesterday of someone who made a similar style chairs from scratch: http://lesalondore.blogspot.nl So wonderful!

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  5. Bonjour Josje,
    ces fauteuils sont très beaux mais vous les avez rendu admirables par ce nouveau tissu framboise et la couleur or.
    Bonne idée de recouvrir la petite table d'un dessus en marbre.
    Comme le souligne Betsy, c'est un plaisir de regarder chaque détails de vos pièces, tout est si beau, si précieux, si bien choisi.

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    1. Thank you Jean-Claude! I thought of matching the marble top to the fireplace, or else try to match it to the real marble top which is on the gilded console table between the windows. We'll see. ;-)

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  6. Hi Josje,
    The chairs are so beautiful with the guilding, all your photos are very... hypnotic. So many details to look at.

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    1. Thank you Yosh! I so enjoyed reading your blog and seeing what you've been making. Wonderful work!

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  7. Hi Josje! I love the gold with the raspberry and the contrast of it against the teal blue looks rich and luxurious and harmonizes perfectly with the floral still life painting on the wall! Wonderful placement of the chair against the window and Beautiful accessories surrounding it.

    elizabeth
    p.s. Great to see you back in blogland once again, too! :)

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Yes the colour is perfect with the painting isn't it. It is good to be back in blogland. I hope to keep it up. Have fun tomorrow! ;-)

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  8. WOW the chair looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mini hugs from shabbydollhouse *g*

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  9. I love those chairs, I wish I had an autocad program :)

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    1. Haha, yes it would be fun to play with that. But it also requires a lot of skill and knowledge in that field and I don't know if I would have the patience to sit and work on my computer until I master those skills. So I will leave that to Alison and buy some of her lovely pieces. :-)

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  10. love the chairs and tables. The colour is fabulous.
    So glad to see you back on the blog.
    Regards, Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda! Glad to be back. :-)

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  11. Hi Josje,
    The gilded chair looks wonderfull, as soon as I have time I will start doing that with my chairs as well.The red is great just a bit more color in those lovely rooms.

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    1. Yes I like the gold. I needed 7 gold leaves for the chair, so make sure you have enough before you put the seize on. I may still age it a bit, but not before the seize has completely dried and that may take up to three months. Will your chairs go in a room with the gold wallpaper?

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    2. That's indeed quite a lot, 7 leaves but it looks gorgeous! Yes aging it would be nice since it will give more depth to the design. No these chairs won't go in that room, they will be uses/put in a new project....but more about that next year ;-)

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  12. Dear Josje, So nice to see the chair in the lovely rooms. I particularly like the raspberry against the yellow room. It brings ones attention to the wallpaper.
    Your work is always inspiring,
    Must get back to minis soon!
    Regards Janine

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    1. Thank you Janine. Yes you are right, I had not realized it, but the raspberry does draw ones attention to the wallpaper. With such a bright colour you would expect the opposite.
      Please do get back to minis soon! Your house is wonderful!

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  13. Lovely chairs Josje, and I love the idea of springs and webbing! :D The colour is indeed vibrant and beautiful.

    ps: je gaf aan op mijn blog dat je me niet gezien hebt op de beurs, maar misschien herinner je je me toch: ik was in een rolstoel met vooruitstekende benen. Als je me gezien hebt, herinner je je dat vast ;). Ik heb jou ook niet gezien trouwens, terwijl ik wel weet hoe je eruit ziet, jammer! Maar volgende keer beter!

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    1. Ooooh, Ik weet het echt niet meer. Ik heb wel mensen in een rolstoel gezien, en waarschijnlijk heb ik jou dan ook gezien...Maar inderdaad, volgende keer beter.

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