musings on stationery

everything old is new again

y’all, i need some help!  here’s the deal.  i am getting a sofa delivered next week from my grandmother’s house that was part of my dad’s estate.  i am thrilled to be able to use this piece in our bedroom – previously i thought it wouldn’t fit anywhere in our home, size-wise or style-wise.  BUT – i bet you didn’t know i was a fabric hoarder, did you.  see, there is this little blog called the designer’s attic…she sells off remnants of designer fabric.  i say remnants, but sometimes they are up to 10 or 12 yards.  now, we all know that quadrille is fantastic, no??  i have been in love with quadrille’s kazak since i laid eyes on it, and envisioned it in our bedroom…  how it would fit in (and how i would afford it), i didn’t know.

well – lo and behold, 5 yards of the navy/medium blue/white colorway came up and i MISSED IT.  i was really down and out about it.  i even emailed shannon (the designer’s attic proprietress) and begged her that if any customer sales fall through on that particular piece of fabric, please please keep me in mind – i will take it, no questions asked!  it must have been my lucky day, because it did fall through.  you better believe i paid that paypal invoice so fast.  yahooo!!

i can’t tell you how many times i’ve looked at this picture.  at least a million.

isn’t everything in it just so perfect?!  at first, i thought rbb needed a chair for his desk just like in the picture.  but rbb likes to have opinions about things like that.  i can just hear him waxing on about back support and arm rests and what not.  so i knew he wouldn’t want to go for that type of chair.  ok, maybe a bench at the end of the bed?  jen said it would look terrible, the scale was too big.  then i thought, maybe a duvet cover, but i don’t think i would have enough for shams…  there was not an obvious answer.

but then my mom kept talking about this sofa, what are we going to do with this sofa?  this sofa is very special to me.  it has been at my grandmother’s house forever and i mean forever.  an antique dealer told us it is from the 1800s if not earlier.  it’s stuffed with horsehair (whaaaat).  when we would visit my grandmother growing up, i always loved taking a seat on it – it seemed so ladylike and pretty to me, and i felt pretty and proper sitting on it.   and wouldn’t you know, the carved animal feet details are really in right now.

i’m sort of loving the idea of recovering it in the quadrille pattern.  breathe some new life into it, you know?  but will i ruin it???  will the juxtaposition of the old and new look horrendous?  is it too much?  i can’t decide if it would look awesome or awful.  should i do a more sensible, safe, solid color?  i don’t know if i can bring myself to do it though.  it’s just so boring.  you can call me a lot of things, but boring is not one of them.

although these look pretty good.

rbb will not under any circumstances let me bring another white couch into this house, but this one sure is beautiful.

alright people.  WHAT DO I DO!?  help!


  • jen on Sep 18, 2012 Reply

    professional opinion…solid fabric. think it might look a hot mess with that fabric on it. the patttern is so big and that sofa has so much detailing in the carving.
    but that is just my opinion….

  • ering on Sep 17, 2012 Reply

    that fabric is fab and i think the old/new aspect of marrying the two will be super fun and pretty. go for it! btw, i stumbled upon your blog in a super random way and think it’s great. i almost want to throw my kids a party just so you can make an invite!

    • callie on Sep 17, 2012 Reply

      erin, you are so sweet!! so glad you found yourself here! i think i’m going to go for it. figure i can always re-do it if it’s hideous. right?

  • Carrie Davis on Sep 17, 2012 Reply

    Go for it! I think it will be beautiful – you have great taste, so i’m sure you can’t got wrong with the idea. I just sent my grandmother’s dining table off to be painted – so, I’m redoing it to fit in better with our house. We’ll see if I made a mistake or not in 3 weeks!

    • callie on Sep 17, 2012 Reply

      thanks carrie!! i just hope what i envision in my head doesn’t turn out to be hideous in real life :) ooo, please do a before and after on your blog on the table – i LOVE getting old things painted! completely transforms them.

  • Stephanie on Sep 17, 2012 Reply

    That is a beautiful sofa, Callie, and I love the idea of breathing new life into it with new fabric. I come from a long line of decorators who love to reuse old pieces with new. I think my mom has recovered the same sofa 5 times. I am 100 percent in favor of recovering it with the fabric you love. Good luck!

    • callie on Sep 17, 2012 Reply

      ahhh…thank you, friend. sometimes you just need someone to tell you you’re not crazy :) i think i’m going to go for it! i can always get it recovered if it looks hideous…

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