Monday, October 19, 2009

Coming to Grips

Below is where I spent a good part of my day yesterday...more packing in my studio. Actually this doesn't look too bad. All that is left is what you see under my Koala table; a few of the drawers in the chest are already empty, there is a cupboard nearly empty to the left and the contents of my desk. I'm coming to grips with the reality that this is pretty much what I'll be doing until the movers come on Dec. 1st! I know my blogging is suffering, but it's been good to have the assurance from so many of you that you'll be there when time is on my side again!

We've decided to have our living room furniture recovered before we leave. It will be used in our "formal" upstairs living room at the Squash House. Below is my chair which I am almost ashamed to show as the fabric has faded so badly over 15 years. Mr. Squash has an identical chair covered in burgundy leather that will go in his office, and there is also a matching couch and rocker. For our family room at the Squash House we purchased some yummy leather furniture that is being delivered after we move. Saturday I went to the local upholsterer who does amazing work! I brought home several samples, two of which made the cut. Below are those two samples. It was very dark and cloudy yesterday, so the photo isn't as good as it could be, but you get the idea. The one on the left was my first choice in the shop and the one on the right was second. Once I got them home and played with them in different light during the day, I realized the smaller print was going to work best. It also has that sort of "craftsman" theme that we have going throughout our house. There is a tiny bit of sheen to the fabric, but it is rated as heavy duty. The little dark dots are actually burgundy in color, which matches the color in Mr. Squash's chair - just in case we ever decide to take it out of his office and use it in the living room.

Once we get it all back from the upholsterer, I'll be sure to post those photos!


Anonymous said...

The excitement is building! How fun to also have NEW again furniture to add to the bliss of the new home!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Down to the nitty gritty, it always happens no matter what we do!! I love your fabric choices, I am always drawn to those patterns too, your leather furniture will be very cozy too. Christmas at the Squash House, how exciting!!

Kim said...

Good idea to have this done now while you have little time for sitting. Pretty upholstery choice. I'm going to make note of this idea!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful fabrics. Moving is exciting, exhausting, nerve wrecking! We'll be here...can't wait to see installments of Christmas at Squash House.

Sherri said...

Moving is so much work...but will be so worth it! I almost hesitate to comment so as not to give you any more work to do!

Karen said...

I like how you refer to hubby as Mr. Squash!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

This is an exciting time for you! Enjoy it, we will be here!!And your chair looks cozy!!

pratima said...

Your fabric choices for the chair are so lovely... isn't it the best part... the planning and gathering of little things to make the house a home. Have fun!

Jackie said...

You think you could rid of me by moving? Or by blogging once a week? You're stuck with me! :)

Love the fabrics! Moving has it's challenges but I know you're up for them!

*karendianne. said...

Oh I dig the new upholstery fabric you chose. Gosh that's really nice, Candace.

How's Sophie holding up?

When I read the title of your post I though "no, I don't want to come to grips thank you!" hee!

onlymehere said...

It won't be long now until this chair is in its new home! Moving is such a HUGE amount of work but I know you're going to love the change.

Kaaren said...

I think the packing part of a move is the worst. It seems like it's a never-ending chore.

I just love the Craftsman style of furnishings and I think your chair and ottoman will look even better once they have had a facelift with the new fabric.

I'm so excited for you both, Candace. There might be similar happenings in the Painted Quilt household. And don't you worry one bit about having to take care of business. We'll all be here for you when the dust settles...or will it be snow?

Mary said...

I love your new upholstery fabric. It should look right at home on Craftsman furniture. I wish my sewing room looked as tidy as yours does right now. That tells you that mine is a major mess.
I am probably one of the few who like the whole moving experience. I love the whole prospect of starting anew, cleaning out and purging and putting everything away in its proper place. It escapes me as to why I don't do that in between moves!!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, I know you must be so busy but think about the "end." Squash House!!!

Mel said...

Doesn't it feel good to sort out things - a benefit of packing / moving.

Love the fabric choice, can't wait to see it all done!

Anonymous said...

Hugs Candace how exciting! It will feel like whole new furniture when it is recovered. Get them to take a look at any springs at the same time. I did this with my fav lloyd loom chair and it felt brand new. Not bad for 60ish + years old.

"Have nothing which you do not believe to be beautiful or know to be useful" -William Morris I think.

Moving is always a good time for a sort out. :-)

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