As we pack up our belongings, I'm able to really assess what we have and whether I want to use it in our new house or not. It makes me appreciate what we have, and see that the majority of what we own is for the most part, made up of very meaningful pieces. Whether it's a mask from our trip to Mexico, the beautiful driftwood lamps my dad made years ago, the bookshelf from my in-law's farm, or the chair from Northern Ireland where my hubby is from, I love pieces that tell a story and have meaning. I love character.
One of my favourite pieces is this chair and footstool.
First of all, my favourite aunt that doesn't live here sent me a generous gift of money to buy what I wanted for my birthday a couple years ago. I knew what I wanted right away... a high back chair to read and relax in. They are not cheap in a regular furniture store (and are never in a fabric I like), so I looked online and found a used one. The bones were good, with great feet, and it just needed a makeover. I'm very fortunate that my dad does upholstery work, and will often suggest recovering something for me, as was the case with this piece. So, I chose a fabric from my dad's book of samples and he recovered it. Then hubby made the footstool, and my dad matched it to the chair too. I love soft fabrics (no leather for me, thanks), so this mix of soft material with the blue colour felt so cozy to me.
Hubby then found a reading lamp used online and we just replaced the lamp shade. What makes me so happy and excited about this chair/lamp pair, is that there will be room in our new master bedroom for it! I can't wait to curl up in the fall and winter and read (or write) the night away wrapped in a blanket. It reminds me of my aunt, who means so much to me, and makes me proud of the amazing quality of work my dad does.
That's one piece out of many that I could write about, but I feel this deserves recognition!