My fabulous ten dollar find from Goodwill.
I wish this was a post about how thrilled I am to be finished with the chair...but it's not.
The other day I started tearing it apart.
I'm not really sure why, because the last time I had a discussion with myself about this chair I had convinced my "make everything really complicated" side to just slipcover the chair and call it a day. I guess my curiosity about what was underneath the fabric got the best of me.
This is what I found:
I am intrigued. It reminded me of this photo that I fell in love with from the May issue of House Beautiful:
I love this image because those chairs just pull you in. They make you stop and look and study them. They make you think. They make you appreciate how a chair is put together. They are kinda sexy too...in a French Moulan Rouge/exposed garter belt kind of way. The juxtaposition between the glorious white fabric and the burlap and strings just makes my heart skip a beat!
This dining room was designed by Dan Marty. A GENIUS in my book. He is not afraid to take a risk. When asked by interviewer, Barbara King, if people think he is crazy for leaving those backs exposed, his reply was:
"Yep! But where they see ratty or unfinished, I see beauty, I see texture. I love looking at the burlap and horsehair and nails. When I see something like this in a store my heart just starts pounding. It's like falling in love."
My sentiments exactly!
I am dreaming of leaving the back open now. I love the texture of the bands and the blue stitching. I can just see the chair all done up with pure white linen and the beautiful back exposed to a floor length mirror leaned against the wall behind it.
Something crazy that I realized the other day is that my ten dollar find looks nearly exact in shape as this painting that I did back in 2003. This chair was just meant to be mine!
I guess if you paint it, it will come, one way or another.
Hope you are all having a great week!
PS I posted my find over at http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com to join in on the linky party.