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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fabric Samples for the Chair

I have been looking for just the right fabric to reupholster the beige recliner..  I sent for a couple of samples, since I didn't find anything at the fabric stores here.

I just can't get a check out of my mind.  Love that look.  These two fabrics both would work.



 This one is a heavy duty chenille and a great shade of brown and cream.


 This one is a really heavy cotton, love the smaller buffalo checks and I love, love, love the camel color.  Maybe not the best fabric for a chair that will get a ton of use.


 I love having all the main furniture pieces a neutral, then I can play with pillows and accessories, so maybe I just need to hunt for a neutral.


I definitely think I need a pillow.  I am going to order some of the camel check and play with that a little for some pillows and maybe to cover the cushion on the wicker chair.


Ok, you've all seen this room a thousand times, this is what we are working with and the beige recliner is what is either being reupholstered or replaced.


Ok, the hubs thinks I should buy a leather chair.  Now I love leather and heaven knows we already have 3 leather chairs, and yes I adore them all.  How do you feel about leather and how do you feel about mixing colors of leather.  Also, there are 3 different chairs in this room.  Should something kind of match?

What are your thoughts?

33 comments:

  1. I love buffalo checks. i just made new slipcovers and did blue buffalo check pillows. I like the smaller of the two you chose and love the camel colors.
    My husband loves his leather chair. i don't love it, but it is practical. I am a color girl, but I love your color scheme.

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  2. Well, if you had asked me this same question about 2 years ago I would have said choose the prettiest fabric and never mind the durability. But, after paying a small fortune for our two custom-made Lazy-Boys, I will say choose a pretty fabric AND a durable one. The "pretty" fabric I just had to have has not held up very well. I actually love both, but the buffalo check is smaller and may get a little busy. Plus. I think the larger plaid has softer colors which play well against the hue of the color scheme you have. My vote, for both aesthetic and practical reasons, is the larger print. But whatever you do, as always -it will be lovely!

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  3. Love the checks Marty, but I would plum for the harder wearing one.
    Yes, I love leather and we now have a leather suite. Before that we had a brown leather Chesterfield sofa with a red leather Chesterfield chair, I was never happy with the two colours in one room and would split them up into different rooms. Both have since been passed on to our daughter.
    Your room looks so relaxing, I'm sure whatever you decide upon will fit in beautifully!
    Rose H
    x

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  4. Oh gosh yes Marty~ I love the check in the smaller version and I think it would be just perfect in there!
    But the larger one is great too and if it is more durable then I could see going that route.
    I am not sure about the leather thing because we've never had any but I am sure you will come up with the perfect look!
    Hugs friend, miss ya!
    Cindy

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  5. Oh yes, I totally love the large check fabric, it's gorgeous, my fav colors, I am with you in the color theme of my house! Love leather too, but you know which is exactly the best choise for your taste. Can't wait to know what you decided upon. Have a great week and thanks for your visit, you've made my Sunday lovely lady.
    FABBY

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  6. love them both.. wow I just bought the brown and white check fabric too :) its all the rage now that southern living design home used it in theres.

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  7. Both fabrics are nice. Just to be contrary, does the bigger check come in the camel color? I like that best. Does the leather chair come in a shade that's close to the camel shade? Durability is important, of course. You can see how fixated I am on that.

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  8. I love the buffalo check too. It would look great with floral pillows, so you could still play with contrasting patterns :-)

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  9. What about covering just the back of the wing chair in the check and have a harder wearing solid on the front and then add in a matching check pillow somewhere?

    I like a grouping of different chairs. I spy one leather chair already. One more might be too much.

    That's my two cents. :)

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  10. I love the bigger squares...the heavy duty chenille but you can't go wrong with either choice! Beautiful shades of beige! Leather's nice, too! heehee!

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  11. You know you make them work so well, that I didn't even realize they didn't match until you pointed it out! So I think another chair would work just because the thing that ties them together is how you pick lines and colors! I like both checks as well, but if one won't last, then maybe the other. I love them both as pillows! It ties it all together very cleverly. And I have to mention.. I see the white Pekingese statue on your table!!! It is so precious!!!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  12. I love the top check pattern and I don't think you have to worry about matching as you have a common color throughout the room. It's going to look terrific.

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  13. Marty,
    Furniture is such a huge investment these days. Indecision and hesitance are common when trying to make the "right" choice. Follow your heart, dear friend, it will tell you when you've made the correct decision! You have exceptional taste! I'll be thrilled to see the final outcome!!! You continue to inspire all of us facing the same situations in our own homes!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Nell Hill's Mary Carol Garrity did a recent post on upholstery...@ www.nellhill.com

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  14. Marty,
    Oops...it's www.nellhillsblog.com
    You're going to like what you see!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    http://www.nellhillsblog.com/

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  15. Hi Marty, I like both choices but since it is a chair used a lot I would go with the more durable fabric. Having a piece reupholstered can be very expensive so you want fabric that will last.

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  16. Hi Marty, I like the bigger check, both for its style and its color. It's a more taupey brown, which I like a lot. Linda

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  17. I'm in love with leather. Easy to care for and easy to decorate with. I also love both fabrics but heavy use may not last that long.

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  18. I can certainly understand why! I have an image of two chairs in that brown buffalo check from a Southern Living Christmas photo that I've never EVER been able to get out of my head. I love it! I like the smaller check one best but would go with the most durable one for this application. I cannot wait to see what you decide! I really love this look and think it is so very versatile!

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  19. I like your fabric sampler. The natural tones looks good paired with checkered. Go with this idea. It will totally be worth it. weight loss programs mn

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  20. Fun to see what you are "playing around with!" I want to incorporate checks too. someplace in my home.

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  21. I just typed a response and then look at the samples again and reversed my opinion. I can see why you're having trouble. The larger check is more up-to-date, but I wish it were the heavy duty cotton. Good luck, but I think you'll love it either way.

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  22. Both fabrics look like they'd work great. I like the bigger check a little better. I love the idea of leather chairs.
    Your room is lovely!

    Pam

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  23. I love both of the fabrics & just have to tell you how much I love this room!!! Lots of light, so warm & inviting....beautiful!!! Blessings!

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  24. Marty I love both fabrics but I would go with the more durable one! It will look fabulous in that room!!

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  25. I agree with everyone else. I probably would not have two leather chairs. Even if you buy them from the same place, the colors probably won't be the same. Plus, I think having a lot of dark leather would change the feel of the room.

    I like the color of the larger check, but for a small chair, I tend to wonder if the large pattern would get lost. One thing to consider too about the chenille is that it may worm or pick. I'd check the sample well. Poke your finger it in. Sit on it and move around. See how it wears. Good chenille will hold up, but bad chenille will be destroyed quickly. We have a chenille chair that is almost 14 years old that is still in great condition. We once bought a chenille couch that wormed within two days. Thankfully, the store accepted it back for an exchange.

    I know I'm no help, but just throwing out things for you to consider. Your home is beautiful and you always make wonderful decorating decisions, so I'm sure whatever you decide will be great.

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  26. I am obsessed with checks so I love both but would probably choose the more durable one if you use the chair a lot.
    -Shelley

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  27. I love the checks. I agree with the others that I would go with the more durable fabric. Both are beautiful. Good luck in making a decision.

    Cynthia

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  28. This is Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle. I LOVE the check! I think it is such a classic! I saw it used for curtains in a kitchen about 15 years ago and I still count it among the most beautiful kitchens I have ever seen. I like leather - my husband has a leather recliner as does my father. But, I do think you can get leather "overload." I am sure whatever you decide will be beautiful. You have great taste!

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  29. I love the larger check, for scale, pattern and durability. It's a good neutral that will mix well with other patterns and colors.

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  30. Here's what I can tell from my experience. I helped a friend pick out fabric for two chairs. We picked out something really beautiful but turned out not to be very durable. Although billed as "upholstry fabric" I now would consider it more drapery quality. If the chairs had been occasional chairs and rarely used it would have worked. As is, these were not and the chairs look so warn. Live and learn. I do like the larger check.

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  31. I like the bigger check. And I love the leather. I would recover the cushion of the wicker chair to match the new upholstery of the wingback. Then add a couple of throw pillows out of the fabric remnants. I can't wait to see what you decide.

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  32. I would love to know about the chenille fabric...can you possibly tell me the mill, color name and price per yard? Many thanks!

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