From Retro to Repose

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“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” – Henri Matisse


BEFORE – 1970’s Couch and Chairs

This wacky couch and pair of chairs was so bad, it was good.  Attracted by its over sized shape and ridiculous comfort, I bought it right away knowing it would be perfect for someone once it received a much needed makeover.  Little did I know that someone would be me.  Desperate for more seating as my kids aren’t so little anymore, I wanted to create a comfy environment with clean lines as this would be the anchor of our living room and a place for us all to gather for movie night, Rose’s gymnastic performances,  a school presentation by Jack, or a gallery showing of Mia’s artwork.  My brain started churning and I called in my long time upholsterer to see if he could turn my idea into fruition.  The result was even better than I had imagined…  read more

From Boring To Boudoir

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“It was a woman’s bedroom, actually a boudoir, and no man belonged in it except by invitation.” -Kathleen Winsor

A small loveseat + nook in the bedroom changes the entire vibe | D.L. Rhein

Timing is everything and I love when two desires cross paths at the right time.   My friend and fab aesthetician Heather Bradley, known as the Brow Goddess, needed new seating for her new home studio.  Not only is she a genius with skin care, her taste is impeccable and she wanted something fresh for her new space after a recent move.  I had two great chairs I had already upholstered a few times and she fell in love with them after a last minute house call before an event  (she is a true lifesaver).  With a new home for the chairs, I now had reason to find something to replace them with.

A sofa makeover | D.L. Rhein

While out searching for new vintage treasures, I found a perfect little couch begging to be updated.  Out with the 70’s yellow and gold floral, in with white pre-washed Belgian linen.  I wanted it to be modern, so I opted for no piping and a box seat.  I loved the tufting so I had my upholsterer add linen covered buttons to dress it up a bit.  The sofa was set on a funky platform that we knocked off and replaced with legs stained to match the color of my ebony wood floors.  It is the perfect size for the space, and even allowed room for vintage leather covered trunks I snatched up at an antique show in Atlanta this summer.  Now I have a comfy spot to escape to when I want to read, have my girls hang in my room, or pull inspiration for upcoming projects.