Saturday, February 25, 2012

Musings on furniture replacement

This Duncan Phyfe-style sofa was reupholstered sometime in the late 60s/early 70s.  My mother, God love her, chose a cream/oyster brocade with tiny pale pink petit point roses instead of the ubiquitous avocado green or harvest gold velvet.

It's in very good condition - the upholstery is perfect, because of course, we were never allowed to actually *sit* on it, unless the preacher was over for dinner!  And it will fit, I think, with my new shabby French theme. I may grow bold and paint the dark wood, but am undecided at this point.

This is my current living room seating.  Rowe furniture, and also in excellent condition except the upholstery has reached the stage where it will never be completely clean.  I have no problem with that, because I plan on investing in white twill slipcovers.

What I think I am going to do is get rid of (donate/give away/sell) the larger sofa, and use the Duncan Phyfe piece in its place.  I think that with the slip-covered love seat (which is identical to the above piece, except it only has 2 cushions), it will be fine.  The Rowe pieces are so large and bulky - I think eliminating one and using the sleeker vintage piece will give the appearance of more room.  I won't be losing any "butt seats", either.

Any thoughts?


  1. I think it's a good idea to use your Mom's piece and get rid of the bulky one.
    I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

  2. MaryAlice:

    Thank you so much! I think it will look really good, too.

    Thanks, too, for following me - that's so neat!


  3. Love the sofa idea, and your ornate mirror transformation! :) Will follow so I can see future projects. I'm going light and neutral, too. :)

  4. Your Mother's sofa is lovely. So nice it's in perfect "preacher condition"! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! I appreciate your participation!

  5. Honey:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

  6. Your sofa is beautiful! It's going to be perfect for your room.

    Have a great week!


  7. such a great piece of furniture! best wishes with finishing/painting the wood...i think it will look great painted! and then enjoy actually sitting on it...after all that's what a beautiful sofa is for :)

  8. style Modern Furniture is a term used to describe the romantic looks of dreamy French influenced furniture design.