I always try to see the beauty in all things, even when they’re in their most challenging, down and out state. Great bones are just that. . . .great!

This past spring, when I was poking around The Brimfield Antique Show, I found an old pair of distressed wooden chairs from Century Furniture. While they had lost their pretty upholstery somewhere along the way, their form and Chinese Chippendale-style motif gave them a true “garden” vibe. More charmed than daunted by the condition of the paint finish, wonderfully white and chipped, they came home with me.

Knowing that the chairs were structurally sound, that I already loved the finish as is, and that I didn’t feel the need to reupholster, I still wanted to add a bit of pretty, a little needed wardrobe makeover.

My slipcover tailor, Sally Newhart and I put our heads together and designed a pair of simple “apron inspired” slipcovers. These little coverings have pinched front corners, serged edges – which have less bulk than a conventional hem, and cotton twill tape ribbons on the back corners to secure the skirts to the chairs, just like an apron.

Placed in the gallery, I just love the light feel and summery look.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Maria on July 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm


  2. Deb on July 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    new life for these lovely chairs, perfect !!

  3. PJ Bronson on July 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Simple. Clever. Perfect. Love ’em!

  4. Garden, Home and Party on July 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Such great chairs. The cover is perfect and keeps the chairs fully ensconced in the country vibe.
    Great “bit of pretty”. 🙂

  5. Jinny McMillan on July 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t know what has changed, but I am happily NOW getting your blog. YEA…..

    • Nora on July 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Jinny! We did some “blog behind the scenes housekeeping”…..so happy it worked!!! Do enjoy! Love, Nora

  6. Ann LaFortune on July 17, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Such a simple and pretty solution!

  7. Mary duffy on July 21, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Love Love Love!

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