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A well-made, classic piece of furniture is like an LBD (little black dress). You may have paid more than you should, but when you slip it on and feel the quality of the fabric and you see the drape, it was worth every penny.  Here we have a chair; we put a great linen on it, and added a pillow from Kelly Wearstler’s collection for Schumacher – simply classic.

Here is the same chair with an added seat pad – it not only updated the look, it served an important function to raise the seat of the chair.  One of our favorite designers, Darryl Carter, uses this technique also.  We threw in a pillow with colorful vintage fabric from our personal collection and an antique rug rescued years ago from a neighbor’s garage (yes, we had to dig out from under a gas can).  This combination not only added color, it gave the chair a fresh, younger look.

Here is color without the commitment – we wanted a change, but we didn’t have time to send it out to be reupholstered or slipcovered.  Any throw, tablecloth, or a scrap of fabric can be used to completely change the chair’s look in a matter of minutes.  Throw in a pillow to accent and you are done.

When a scrap of fabric won’t do and you want a real change, slipcover.  Here we have used a Rose Tarlow fabric – it is very menswear inspired.  The slipcover style is very tailored to complete the look.  To not take ourselves too seriously, we threw on a chartreuse pillow.

Just like a little black dress, a chair needs to be accessorized to capture the feeling you want to achieve.  One chair, four looks – do you have a favorite?