Friday, September 20, 2013

Louis 16th Makeover and a 21st!

Hello everyone and happy Friday!!!! I love Friday!  I just want to share this beautiful transformation of these Louis 16th style antique chairs circa 1890's with you!  I have been working on this project for a long time and it has been a labour of love with many hiccups along the way.  My wonderful client, Karin, has been so patient and is so happy and delighted with the results!  At the beginning these chairs looked like they were falling apart!  That is when I turned to my very good friend and artist extradordinaire, Dee Muir, to help me.  Dee has a Bachelor of Fine Art and is an artist and designer in her own right and is head of her own art gallery.  When I showed Dee these chairs I am sure she thought I was nuts but she saw the beauty that was within!

I said that I had a vision for these chairs to breathe life into them again and be a feature in this dining room with the mirrored antiqued dining table.  I wanted them to be elegant, edgy but with a nod to their history.  My client's home is a modern style so we had to bring these chairs into this era.  My client loves antiques and art but it had to work within the contemporary home.

We still have artwork and mirrors to put up but I couldn't hold back any longer!  These chairs are stunning and Dee has created a work of art!

close up of the chandelier and below the Duralee fabric I used on the chairs with the beautiful studding nail head trim 

The rug is Designers Guild and is so gorgeous ... Dee hand painted every one of these chairs starting from cleaning, sanding, undercoating, buffing and final coats .... it took hours and hours of work and she was incredible.  The 18 carot gold leaf was the piece de resistance!  Dee also slightly distressed certain areas of the chair and then pulled through the original colour of the chairs in the pale green (they were a dark, dark green before!)

I am so happy with everything and love the mirrored antique top of the dining room table!

Lisa Vanderpump's wine bottle from Villa Blanca on the table!  My client has wonderful taste and a fabulous antique silver collection!

Look at this!  Stunning!  Congratulations Dee and thank-you so much for all your hard work and talent!

I thought I would just show some quick pictures from Dominic's 21st last Friday!  It was a Great Gatsby theme and Dom had a wonderful night!  Such a wonderful time to celebrate and be together!  Happy Birthday Dominic!  We love you!

We had the party at a restaurant in Brisbane called "Spring" and it was fantastic.  The bar set up with our champagne and wine ... so happy with the flower arrangements which were a combination of stocks, tulips and lily of the valley!

The champagne tower which was so much fun!  More pictures to follow!!!!

Georgie and Mummy greeting the birthday boy!

Proud parents!

Alex and Georgiana ...... Alex arrived from LA just the day before!

The day after opening presents!!!! Happy Birthday Dominic!

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Flora Fascinata said...

The loveliest! The dining room is divine. Beautiful party! Btw, in Paris today, darling MA. :D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW what a handsome family....good gracious, your children, magnificent looking people, with I'm sure, hearts of gold! You my gorgeous friend, you would look fantastic in the costumes out of the movie GATSBY and these chairs???? The color alone has such a fresh look then the rug and the brilliant idea of the mirrored table to pick up more of the delicious aqua. Bravo...a job well-done! Much love, Anita

Unknown said...

Oh Frances just love those beautiful chairs, your friend did an amazing job on them, they suit the table perfectly! Lovely photos from your son's 21st birthday and you look simply divine in your Gatsby outfit! Have a lovely weekend Sharon x

Karena said...

Dear Frances, what an occasion! So nice to meet your family! You , your husband and children are so good looking, your are simply stunning!

The chairs and the rug are just gorgeous! An amazing transformation.

Art by Karena

Champagne Macarons said...

Beautiful chairs... and family! Wishing you a lovely week! xoxo, B

Lauren said...

Those chairs look wonderful!


Divine Theatre said...

The chairs are so lovely. I can see them in my own dining room! :)
It is such a beautiful thing to see the love your family has for each other. You are so very blessed.



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