the king’s chair

So much to share today! Let’s get to it.

I have a chair before and after that I am just smitten with. Here is the finished vintage club chair.

vintage club chair reupholstered in linen

Here is how we found it…destined for the dump and long forgotten.  We sat on it for awhile waiting for the right inspiration to strike.  Get it? Sat on it? Ha!  I wouldn’t literally sit on that thing in the before state.

club chair before

It was pretty bad! We called it the king’s chair in it’s horrendous, torn velvet upholstery.

club chair before

The entire chair needed to be stripped inside and out but I knew it had potential.  The cushion was rebuilt and the chair reinforced.

vintage club chair refinished in linen

I love the big, bulky shape.

vintage club chair reupholstered in linen

And all of the details.  I painted the wood with ASCP Paris Grey and lightly distressed.  Then went over it with Egyptian Gold gilding wax to highlight the details.

vintage club chair wood carving details

I love how the gold glistens in the sunlight showing off the details of the ornate wood carvings.

vintage club chair wood carving details

Did you catch that upholstery?  It is a nice, nubby linen fabric made from hemp.  The perfect natural and neutral fabric to cozy up by the fireplace or for a casual beach house!  My upholsterer did a stellar job on this one – actually he does on every one.

And that pillow…super cool.  It is made from recycled tents!

recycled tent pillow on vintage club chair

I love how the king’s chair morphed into a sophisticated club chair fit for a queen.  The only problem is that I should have never moved it into my house for a photoshoot.  Because now I really want to keep it and that wasn’t the plan.  Somebody please take it off of my hands!

vintage club chair refinished in linen

By the way, sneak peek of our holiday mantel in the photo above – more on that next week. Let’s just say that it is my favorite mantelscape yet!

And since we’re talking chairs today, I never did share a proper photo of the French settee from a little while back.  It is so regal yet can be toned down and playful with the right color scheme.

reupholstered French settee

And here is the before.  The fabric was never quite sturdy enough for a chair.  It was thin like cotton bed sheets so of course it tore.

French settee before

I chose a durable fabric by Waverly in a striped pattern that reminded me of antique ticking fabric. Love the double welting and French details.

French settee makeover

Baby got back!  The curves go all the way around.  This settee is a masterpiece from all angles!  It would be fabulous in an entryway or playful in a boy’s room.  Stately in a dressing room too.  I can go on…

French settee

The settee is for sale in my space at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ.

Speaking of West End, I just moved into a larger space last night. If you’re looking for me, I’m on the reverse side of where I was before. Double the space equals double the amount of Circa Dee treasures you can expect to find! The garage is open everyday now for the holidays.

And now for the public service announcement portion of this post…

Find Circa Dee at Union Stock – a popup next weekend in Manayunk featuring a collection of locally handmade goods and wares.  I’m very excited to be in the mix with this group of local artisans.  Click on the photo for the complete lineup.  I’ll be there for the Friday evening reception.  Hope to see you!

Union Stock

As for our very own Brick & Mortar, we are open for the next 3 weekends!  Come find some unique vintage and repurposed gifts and a little something for your home too.

circa dee holiday hours

And don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to come to Miss Mustard Seed’s book signing by emailing me, commenting or on the facebook event page.

And speaking of the book ‘Inspired You’, we have a winner…drumroll…Sharon K.!

Happy weekend!

guess who’s coming to town

Yes, yes Santa Claus is coming to town!

But just a few days prior to Santa’s arrival we’ll be receiving a visit from…drum roll… Miss Mustard Seed!

Marian Parsons will be joining us at our Brick & Mortar shop for a book signing on

Saturday, December 22nd from 1-3 pm.

Have you read Marian’s new book yet?  Inspired You is filled with tons of gorgeous images, plenty of DIY tutorials and encouragement on how to create a warm home on a budget.

I read this book cover to cover by flashlight when our power was out during the hurricane.  I was hooked and couldn’t put it down!  Her sewing tutorials are very approachable for a non-sewer like me.  The book has me convinced to bite the bullet and learn how to sew – my new year’s resolution.

In addition, there are many inside tips on refinishing & painting furniture and shopping for vintage and antique treasures.  The images show you how to put it all together to create a livable yet stylish home.

Miss Mustard Seed has been a huge inspiration to the blogging & DIY community.  I had the pleasure of first meeting Marian last year.  Her business was growing rapidly and I had the opportunity to source some vintage treasures for her.  I was thrilled to see some of those Circa Dee finds show up in the gorgeous photos in her book!  It’s kind of like 7 degrees of vintage separation or something.

As you probably know, Marian’s business has continued to grow with the development of her milk paint line and now the release of her book.  I am happy to stock her book and milk paint in the shop as she’s been such an encouragement and muse.

You haven’t read the book yet?  You’re in luck because I am giving away a copy of it here on the blog!  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Saturday, December 1st at midnight EST.  That’s it!

You want to come to the book signing?  Great!  Bring your friends!  Again, it is on December 22nd from 1-3 pm at our Brick & Mortar shop located at Center Point Pond in Worcester, PA Montgomery county – outside of Philadelphia near Skippack, Collegeville, Lansdale & Blue Bell to name a few!  1814 Valley Forge Road Worcester, PA

Please RSVP for the FREE book signing on the Facebook event page or by email.

they say it’s your birthday

Can I just tell you once again how much I’ve enjoyed my staycation over the last week and a half?  I return to the grind tomorrow but not without just one more play day.  I started the day with a birthday breakfast out with a bestie.  I will be going antiquing and out to lunch with my mom to celebrate our birthdays.  (Her’s is tomorrow and it’s a BIG one!)  Hopefully there are many new treasures in our future. 

I need to tell you about yesterday.  It was epic!  I met the legendary Miss Mustard Seed.  And her sidekick Mini Mustard Seed.  What a delight!  Let me pause for a minute for those of you that are my family and friends and only read my blog (thanks) and are therefore not in the know in the design blog world.  Miss Mustard Seed is pretty much amazing.  Let’s face it.  She invented the vintage sheet music wreaths along with the influence of the Union Jack furniture craze plus many other home decor trends.  Marian has a totally admirable design and freelance writing career and a wonderful eye for antiques. 

So why would she be meeting lil ol’ me?  Turns out we live just a few hours apart.  After reading a recent blog post about how rapidly her business is growing, I offered to be an antique buyer for her.  I simply emailed her and she welcomed the assistance.  Marian is so down to earth but I still acted like I was talking to George Clooney in our first conversation.  Yes, I just compared Miss Mustard Seed to George Clooney.  So what?  That’s how A list she is. 

I essentially pick items that fit her style to relieve her of some of her shopping duties.  Being a personal shopper has always been a dream.  I live to shop.  Especially for antiques.  Perfect combination if I do say so. 

This is my best “picker” look…

We met up at this great little flea market called Root’s Old Mill.  Neither of us had ever been.  Who knew there was such a bustling business every Tuesday morning in Manheim, PA?  The market was nestled amongst several rolling farms.  I love taking a drive out in the sprawling country and seeing nothing but undeveloped land.  What a refreshing sight.  As you can tell by the sky, rain threatened all morning.  Fortunately it held out for our shopping excursion. 

I’ve got a thing for silos.  Weird, I know.  There is just something so iconic about them.

Since it is my birthday week (in my family we get an entire week), I decided to treat myself to a little antiquing in downtown Lancaster on my way back home.  I stumbled upon a fabulous vintage and artisan co-op called Building Character.  Oh and did that building have character.  Exposed brick.  High ceilings.  The ultimate industrial chic market.  It actually reminded me a lot of West End Garage in Cape May…another fave shopping destination.  I’m loving these venues and need to get into a shop like this!

I bought a kelly green vintage coat in mint condition at an excellent price.  Happy birthday to me, from me.  Can you also tell how the full length mirror is hanging on a very old, freestanding door?  I like that look.

When I went back out to North Queen Street, the skies opened up and the threat of rain became a reality.  I must come visit Lancaster again soon!

The day was ended with a birthday dinner and cake with Ryan’s family.  They gave me a tool chest filled with tools!  My very own palm sander, dremel, heat gun.  Oh my.  What a nerd I’ve become.

All in all a pretty great start to my birthday.