Upholstering the 1890s via 2021
In short, Kyle offered to reupholster the settee. It is now in the entry hall, in front of the staircase. I think I will keep it there.
For the last two years though, upholstering the settee has been a LPI (low priority item). But…of late…I moved this to EPIOTWWE (emergency priority item or the world will end). I cannot explain a rational WHY as to this but, all of a sudden, I really hated entering the house, and its wreck of an entry hall, and looking at the shabby…oh, the horror…settee. I thought: This would all be SO much better with an exquisitely upholstered settee! I mean, I could deal with a wrecked entry hall for years more IF there was an exquisitely upholstered settee in the hall, majestic and resplendent.
This makes perfect sense, right? (Please affirm this in your comments. Please.)
So, with EPIOTWWE screaming for attention, I began scouting upholstery shops in Wichita. However, my conversations with said shops quickly scared me as the shops seemed to not really understand how to upholster an 1890s settee.
Then I recalled the offer by Kyle. And her understanding of period upholstery.
So, I emailed Kyle. And…squee…her generous offer is sill valid!
All excited, I began looking for fabrics. Kyle said I would need four yards. And me being, well, me, of course I defaulted to unexpected choices. I have no desire to use anything expected for an 1890s settee. Rather, I default to: How to marry an 1890s settee with a contemporary fabric?
As I have stated many times, I have zero desire that the 1894 Cross House should be frozen to the early 1890s. For, 127-years have since elapsed and I relish in having this history revealed by my choices. Discerning readers will note though that my choices do NOT include knocking down walls to create modern loft-style spaces, punching 3,927 can lights into the ceilings, and painting all the trim white. I have my limits!
Rather, I enjoy a more subtle and artful way of visually accommodating the passage of time.
Regarding the settee, I have, for some reason, become fixated on cut velvet upholstery. I also need to find a pattern that will visually work being tufted.
So, what do y’all think?
I have zero desire for a period-correct fabric for the settee.
I have zero desire for what I think of as “grandma” fabric. Rather, I yearn for something bold and unexpected.
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