Chairs that have been reupholstered with vintage barkcloth are probably my favorite pieces of furniture ever! I mean, in a chair, I can sit and visit with a friend, read or watch TV! Three of my favorite pastimes. But, even better if I could do it in a beautiful chair like one of these! These first two I've shown belong to Darwin Otto and Brent Heeb, two of the owners of the Stars Antique Malls in Portland, Oregon. Their home, and that of Gayle Tweed were featured in the April 1996 issue of Country Home Magazine.
I love both of these chairs SO much! Especially with the addition of the fringe. I fell in love with their home, their collections and their furniture, and made a point of going to Stars when I went to visit my friend Kari. I later saw the house in another magazine - it's now owned by Shannon Quimby. My sister bought a fabulous high-backed wing chair covered in vintage yellow floral barkcloth at an antique mall. Unfortunately, her kitties have attacked it - ack! Bad kitty behavior.
Below is another lovely chair I found in a magazine. I tear pages out, and then I don't always know where or when I got it. I only know the lady of the house was named Lenore:
Here's another example that I REALLY love! What fabulous fabric! This one from Saturday Evening Post Magazine's cover on Nov. 18th, 1950, from a painting by the wonderful Norman Rockwell:
And then look what I found in Better Homes And Gardens in May of 1997! VERY similar:
And of course I had to save this magazine when they staged a similar scene. I love the bright colors- yes, even the plaid. The red chair you see down in the corner with the cute kitty on it is ours. It was the best fabric I could find in the book when we purchased a pair of these recliners nine years ago. It's where we sit and have our coffee in the morning.
I'd have much rather had the gorgeous vintage red floral shown in the chair below! This chair was in a home that was featured in another issue of BH&G, in July of '97. The couple, Don and Saundra (no last name given) have a beautiful home in Long Island, and this chair was in a bookshelf-lined library room that is to die for. What I would give for a room like that! We have this impossible dream of having all of our books in one place. Sigh.....