Salvaged Chic Of The Week: Kilim Chair

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This week's SCOTW is an amazing custom client project Johnelle recently completed. Our client wanted to reupholster a standard chair and make it into a piece of art, something that no one else would exactly have.  The client had a Kilim rug (of which we are huge, huge fans!) that wasn't in perfect condition, which means it's an excellent piece for upholstery!

Kilim rugs, or remnants...perfect for upholstery, are so special!!  The fact that they began as one of the oldest styles of rugs is amazing and because of their lack of pile there aren't many today that are older than a few centuries...which isn't half bad! They're produced from the Balkans to Pakistan.  Newer weavers are now incorporating brighter colors (like purples and turquoise) over the more traditional colors of red, pink, ivory, blue and green.  Unlike other Persian rugs, Kilims were deemed "inferior" in the past because of their low pile, and were under foreign market pressures that have changed their designs. Now that they've become so popular, many are designed to be exported.

The effect is a piece rich with history that fits wonderfully into an eclectic home.  Whether this chair will be in a room with layered rugs, or surrounded by pieces and trinkets that have been collected around the world, it is sure to create a rich style.

Or, if you have a clean and modern space that you wanted to add piece of distinction to, that would break apart the white, this chair would be perfect. It's a chair that can change the entire look of a room. Not to mention pique the interest of inquiring friends who will want to know the story of how you came to have such an amazing piece!
Not only is this chair now a piece of art, but those that look upon it are instantly given wanderlust imagining the places the Kilim could have seen!

I love that this is another one of our great upholstery transformations that so clearly shows you that anything that is special to you can be incorporated into the re-design of your piece! Email us at for information on your project.

All Kilim Chair photos by Johnelle Mancha. Other images; One:; Two:; Three:; Four:; Five:; Six:; Seven:

Rebekah is a member of the Mignonne family and former Mignonne assistant. She now freelances and owns the company A & B Creative, read her blog.

Salvaged Chic Of The Week: Cables Reef

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This week's Salvaged Chic Of The Week is the lovely Cables Reef....and is such a perfect POP piece. Cables Reef's charms aren't limited to her looks, she's practical too! This is a super solid table that also comes with a leaf, allowing it to seat up to eight people.

One of the things I love most about her, is she's classic & practical- with a modern twist... its bright pop color!  Johnelle took this table from a standard piece to one that now demands attention!

The base of this sturdy oak table is extremely solid which is a great benefit whether you are using the leaf or not.

Cables Reef is perfectly on trend, as Pantone recently announced its color of the year as "Tangerine Tango." As you can see, this color has been popping up everywhere, but I especially love it on an unexpected piece, such as a dining room table.

This is a room that I can envision Cables Reef fitting into wonderfully. Like the subtle tangerine accent from the art on the wall, having this table be the pop of color in a clean and modern space would highlight the room without overwhelming it by such a bright color.

Cables Reef would also fit perfectly among lush, colorful spaces like this eclectic room.

Mixing an orange, like Cables Reef, with blues and creams lets colors from complimentary sources interact regardless of their style.

Accenting Cables Reef with blues could create bright, playful, and retro inspired tabletop decor.

This is a great example of how orange can fit into a modern kitchen. Charcoals and creams tone down the brightness of the orange while still allowing it to shine. Using those colors with simple or earthen stoneware for the dishes would translate that modern feel into the tabletop decor.

As with any of our pieces, if you've been inspired by this one or are looking for something similar, please email us at to get started on your new project!

Photos of Cables Reef taken by Johnelle Mancha. Additional images, One:; Image Two:; Image Three:; Image Four:; Image Five:; Image Six: Image Seven: Image Eight:

Rebekah is a member of the Mignonne family and former Mignonne assistant. She now freelances and owns the company A & B Creative, read her blog.


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