My brain refuses to learn how to spell chartreuse. I screw it up every time. But the scientific names of hundreds of marine animals are uselessly floating around my head. Thanks, UMM.
Okay, so….in my eternal quest to furnish our house and not go broke, last week I snagged a great vintage chair off Craigslist for $40.
Welcome to my seafoam nightmare. And the smoke/dust/evil spirit marks we uncovered on the walls once the wallpaper was down.
A similar version at Anthro goes for a cool 1,300 bucks.
It goes without saying that my chair needs to be recovered and the arms and seat cushion need oomph in the padding department. But it’s solid and weighs a ton. Since fabric and upholstery services cost a pretty penny, I want this chair to be classic, have longevity and be able to move around the house over the years. The living room, the master bedroom, maybe June’s room. So of course, chartreuse velvet is the answer, right? Limey hues are my jam, I can’t resist ’em.
I ordered a few samples, including Jaclyn Smith Hollywood Velvet in Cactus which I thought would be the top contender based on the internet photo.
But in person the Cactus was too….cactus. Too green, not enough yellow.
Jaclyn Smith “cactus” is on the right and Tonic Living citrus velvet on the left. The Tonic Living color is exactly what I’m going for – citrus-y, more yellow than green. I ordered one more sample though, so we’ll see how that compares to the Tonic Living fabric.
velvets direct in Fresh Lime Green
Eventually our living room will be neutral with warm white walls, wood, jute, brass, blue and white, touches of black, green and gray.
I also finally decided on a color scheme for the hutch in the living room. Some of you love this gray-khaki color and suggested just wallpapering the inside, which is a great idea, but I wanted more depth and presence since the walls will be neutral.
Mohegan Sage BM // Lookout Point BM
And whose kidney do I have to sell for some of these?
Bunny, Bunny, Bunny.
Eventually I envision a pair of patterned armchairs opposite the sofa but our living room is ginormous so there’s plenty of other nooks to fill. So for now the chartreuse (see? I typed it reallll slooow) chair will be in the there.
What are your thoughts on going bold on the chair? Would you go with a more classic color?