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A Foyer Update with My Newest Chairs, an All-Time Favorite Chinoiserie Fabric and a Pop-Up Sale

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I have been wanting to show you this chair makeover for the longest time! You saw a tiny peek of these chairs when they were in my dining room a couple of weeks ago. But I’m currently trying them out in the foyer (you didn’t expect them to actually stay put, did you?) and while there, I thought I’d take some quick shots so I could finally tell you about them.

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So, pull up a chair (ha!) because this could take a while….. and keep in mind, this space is still in progress. (I brought in the good old Rand rug, art and planter from other rooms so the chairs are the only thing that’s new.)

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Right before I found the Parsons chairs that are now in my living room, I had bought a different set of vintage Parsons chairs that were a little more upright and compact. I thought I might use them in a project or if not, sell them in the FTRB shop. (I don’t have a before photo so I’ll just have to tell you that they were in good shape but the color was all wrong.)

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Around the same time, I hit the fabric jackpot. I came into this most amazing chinoiserie linen from Schumacher called Pearl River and I knew it was the perfect thing to reupholster these chairs.

And I was right, if I do say so myself. I love, love, love how they turned out!

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So much so in fact, that I can’t part with them even though they were never intended for my house. Oops. That happens more often than it should…..

I also can’t get enough of this fabric. The colors are insane….. terra cotta, charcoal, mustard, baby blue, teal, lavender, ivory and even some peach and olive. I’m so into it, I even had some pillows made…..

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…..and I’m seriously thinking of doing some drapes too(!) But then I have to stop before my entire house is done in it…..

Now the reason I say I hit the jackpot is because some time in the last year or so Schumacher decided to discontinue this colorway (gasp!) and it can’t be found anywhere anymore. But by sheer luck (through a friend of a friend and a whole cast of other characters!), I got my hands on what may be the last of it.

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You may remember seeing this pattern most likely from Julie Bowen’s home featured in InStyle which was designed by her sister, Molly Luetkemeyer. I still love this room and it’s that daybed that totally makes it.

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At this point you may be thinking “How nice for you but what about the rest of us?” Well, this is where it gets interesting….. because….. I got some for you too! That’s right! I love this fabric so much when I was presented with what may be the final bolts, I couldn’t let it slip through my fingers.

So I bought enough for me, you and everyone else. And at a third of the retail price!

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So I think this is the perfect occasion for another GOODS FROM THE RIGHT BANK pop-up! The shop has just been stocked and is open as of today so head on over if you’d like some of this chinoiserie goodness for yourself. You can find all the details and specifications on it there. And please spread the word if you’re so inclined. Thanks!

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Mud Cloth from One of My Favorite Places in the World

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With very few exceptions I really do love everywhere I travel so it’s hard for me to choose a favorite place. But there are a few that do stand out as truly special, that will always have a hold on me and Mali is one of those places. It’s a fascinating country in its diverse cultures, history, landscapes and traditions. You can actually visit the legendary Timbuktu, cruise the Niger River, marvel at mud mosques, ride a camel out in the Sahara and spend the night under the stars among the nomads (all of which I did and will never forget). I could go on for days about how cool Mali is but…..

…..this post is all about bogolanfini or, mud cloth – that beautiful textile from Mali dyed and woven by hand using a traditional, very labor-intensive process. I’m still pissed at myself for not bringing back any of the colorful textiles I saw on my trip but I do have one piece of mud cloth that looks just like these and I’m finally ready to do something with it.

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Pillows are an obvious option but I think it would be a shame to chop it up plus I’m really liking how all of these upholstered pieces look.

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I could always just throw it over a chair or on the bed…..

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Always a good option for commitment-phobes. (Who? Me?)

If you want just a little touch of mud cloth for your home and you happen to be in the UK, Habitat is launching a bogolanfini textile collection this month in collaboration with artist Boubacar Doumbia and it looks beautiful. Lucky you!

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Isn’t it all so gorgeous?! Oh, Habitat, will you come to the U.S. already?!

In the meantime, what do you think I should do with my mud cloth?

(Photos: 1.africandesertcrafts.com 2,3.designshuffle.com 4.via Design Sponge 5.Architectural Digest 6.Elle Decor 7.via atlasmountain.tumblr.com 8. Via Apartment Therapy 9-14.via stylesight.com)

Bookshelf Roundup

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I’ve always been drawn to rooms with bookshelves as a predominant feature. I always say you can tell a lot about homeowners from their bookshelves – their tastes, interests, personality….. that’s what makes them so interesting (i.e., brings out my nosy side).

Here are some great ones to add to the FTRB bookshelf collection.

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A room with walls and built-ins painted the same color is something I never, ever tire of:

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Add furniture in the same color and I’m done. This is definitely going to happen in my next house…..

(Photos: 1.arkpad.com.br 2.via Abigail Ahern 3-5.Elle Decor 6-7.House Beautiful 8.Roman & Williams)

More Josef Frank (and in the Most Unexpected Place Ever)

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I recently stumbled on this vintage Josef Frank tray in his Tulip pattern so of course I had to snatch it up. I mean, (a) it’s Josef Frank; and (b) it’s a tray. Yup, fed two addictions in one fell swoop.

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This made me think we’re due for a Josef Frank post. We’ve seen both of these spaces before but these shots are new to me:

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This couch is utter perfection. The extra long length, clean lines and in one of my favorite of his patterns, Celotocaulis.

I also still love this room:

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Carrying the wallpaper pattern over into just that one pillow totally makes this room for me.

And look at this chair transformation:

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Again we have the Celotocaulis pattern and you already know how I feel about this style of chair so of course I’m dying over this makeover.

Designer Marc Newson’s house is cool in every way and especially the sofas in the Windows pattern:

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And last but not least…..

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Seriously?! I couldn’t find any information on this. Who? What? Where? How? I would so drive this. Can you imagine? There would be no mistaking that nut job Josef Frank blogger in this thing…..

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Art Wall, Part 27

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I’m intrigued by the dotted(?) wallpaper on this art wall. Imagine it without. It would still be a nice, balanced art wall but that paper really adds an extra layer of interest, don’t you think?

I’m running out the door with a fully stuffed car to start installing my Room Service room. Seriously, there’s barely enough room for me in there! Thanks to everyone I spoke with yesterday who offered help and support. I’m lucky to have such good friends and loyal readers!

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