As promised, I dug through my old pictures and found the jackpot! The pictures of my newly reupholstered dinning room chairs with the, afore mentioned in previous post, colorful ethnic fabric given to me by my aunt.
Sorry about the quality of the pictures, they were taken a decade ago with a crappy, even back then, cellphone.
I was going to also apologize about the actual decor but decided that would be going against what I’ve been trying to say all along. It’s never bad if you decorate from the heart. It may not make the design magazine covers but if it makes you smile when you look at your space, then you did a good job. And even while cringing at the photos, I was smiling!
I saw this almost as tall as I am (5’1″) pod and jumped for joy, literally. I am in Kansas City, it’s not everyday you find tropical dried leaves in a flea market in Kansas City, Missouri. That being said, the pod was very rough looking, it had been varnished at some point and was now peeling.
My good fortune that day as the vendor was having a 50% off sale. I skipped out of the flea market, literally, with my $6 pod.
I debated with painting a scene on the pod or just doing an ombré effect. I decided to make it more Shabby Chic decor and added a bunch of twigs.
Once it was all finished, it was time for me to take some pictures to advertise an event I was going to be attending as a vendor. And that, ladies and gentleman, is when I came up with the name Afro -Chic…
The rest, as they say, is history!
Found this image on Pinterest and loved it! I did this once (I’ll try and find my old pictures) on my dining room chairs. My furniture was Queen Anne Style with a high gloss cherry finish. When I came “into” my style, my furniture looked so out of place and outdated in my house.
I reupholstered the seats of my dining room chairs with a very colorful and ethnic themed fabric. Very easy and inexpensive to do. It cost me $0 as my aunt had given me the fabric a few years earlier. However the transformation was immediate! It gave my space an updated and personolized feel.
Try it out! As we grow and experience more of life, our taste will change to reflect not only what life has given us so far but also give a glimpse into what our hopes and aspirations for our future are.
WORD OF ADVICE:
In a way, when you look at someone’s space, you see their past, their present and their future. So when someone invites you to enter their home, be grateful, be humble and be appreciative… They are giving you an insight into where they have been, physically and spiritually, where they are in the present moment, and where they hope to be headed in the future.
Check out this link also, featured picture, accenting your traditional furniture with colorful African print throw pillows. You can be as bold or as subtle as you choose, African print design make a statement all on their own.
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT decorate your home with multiple animal prints on every upholstered surface, picture frame and knick- knacks, especially in a small enclosed space. Unless you’re an exotic game hunter with your winning pelts proudly displayed, even then, over the top, in your face decor may be dramatically chic, but most of the time it’s just in bad taste.
It’s okay to MIX YOUR PATTERNS, COLORS & STYLES. You can’t go wrong buying what you like! It’s only a matter of grouping your items to distracts the eye away from the disparity and instead draw upon the appeal to all your senses combined.