A little while ago I went on a buying frenzy of little 50's foot stools, I love the little brass feet and the chunky body! They've been hanging around for a little while gathering dust on their faux leather upholstery. Anyhow, I thought now a good time to recover them as they would make brilliant christmas presents. 

I have gone for deliberately bright colours as, in my opinion, a stool in a beige or grey would fade into the back ground and become a tripable health hazard! With that in mind, these two beauties below are eye catchingly and decadently bright. However, even those who are nervous about decorating with colour should feel calmed by the fact that these stools are small and will need a much needed zing to an otherwise neutral room.

 1950's circular stool with painted wooden legs and brass feet, recovered in Designers Guild geometric cotton velvet: £110 (w40cm x h33cm)

1950's circular stool with painted wooden legs and brass feet, recovered in a Designers Guild turquoise retro fabric: £110 (w40cm x h37cm)

And lastly (not a stool) a lovely 1950's communist chair in Designers Guild cotton velvet on the front and a Designers Guild woollen checked cloth on reverse. The legs are a well worn teak wood and the chair would be suitable as both a desk and dining chair or a lovely little corner chair; £200 (h78cm x w45cm x d45cm)

Right, that's all folks. Just to say that the builders start work on our new pad tomorrow, just doing boring (but essential) things like fixing the roof and sorting out the plumbing and electrics, but still an exciting step in the right direction. I'll leave you a little pic of our new bedroom bathed in sunshine yesterday.


Home sweet home

So here are the products of my recent labour, three new 1950's arm chairs which are all beautifully made and of very solid design, plus very comfortable and curl upable in!

In the absence of a pretty corner to photograph the chairs in, I thought it best to cut them out and just put up a simple picture of each chair. I have tonnes of other photos of them though, so if you would like to see some more detailed pics then pleas ask; they will just have a slightly run down workshop in the back ground!

1950's floral box chair in Designers Guild Seraphina floral fabric on the front and a heavy grey/blue weave on the back. The chair is from the old East German GDR and is very well made with lovely beech arm rests and solid splayed legs. £560

Another 1950's box chair but with a slightly more slim line design. This chair has been recovered in a gorgeous cut velvet from Designers Guild in a washed lemon colour.  The reverse and sides are in a heavy off white linen weave and it has two white buttons on the inside back. The chair is also made of beech wood and is also from the old GDR. £550.

And last but by no means least, this stunner of a chair  with a beautiful, waxed wooden oak frame which shows off the gorgeous patina of the wood beautifully. It has very unusual floating armrests and is a supremely comfy and well made piece. It has been recovered in Designers Guild wool in lemongrass and a Designers Guild striped grey and white linen on the arms and reverse. £599.

And so, there you are, three lovely new chairs which will be up for sale in my shop just as soon as I can get them up there. Other than chairs, we have been busy in our new house getting things ready for the builders to start. We've managed to take out all the stinky carpets and disgusting built in cupboards etc so now you can really see what state the building is in and what we need to do to make good etc. A much more exciting prospect than when we got the keys last weekend and there was no electricity and the whole place smelt of wee!

So here it is, our pride and joy, a lovely barn red house with father and son proudly assessing it from out the front. It's not much to look at at the mo, but we have big plans.

What I love about it is the size, and the fact that it really is a blank canvas. Plus, as well as the total butchery of some of the victorian features, we have discovered some beautiful fireplaces behind horrid built in wardrobes.

I also love love love the banisters and this hall way upstairs and it's got an enormous attic above; perfect place for my vast fabric collection me thinks.

And this is the garden! Not much to write home about now but it will look fab. I'm thinking of a summerhouse at the end and a landscaped slope with shrubs and flowers in curvy flower beds. Perhaps a little old fashioned glass green house at the end. So much fun. And yes, I know that there is such a thing as budget constraints but when I'm on maternity leave I can spend my time scouring second hand markets for everything and get it all at half the price... well, that is the dream, I'm choosing not to listen to all my friends with babies who say they struggle to get dressed before midday and only make it out of the house by 4pm. Mmm, I am prepared for a rude awakening.

That's all from me for now, please email if you have any questions about the chairs and have a very good week.

Mary at hickeyanddobson@gmail.com


New house - new chairs

It's been one of those weeks where I feel I have barely come up for breath, one of those times where you wonder why life is so busy all the time and wouldn't it be nice to move to the countryside and immerse yourself in nature/ become a hermit and get away from it all. 

In the absence of a country retreat we headed to The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, which really is about as good as you're going to get for us city bound Londoners. Not only is there the incredible Victorian palm houses but the tree top walk was pretty impressive and an added bonus was we got to hang out with our "odd" daughter, Cecily for the day (see below for a picture of her and her pa in matching hats).

I've also been busy getting some new chairs up and running, they're not finished yet, but here are a couple which are coming on nicely.

I had to include a close up of the wood on the floating arm rest chair above because, a) it's beautiful wood and b) it took a lot of hard work to get the horrid varnish off which was there to start with!

The chair above is a 1950's box chair in my favourite Designers Guild floral pattern and a chunky weave on the arms. I'm having to leave this for a little while as it needed a bit of clamping to get it all back together. 

I'll put up photos of both when they're done but I haven't worked out yet where to shoot them. Now I'm back with my parents I've lost my photo corner and will be without for at least another four months, mmm!

And lastly, I wanted to put up some pictures of this pair of Danish teak arm chairs which I just bought. They are absolutely beautiful pieces in fantastic condition. Before I cover them, I wanted to allow people the opportunity to buy them as a pair and choose what fabrics they want. 

Pair of 1950's Danish teak armchairs, £1200 for the pair (fully upholstered, including fabric)

My only other news, and it's pretty big, is that we completed on our new house today and we now have the front door keys in our possession, how exciting! Unfortunately the electricity has been switched off so by the time we got the keys it was too dark to visit our pride and joy. Once we've finally got in I will bombard you with pictures of the beautiful red swirly carpets and the corrugated iron shed in the back garden, and then you can gasp at the transformation that befalls it in the next six months!

Have a lovely weekend x