I'm a big believer in reusing and recycling vintage furniture to give new designs soul and history. Even if your sofa, carpet, lamps and curtains are brand spanking new, you should always try to incorporate something vintage to really bring the composition to life.
Vintage chairs, sofas and ottomans are the perfect way to do this. They usually have unique shapes, beautiful scale and lines, and were made from sturdy materials to stand the test of time. If you find a solid vintage piece of furniture at a reasonable price, you can have it recovered in something fresh and interesting.
Windsor Smith's pieces may be new or old, I'm not sure, but they're certainly keeping with vintage designs and styles. Notice how they used a daring ikat print on one chair? It really makes this room.
Here are some vintage upholstered pieces I've found in my travels. Some of them still torture me with regret — why didn't I buy them?!?! They're so wonderful!
With a little imagination and some fantastic and fun fabric, you can get the look of the Windsor Smith ikat chair or these examples below from Peter Dunham and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Give it a try!
See this DIY Chair Makeover to see how I transformed an occasional chair with a bit of paint and fabric.
1. House Beautiful
2-7. Michael Penney
8. Gloria Chair, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
9. Cole Chair Ottoman, Hollywood at Home
10. Hemingway Chair Upholstered, Hollywood at Home
11. Zondra Chair, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
12. Cole Chair, Hollywood at Home