The “Captain” Is Now On Board…

Things are officially back to normal after my “north of the border” jaunt. I have officially signed up a new client in an adorable apartment in downtown San Francisco that was formerly a bank – imagine steel casement windows and a lot of potential that was wrecked with a crap-o-tastic conversion that stripped away the majority of the space’s character. Armed with a small budget, I am going to do my best to bring some life back into the space.

Yet as one door opens, I am winding down on a project I have grown to love, Calvert Court. For those of you who don’t remember, Calvert Court is my mid-century modern project that I have been profiling since February. Slowly but surely we have worked on the kitchen and bedroom as well as the living room. The dining room has gotten a few tweaks, mostly because the other rooms ate up the budget. However, we splurged on getting new captain’s chairs for the dining table.

Well not actually — the clients had the chairs stored in their garage and I thought the shape was perfect for the space. In addition, we needed something to help tie in a rather bossy rug that the clients love to the living room. So taking my cues from the rug, I pulled the turquoise and the citrus green color and had the upholstery workroom do a two-tone treatment to the existing captain’s chairs…

We actually got two seat covers made – one in the green show and the other in the same Romo burnout velvet. Speaking of the velvet, it is like touching the butt of a baby angle wrapped in cashmere that was sprinkled with talcum powder….perfection. The green is an indoor/outdoor fabric from the remnant pile of my local discount fabric store. I loved the texture of the pattern and the fact that you can soak it in red wine and it comes out right out with a damp sponge is pretty awesome in my book.

When I got the chairs back from the upholsterer, I will admit, I was nervous. The seats seemed a tad garish in the bright light of my car port. I panicked and checked my bank account to see if I could afford new chairs. Fortunately, my fears were alleviated when I placed them into their intended home….

Ahhhh…….I can breathe. I am loving them in their new home. The pattern and color play nicely with the rug. The gold to he bar cart picks up the metallic highlights in the fabric and the green pulls in the accents from the rug and living room.


Excuse me while I go pat myself on the back, while I wait for some other ego deflater to come along and knock me down a peg or three. So tell me, have you ever gone the “weird combo” route and found out in the end, that you loved it?

Shelving is finally being built at Hawthorne Street (yah!) but that means I am onsite all day thanks to the stupid HOA rules (boo). Since I am stuck onsite, feel free to chat with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter as well as Instagram (@CourtneyOutLoud).


6 thoughts on “The “Captain” Is Now On Board…

    • Kate – glad you caught the reference. I literally finally threw my hands up and channeled Mr. Redd and let color take over….it was quite l liberating.

  1. I LOVE those chairs and that fabric looks delectable!

    I have a weird combo in progress in my apartment. If the universe finally gives me the time, energy, and motivation to finish it all I will be glad to share it.

    Also, do you know of a free, online program you can make simple mood boards with? I love mydeco, but I can’t seem to download a picture of the board bigger than avatar picture.

  2. Courtney, you made me laugh with, “Speaking of the velvet, it is like touching the butt of a baby angle wrapped in cashmere that was sprinkled with talcum powder….perfection.” Thank you. 🙂 Love, love, love the color choices – that turquoise is just delicious. Someday…

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