A vintage wicker peacock chair. (above)
Good friend Linda Grasso of Shesez blog wrote me this evening asking for some ideas on refurbishing a furniture find. Linda found this vintage peacock wicker chair in La Jolla this weekend at a yard sale for $15. The chair she was told comes from England. While the silhouette is shaped like a classic peacock wicker chair, the swirls and curls in this wicker are quite unique.
Now Linda wants to know what she should do with this chair. Does the chair even need a makeover? Should it go indoors or outdoors? Remain natural or painted? If paint is the option for this wicker wonder, then what color? If it stays outdoors, how does one waterproof it? What to do with this chair? What should Linda do with her new chair? Help!
I have some ideas and so does Linda on what should be done...but I would love to hear your ideas!
Close up of the intricate detail on Linda's vintage wicker chair. (above)
To give you a little context on where this chair might go...Linda lives in a gorgeous home in the Encino hills with her husband CK, two darling sons and two cute small dogs. Linda has beautifully decorated her home in a traditional style that feels both chic and comfortable. A home where you could easily throw a posh dinner party for 10, spend relaxed quality time with the family, enjoy cooking a fantastic meal in the gourmet kitchen, or even pretend that you are at an elegant resort enjoying a luxurious spa retreat. Linda has designed a home that is warm, elegant, easy and stylish all at the same time.
View of the back of Linda's lovely California hillside home and backyard. (above)
As you can see, Linda's backyard is quite splendid. It features a lovely garden, the perfect pool with flagstone trim and a path of paving stones surrounding it. Lastly the yard has a great patio with several seating areas including an outdoor "living room" of sorts set under a wonderful white lanai.
In my view, when the wicker chair is spruced up in some way, it might actually work for this outdoor living space.
Who wouldn't want to take a dip in this pool? (above)
Linda Grasso of Shesez relaxing at home on her patio with several furry friends including her own Bo and Cal.(above)
Linda is leaning towards painting the vintage wicker chair a green or a yellow to blend in with the striped upholstery on the her outdoor living room furniture.
I think the chair could also fit in perfectly if it was painted a bright glossy white and some bold turquoise, brown and white, or yellow and green patterned seat cushions were added (I am partial to Trina Turk's indoor outdoor fabric line - I bought the brown and white Santorini fabric for some outdoor cushions on my own deck...of course, I have yet to have the cushions made...of course). Could look kind of Palm Beach glam or retro 70's Hollywood.
Any ideas are welcome. Please please comment on how you might makeover Linda's vintage wicker chair!
P.S. Can't wait to hear your ideas and also can't wait to see what Linda ends up doing with her new (old) chair...when she finishes...I'll have to post the before & afters!
All photos courtesy of Linda Grasso of Shesez