Friday, July 9, 2010

Free Fridays: Have a Seat

Leave it to eagle-eyed Mark Ciolli of Carl & Co. to spot this little gem tossed out on the boardwalk near his summer getaway on Fire Island. In excellent condition, all this Chippendale armchair needed was someone to offer it a new seat.

So leave it to an interior decorator to just happen to have an extra fabric swatch lying around, which he quickly applied over the ragged old one with a nail gun. He said he would have used a staple gun, but that's all the neighbors had for him to use and it easily did the trick.

This fine example of wooden seating now rests in Ciolli's bedroom corner topped with a lime green pillow and a vintage, velvet riding cap that he placed there just for fun. Underneath the chair sits a pouf fashioned out of the fabric bag that once packaged a factory-fresh set of Liberty of London for Target bedding for which Ciolli paid $25 at a tag sale.

Do you have an example of a fabulous find that cost you absolutely nothing? A little something that you were amazed hadn't been snatched up by someone else? If so, email me at, send me a photo, and tell me your story.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Lovely! It was meant to be found by him and treasured. The Liberty of London pouf is darling-I want!!!

  2. boy, do i ever. the tale is unfolding on my blog right now. and i wish i were more proficient at reupholstering, such a great skill to have.

    the curves on the wood are lovely.

    ~ ana



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