Almost George Smith

by Liz Dowling

With my living room refresh now in full swing, the joy of finally removing the oversized “Classic Sofa” trio of furniture was indescribable.  I flipped each piece on its side and pushed them out, one by one, into the dining room.  Oh no, I was not getting RID of them.  They were now going to live in my office after a quick reupholstery job.  Now to find a new couch…..  Owning the fabulous George Smith sofa has always been at the top of my fantasy list.  Unfortunately, it is not happening for this girl.  My budget won’t allow it.  So I chose the lovely Kravet Allegro Tight Back that has similar lines to the George Smith.  In a nubby charcoal gray fabric, Noire Magnifique, to go with my pink/gray color scheme.

With the two slipper chairs already recovered and the old living room furniture gone, I needed two small-scale chairs to sit in front of the fireplace.  I remembered a photo of a charcoal gray chair piped in pink with chrome nailheads that I loved in an old issue of House Beautiful.

Gray chair in upper right corner

Gray chair in upper right corner

The chairs were the perfect size (24″ W x 24″ D) and reasonably priced ($470 each).  When delivered, they matched the Kravet gray sofa perfectly!

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I needed to introduce some other colors into the room, but didn’t know what.  Something to break up the pink/gray.  Back to the D&D in New York with another set of eyes, my friend Priscilla.  We brought back a handful of fabrics and draped them all over the couch.  Two survived and an old Calico Corners fabric sample I had lying around also made it into the mix for new couch pillows.


Four pillows later, I had a nice selection of accent colors to use if needed!


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