A vacant spot in the foyer of my home has been begging for an occasional bench ever since we moved in some eighteen+ years ago. Unfortunately the space is tight, so I have been on a rather lengthy quest to find just the right one. About a year ago Alison and I unearthed an old piano bench at a local consignment store with the correct dimensions, but it required a major rehab.
The folk arts-y Noah’s Ark scene no doubt enhanced a child’s room once-upon-a-time, but it needed to disappear. I scoured the retail fabric sources in RVA but came up empty on inspiration. Thank heavens Alison thought of the obvious: why don’t you remake it to look like the benches you love at The Carolina Inn?
Well blow me over and call me Pearl. Post haste I contacted Sarah Wiley at Huger Embroidery to see if she could design an interesting B image, not a monogram this time, to appliqué or stitch in the center of the bench just like the iconic C design that is used on furnishings throughout my favorite Chapel Hill haven.
What she created was simply perfect for me. This reverse and interlocking B is unique and yet classic. Designer Liz Hart helped me find the just-right color of linen for Sarah to stitch the image and make the bench skirt. Once I saw her lovely appliqué, I chickened out on the DIY upholstery, and Liz sent it to her workroom.
Rarely does the execution perfectly match my vision,
but this bench adds just the right touch of pretty functionality to my foyer.
Although it took me longer than I would have liked, going from inspiration to reality was worth the wait. Thank you to my local resources for enabling me to fulfill my vision.
October 29, 2014