I always thought that Martha Washington Chairs were English in origin but didn't know what they were called there - assuming that the Brits were not adopting our egocentric naming convention. Wikipedia offers the following:
|BEFORE - Hickory Chair Martha|
The model they were talking about is in fact the one I just refurbished - having purchased this pair from a nice couple in Buckhead who were selling their aunt's furniture. The chairs were in almost perfect condition so the refurbishing process was not as dramatic as others. For this pair, I chose a fabric I still had from last year's Kay's Kovers Fabric Sale (see previous blog) - a VERY heavy linen with an embroidered velvety cranberry oversized pattern - I think they turned out just beautiful!
In addition to the Hickory Chair transformation, I picked up two Hancock and Moore Chairs as well - one a more traditional Martha Washington while the other a shorter version (with some interesting fretwork on the base). It's Martha Washington time at Wydeven Designs!!
|AFTER - Hancock and Moore - Shorter Version|
|AFTER - Hancock and Moore|
|AFTER - Hickory Chair Marthas|