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before & after: katie and laura’s chair + sara’s office

by Kate Pruitt

I can’t count the number of chair makeovers I’ve seen, and sometimes, it can become a bit of a dull blur. But send me a fantastic chair like this, and I’m revved up all over again. This chair is the handiwork of Katie and Laura of Flourish and Blume. Katie and Laura are self-described “chicks who love chairs,” and their love certainly shows in this piece. I never would have thought much of this old chair, and I am completely amazed at how fresh and modern they’ve made it look.

You can see more shots of this chair makeover in progress and check out Katie and Laura’s other great renovation projects by visiting their site here. And you’ll be delighted to know that the vintage-style heart fabric is actually a contemporary design. It is called “Grand Hearts” in Kimono Red and is designed by Umbrella Prints. They are currently sold out — clearly this is a very in-demand design — but will be printing more shortly. You can count me in the long list of eager customers; I am green with envy over Katie and Laura’s lovely creation. Great work, ladies! — Kate

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“After” photograph by Elissa Biermann


CLICK HERE for Sara’s office after the jump!

No building is perfect; I’ve learned this through the many apartment searches, jobs locales and home makeovers I’ve experienced. Every space comes with its own unique quirks, and we wouldn’t want it any other way, would we? It’s what gives a place character. Pete Oyler and Nora Mattingly, the designers of this interior for Greenpoint CoWorking, are clearly well aware of this fact. Their decision to cover the awkwardly shaped alcove with neon green planks is simply genius. The result is graphic, modern, unexpected and adds a fun sculptural touch to the room.

Greenpoint CoWorking is a Brooklyn-based communal workspace for independent creatives and the brainchild of Sara Bacon. I love how the rest of the office is clean and minimal but with a few homey touches . . . and a dog :) It has the bright, airy openness that I imagine is quite conducive to a creative workflow. All you New Yorkers should consider yourselves very lucky; if this building was in my neighborhood, I’d be signing up for a seat immediately. Thanks for sharing, Sara!

Photography by Helen Pearson


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