more DIY ideas & Urban Grace

by Laura Casey Interiors on June 9, 2009

It is not hard to make a few changes to a room that have a big impact. This client was a ton of fun to work with and we made a few small updates to her living room. Working on a tight budget and a short deadline the living room was transformed from a 1995 PB catalog look to a young, fun and hip new space. DIY requires time, energy and homework. If you are committed to it you can find some great pieces.

We found these bamboo chairs here in Charlotte at Sleepy Poet for $125 a chair.


She was having a shower for a good friend in less than 4 weeks….so we had to pick a fabric for the chairs instantly. no shipping time allowed. We met at Calico Corners since I knew that they had some fresh new fabrics in and we left with a few yards. A couple rounds of Krylon Super White Spray Paint and two new chairs. SO MUCH BETTER!


If you missed the BEFORE/AFTER table skirt post click here. The frames above are vintage coins that my client found in the house when she moved in. She bought a pre-made frame and had them mounted on a white linen background. Be open to what can become art. It was easy and inexpensive idea that made for a great look.


With some left over table skirt fabric back sofa pillows were made and the front ones are from Z Gallerie.


So here is the whole room before


and after


They best part of how I got this client was she was reading Erika Powell’s blog URBAN GRACE. My sweet friend Erika did a post on me and my blog a few months ago. If you are a blogger you surely know Urban Grace, if you are one of my readers who doesn’t peruse all of the design blogs take some time to read Erika’s blog. She is a talented young designer and we became friends a long time ago working together at Victoria Hagan. She is very funny and just when you need it she will give you a good laugh. THANKS E!!!


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pve June 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Really nice, the room looks fresh with those new twin chairs!

2 velvet and linen June 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Amazing chair transformation. They are ready for their new life!
Erika has a great blog. I’ve been a fan for quite some time.
Yes, that is how I found you too! Another reason to love Erika’s blog.


3 erika June 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm

You are sooo good! Awesome transformation in a jiffy! Way to put the money where it counts! Room feels so fresh!
PS- You owe me a client now ;).

4 viera June 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Looks Fantastic ! I love bamboo chairs.

5 Lauren June 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Love it all–
The chairs–I love bamboo,
the table skirt–I need a seamstress,
and the COINS– how cool that your client found vintage coins in her home!
Nice work!

6 Vasudha June 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I am always in for makeovers…I loved this

7 Karena June 9, 2009 at 8:31 am

I always love to see the before & afters. Great job !

8 Maryruth Cutler June 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Laura has a keen eye for elegant simplicity. MRC

9 Michele June 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

That looks great! I found your blog through Erika. Love her. Anyway, I live in Charlotte, and I am pea green about those chairs. WHERE did you find them at such a steal?!!!

10 Jean June 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

What a wonderful update! Really fresh and beautiful!

11 meg June 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I would love to know where you found those chairs in Charlotte, I”m going to keep my eye out!! Great job with the room!

12 pigtown*design June 9, 2009 at 8:12 pm

What an amazing difference! You really brought the room right up to date.

13 judith June 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

Those chairs were a great find … .
the perfect note!

14 Tricia - Avolli June 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Hey Laura, I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your nice comments on Meg’s blog Pink & Green. Life and work have been a bit crazy lately but I hope to be back to visiting and commenting on my favorite blogs, such as yours, next week.

My best,

15 Jan Jessup June 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Dear Laura,
Glad to see that you were stretching your client’s decorating dollar and using Calico Corners as a fabric resource. Savvy designers do! I noticed a number of comments asking about the bamboo chair shown in a photo. Here’s a link to copy and paste to another blog that shows a similar chair available from Ballard Design:

16 Russel Griffith July 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

Great find from Alexander Scott at Sleepy Poet Antique Mall on South Blvd!

17 Eclectic Interior Design Group July 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Love the framed coins! Great idea esp since they were found at the house!

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