Thursday, August 16, 2012


Yesterday I went to a local consignment store not expecting to find anything based on past visits but as you know, one never knows where the next treasure will be. A classic Billy Baldwin/tuxedo style sofa caught my eye.  It was upholstered in a terrible brown/blue/cream plaid but the lines were spot on.  I pulled up the middle cushion and the design gods started singing as the Henredon label smiled back at me.  For a steal, I could buy a vintage, down filled, Henredon tuxedo style sofa that was in perfect condition minus the ugly fabric.  So I asked myself, "what would Lara Spencer do?".  I know the answer based on her new book, which provides a list of the manufacturers and designers to look for when shopping for vintage:

Baker, Drexel, Henredon, James Mont, William Haines, Kittinger, Verner Panton, Parzinger and Karl Springer.

Taking Lara's advice, I purchased the sofa.  Now I just need the perfect fabric and a home for what is going to be an amazing vintage piece.

Before (seriously ugly fabric but I think it is a silk/cotton blend; probably expensive at the time):

 Potential Afters:

My #1 favorite:  Dorothy Draper fabric

Source: via jill on Pinterest

Or maybe I should just go all out and do Animal Print!!!


  1. Okay, how did you not mention at lunch that you bought a sofa?? Where is this beauty going? I love all the examples, but I always end up playing it safe with larger pieces and go with a solid fabric I won't tire of. That being said, maybe a luxurious velvet would be just the thing. I adore that Dorothy Draper fabric though. Oh, what a glorious dilemma!

  2. Oooh! Nice! I immediately thought a rich colored velvet or maybe have a tailored slipcover made in a fun fabric. Can't wait to see what you do!

  3. You really have such an amazing eye for design, girl! If you can convince Judd to let you do that hot pink one, please let me know your secrets! LOL..

  4. Love the sofa. What a find! I know Lara would be proud of you. I like the idea of doing it in hot pink.

  5. The design gods are smiling down on you! Great find and whatever fabric you choose, it will be fantastic.

  6. Score!!!! I love the contrast piping in all the examples...

  7. That's an amazing find! I vote for the hot pink or orange. Where did you find it?

  8. Amazing information & pictures on Henredon sofas, thanks for sharing.


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