Double Parlor The Victorian House

Stripes Wanted

The new house needs a little striped settee. NEEDS.

Striped Settee

These matching striped sofas are pretty fantastic too (though larger than what I’m looking for).

Striped Sofas

I think the key is going to be finding a vintage piece with interesting lines, that would be a good candidate for reupholstering. It’s just not the same with, say, a new chair. The seating needs to have some curves and some quirk.

We’re out of this house next week, and then we’ll be heading up to Northern Wisconsin. I want to hit up the antique shops in the area because I have it in my head that I will be able to find veritable treasures there for like $2. I’m sure it won’t shake out that way, but a girl can hope for some thrifting luck.

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  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres
    July 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. You may need some stripes, but we need a picture of you driving through Wisconsin with a settee strapped to the roof of the car.

  • Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet
    July 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Ooh, I love it. I agree that striped furniture needs to have a more unique, curvy shape. A boxy shaped sofa with stripes can end up looking like a Dr. Seuss sketch ;-)

  • Laura @ Rather Square
    July 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Good luck on the hunt! Stripes never seem to go out of style.

  • Michelle M
    July 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Elkhorn flea market in WI is Aug 11th. They always have some wonderful finds. Good luck!

    • Making it Lovely
      July 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks! We’re going to be pretty far north though, probably a good four hours past Elkhorn. Is it really good?

      • Alana
        July 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        Elkhorn’s my fave in the area. It’s Sunday only, so great deals to be had after noon.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa
    July 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I have been debating stripes on the settee that I will eventually tackle. First I have to figure out where it’s going to go and what’s happening in that room. I feel like all of that is so far in the future my poor settee will just have to chill for a long while.

  • Andrew
    July 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    YES! I don’t know if you ever go into The Careful Peach in Oak Park, but Karen often reupholsters really sweet looking vintage chairs and setees. Ask her about her pre-redone inventory. Or, I bet a weekend or two of estate sales would find you an awesome piece for very little money. Think Berwyn, Cicero, south suburbs or northwest Chicago neighborhoods where you have concentrations of eastern European grandmas. I’ve found a few gems of this style throughout the years that I have flipped or sold to dealers.

  • hannah
    July 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    That couch from Little Green Notebook is one of my absolute favourites. The stripes are so divine.

  • Jess
    July 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Happy thrifting!! I never give up on the hope/dream that I’ll stumble into some old lady’s yard sale and she’ll be selling vintage Herman Miller pieces for like $2 ;-)

  • Wendy
    July 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Does the fact I recognized the first pic before I even saw the settee mean I’m spending too much time reading blogs? I love Little Green Notebook, though I find her energy level intimidating! LOL

  • Amanda
    July 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I live in rural (but not northern) WI and yeah–keep your eyes open. I’ve seen some amazing pieces at Goodwill and St. Paul de Vincent. Good luck!

  • Christina W.
    July 26, 2013 at 1:50 am

    May ye olden Thrifting Gods smile upon thee.

  • Holly
    July 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Happy thrifting!

    I’ve recently come upon a love for striped seating since inheriting my grandma’s striped wing chair. It looked out of place in her stuffy living room, but in my retro modern family room it has gotten a new life.

    Have fun on vacation!

  • Amanda
    July 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I love reading about your move and seeing the pure excitement that you have about tricking it out! I cannot wait to see what you do with your new place. I’m reassured that there are others out there who get absolutely obsessed with everything home.

  • Lori
    July 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    This place might have something and I don’t think it’s far:

  • Pattern Society
    July 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Good luck! I need a striped settee, too!

  • Eleni
    July 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love stripes…!

  • The Art of Michelle
    July 30, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Oh! I love all things striped. We’ll be rearranging our living room soon and are on the market for a new settee or sofa. Love this post!

  • Alana
    July 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Ooohgirl. Mama can HOOK YOU UP on this one.

    I have a new vendor with a stash of French settees waiting to be upholstered.

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