Before & After: A Turquoise Chair Gets a Tropical Print Makeover

published Dec 17, 2015
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(Image credit: Adrien Rabago)

When I first looked over a few snapshots of Adrien and Jon’s house in anticipation of shooting their House Tour, I immediately latched onto the palm frond chair. I had been looking for the perfect palm fabric for a personal project and begged Adrien to reveal her source.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)

I was soon on my way to downtown L.A. to scoop up some of the Tommy Bahama (yup, that’s right) Swaying Palms fabric from Michael Levine. Fortunately for all of us, the tropical print has a friendly price point and is available in both a linen blend and an outdoor fabric.

Adrien found the chair in its previous turquoise incarnation at the Melrose Trading Post flea market, and since she reupholstered it and topped it off with some custom-made yellow velvet pillows (fabric also from Michael Levine), it has become what she refers to as her “favorite piece ever!” That is high but well-earned praise for this one-of-a-kind resting spot in a colorful and eclectic home.

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Adrien purchased the chair–originally upholstered in a turquoise fabric–at the Melrose Trading Post flea market. (Image credit: Adrien Rabago)


  • Original turquoise chair: Melrose Trading Post
  • Palm frond fabric: Swaying Palms by Tommy Bahama purchased at Michael Levine
  • Velvet yellow pillows: custom-made using fabric from Michael Levine

Thank you, Adrien!