Inspiration: Slipcovered Eames Chair for Summer

Inspiration: Slipcovered Eames Chair for Summer

Abby Stone
Apr 13, 2011

Slipcovers are a natural part of summer decorating. They're especially practical in a beach house where sandy feet and wet bottoms can quickly ruin the upholstery. When a friend wondered if she could give her Eames chair the slipcover treatment, my first thought was to answer her with a resounding 'No!" And then, I came across this picture…

This slipcover by Les Indiennes — an authority on attractive slipcovers — demonstrates how to work the look on a modern chair.

  • Start with a casual fabric with a bit of body to it: This appealing block-printed fabric achieves just the right balance of exotic and modern to work.
  • Keep it clean and neat: A closely tailored fit keeps the slipcover from overwhelming the chair.
  • Let the lines of the piece shine through: Allowing the chair's stand to show keeps the look fresh and cheeky.
  • Slipcover pillows separately: A separate slipcover for a pillow prevents the look from veering into sloppy territory.

Image: Les Indiennes

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