Welcome to the dark side

As I mentioned last week, it’s been commission crazy here at Happy HQ for the last month or so – and interestingly, lots of those items have been coming to us for a shady makeover.  Perhaps it’s the onset of autumn, but it seems like people are looking for furniture a little cosier, a little richer, and a little darker than usual.  We’ve had a number of chair frames in to be painted – a pair of gorgeous Goldsmiths and an elegant Ercol Evergreen, for example, both in a soft matt black.  Our grey Ercol chair flew out the door at the Bethnal Green furniture flea recently, and another customer from the same fair commissioned an Ercol 203 in the same shade of grey, with matching grey cushion.  Cosy!

Someone came to Bethnal especially for this one!
Someone came to Bethnal especially for this one!

 

And it’s not just paint colours that are getting dark – we recently acquired this fantastic 1960s Farstrup Mobler rocking chair, and having given him loving clean up, I can’t guarantee that he won’t remain in his beautiful vintage condition.  Beside him in the picture there is another dark and mysterious lovely; an Ercol Butler’s table.  Now, this one might well end up a lighter shade of pale, but I have to admit, he looks quite fetching as he is, don’t you think?

Rocking chair, check. Useful side table, check.  Always warm pot of tea, check!
Rocking chair, check. Useful side table, check. Always warm pot of tea, check!

And then there’s Mr Fantastic – a 1930s smoker’s chair, complete with ashtray holder and cupboard in the arm for your bottles of booze!  While he certainly needs some major reupholstery, the fabulous woodwork will be staying just as it is…warm and rich, aged and beautiful.

A chair for things which are bad for you... ;)
A chair for things which are bad for you… 😉

So if it’s getting darker both inside and out,  it seems like a good excuse to get the blankets out, pour the hot chocolate and snuggle down in a cosy chair…

‘Til next week!

H x

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