Flea Market Décor

THE CHAIRWOMAN PRESIDES

Please be seated. This expert has a policy on colorful designs, evident in these before and after chairs.

- By Kathryn Drury Wagner

Check out this expert’s unique and colorful chair designs.

STACEY-ANN BLAKE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE BLOGGER “DESIGN ADDICT MOM,” HAS A LITTLE PROBLEM. SHE CAN’T STOP BUYING CHAIRS. “MY HUSBAND TOLD ME, ‘NO MORE CHAIRS,’ BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM.” AND WHAT HAPPENED? “I JUST BOUGHT A CHAIR TODAY! I COULDN’T LEAVE THIS ONE BEHIND.”

To Stacey-ann, chairs are like art. “The lines are beautiful to me. They speak to me. They can stand on their own in space and look beautiful.” She generally finds them for a pittance and makes them over. “I have gotten pieces that are close to death. I love to shop at thrift stores and vintage stores.”

In addition to her full-time job as a content creator, Stacey-ann has her hands full as a mom of three. She is a teacher by training, but her love of design “catapulted,” she says, when her husband was stationed in Italy for the army. “It’s a furniture mecca, and there are so many design shows,” she says. Her blog gained a following as people noticed her makeovers and punchy, colorful design experiment­ation. “People liked what was in my head,” says Stacey-ann. “Mine is not the typical pale walls.

My love of color is explosive.”

Stacey-ann grew up in Jamaica and calls her love of color innate.

“It’s in our food, our fashion, our language. I don’t think I could avoid color; it’s such a part of me. I moved to the U.S. in my early 20s.” The experience of being around handcrafte­d and colorful inspiratio­n in Jamaica shaped her for life.

When Stacey-ann is hunting for thrifted chairs, most of the time she does not come across pairs. “And if I did buy a pair, I wouldn’t upholster them the same anyway, because I move things around so often in my house My home is like my studio [for the blog], but the typical person’s home is not that.” For symmetry, she advises that if you do come across a pair, grab them, “especially if they are offering a great price for both.”

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Stacey-ann whipped up this chair makeover exclusivel­y for Flea Market Décor. “I simply used a floral fabric remnant to cover the existing cushion, with a nail gun for reupholste­ring,” she says. What else is in her toolbox? “I have a sprayer attachment...
 ??  ?? STACEY-ANN BLAKE, the creative force behind Design Addict Mom, has had interior design work featured on Design Sponge and other national publicatio­ns. Oh, and she is amazing with plants too! You should see her fig plant, Glory.
STACEY-ANN BLAKE, the creative force behind Design Addict Mom, has had interior design work featured on Design Sponge and other national publicatio­ns. Oh, and she is amazing with plants too! You should see her fig plant, Glory.
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