Tag: Fabric

Pillows by Dezign

Pillows by Dezign

This is not a sponsored post, but I was thrilled when Pillows by Dezign offered me a choice of any one of their designer accent pillows to review! Who doesn’t love fabrics by Kravat, Robert Allen, Schumacher… to name a few. And I’m not kidding,…

Burberry Plaid. Do You Live In It?

Burberry Plaid. Do You Live In It?

Burberry… Source: Luxpresso Do you live in it? Source: Salon of the Dames Source: CoBurberry Sale Source: Burberry Scarf 2011 Do you live in it? Source: Addicted Reader 27 Source: House Beautiful via All You Need Is Style Source: Burberry Or… Do you live in it!…

John Thomas Moore: Adjustable Folding Deck Chair

John Thomas Moore: Adjustable Folding Deck Chair

We’re finally rounding the corner on our weather… aren’t we? Soon we’ll be thinking BBQs and the beach.

And with that comes portable chairs like the deck chair.

Adjustable Folding Chair Design by John Thomas Moore

Source: Design Boom

That’s right. The John Thomas Moore adjustable folding chair.

British businessman, John Thomas Moore (1864-1929), took out a patent for adjustable folding chairs in 1886, though deck chairs can be traced as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

As you can see in the illustration above, the early version of the chairs were made of three wooden rectangles hinged together to form the folding frame. A rectangular piece of canvas in olive green was attached to the frame to form the seat and back support thus becoming the infamous deck chair.

You’ll often hear these iconic deck chairs referred to as the Brighton Beach Chair.

John Moore Deck Chairs on Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach, 1948

And that’s because as you see here, the chairs grew in popularity and became part of the tapestry of Britain’s Brighton Beach.

And as iconic as the chair itself, is the blue and white striped fabric that replaced the original mottled olive canvas.

Vintage Striped John Moore Deck Chairs

Source: Etsy – The Postcard Shop

Moore manufactured the deck chair in Macclesfield from 1887 onward, and by then they had become common place on transatlantic steamers. In fact, Moore supplied the Titanic with 600 deck chairs, of which only six survived the tragic sinking. Apparently, one of these was sold at auction in 2001 for £35,000 (approximately $44,000 CAD!!) and it is believed this chair had been used as a makeshift life raft!

Here you see the deck chairs on the Titanic.

John Moore Deck Chairs on Titanic

Source: Kottke (Francis Browne Photo)

Notice how their design is different from the original design, and includes a footrest?

And here you see a cane back variation of the original design, but with arms incorporated.

John Moore Deck Chair - Titanic Exhibit

Source: Trip Advisor

Since the 1940s the adjustable folding chair has made its way onto lawns, cricket pitches, tennis courts, patios and anywhere a portable comfy seat was needed, as you see in this photo.

John Moore Deck Chairs & The Beatles

Source: Meet the Beatles for Real Blog

Any idea who the gentlemen are in the background? 😉

Today you’ll find the iconic British deck chair still scatters the shores of Brighton Beach and beyond.

Deck Chairs on Brighton Beach

Source: Telegraph

And we are fortunate in the last few years to have a version of the British deck chair brought to our very own shores by Vancouver’s Gallant & Jones.

Blue & White Striped Deck Chair

Source: Gallant & Jones – Venice Beach Deck Chair

If you haven’t heard of this dynamic duo, you might want to read about them here.

The Gallant & Jones deck chair is handmade of North American White Oak or Black Walnut, and is available in a number of bright and bold weather resistant fabrics.

Here are a few examples…

Peach Patterned Deck Chair

Source: Gallant & Jones (Janis Nicolay Photo)

Do you recognize this Vancouver beach?

Don’t the chairs look pretty sitting here?

Multi-coloured Striped Deck Chairs

Source: Gallant & Jones (Janis Nicolay Photo)

They’re named from beaches and lakes throughout British Columbia and in Great Britain, and just to show you local examples of that…

Here you see the Kitsilano and Jericho deck chairs.

Gallant & Jones Striped Deck Chairs

Source: Gallant & Jones

I think these would be perfect around our new and improved BBQ area, don’t you? Especially once the plants are all potted up and in bloom.

From John Thomas Moore to Gallant & Jones… these deck chairs have come a long way, yet only gotten better with age!

How about you? Would you like a set of these chairs, too?

I really like the simple construction and lines of these deck chairs, and what I love about Gallant & Jones carrying on the legacy of John Moore’s design are the vibrant fabrics they use. But what I really appreciate is their environmentally conscious integrity around the construction of their deck chairs, and this: with every deck chair purchased a tree is donated and planted through the LOVE TREES PROGRAM. Gallant & Jones – environmentally responsible AND design savvy!

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For the Love of Panels!

For the Love of Panels!

How was your weekend? Was Saint Patrick’s Day good to you? We had a quick whirlwind adventure spent with family, and are now getting our feet back under us. And yesterday I spent the latter part of the day finally striking another thing off the…

DIY Bulletin Board Makeover

DIY Bulletin Board Makeover

I know this DIY project is not a new idea, but I’ve been wanting to cover this bulletin board for a long time now. It’s a basic cork board, and until this point the only upgrade was clear-coating the wooden frame. And that was done…

Mega DIY Projects: Fall Pinterest Challenge Round-Up

Mega DIY Projects: Fall Pinterest Challenge Round-Up

With the Fall Pinterest Challenge behind us, we now have a whole new wealth of DIY opportunities before us. Before us, and collected all in one spot. How handy is that? You will find all of these projects at random on Pinterest, the inspiration behind this pin-fest, and now you can see the whole Challenge collection on Young House Love’s blog… well over 600 ideas to choose from!

So I thought I’d share some projects that caught my eye. But these are just a sampling of what caught my interest – I’m sure if you visit the site yourself you’ll find other ideas in there for you too!

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, I found these various wreath options intriguing…

I’m loving this burlap wreath, and might even give it a try.

Our 1st Nest Blog

How about a wreath made from unbleached coffee filters?

Living on Live Oak Blog 

 Or one made from rolled music sheets?

Renewed Upon A Dream Blog

Here’s a similar style, but made from book pages instead…

Not So Newlywed Blog

And I know this isn’t a wreath, but a convex starburst mirror like this can certainly step in if you wish.

Hi Sugarplum Blog

Can you picture filling these decorative apothecary jars made from Dollar Store finds?

The Joy of Decorating Blog

Wine glass lanterns. So simple to create, and you can custom the shade to suit any decor or holiday theme.

Small Home Big Start Blog

Don’t these feathers made from maps look great? Nice way to spruce up a tree 😉

Silly Eagle Books Blog

How about this wall art? The Chevron pattern reminds me of feathers, in a geometric kind of way.

The Embellished Nest

On the note of art, isn’t this cool? The images are graphics and book pages, scanned and blended to become one.

Gardners 2 Bergers Blog

Paint chips and all those colour samples you don’t use… I thought these mobiles were very sweet, simple to make, and such a great way to put the extra chips to good use.

Ruby ReDesign Blog

I’ve been contemplating the DIY capiz chandelier, but how about this capiz drum pendant instead?

Pepper Design Blog

To end on a bright note… I really wanted to share this upcycled lampshade with you. I think it’s awesome!

Merrypad Blog

You really need to check out the DIY steps to see how it’s made. Trust me, you will be impressed! But that can also be said for so many of these projects. There’s a world of creativity out there just waiting to be seized.

I hope you found something here to contemplate for yourself. And if not, remember, these are only my handful of picks from a round-up of over 600 projects. Hop on over to YHL’s blog and peruse the 600+ ideas for yourself. And don’t forget about Pinterest, the foundation where all of this began. Once you start pinning, you won’t look back!

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DIY: Turquoise Throw Pillows Revealed

DIY: Turquoise Throw Pillows Revealed

If you read my post yesterday, you will know that I was sewing all the turquoise pillow covers I promised for Kaleigh’s room. In the end there are 5 turquoise covers in three different sizes, and they are 5 of 14 assorted covers that I…

DIY: Sewing Up A Sea of Turquoise

DIY: Sewing Up A Sea of Turquoise

The sewing has begun! Here’s a little look at the sea of turquoise in progress for Kaleigh’s throw pillows, which I wrote about here and here. I started with the small 19×9 cover first because I had a template to follow from the old pillow…

Got You Covered: Ironing Board Candy

Got You Covered: Ironing Board Candy

Ironing boards. Function or feature… or both?

If you can’t tuck the board away, why not showcase it instead?


With a fabulous cover, what’s not to love about this laundry space?

Or how about this little zone?


A place for everything, and everything in its place… I think a red cover in this space would really be fun.

Maybe one like this…


What do you think?

Even when the ‘function’ message is clear…


This cover adds a lot of charm and cheer.

Lead us not into temptation… you know, ‘behind closed doors’ could do that.


But instead of a boring board being tucked to the side, this one beckons you in style. I like the attention to detail in this laundry closet!

And when there’s lots going on…


Remember, you can never go wrong with black and white to help pull things together.

Or if the room needs some zip…


This Chevron will do the trick. Love this one!

With so many options out there…



There’s never a reason for your ironing board to be dull.


Or boring, or bland.

What’s covering up your ironing board? Will you be changing it any time soon?

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Throw Pillows & Bedroom ‘Before’

Throw Pillows & Bedroom ‘Before’

As we finish one DIY project for Kaleigh’s room, another is about to begin. So I thought it would be fun to give you a ‘before’ with all the pillow forms in place . The next time you see them they will be covered in…