Spotted Bench in the Works

A little while back I bought this cool bench along with a couple other things from one of my favorite vintage dealers just outside the city. Later I realized the bench is actually from Worlds Away (ha!) but no harm done because there were no claims to age on the bench and I didn't pay much ($50-$75, I think).


I love the square base!


The seat was covered in a chocolate velvet that bugged me. I never loved the shade (it was a very pinky brown) and somehow it showed every little finger smudge from my kids. I've been planning on picking up some leather to reupholster the bench but hadn't had a chance to swing into Global Leathers yet. So last week when I stopped by my upholsterer's shop and I saw this leopard printed cowhide in the remnant bin, I jumped all over it. Won't this be great for the bench? I think the dots and the gold of the base will be so pretty together next to my new rugs and layered under this parsons console.


The pattern reminds me of one of my favorite wallpapers, Thibaut's Tanzania Animal Spots.


Meredith Heron used the pattern in her office here. So, so good! I love this space.

28 comments:

Sadie + Stella said...

This bench has MAJOR potential. I am so jealous of your find. I am totally on the hunt for something of a similar look. The leopard is the perfect pattern to set this baby off!

Christina said...

Love it! What a great find and that animal print is going to just pop against the gold frame. I'm obsessed with gold and brass right now, so I'm totally crushing on this bench.lol

Christina
http://kaleidoscope-living.blogspot.com/

Lindsey said...

I actually don't mind the pink brown, but I LOVE the spotted hide. Gorgeous. Will be great with that square base

My Crafty Home Life said...

I love it, and I don't think I know what World's Away is.

Tonia B. said...

It's beautiful now as it is, but it's going to be a "looker" once it's redone in the spotted cowhide.

Naz said...

I like the animal print for the bench but for an entire room is just too busy for me.

MCS said...

I think it will be gorgeous. The legs on that bench are super sexy.

Laurie said...

It is going to be fabulous. Love the square base.

Amy said...

World's Away is pricey so although it isn't an antique, you got a super bargain! I am interested to see how you upholster the bench using a thicker material (the cow hide). Leathers are tough for me to keep smooth when recovering chairs/benches.

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

GORGEOUS. I'm so jealous!!! That print is fantastic!

Marissa Heather said...

the lines on that bench are just FAB! beautiful with that fabric too. love it!

Janna McCalley said...

Can't wait to see it. Love that fabric, what a great find!

Katie of At Home When Im With You said...

That will look great- love the lines of the gold base. Great find for sure!
-Katie
Athomewhenimwithyou.blogspot.com

Lianna said...

OOO - Love the fabirc. you should for sure use that one. I love the simple gold frame too!

Sharon@house58blog.com said...

That bench rocks! Great find!

Hannah said...

I love the base of the bench. I've been on the hunt of some of that fabric for my office chair!

Meagan said...

Love, love, love the spotted fabric! So jealous! This will look amazing!

Katie said...

What a great find! I am looking for something similar to use as a coffee table. Love the animal print.

Julia {Pawleys Island Posh} said...

this is going to be AMAZING! I think that might be my favorite bench yet. And that fabric is insane. Lucky find!

Sharon in Chicago said...

Did you catch that Meredith's desk echos the lines and color of your bench base? You'll end up with a microcosm of her room in one little, soon-to-be gorgeous bench!

How2home said...

That is amazing purchase for 75$, can't wait to see the end result of the new bench! Can you show us a step by step on how to reupholster the bench?

Edmundo said...

Oh my lord that bench is beautiful!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I love the bench and it's going to be so fab with that animal print!!! Awesome find! (btw you've now got me obsessing over that wallpaper)

Miss Rubio said...

Looove the bench, can't wait to see what you do with it. that fabric is gorgeous. I always come to your blog for inspiration. I have a couple of benches I will be working on too. In fact I would love your feedback on a little project I posted about yesterday....would much appreciate any ideas. Xo

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the spotted hide. I was lucky enough to visit Meredith's studio when I visited Toronto, that room looks even more amazing in person! And the rest of the space - to die for!

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

The base on that bench is killer! So many good things in this post- brass lines, spotted walls and a leopard cowhide... I have never seen that wallpaper! That's the stuff of my dreams right there!

Diana said...

I love that wall paper. The fabric is very much alike, I can't wait to see the finished product.

whitney @ thecurtiscasa said...

Love love love. So much. I've been on the lookout at my local thrifts for a bench like this for a while :)

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