Sneak Peek — my next One Kings Lane sale

I do love a sneak peek. It’s like samples at Costco; even if I have no intention of buying the product I will still fight you for that cup of cran-apple juice or little smokie. Hell, I might even take two and over-explain (lie) how one is for my sister who can’t get her own because she’s in a wheelchair with gout and little smokies are really the only things that bring a smile to her face. That’s how much I love samples … and sneak peeks into sales.

So thus begins my sneak peek posts into my next One Kings Lane Sale that begins March 10th.

First up, late ’70s club chairs. I know a lot of you (or your parents) finally just got rid of your ’70s and ’80s furniture. AS WELL YOU SHOULD HAVE. Unless they were awesome, then shame on you and you best run back down to the Goodwill and fight Kelly Wearstler for them. Or Orlando and I, but I will warn you Orlando has a mean bitch slap.

Here they are before … I mean … disgusting … but the shape? Intriguing.

photo 1

The scale is large and pairs of large chairs are strangely hard to find and very in-demand for all you non-urban dwellers (aka people with larger living rooms).

But why did I buy them? What makes them good and why are they better than, say, the sofa that they sit next to. Well, they are big and low, but still have strong modern and masculine lines. Had they been that same scale but full of curves and flourishes, then they could have been disgusting and worth lighting fire on in the store, despite how many lives would have been lost. You know what the scale reminds me of? This safari chair from Anthropologie. (Where I have two originals, holla!)

anthropologie leather safari chair

See what I mean? Sure, it doesn’t have the rosewood, nor the beautiful caramel leather, but the general shape, scale, arms and strap details are all there.  It’s an iconic ’70s shape that is pretty desired right now. So I just felt they had potential.

80's blue club chairs

Man, that super rich velvet makes those details VERY hard to see. I’m assuming they’ll brighten them up for the actual photo for the sale, (MARCH 10th), but trust me when I tell you, they are incredible. If I didn’t have a navy sofa and rug, I would probably keep these. But alas, they are yours.

Up next: a pair of peach and brass ’80s side chairs.


The chairs above were total splurges even before the upholstery. The peach was in “meh” condition, and while I know that that color is back and has a lot of potential growing in the future, it’s a hard sell for a lot of people, and fact is I have to move this furniture. I don’t have a store so I can’t just hope they sell; this forces me to take moderate risks without taking totally crazy risks. With only three days to sell these pieces, I have to make sure that they are actually sell-able. So I thought I’d take these crazy chairs and at least update them with a color that more people can handle, but still totally fun.

80's peacock blue chairs

Ah yes. I want you in my house, right now. I want to use words like “divine” and “exquisite,” but then I’d hate myself, so instead I’ll just say “amazing” and have that suffice. They really are. The shape of the base is incredible, the upholstered arms are so unique, and that brass is in very good condition. It’s the solid stuff, not the cheap stuff.

In case you are muttering, “She only reupholsters in blues,” I’d like to show you exhibit A:

photo 3

That piece above is now this amazing black and white navajo-inspired pattern:

black and white daybed

Somebody better buy that beauty before I decide to chuck my entire style and turn into my friend Morgan.

For the record, there are actually very few bright, saturated colored fabrics that are inexpensive. These fabrics, above, were all $20 – $25 a yard, which is kinda my max for resale.  I’d love to use a bright green, yellow, tangerine, or coral, but they are strangely hard to find from sources under $50 a yard, some even head up to $90/yard. I can find chartreuse, lime green, olive green and a kelly here and there, but none that I’m like “YES! That’s my green!.” Same with yellow. A lot of butters (barf) and some school bus, but none of that perfect lemon acidy yellow that we all love. So any suggestions would be great. Oh and I got all these fabrics from Home Fabrics in downtown LA, which I’ve concluded has the best selection for the price without a ton of digging.

For all your upholstery questions, comments, and concerns, please see my “All you need to know about upholstering furniture” post where I lie out everything from how to find your upholsterer, to how many yards per piece, pricing per piece, and what my go-to fabrics are. Good luck.

So, if these pieces were free, which one would you be most likely want to have in your living room?

  1. Tracey

    That leather chair is the one I’d pick if I could only pick one (and it was free–because I am broke as far as furtniture buying right now). But I love all of it.

  2. I have to say I’d like the last one, but not in the navajo print since navajo’s not my cup of tea. Definitely something big and bright though. . .

  3. Brittney

    Dying over the last one. The print is fantastic & would totally make a whole room. Drool.

  4. Melanie

    The navy and brass chairs! Awesome! Plus, their airy legs would be perfect in my tiny living room.

  5. sarah

    I love the last one. The contrast of the texture of the fabric with the wood is terrific. Would love it in my living room.

  6. Lauren

    I could see me with that aztec print sofa. Oh yes I could. If I had a nice little ranch house…with wood floors…and a roommate whose friends wouldn’t destroy it. Alas, I have an 90′s apartment with shag carpet and a roommate with strangely destructive friends for their age.

    This is why I can’t have nice things.

  7. Kimberly

    I am blown away by those oversized 70′s chairs. I had to keep going back and forth at the before and after. If I had been standing in that store there is no way I would’ve been able to see the potential. I just don’t have eyes that work like that. That Rhys chair from Anthropologie is pinned on my ‘Furniture I Want’ pinterest board…I love it. And now seeing the after I can see how it’s totally that shape. I want to own those velvet navy chairs so badly but I know there is no way I’ll be able to afford them but I’ll be happy for whoever does!!

  8. Sonel

    That tribal mid century sofa is amazing! Great fabric choice!

  9. heather

    THOSE NAVY VELVET CHAIRS!!!!! IN LOVE. Are you selling them as a set only or can you buy them individually?

  10. That is a tough one, but I would probably have to go with the navy and gold chairs. Great combination of hard and soft. But that sofa is also divine!

  11. Centsational Girl

    Hot hot hot! Those navy + brass chairs are everything you said they are and they will sell in about 5 seconds – if only they could be mine I swear I’d design my entire world around them. :)

  12. Mal

    All I could see in the pictures above was the YELLOW CAMPAIGN CHEST, you
    didn’t buy it? OHMY

    • Emily

      OH i bought it. I’ve been hoarding that for a while. But now its white…and i think i’m keeping it….but we’ll see. :)

  13. Christine

    70s chairs! Ahh I want them so bad!

  14. Laura

    The brass chairs…omg I’m drooling.

  15. Wow, that sofa is incredible! So great that you saw the beauty in it.

  16. Joani

    I need that sofa in my life — ASAP!

  17. Lori

    I love the brass base chairs!

  18. Bridget

    Totes the navy and brass beauties! Love them. Cannot wait for more sneak peeks! It’s like when you finish a TV show and they show “scenes” for next week’s show. Tease, foreplay. Keep ‘em coming.

  19. BridgetG

    The navy velvet chairs look SO comfy and I’m a sucker for velvet. They’d be my choice.

  20. Amy

    Sofa. Awesome.

  21. Holly

    I love what you did here – these pieces could go masculine OR feminine. That couch is TO DIE FOR. About art in L.A. btw, this may not be worth 2 cents, but I find the best art in coffee houses. Ignore that episode of Portlandia, there’s certainly horrible coffee house art, but the most amazing art I’ve seen this year was in a coffee house in NoHo by a local artist – kind of pop art meets Richard Estes. Also, here is my lovely friend’s photography series on moving light:

  22. That sofa! Holy crap, I’m so glad you gave us the source, I’ve been begging on instagram since you sneak peeked that chair you did.

  23. Kelly

    Those navy, velvet chairs went from very ugly to very sexy. Love

  24. sue

    sorry, but those chairs are both divine & exquisite… feel free to hate me… :)

  25. I am speechless at the transformation of the first pair of chairs! I would have never thought they could look so amazing. Those would be my pick.

  26. Amy

    Oh the long bench! So so fun

  27. tammyCA

    Without a doubt, the midnight blue velvet chairs would be my choice…not practical with hairy dogs & sloppy kids, but I can dream (and, they sure look like a cozy place to daydream in). The brass chairs are super, too…not only cool design but they look pretty comfortable, too. As much as I love the lines of mid-century furniture I never felt comfortable sitting on them…these ’80s brass ones could fit into a mid-century look and BE comfortable.
    I’m not a b/w person but do like the shape/line of the sofa and bet it would look great in one of those ‘hard to find’ solid colors. I know I have been trying forever to find an upholstery fabric and color that I think only exists in the past or in somebody’s grandmother’s basement in the midwest.

  28. Those brass chairs were to die for pre-reupholstering, but totally amazing now! And I never would have bought that first set of chairs but they look amazing redone! Have you ever bought any fabric online? Found any good sites for that?

  29. Naomi

    GAHHHHH Those Navy Velvet Chairs!!!

  30. First of all, I apparently haven’t been on your blog in a few weeks. It looks SO GREAT! I can’t wait for this next OKL sale, I hesitated too long on the last one and missed out on some things I really wanted. I’ll make sure to share with my readers before the big day.

  31. Ryann

    I would do very inappropriate and disgusting things if it meant that b+w navajo, danish day bed would be mine. Loving it and also loving it is a wild card amungst some of your more expected (blue velvet, hot pink, brass) staples – not that those aren’t wonderful too.

  32. Angelica

    I am OBSESSED with that day bed. Must. have.

  33. Emily

    The navy and brass chairs! Be still my heart…. Love all the pieces and can’t wait to see what you end up with in your OKL sale!

  34. Melissa

    I love them all, but the brass chairs and the daybed are my favorites. What is the blue material? Linen? All gorgeous. Keep the teasers coming

  35. michele double you

    Day bed. Navajo-inspired items aren’t usually my thang, but black and white and graphic is. As is a patterend sofa. (i know, i know–not a smart choice, limits your styling ability, and you should see the looks I get when people walk into our home for the first time–no, it’s not floral, so don’t worry)

    Or the blue velvet chairs. Their scrumptious. I could nap in one of those just as easily as anything else called a “bed.”

    • michele double you

      for Pete’s sake–I spelled “they’re” wrong. Whiskey tango foxtrot….

  36. Kathleen R

    I have that same MCM daybed sitting in my basement storage locker. I pulled it out of my neighbors trash on bulk pick up day. It was a couple blocks away and I couldn’t get it home so I enlisted a total stranger walking down the sidewalk and had him help me put it on top of my tiny car with a quilt underneath and drove home holding it out the window. Good times. I haven’t reupholstered it and love the Navajo option you’ve used. I never would have purchased the first pair of chairs. I couldn’t see their goodness underneath that upholstery.

  37. Anna

    Ohh, those navy velvet chairs are amazing!!! I would have looked at the originals, said ugh & walked on. Great eye in seeing their potential! I would love to own the pair for my future den but alas, I can’t afford them.

    The 80′s brass chairs remind me of a set we have in our apartment (owned by our landlady, who has a matching set in a different hideous 80′s fabric). They are cheap brass though, not the good stuff. Still I think if they could be reupholstered in a navy velvet or maybe even hot pink or something funky like that, instead of the muted blue with weird, multi-color lines throughout, they would look so cool with a different table (not the nasty cheap brass pedestal with glass top table they match. They’re not my style so I don’t want to offer to buy them from her but they have potential to make someone happy. =)

  38. Lindsay

    Le sigh… gonna get my clicking finger ready for the sofa and/or the brass chairs. Only to be horribly depressed when I’m too late or can’t afford it. I’m already excited/devastated!

  39. Those brass chairs are amazing! I would definitely take those. The Navajo sofa is also very cool. Not the fabric choice I was expecting but it totally works.

  40. Carolyn

    So, so utterly and deliciously gorgeous! Transformations. Torn between the navy and brass chairs and the black print couch, but if I absolutely had to pick and space was no object, the couch!

  41. Ash B

    Those sassy brass-n-blue mummas are calling my name! Hopefully when I get home they’ll magically be sitting in my apartment waiting for me…

  42. kym

    That navajo inspired couch is Huh-Mazing. I’d take it in about half a heartbeat.

  43. Tiana

    Those navy blue velvet chairs look AMAZING, and they look ridiculously comfortable!

  44. that couch/sofa/danish day bed/whatever you want to call it. i want to call it mine.

  45. um, without hesitation, the Navajo. always the Navajo. seriously. give it. please.

  46. win

    Ah! I’ve been looking all over for that navajo piece (after I saw it somewhere on the Internets/instagram). is it for sale? totally adore it!

    • win

      or well, I mean will there be more than one? I can see this one disappearing in a second

  47. Liz

    Gorgeous! Where do you find a good deep blue velvet that’s family friendly? Thats what I’ve been struggling with. I dont want to do microfiber. Does that mean I just cant have velvet. (sad face)

    • Whitney

      Have you looked at Sunbrella indoor-outdoor velvet? It’s expensive, but sometimes has some for <$20/yd. It's supposed to hold up to anything (and, by anything, I hope they mean my two boys although their example was the Arizona sun for 3 years!).

  48. Megan

    Hi Emily,
    Have you checked out the performance velvet from West Elm? It’s $20 a yard and they do have some saturated colors. It has a bit of poly which I’m interested in for longevity sake. I’m considering the navy for an upcoming upholstery job.

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  51. Emma

    Hi Emily,

    Where did you get this black and white navajo-inspired fabric? I absolutely love it!

  52. Erin K

    Please please where is the black and white navajo inspired fabric from!!! I’m begging you!

  53. melissa

    I’m with the others…BEGGING for the navajo print fabric. I’m customizing my RV and I need this to make it a happy place.

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