Four Legs + HOUSE: Newburgh + Scavenging

I’m back!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I made a real post. I just needed a break. I’m eternally behind on emails, projects, sleep…everything. I can’t say I’m any more caught up now than I was four weeks ago, but sometimes you just need to have one less thing to think about.

Anyway, Fritz here would like to welcome you (and me) back, and show off one of our newly reupholstered chairs. He would also like to mention that he has not chewed on the new fabric at all—not even a tiny taste.

This is one of the two chairs we bought almost two years ago (!) and “temporarily” wrapped in linen with plans to have new cushions made. It sure took us long enough, but I love the new fabric SO MUCH. We had a local upholsterer do the work. For all four cushions (two chairs), it only cost $200 for the foam to be re-wrapped and new, zippered covers made with flat seams. The fabric is a commercial-grade Maharam wool blend, which we bought at an enormous discount from Modern Fabrics. I cannot recommend them enough as a resource—excellent customer service, great prices, and a pretty amazing selection of high-end remnants.

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  • Reply Amanda August 3, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Looks fantastic – love the fabric!

  • Reply Lee August 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Thank goodness! Please don’t ever leave us again. We’ll be good. Promise.

  • Reply sunny August 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    welcome back!

  • Reply Emily August 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Yay! Love the new blog design.

  • Reply lisa August 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    triple yay!
    the pup.
    the chair.
    (in that order)

  • Reply Audrie August 3, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Welcome back! That chair is gorgeous! Love dark grey 🙂 Fritz is uber cute!!

  • Reply Kim August 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Welcome back, we missed you a lot! There really is no substitute for your blog, it’s the best and the new design looks great.

  • Reply Fernanda August 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Welcome back!!!
    Fritz is gorgeous!!! Has Bruno enjoyed the new chair as well?

  • Reply Kim August 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    ha! I just cliked on Shamone.
    I miss him too

  • Reply Anna at D16 August 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks, guys. I’m all smiles. 🙂

    Fernanda, yes, Bruno likes the chairs! He was just feeling a little camera shy today.

  • Reply Averill August 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Welcome back! I missed your regular house updates.

  • Reply Jane Flanagan August 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Welcome back!

    The chairs look amazing.

  • Reply erin lang norris August 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Welcome back! Were you gone from the internet that whole time or just your blog/blog email? I have tried to take an internet break and I have failed every time…it’s terrible!

    The chair looks great, I really like the grey.

    Looking forward to regular D16 updates!

  • Reply puck August 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Love the new design/ Love the chair.

    I MISSED YOU!!!!

  • Reply leslie August 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve been checking your site twice a day. So glad to see your post. Fritz looks handsome on the beautiful new upholstery.

  • Reply Shashi August 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    welcome back anna!

  • Reply cristin August 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    YAAAAAAAAY! you were missed!

  • Reply jennifer in sf August 3, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Welcome back! I really like the redesign and how perfectly it matches the chair and pillow. An excellent re-entrance.

  • Reply katie August 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    yeah! welcome back! the chair looks great, love the fabric choice.

  • Reply Jo in New Zealand August 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Just seconding/thirding/fourthing all the other commenters – welcome back, Anna! And love the new design, and love the chairs. It’s true – you were much missed. I felt a bit ridiculous and pouty about it: “but I *NEED* my D16 fix!” There ain’t no substitute. Good to have you in our lives again.

  • Reply kelly August 3, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    so happy to see that you are back! YAY!
    I was worried you wandered off !
    and frankly i really missed the dogs-

  • Reply Mary August 3, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful! Both the chair and the new site design.

    Oh, and Fritz too of course. 🙂

  • Reply belinda August 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    i adore the new layout & fritz/the chair are both lovely!.

  • Reply Emily August 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    All is right with the world again! Welcome back 🙂
    Love the chair and the new blog design and Fritz… he is looking very tough on the chair!

  • Reply Shannon August 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Anna, you are my number one favorite blogger. And that’s saying something, because I read a lot of blogs. I hope you enjoyed your hiatus fully, but welcome back!! You’ve been missed!

  • Reply Kyli August 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Welcome back, Anna. I’ve missed reading your blog these last few weeks.

  • Reply Michelle August 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Welcome back! I checked the site this morning (or was it last night?) and it didn’t have the little raindrops on the top and the “Door Sixteen” was in a different font, with a little phrase beneath it — right?? Or am I just going crazy… hehe.

  • Reply megan August 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    oh good. you were totally missed.
    nice new look too. oh, and the chair is great!

  • Reply nic August 3, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    thank goodness!

  • Reply Kathleen August 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Yay! So glad you’re back. Love the magenta dot!

  • Reply Dan August 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Oooooooooo I like the new design of the blog! And that chair– beautiful! And that dog– gaaahhhhwhatalilcutiepatootie.

  • Reply Sarah August 4, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Wow, I had been trying to find a gray upholstery fabric just like this for a midcentury teak chair that I bought last month. Unfortunately I wasn’t finding what I wanted and got impatient and bought something else which, while I like it, I like this even more! To translate my rambling…your chair looks great (and I wish I’d seen the fabric source recommendation a little sooner!).

  • Reply carrie @ brick city love August 4, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Hi!! I’m glad you’re posting again. You’re place is fabulous. Love the new header & the chair. Thanks for the resource.

  • Reply Virginia August 4, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Gorgeous chair!

    I’m sort of a neighbor (over Beacon-ways) and have an armchair in dire need of reupholstering… do you mind posting the name of the local company you used?

    Thanks so much!

  • Reply Anna at D16 August 4, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Virginia, this is the place I used. They’re great!

    V Ramos Upholstery Inc
    191 Little Britain Rd
    Newburgh, NY 12550-5114
    (845) 565-8280

  • Reply sulu-design August 4, 2009 at 12:59 am

    So glad you’re back. Thanks so much for the fabric link. I’ve decided to finally bite the bullet and reupholster the sofa and chair I’ve been meaning to get to for years. I’m so happy to have a recommendation.

  • Reply Amanda August 4, 2009 at 1:09 am

    oh that fritz face made my day! and you posting again too!

  • Reply M2JL :: STUDIO August 4, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Great job on the chair and the blog’s new look 🙂

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) August 4, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Oooh hooray! Welcome back! Like a zillion others, I really missed you and my D16 fix.

    Love the new upholstery. I have my couch done in a Maharam fabric and even after four years, not a single sign of wear and tear. Worth the $$ for sure.

    Also loving the blog redesign. All fresh and squeaky clean.

  • Reply Anna Elena August 4, 2009 at 1:54 am

    The chairs look fab, as does the site design!
    Glad to see you back.

  • Reply Eric August 4, 2009 at 2:01 am

    really enjoying the new look, and excited for posting to return!

  • Reply Benita August 4, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Good boy Fritz! Good boy!

    Missed you too, Anna!

  • Reply Kristina August 4, 2009 at 3:07 am

    GREAT to see you back Anna ;o)
    Love the chair!!! and Fritz….good dog for not having a taste on that gorgeous fabric 😀

  • Reply *SNYdesign August 4, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Welcome back, and must say the chair (and the dog) looks great! I also have a couple chairs waiting to be dressed, and it’s been 5 years…Some things just end up way back in the queue of what to do..You’re sure as h…not the only one behind on things:)

  • Reply Monica August 4, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Happy to see that you are blogging again and hope that break helped. Welcome back.

    PS I like the new look.

  • Reply Katja August 4, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I love the new look of the blog!!! And the chair looks beautiful – and yay for Fritz for not doing any damage (sigh, if only I could say same for our Lissu and her claws and some of our poor furniture!).

  • Reply ourplace August 4, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Glad to see you back Anna! (I was worried you and Adam were both vacationing together and never coming back)!

  • Reply DawnMarie August 4, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Welcome back from your well deserved break. Although knowing you, your schedule was still probably too full. Chair, puppy and blog look great.

  • Reply kate oates August 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

    So glad to see you’re back, but completely understand the need for a break.

    ps…LOVE the chairs!

  • Reply whitney August 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

    welcome back! you’re already inspiring me with the chair project. I should bite the bullet and get some stuff sent in to an upholsterer too!

  • Reply Georgina August 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

    love the new design fo the blog Anna!! 🙂
    and of course, love the chair!! (Fritz is so beautiful!!, this pic could be a post card)

  • Reply Justine August 4, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful chairs! Welcome back!!!

  • Reply allisen August 4, 2009 at 9:57 am

    welcome back. the chair is beautiful and the dog adorable.

  • Reply Adam August 4, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Welcome back! The chair(s) look beautiful!!

  • Reply Kirsten August 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Wow – love your chairs. And I’m so glad that you’re back!

    We recently got an older teak chair, with wool plaid cushions with the same palette as Reese’s Pieces. In other words, we’re planning on re-doing them. The foam is in decent shape, but it’s old and yellowed. I’m curious about your foam – and, generally, if you have any advice on when to keep and when to toss foam inserts.

  • Reply laurenalane August 4, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Love love the new blog design! The chairs are amazing and the fabric choice is perfect!

  • Reply Julie August 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I’m glad you’re back, Anna! Your blog posts have really been inspiring to me. The chair and the new site design look great!

  • Reply Anna at D16 August 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Kristen, the upholsterer told us the foam was fine (despite being old) and didn’t need to be replaced. She just wrapped it in new batting. Replacing the foam would have doubled the cost!

  • Reply becky August 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Anna – can I ask how many yards you needed? I have 2 chairs that desperately need to be reworked… I just need to figure our how many yards to buy! Thanks for the fabric resource!

  • Reply megan August 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    welcome back, anna! p.s. the new site design looks great.

  • Reply heather August 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Yay! We missed you!
    Your chair looks great! Love that grey wool – it’s the perfect color for those chairs (and little Fritz!)

  • Reply call-me-Heidi August 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    welcome back! good to read you again
    love the new design (and the chair)

  • Reply siescierto August 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I kept checking every two days to see if you had come back. Here’s hoping you’ve caught up a bit! I like the new design, and how you kept the raindrops.

    And of course, Fritz is still adorable!

  • Reply Amanda Nicole August 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    That fabric is perfect with the wood grain. And lookit the handsome boy trying it out!

  • Reply Sue August 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    So happy to see your back! Love the fabric-grey is my favorite color. Can’t wait to see more of what you’ve been doing around your house!

  • Reply Elaine August 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Welcome back! You have been missed dearly. I love the new covers for the chair, although I have to say I was quite fond of the linen wrapping … I had been trying to do the same to my free ercols!
    Fritz models the new look perfectly!

  • Reply Yansy August 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Welcome back! The chair looks fab and Fritz is adorable.

  • Reply Suzanne August 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Welcome back! Missed your Newburgh awesomeness.

  • Reply Christina August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Glad you felt comfortable taking time off; hope it was lovely. Happy to have you back.

  • Reply Katie August 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Yay! you are back. Missed you. Missed Fritz. Give Fritz a kiss for not tasting the chairs. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Caitlin August 5, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Welcome back Anna! I love the new blog design along with the fabulous chair you’ve had reupholstered! Oh and Fritz too 😀

  • Reply Eva August 5, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Love, LOVE the new design of the blog! The chair looks amazing and Fritz is a cutie:)

    I”m so glad that you are back, I missed your regular posts.

  • Reply West Coat Kayla August 5, 2009 at 2:22 am

    YAY! I’m so glad you’re back! Every time I would go through my favorite blog list I would hope that you had returned, and today you had! I so enjoy mentally stockpiling your wonderful ideas until I can actually put them into action! Plus, I have really missed the dogs as well 🙂

  • Reply lola August 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

    ¡Bienvenida! Welcome back!
    ¡Te eché de menos! I have really missed you!

  • Reply genevieve August 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    yes, add me to the list of people saying welcome back! the chair looks fantastic, as does Fritz…

  • Reply Sherry August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I love the new look…good to have you back!

  • Reply coral August 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    your new blog design is lovely. I’ve never taken you for a fushia girl – you always seem to like the primaries the best!

  • Reply Julie August 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Whoops! I clicked on the wrong comment button. Anywho….welcome back! You were missed!

  • Reply Crysti August 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I certainly missed your posts. I definitely agree with the others, I love that fabric on this chair…I am going to check out Modern Fabrics!

  • Reply mia August 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Anna. I have 2 similar chairs and I’m wondering how much fabric you needed?

  • Reply leni August 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    wecome back! we missed you (and fritz)!

  • Reply jess August 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Glad to have you back! Can you show us what the full living room looks like with the new upholstered chairs?

  • Reply Anna at D16 August 5, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Becky & Mia: I think the bolt of fabric is 54″ wide, and each cushion required about a yard. I would err on the side of having extra, though — plan on 3 yards for 2 cushions.

    Jess: I’ll have photos soon. 🙂

  • Reply AmyAlmost August 5, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve fallen in love with your blog,house and city. I looked into Newburgh real estate! Amazing houses, wish I could relocate instantly.

  • Reply Keri August 6, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Welcome back and love the chair!!

  • Reply Mellyn August 6, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Glad you are back! I have been checking daily! I just bought a condo in San Francisco and am constantly inspired by your remodeling ideas. Keep them coming! I look forward to more inspiration.

  • Reply layersofmeaning August 6, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Welcome back!
    I’m loving the new look & the chair!

  • Reply amanda August 6, 2009 at 10:39 am

    looking GOOD around here! Love the new chair and Fritz looks just perfect sitting on it!

  • Reply Pearl August 6, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Glad you are back–I’ve missed the updates and the pooches.

  • Reply brinylon August 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Fritz looks just like my dog Coco! Is he a Russian toy terrier? I posted pics of them both on my blog – they could be related!

    how cute 🙂

  • Reply Rose August 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anna~
    Still working on our bathroom(sigh) do you remember the color and brand of grout you used for the marble tile you did in your bath?

  • Reply Livi August 6, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Look GREAT

  • Reply Fionnuala August 7, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I loved the old design and yet I think I like this new one as much – quite a rarity for me! Glad to have you back writing and blogging!

  • Reply monica cano August 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    hi. love keeping up with your blog!

    did you ever post “how to easily strip old hardware”?

    yours came out perfect (your window hardware) and i need lots of advice!


  • Reply Kandice August 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    so glad your back anna! i have a question about the chairs. were can i find some and are they expensive?

  • Reply Down Pillow August 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Welcome back! Love the photo of Fritz – he’s just too cute 🙂

  • Reply Jane @ Beach House August 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    You were missed. great new fabric – I wish they had bolts of Maharam, though for my huge pink sectional that needs re-upholstering

  • Reply marlene August 11, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Dear Anna, I have a question. A close friend of mine (I am living in Europe) is celebrating her birthday soon and I have a present on my mind which would make her go crazy … and very happy … but it is only available in America. Would you try to help me? If so, pls let me know via e.mail. Thank you so much.

  • Reply kellyk August 11, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    can you tell me more about the floor lamp that is (partially) in the newest pic?

    (welcome back!)

  • Reply Mark August 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Anna. The chair looks great, Fritz looks like captain of all he surveys. Haven’t been up to much since the store closed, but I’ve started a new web site.

    It’s part design blog, part journal, part cultural commentary, part something to get me jumpstarted. I update every day!


  • Reply jen August 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Any chance you’d share the contact info for the upholsterer? (needed for fellow ex-brooklynite located across the river from you)

  • Reply Carey August 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE fabric — thank you for feeding my obsession with a new fabric website. I see at least four fabrics I cannot live without on ModernFabric.

  • Reply jokemijn August 15, 2009 at 7:10 am

    more than a hundred welcome screams 🙂 I’ll just whisper, ‘hi’, and calmly let you get used to blogging again. I love the colour of your chair, i’m looking for a three-person couch much alike.


  • Reply Ainsley August 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Glad to hear you’re back, but where are you? August 3rd seems so long ago…

    Also, nice floor.

  • Reply DAKOTA August 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I love your blog !

  • Reply cristin August 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    you are such a tease!

  • Reply joey August 18, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Are you taking another vacation?

  • Reply Mellany August 19, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I keep checking back everyday since you said you were back – whassup?

  • Reply Mellany August 19, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I keep checking back everyday since you said you were back – whassup?

  • Reply Mary-Ellen August 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Missing you.

  • Reply Elena August 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I’m in withdrawal. Come back.

  • Reply Julie August 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Okay, I feel kind of bad for Anna. The constant questions and favors and “Where are you where are you?”

    She doesn’t get paid for this – it’s a hobby. Give her a break.

  • Reply Stephanie August 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Julie, I think people are a little worried. She took a break and said she was back and then took a longer break. It is not like her. Anything can happen. Anyway, no pressure Ana, just hope you are well.

  • Reply Lauri August 25, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Hope you’ll be back again soon!

    How’s your outside crown moulding doing?

    Btw. If you ever feel like posting photos from the streets of Newburgh (or just the street you live on) that would be great.

  • Reply sandra August 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    hope you’re having fun! enjoy anna 🙂

  • Reply lisa August 25, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    cutting to the chase:

    screw niceties!
    where the F are you?

    no pressure /just a caring stranger

  • Reply Ottawa_Emptor August 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm


    (jk, Anna.)

  • Reply Monica August 28, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Hope all is well….

  • Reply Anna at D16 August 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Well, that’s the last time I go without making an “announcement” about needing more time to myself. 🙁

  • Reply me melodia August 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Beautiful chiwa and chair.

  • Reply Ames September 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Hello Anna! I was wondering which Maharam fabric you used. It’s just what I’ve been thinking of to recover the cushions on my own chair!

  • Reply Laurie March, Evange September 1, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Great choice on the fabric, the pillow, and obviously the doggy. 🙂

    All in all, Awesomesauce!

  • Reply seth September 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Hey don’t sweat it. Post when you can. Lucky for us, the internet’s got lots of other stuff in it.

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