Blast from the Past: Hickory Chair Then and Now

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Remember how I told you that the home I designed that was recently featured in At Home in Arkansas is full of amazing antiques and vintage family pieces? Well, the wonderful staff at Hickory Chair did a little digging and found amazing old catalog photos of some of the furniture. Just look at this!

Even more of the other pieces in these photographs including this sofa (bottom photo)  are also classic Hickory Chair pieces. And I threw in some new Hickory Chair (like the polka dot dining chairs)to spice things up a bit. Oh how I love to mix the old with the new. What a treasure trove this project was, and what a joy to work with such gorgeous foundations!

Don’t you just love the nostalgic old photos, in contrast with the same pieces in fresh, new fabrics?! I can’t say enough about the folks at Hickory Chair and how cool it is they dug these out for us. I hope it was fun for you to see them, too!


p. s. If you’re looking for ways to layer-in and mix furniture of different periods–or even fabrics with different patterns and colors–you might want to join me for Design A to Z on November 7-9 at my home studio in Little Rock. Design A to Z is a Tobi Fairley Camp that can give anyone (professional or amateur) a good grounding in the basics of interior design. Learn more about Design A to Z at the Camp Tobi Fairley blog.

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8 Responses to Blast from the Past: Hickory Chair Then and Now

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this story. It is truly an honor to work for a company that not only makes pieces to order but also makes them to last. Thanks to support like this we have hired nearly 70 additional craftsmen to work in our Hickory, NC workroom! You certainly know how to take a classic piece and make it modern!

  2. Jay Reardon says:

    It is so great seeing these Classic pieces renewed for new Generations to enjoy.

  3. Kim says:

    I love that purple ceiling in the yellow dining room. It’s certainly never something I would have thought about doing but I love it! I have been thinking about painting some of the ceilings in our house…just trying to find the right color!

  4. Patty Day says:

    Tobi, I rescued my “vintage” 1968 Henredon custom sofa from my daughter. Yes I was an Indian Giver! Her husband hated it. Had it in their attic. It’s now the centerpiece of our Great Room. The upholster said it was a jewel. She retied the springs, and upholstered it in a wonderful “washable” white cotton! It’s so classic! 85″ with two seat cushions and four loose pillow backs, all straight lines. Best thing I have done!

  5. Kim Hoegger says:

    Tobi, I LOVE this project. Speaks right to the heart of my design philosophy! I love seeing clients use antiques and cherished family pieces in their homes today, so refreshing. Your work is simply beautiful, love it all and love it even more that the pieces are classics from Hickory Chair. Gorgeous!

  6. Liz Carroll says:

    What a great story to show and tell!!! Perfect example of why Hickory Chair is such a great resource….their pieces last for generations and can look new all over again with the right touch!

  7. Monica says:

    That was wonderful! Amazing how color changed the looks of the same pieces from old to new. I am sending this post to my mom she will enjoy looking at this. -Monica

  8. AL Spok says:

    Tobi, GREAT Job. It’s always good to see old, NEW Again !
    Thank you, AL