Money for Old Chairs

You may be aware that Arianna and I recently tried our hands at a little upholstering. It was all in a good cause for the charity Street Dreams.

Street Dreams is a charity run by the furniture company Out of the Dark, a charitable social enterprise that recycles, revamps and restores salvaged furniture as a means to educate, train and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Silent auction at May Design series

They take old chairs, tables and sofas that would often otherwise end up in landfill and paint and recover them, and we were delighted to join other bloggers and designers, to learn how to reupholster chairs that were to be auctioned at The May Design Series  last month. And we're even more delighted to tell you that the eight chairs raised over £1,000.

Carole's chair - Heart Home mag

Chair by Carole King

The very kind peeps over at Out There Interiors actually won the bid for the two Heart Home chairs - Jenny Hurren said: “I am such a furniture addict. I heard of Out Of The Dark back in 2011 and loved everything about what they were doing – the idea, the people, the furniture. It was right up my street. I am also a huge fan of Heart Home Magazine, hence bidding on Carole and Arianna’s chairs. They both have such an eye when it comes to interiors. I’m thrilled to have won both, and plan to sell the chairs on via Out There to raise more money for Out Of The Dark.

Arianna's chair - Heart Home mag

Chair by Arianna Trapani

So if you fancy them and missed the auction you are still in with a chance!

The other designers and bloggers were Kate Watson-Smythe (who was featured in the May issue of Heart Home mag) of Mad About the House, Yasmin ChopinTina Bernstein, of Colourliving, Kate Burnett, of the Schemer, Laura Almond, of Achica Living and Denise Mahmud of Trendease.