I have a closet shelf stacked with vintage Turkish fabrics that, because of their narrow width, I had written off for any purpose other than decorative pillows. No longer. During my recent trip to London, I paid a visit to Liberty, where I spotted a collection of vintage sofas and chairs upholstered in an artful melange of antique fabrics. The lesson? Take one old piece of furniture plus several pieces of vintage fabric, collaborate with an upholsterer, and you have something both new and old and utterly original. True recycling.
Another idea nicked from Mint, London's version of NY's Moss. Wrap your sofa's battered legs in an eye-catching vintage fabric.