Thursday, July 14, 2011

Slipcovers for Luncheon Chairs

A preliminary design for the decoration of the slipcovers for the Luncheon Room chairs.
Drawing by John Tackett Design.
A new addition to the house in Volk Estates, University Park, Dallas, that linked the main house to the existing garage contained a new Breakfast Room among other spaces.  So the original Breakfast Room, a pleasant almost square space that was entered through a segmental arch opening from the vestibule to the Dining Room, was renamed the Luncheon Room.  It had been decided that the upholstered Hepplewhite chairs would have linen slipcovers with a box pleat skirt to give contrast to the more formal Dining Room.  I had found a document that illustrated magnificent seventeenth century lettering that would serve as a guide for an embroidered monogram.  The slipcovers had already been made and just about to be decorated when the Lady of the House attended a luncheon at a friend's home who had a new set of very similar slipcovered chairs with a monogramed back!  A change of design was needed, and I proposed several variations including the one sketched above with an applique of ribbon for decoration.
The slipcovers of the Luncheon Room chairs have an Etruscan motif.
Photos by John Tackett Design.
But when it was decided that the Luncheon Room was to be decorated with a wonderful series of prints of Roman pottery decorations and a collection of basalt porcelain, both of which my clients already owned, I switched to an Estrucsan motif for the embroidery.  I drew the design full size and it was scanned into a computer that produced the machine stitching by Penn & Fletcher, a company that I had discovered through a friend who designed costumes for Broadway shows.  It was just one of many touches that made this home an individual expression.
 John Tackett Design provided the Etruscan motif for the Luncheon Room slipcovers.
Photo by Pieter Estersohn.


  1. John, one of the many amazing things about your work is that you actually include DESIGN in interior design. For too many, the title "professional" is quoted just because they have access for To-The-Trade sources. I can shop, but what I really value is someone who can visualize the possibilities of not just one room, but a whole house, and has the ability to make it a reality! Your talent in arranging furniture, choosing colors, and designing custom furniture and fabrics is a great gift! I love traditional but am tired of the same old thing in architecture and interiors, so I am really enjoying your blog!

  2. Thank you for your kind words, C.A.W.

  3. Michele from BostonJuly 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    What an absolutely marvelous room! I would look forward to breakfast in it every morning. The details are truly delicious. Kudos.

  4. Thanks, Michele. The "official" Breakfast Room with painted decoration by the late great Robert Jackson and his team will be featured in a future post.

  5. OH dear Lord; I may just never leave this machine again. Every single post I have to see! MORE Robert Jackson to come??

    Brilliant! I agree with "Caw Caw"! You are unique indeed!


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