Meet Furniture Makeover Expert Jamie Meares

January 8, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

With a little paint, fabric, and inspiration, there’s no such thing as a lost cause. Take a design cue from this Southern stylemaker and turn a diamond in the rough heirloom into a statement-making treasure. Aside from completing her own furniture makeovers, Jamie is also going to be designing a furniture makeover for the winner of our contest, The South’s Ugliest Heirlooms. Have you entered? 

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Jamie Meares
Furbish Studio in Raleigh, NC

Who she is: Shop owner, interior designer, and lifestyle blogger.
Her style: Southern sensibilities meshed with global and far-flung styles and a little bit of quirk.
Shop her store: 312 West Johnson Street;

Why do you love vintage furniture?
It gives a room a conversation starter. Plus, vintage chairs always seem to be the ideal scale—almost petite but still large enough for comfort.

What makes a piece makeover-worthy?
I look for classic shapes, interesting lines, and special details. Matching sets of chairs are always a good find! I love a pair of traditional, classic chairs such as a bergère or wing chair that I can update with a fresh look. Right now, I’m also on the hunt for interesting console tables and bar carts.

What should you avoid?
Don’t buy anything with structural damage to the frame. It’s like buying a car that’s been in a terrible wreck. It will never be the same again!

Shopping secret weapon?
Be persistent and shop often! I make the rounds to the thrift shops in Raleigh at least twice a week.

Best bit of furniture makeover advice?
Leave the upholstering to a professional. It may seem like a big investment, but having it done well will be absolutely worth it in the end.

Decorating tip?
Stick to one piece of painted wood furniture in a room. Any more and it will start to look like a flea market.

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Submit your photo to The South’s Ugliest Heirlooms Contest for a chance to win a furniture makeover designed by Jamie, herself. 


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    May 10, 2013 at 5:48 am
  2. Melissa Feuer

    Garage sales are the best bet for finding terrific vintage furniture. Ask around and see if any of your friends are upgrading their furniture!

    January 16, 2013 at 9:47 am
  3. VintageHomeIdeas

    Hi. Where would you recommend the best places to shop for potential vintage furniture would be? Items already up-cycled seem to cost a fortune!

    January 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm
  4. EaseYourTravel

    interior look good and stylish 🙂

    January 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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