Introducing designer Jessica Allyn, a woman inspired by the beauty and form of vintage furniture. With her obvious love of color Jessica brings old furniture back to life with vivid colors and peppy patterns.
I stumbled upon Jessica’s show-stopping furniture through her Etsy store and was thrilled to get a chance to speak with her recently…a girl who speaks my language!
What inspires you? I suppose my initial inspiration to start refurbishing was the idea that there is already so much great furniture out there (that actually had great bones, unlike the particle board furniture of today’s world) and that I had the ability to make it look just the way I wanted! I LOVE playing with color and pattern (obviously!) and I wanted to start making things that were one of a kind, eco-friendly and artistic! Once i finished my first set of four chairs, I decided to put them on Etsy. Quite frankly, the response I got to them was what made me keep going. People from NY to LA were contacting me to purchase them! I’m also really inspired by unique color pairings. I love seeing Chinese reds with light robin’s egg blue and citron or neon orange paired with bursts of pink. You can say a lot with color alone! I also try to source vintage or reclaimed fabrics as much as possible. I love when I can take two old things, an old piece of furniture and old fabrics, and make it look completely relevant for today’s world.
What’s next for you? I came up with the concept of Oak and Velvet. Oak and Velvet is a line of true luxury furniture that is all handmade right in Connecticut. Each piece is created with a solid wood frame, down filled cushions and covered in beautiful fabrics. The beauty of this brand beyond is insanely comfortable pieces with luxurious detailing is that is all locally produced. USA made and proud of it! oakandvelvet.com
1. Tavi Chair : Vintage parlor chair with vintage needlepoint back. $680
2. Piper Mirror: Vintage Chippendale mirror $280
3. Carmen Armchair: Wing back arm chair. $820
3. Vintage Antlers: $58 each sold separately
4. Ellie Stool: Vintage wood stool $150
All available at www.jessica-allyn.com