Brown Couch Shabby Chic

A lovely place to catch up on some reading in the sun.
A lovely place to catch up on some reading in the sun.

As the weather in Melbourne teases us with a Strawberry Spring (oh, you just know it’s going to turn cold again), it’s such a great time to replenish ones depleted vitamin D and soak up a little sun. In harmony with this objective, I scored a completely random and fun vintage find – some of the visual merchandising window props from Inacoma Clothing. This goth/metal/alternative clothing and merchandise store were forced into relocating due to the Maroondah REALM redevelopment. They were getting rid of a lounge suite of couch and matching arm chair, both upholstered in leather, which had been used for fashion display with a few mannequins posed on it in corsets, rivet-head trousers, and purple wigs.

I now have a preposterously bombastic leather lounge suite on the back porch. It’s a totally roughshod reproduction, which I am inclined to date as from the 1980s, with crude machine carving – but that just makes it look more like a prop from the set of The Addams Family: The Musical, or perhaps an elegantly decrepit corner in some Brunswick Street bar.  I had to stifle my giggles when the very sweet sales lady tried to convince me it was a “genuine” antique, as she flipped up the cushions to reveal nylon-backing and zippers. If I put it next to real “Capital ‘A’ Antiques” (which I have), well, the gulf in craftsmanship is rather wide – but for the porch, it’s fun and kinda rock’n’roll! It isn’t meant to be taken seriously, but it does make for a seriously comfortable place for me to catch up on my reading, and do some work while getting some fresh air, and (most important!) enjoy a coffee.

Brown couch shabby chic - a rescued visual merchandising window prop re-purposed as fun outdoor furniture.

Brown couch shabby chic – a rescued visual merchandising window prop re-purposed as fun outdoor furniture.