The Gnome and I – Adventures in First Time Home Ownership – Episode 11

The Gnome and I – Adventures in First Time Home Ownership
Episode 11 – The Throne

To read from the beginning click here: The Gnome and I

One day Henri looked critically at the parlour and remarked, “Tu es une reine. Où est votre trône?”  (“You are a Queen.  Where is your throne?”)

Strange how he always overlooks the fact that I am Queen when there was work to be done! But Henri had a point. I longed for a comfortable chair for reading.  I searched online but could not find the type of chair I wanted at an affordable price.  I remembered seeing a second-hand shop in town.  Maybe I could find something there.  The people in the shop stared at my beret; apparently I’m the only one in town to wear one.  They somehow missed seeing Henri’s red hat.  There was a nice-looking chair for sale but the fabric did not match the rest of my decor.  (I now worried about such things as matching decor!)  The price was right with free delivery so I decided to give upholstering a try.  What could go wrong?

Chair Before copy

Apparently quite a lot, I realised after viewing upholstery videos online.  I did not have the skill level or proper tools to take the entire chair apart.  There was nothing wrong with the stuffing so I elected to recover the chair instead.

After searching for hours online I finally found the perfect dark red velvet and matching fringe.  But I was so petrified of ruining the velvet that the chair remained untouched for a few months.  I painted the feet ebony black.  I finally got up the courage to make the pattern pieces out of parchment paper and cut the fabric.  Working very methodically, I hand-sewed and glued the velvet to the chair and then hand-sewed the fringe around the bottom edge. It took a week to recover the chair and at last I had a proper throne!

My Throne - Copy
Now Henri repeatedly made fun of the plastic tray I ate upon and purchased an appropriate vintage silver-plated tray on ebay.  (Who gknew he had an account on ebay?!)

All I was missing now was a tiara and a prince.  I could buy myself the tiara easily enough.  Finding a Prince Charming would be considerably more difficult (and cannot be ordered from ebay).


  1. Wow!! What a fabulous job you did – I *love* the material, it’s so fitting for a queen, great colour! I’m envious, but can you imagine what that material would look like here at my house after one day with my sharp-talon’d Annie scratching on it? You’re much better off with a gnome, gnot a cat!

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  2. Ha ha.Hilarious as always.
    Good old Henri with the tray. Well he would say he got it off Ebay. If I know him there’s a more intriguing back story.
    You made a lovely job of that chair. I always dream of doing something like that but never find the time. It’s a great way to get a good quality good looking chair without being mugged.

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    • Henri likes a good card game. I wonder if he won the tray from a troll. I just hope he hasn’t stolen the tray from a giant!
      Thank you for the compliment on the chair! It turned out well despite my strange methods of pseudo-upholstering. 🙂

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      • It’s all relative.Compared to me you are Mermatthew Hopkins the Chairfixer General.
        Sorry -it’s the best I’ve got – it’s been along and confusing day.
        Cards would explain it. He has a poker face that’s hard to beat. The finish of the silver betrays dwarvish craftsmanship. Where’s he been spending his nights,the dirty rascal.I’ll have him followed by some pandoran drone owls. Ha ha ha – he won’t suspect a th …. damn my 2 drone owls just came crashing through the window in quick succession and are now skewered by arrows to my wall with a mysterious note “Comme ils sont bete les Rosbif!” (“How stupid Englishmen are!”)
        Well there’s no bloody need for that the cheeky little sod.
        Wait till get my hands on h….. damn now my hands are skewered to the wall alongside my owls. I’m writing this out with my toes. I’d better be more careful with my choice of words.

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  3. Well done MM ! You made a great job covering the chair. It’s definitely a throne now. BTW If you are looking for a prince, don’t look at me ‘cos I’m a frog *ribbit* lol 🐸😊 ❤

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  4. Your Royal Highness,
    I’m not sure about where you live, but over here they have bachelor auctions. It’s sort of like renting one for a day (the money goes to charity). This gives you the opportunity to see if he’s a prince or a frog before getting too far involved.
    Personally, I thought you did a nice job on the throne. Although, I’d love to see a photo of you sitting there holding your scepter instead of just an empty chair. 🙂

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