Rubie Green's Gorgeous Organic Prints and My Grandma's Chaise


I dedicated my book, The Eco Chick Guide to Life to my grandma for a reason; she taught me most of what I know about being both eco and chicky- an inveterate animal-lover, ecosystem preserver, and queen of all things green, she was also a truly independent, fabulous, and inspiring woman.

Luckily for me, I’ve inherited many of her wonderful possessions, from antique middle-eastern lamps to vintage saris, all bought on her round-the-world travels. And some of my grandma’s stuff was inherited from her mother, like the circa- 1915-1925 chaise, above, which was very well used by my gram and then by me. She used to sit in it and read, and there I’d find her when I came home from school, engrossed in a the novel-of-the-week.

So when it came time to recover the chaise I wanted to go further than reuse and do something that would look fabulous and also be really ecofriendly. I had read about Rubie Green in Domino Magazine several times, and thought her classy-cool fabrics would be the perfect pairing to my grandma’s chaise. I chose the organic cotton “Lakeview” pattern from this page.

I am so happy with how it turned out! This classic pattern compliments the lines of the chaise and it’s a nice soft but tough fabric sure to last for years. See the befores below.


My grandma’s chaise before, 1

My grandma’s chaise before, 2

About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.


  1. Starre, that looks amazing! Great print. I’ve got some fabric projects around the house I need to get started on… now I know where to look for great fabric!

  2. That chaise looks fantastic. Great work!

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