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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Chairs with personality

I have a crush on a chair. I spotted it yesterday in the Anthropologie store at The Grove in LA. It's colorful -- orange and white -- and way too expensive, like those silkscreened Prada shoes a few seasons back.



Upholstered chairs seem to me like the ultimate decor investment. They become characters in a room. The more tattered they are, the better -- like an Hermes bag with a life well lived. I have a friend who believes that every kitchen should include an upholstered chair, a place to curl up in with a cup of coffee and the New York Times. Her chair is a well-worn, cream-colored Club on wheels. It's draped with an old paisley throw.

The best chairs, of course, are found in thrift stores. But, as usual, I'm in love with all the ones on the Anthropologie site. A sampling:




I can live without the Prada heels these days, but furniture has become my favorite luxury item!

31 Comments:

Blogger J*marie said...

I'm really loving all the chairs at Anthropologie too! I hate that they would cost {more} than an arm and a leg!


Jess

April 6, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Ahhh, Anthropologie does it again. Their catalogs are amazing every single time. I too love these chairs. :)

April 6, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Privet and Holly said...

I think I was MEANT to read these very words, TODAY. I'm in the market for two small-ish chairs in our master bedroom and am experiencing sticker shock, because all of the ones that I love are tres expensivo. Was even thinking of "going cheap" just to fill the space, but know that won't satisfy my chair mojo. Think I'll troll the junk shops and look for beautiful fabric to recover--although that can be spendy, too....maybe take a cue from you and drape with a pretty suzani?? Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!

April 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Fleurette said...

I love the red one- buy it

April 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger abigail's treasure said...

the top two for snuggle factor - the bottom two for statement design - and more upright sitting!

April 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger roseleann said...

Love the navy and brown 'doily' chair (2nd from the top)... what an inspiration piece for a new room - it looks so comfy cozy! I couldn't find it on the Anthropologie website, though...

April 6, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

the doily chair is in the sale section!! yes, $1000 off!!

April 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger roseleann said...

Thanks, Tina - I'm afraid to look at the sale price!

April 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

I just convinced a friend to buy fabulous fabric & send off 2 chairs, an ottoman, a bench, a loveseat, & something else I forget..for recovering. I was there last Thursday when he picked them up. then I talked her into having him make curtains & pillows. All together the covering of all the furniture will be $1,950. (That does not include the fabrics but this is an outstanding deal. I've seen his work; he does stuff for embassies here, etc.)
I found some vintage fabrics for friend, the other pieces are reproductions from G Street Fabrics (famous here, people come down from NYC, yep, they do).

So. I have seen fabric very very similar to that of the top pix, actually all of them, Mme T. Watcha waitin' for? I like Anthropologie for inspiration, too, but the furniture is awful (I mean the bones/quality of.)

April 6, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger kimberj said...

me too! Wish my kitchen was big enough for a "cozy up" chair. I prefer to find a special prize at an estate sale or craigslist. Even if I buy really nice fabric and have it recovered, its cheaper than buying a nice one new. The older ones are generally structurally more sound too.

April 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

i have a crush on anthropologie as a whole... if my life could look like the pages of their catalogues, or the inside of their stores - oh man! perfection. ;)

April 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Vivi said...

Doesn't Antro just have the best chairs? And of course you NEVER find them being re-sold or secondhand. le sigh...

April 6, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I found an amazing olive green crush velvet armchair for $20 at the goodwill... mint condition. must have sat in a little old lady's front room and never used.

I didn't realize that you lived in Pasadena! You're house is blocks away and is so adorable... sad you had to move!

April 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Carolynn Cecilia said...

Oh no. I've been contemplating taking up the oh so daunting task of reupholstering my very first chair and these photos are making it impossible to let go of the absurd idea. Now all I need is some quirky fabric and and a prayer.

April 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Sundari said...

I really want a kitchen that is soothing to cook in, rather than the one I have which has 5 doors leading onto it! So I have no place for this chair, but I would definitely have one of these in my bedroom by the window.

April 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I too am obsessed with chairs lately. I've been blogging about them nonstop!

The latest purchase is an Eames that was in a floor sample sale.

Love it.

http://www.dashily.com/home/?p=719

April 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

the last chair you have pictured (creme with the birds) is in my store's dressing room, and i love to sit in it when i get a chance and it's slow in the store (a no-no on the job!). if i had $1000 i would buy it in a heartbeat!

April 6, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger DailyDivaDish said...

Love these chairs - especially the first and second...
I think your friend has the right idea. I've always loved the concept of an over-stuffed upholstered chair in the kitchen...in front of a stacked-stone fireplace. It's just so cozy! Maybe someday. ;)
XO Piper

April 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Sandy a la Mode said...

i love these inspirations! i'm totally planning on reupholstering my own furniture too.. some day!

April 6, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Oh dear, that Anthropologie furniture. When I walk in that store, I sometimes just want to ask them to just bag it all -- the clothing, the furniture, the housewares and bedding. Heavenly. These chairs are like those awesome reading chairs that you pass down in your family. Love them.

April 6, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger a little yellow button. said...

Hear, hear! I heartily agree with:

a) the irresistable love for all things Anthropologie.
b) the luxuriousness of an upholstered chair.
and c) the coziness of your friend's kitchen! I am in love with that idea!!

I can't wait until I decorate my future home; it's going to be fabulously fun. :)

April 6, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Ciel said...

I love those chairs, i think i have a bit of a chair fetish! as i seem to collect chairs, these look especially good, we are selling some print dresses in the store in London and the prints would look good on those chairs too! we also used the waste to make some cute Liberty print panties which we have at the EJF pop up gallery in Carnaby Street London for the month of April if your travelling to the Uk! can send you a pic if your interested! Sarah x

April 7, 2010 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger Melissa Blake said...

those chairs are so charming! :) It makes me want to find the perfect chair!

April 7, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger sngz said...

Your friend has the best idea ever. Must remember that for my future place.

April 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

I love the blue and white doily chair my husband will move out if I buy one more chair. I too love upholstered chairs in the kitchen. They are so comfy and make entertaining in the kitchen so much more relaxing!

April 7, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I never thought of having a comfy chair in the kitchen. I do think it's a fab idea. I may have to that in my own kitchen.

April 7, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger LENORENEVERMORE said...

The floral chair would bring smile to my boring hallway! LUV it!

April 8, 2010 at 4:01 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm always crushing on Anthropologie's clothes/furniture...everything in that store!

April 8, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

MY GOD - THE TREE CHAIR
wow
amazing!!
love it
http://improcrastinate.blogspot.com/

April 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Carey said...

Ah, love those!

April 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

i looooooooove that chair.

April 16, 2010 at 5:19 AM  

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