Its safe to say that I have gotten to the point where I don't want my house to look like it came out of a catalog, and I don't want it to be all matchy matchy. I want my pieces to mean something to me. My friend Suzanne echoed the same sentiment the other day as she told me about her decor plans. Suzanne and I have been friends for about 8 years and we have seen each other grow in every possible way...and now its time to ditch the decor of our 20's and embrace something more personal and eclectic.
Suzanne has commissioned a very special dining room table that has special meaning to her because of the artist, materials, and location where it will be hand made. I am so excited for her! In fact it reminded me to go home and remind my dad to set aside some pieces of wood that has been in the family for a table for me...something I had requested of him a couple of years ago.
ANYWAY...now comes the decision for chairs, and like me she cant walk into pottery barn and get excited anymore. Do you blame us? Overpriced, unoriginal, and meaningless.
So here were my initial ideas for her
Emeco Naval Chairs...Why do I love these? Let me count the ways...
Well for starters they have this great balance between modern, country, traditional, vintage. They pretty much go with ANY decor so you can guarantee that these are an investment piece that will always have a place in your home.
They are multipurpose. Some chairs just belong in the dining room, some just belong at a desk, but these chairs can go ANYWHERE in the house.
Lastly Suzanne has sentimental ties to the Navy, so the fact that they are Naval chairs, made my little heart sing.
My next thought was an eclectic mix of painted chairs
This is where we use our talent and creativity to trim from the decorating budget in order to allocate money elsewhere, like a fab lighting piece ;)
Craigslist, garage sales, and even thrift stores like the goodwill are a treasure trove of old furniture...shoot I found several old chairs (unclaimed) up in the attic of the old farmhouse and grabbed a couple to use in my wee house...
Additionally it is a great way to incorporate and solidify the color pallet you have chosen by repeating them in your dining chairs.
Another favorite chair of mine is the Tolex chair. Another classic that is highly versatile.
Along the same lines of the Tolex are vintage metal chairs, and metal folding cafe chairs.
Lastly, there is nothing wrong with mixing high end pieces with low end pieces... like chairs from Ikea!