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Friday, June 12, 2009

Rising to the Occasion

Every home needs at least one occasional chair. It can serve as a desk chair, extra living room seating, or pulled up to the dining room table when you have company. Occasional chairs are generally lightweight and mobile, and there are some great stylish and affordable options.
Here are some of our favorites:
We absolutely love the lines of this French chair from Wisteria. The color of the fabric is beautiful and so versatile, and the price is right!
Red Upholstered Louis XV Chair from Wisteria, $299.
This rattan chair from Pottery Barn is so cute and affordable. We think it's a bit overkill to pair it with the matching desk, and we aren't dead-set on the color. We think it would be cuter painted black or even red, and for $149, you can afford to fix it up!
Rattan Chair from Pottery Barn, $149.
This Colonial Accent Chair is so versatile and would be so pretty in a casual beach house or even a formal library. Colonial Accent Chair, ZGallerie, $300
These Queen Anne chairs from Pottery Barn are a bit stuffy in the traditional wood tones, but we think the red, white, and light blue are alot of fun! Cover the seat in a modern fabric, and this chair is a real winner!
Queen Anne Upholstered Chair, Pottery Barn, $249 This is such a great go-anywhere chair. From a desk to a dining room, this would look great in any home!
Upholstered Louis Chair, Pottery Barn, $349 We love the feminine lines and French details of this armchair. And the fluffy cushion with pretty bows is just the icing on the cake. It's a little expensive, but we think you will have (and use) this chair for a long time!
French Market Julie Chair, Horchow, $529 and $419 for the cushion How fun is this black and gold armchair with a cheetah cushion? Great in any dressier room, and we've heard that every room needs one touch of animal...
Jennifer Armchair, Horchow, $699 We love the weathered, lived-in look of this occasional chair. So pretty without being obnoxiously "shabby chic."
Cherie Gray Armchair, Horchow, $659
This black velvet armchair is so dramatic! We like the combination of the somewhat masculine black fabric with the chair's dainty French legs.
Velvet Armchair, Horchow, $540 We just love faux bois! Faux bois doesn't have to look like it belongs in a mountain house- painting it white would be especially modern!
Black Forest Chair, Wisteria, $499 We definitely have a girl crush on Annie Selke. From her Dash and Albert rugs to her line of fabrics at Calico Corners to her fabulous bedding from Pine Cone Hill, her talent and work ethic is obvious in everything she does. Her line of furniture for Horchow is no exception!
Annie Selke Home O'Hara Chair, Horchow, $1,670 You know how much we love our stripes! One of our favorite things is Ballard's semi-custom furniture! Choose the shape of the chair, the finish of the wood, and the print of the fabric!
Louis Upholstered Armchair, Ballard Designs, $525
This upholstered chair from Ballard has so many great details! From the tufted back to the nailhead trim, this chair is so versatile!
Gentry Chair, Ballard Designs, $769 This might be our favorite occasional chair! We are obsessed with bamboo, and this chair would look great in any room! We think every room needs some bamboo!
Macau Armchair, Ballard Designs, $279
Of course, to add a modern touch to any room, you can't go wrong with the Louis Ghost Chair. Whether your style is traditional or modern, these really work in any room!
Philippe Starck for Kartell, Louis Ghost Chair, W Hotel Store, $410 We like the lines of this boxy chair from West Elm. We would add a fun cushion instead of their boring beige choice, but we think a pair of these on either side of a buffet or other large piece of furniture would be great!
Overlapping Squares Chair, West Elm, $169
Also worth noting- occasional chairs are a DIY favorite of the MoS girls. You can almost always find one that needs a little TLC at a junk store. Add a coat of paint and some fun fabric, and voila, you have a great chair for next to nothing!


Julie said...

What a great post! I love, love, love occassional chairs (I probably have a few too many)and you've highlighted some really fantastic options. Thanks for providing us with so many different alternatives!

Anonymous said...

So many great choices! Enjoy your ideas to "change" some of the chairs with a simple change of color, etc. Fab post today.

Jan Jessup said...

Great story on occasional chairs! Thought you might be interested in this link to other Annie Selke chair frames that are available through the Calico Corners stores:

You can choose one of Annie's colorful designs for a chair frame, or select from thousands of other fabrics sold there--a distinct advantage over other furniture stores and catalog sources.
Jan Jessup

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