Yesterday I had such decorator’s burnout from styling the masterbath (reveal on Monday, I pinky swear for real), that I thought, “Maybe I need a month-long break before I really get into the family room and kitchen.” And then I went to 4 more stores and put up two more paint samples from Benjamin Moore in the kitchen. And then I really swore I had to take a break. And then my chairs arrived from the upholsterer and everything changed! I’m so delighted with how they turned out. I’m crazy about them and chomping at the bit to jump into the trim in that room–after the baby shower next Saturday! Oh, I’ve already ordered the media sideboard and the other two lounge chairs.
But back to my beloved Craigslist chairs.
I loved the style of these chairs because the exposed wood frame made them perfect for doing a slamming fabric on the back that is too precious to take daily wear with a contrasting front fabric that I’m not afraid to have my kids sit on. And because of their position in the room, the side/back version is one of the things you see coming into the house from the foyer. It’s cool.
The contrast welt really highlights the detail in the wood carving.
I love how the dark charcoal looks in the very light room. These are the fanciest thing in what otherwise is going to be a very comfy room, so I will probably put some cheeky lumbar pillows on them.
No chevrons. No horizontal stripes. But maybe something a little whimsical and kooky like an octopus in a top hat.
I’m just thinking out loud here. Oh, and I settled on the wallpaper! After ordering several samples, I’ve decided to go with this herringbone plaid above the (to-be-installed) wainscoting in the family room.
Although the wallpaper color is subtle and unobtrusive, the texture is wonderfully three dimensional and pleasing to both the eye and the hand. Kent has been worried that I would bling out the family room and make it too stuffy and elegant to relax in. So I am balancing the rustic with the fine, the masculine with the feminine. The dark grey on the lady chairs and the plaid on the walls I think will make the whole thing a bit less girly and certainly not too grand to lounge in. Besides which, we have the world’s comfiest loungiest couch, that almost forces you into a half-reclining to full-reclining position. How stuffy can it really turn out?