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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So I Ordered Two Chairs for the Office….

The day after we received the keys to Storybook Cottage a delivery van showed up with two chairs. I had found the Candace Upholstered Arm Chair (Impression Garden fabric) online. Target was having a great sale and each chair was $200 with free shipping.

I was not expecting much for $200 but the chair is actually pretty comfortable. (I would paint the legs.)

I was thinking they would look good in the office space.You remember this gabled roof space with no windows? I think it needs a bit of color.

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I did switch out the fluorescent bulbs in the ceiling fan to Reveal bulbs and yes, they are expensive, but it has made a world of difference. I am still currently looking to switch out the dreary umber brown colored glass shades. I imagine that will help with the yellow cast in the room but boy those glass shades are pricey. Hoping for a thrift store solution.

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The walls and the built ins are getting painted a nice crisp white which will also help. Fun fact, while taking the shelving down to clean and prepare it for painting we discovered something we didn’t know was there when we bought the home…

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…It’s behind the two shelves on the left, a secret door to the attic. Queue “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” theme music.

The room is quite generous in size and has its own little closet.

I was thinking that the French hutch , that I had no business buying, would look nice on one of the walls and pair well with the chairs. There are so many lovely colors I could pull from the fabric in which to paint it.

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But in the meantime the hutch and the two chairs will probably hang out downstairs in the formal living room until we get some furniture for that space. I know what I want it is just a matter of saving the pennies.

However, the Fashionista does not like the chairs. Mr. Décor has not said one word about the chairs…which that usually means something. They are still wrapped in plastic and could be easily returned to the store. I definitely want chairs with color and pattern. This Skyline Accent Chair (Garden Odyssey Fog fabric) is nice too, but it is $400. 

I would love your opinion. Should I keep looking?

Laura

19 comments :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I really like the style of the chairs and if you want chairs with color and pattern, then keep them. The office is going to be your domain, so you should have something you love. I like the color, pattern and style better than the second chair you show. These could really be fun in the living room meantime.

Jane said...

I agree with Marty! The chairs are so colorful and cheerful looking! That little door to the attic is a fun find - imagine having books you'd have to remove from the shelves each time you wanted to access the door. Maybe there's another door somewhere else?

Linda said...

I kind of like the chair, it's cheery and would probably look very nice in the space! Keep them if you like them. : )
Love, Linda

Brooke Kroeger said...

I like the print and style... I would paint the legs, but I would keep them. That is a good deal and they are statement pieces, a good statement at that...

GSGreatEscaper said...

I love the chairs! What about keeping your eye out for a fabric in the one of the same colors and painting the hutch white but backing the shelves with a coordinating fabric (or who knows, you might even be able to find the same fabric!) That fabric gives you so many color options - the orange/yellow range, the pink/purple/blue range... Speaking as the mother of a 22 y.o. sometimes they can't see the same thing we do just because their experience is not as wide....

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

A movable garden!
A great price!
Keep them!
...you can always slip cover them for a temporary change...they have nice bones!
~Lynne
w/L.

Sheila said...

Well I can't say I like the chairs (I'm not a floral lover) so I would go with something colorful but with a little more modern pattern, but that's just me. If you like them you should keep them.

bettyann said...

I love the pattern, even though I am not usually a floral pattern person, it will give a punch to your neutral background. Check to see if your Houston area has a Re-store and check out lights...Have fun and take care xxx

Lorrie said...

I like the color and I'm not averse to florals, but I think the first one looks a wee bit mumsy. Or old-fashioned English cottage. I guess it depends what you're going for.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Hi Laura.....I love that hidden door!! I am on the fence on the chairs. I don't really see you in them, but maybe you are looking for a different look. Have fun decorating!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Just another thought. Home Goods always has a selection of fabulous chairs at the $200 price range, so you might look there and see if there is something you like better.

stoneleafandcompany.com said...

I don't normally go for floral fabric, but for the purpose you have purchased them I think they are great. I love the pop of color. You mentioned your daughter and husband, and then mentioned changing them. I think you have to ask yourself if you are considering changing them because they don't like them, or because maybe you too were having doubts about them. Sometimes when we make choices for our homes based on what others like or don't like we are just trying to please them, other times it may be that they are voicing an opinion that we share so that makes us doubt our decision. If they are in a public space everyone should have input, but if they are in your private office space then they should be what makes you happy. If you are totally in love with them, then keep them, if you prefer something else, but think these will do because of the price point, then I say take them back and save your pennies to get what you really want. I'm thinking a shade of blue on that hutch would be beautiful. Love that you are getting to create beauty in your storybook cottage.

Ivy and Elephants said...

The chairs are very pretty, but you don't seem to love them. If you are on the fence you'll end up buying another pair later.
Do what makes you happy!
Hugs,
Patti

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I love them but then again I am a color girl! You should do what makes you happy in your space. My family rarely agrees with my decorating decisions initially but usually come around after they live with them for a while!

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Je pense que si vous avez un soupçon d'hésitation, ne les prenez pas ! C'est que ce n'est pas encore ceux que vous souhaitez vraiment. Attendez un peu ainsi vous ne regretterez pas. Vous trouverez certainement ceux qui feront que "OUI" je les veux même si vous n'aimez pas !...
Enfin c'est comme ça que je fonctionne... après chacun voit midi à sa porte !

C'est amusant cette porte secrète qui conduit sur un grenier. Connaissiez-vous l'existence du grenier ?

Gros bisous ☼

Connie said...

Laura, isn't it exciting to have a "whole big new project" to occupy you for a while?! While I'm in my 70s I would never attempt what you're doing as it would probably be my demise but it's fun for you I'm sure. I recently bought a "quick, cheap" chair from Costco due to some back/leg problems. I did it for the firmness of the seat, size and back and it is surprisingly comfortable and only $300. Ethan Allen is my furniture store and has been for about 20+ years. Excellent quality but sofas and chairs from there usually run me from $1500 to $3000 but they last for years and years while still maintaining the gorgeous appearance and comfort. The Costco chair was a quick fix for the problems I've been having and it still looks attractive in leather. I like the Skyline Accent Chair the best because of its lines. A bit more feminine and elegant. And, yes, paint the legs white. Just my suggestion of course. Lovely, sugar! And a whole lot of new ideas for blogging: Fixing Up Our New Home. ;-) Connie

Angela said...

I think you should keep the chairs! They're lovely and the colors are great!

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm not a floral person at all. This decision may be difficult as someone else said, due to the fact that your daughter and husband are not impressed. If the chairs are pleasing to you, then keep them. If not or if any doubt, look around more. Check out World Market ~ they have some lovely chairs!

xo
Pat

Stacey said...

Laura, I love the floral chairs and can picture them with the french hutch. :)