Tuesday, June 16, 2009

the purchase....




so i saved all of my b'day money and what we made from selling our china cabinet on craig's list for my trip to Scott's. i knew i wanted to buy dining room chairs (it's kind of nice to have something specific that you are looking for...b/c i could have easily been persuaded to spend my money on a lot of other things). i spent the day browsing at beautiful things but knew in the back of my mind, i was there for DR chairs. i spotted six louis xiv chairs at a booth during our tour w/ eddie. i talked quickly w/ the dealer about them...they were from a highend NY country club....i decided to think about them...
when the tour was over, we started shopping. i kind of had in my head what i was looking for and the chairs i found first definitely fit the realm that i was thinking....then i got hit by some mega bling....these metal chippendale chairs. they weren't old but i was smitten...the only thing was, they weren't too comfortable. the seat definitely needed a cushion added to them and the dealer wasn't the nicest guy...i was completely torn. i looked at my mom and my friend becky to talk me through it. i knew that the louis xvi chairs would look great w/ the table; they were classic chairs that could blend nicely with several styles; and w/ new upholstery, they would be me in a second. the chippendale chairs were just cool...totally "me" and the metal would look awesome w/ my DR table base.....
sooooooooo, i went w/ the louis xvi. it was really a hard decision b/c i LOVED the chippendale chairs but i think down the road, these will be more of a transitional chair that will stay w/ us for a long time....now, i just have to reupholster them!! i am thinking about burlap in the front,keeping the nailhead and then doing the back in the lulu dk stripe that i have in my kitchen...much like the reversal of the picture above.....

21 comments:

design - 59 said...

I love them!! I agree they are a much better "classic" choice, what a fun find!!

Melanie said...

I think you made the right choice, the Louis Chairs are amazing! Can't wait to see what they look like when you recover them.

megan said...

tough decision, but i like the louis chairs. can't wait to see them finished!

Jennifer said...

good choice! can't wait to see it all put together!

beachbungalow8 said...

either would have been a great choice, these look more comfy however. I love burlap, it's such a great textile. can't wait to see what you do! {luludk fabric can take forever to get if ordered directly, fyi)

Caroline at Caroline's Lost and Found said...

Love the Louis chairs! I have 2 Louis xiv chairs that I am using as side chairs right now...but I need to reupholster them also! Great choice! Take care, Caroline

mb said...

Well, both were snazzy choices, but who wants to buy uncomfortable chairs? Think about this, you want to have your friends and family linger at your table and feel comfortable while doing it. You made the right decision, comfort and beauty.

bluehydrangea said...

Love the chairs..both of them! Great buy, can't wait to see what you do with them. Enjoyed meeting you!

LindsB said...

Man that was a hard decision, I think you made a great choice...those chairs will be with you for a long time to come. I lvoe the fabric choices too!

Alicia said...

Great decision!!! After years of dealing with dealers I must tell you that we rarely would buy from the not nice ones. Its a business of relationships & anyone who behaves in that manner obviously feels above that & frankly I don't reward that behaviour.
Now comes the task of choosing a fabric...

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Oh my God I have been wanting those metal Chippendale chairs for years! I wish I had been there to snag them when you decided against them of course! But you are right they are new and can still be purchased down the road. I first spotted them at the gift show in NY. They are filed away for when I can possible part with something else I own or my birthday money might get me one."

Haven and Home said...

Can't wait to see them finished!

Beach Vintage said...

I would have done the same thing, Good choice.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Love the chairs. What a great find! So glad you had options to choose from...

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow difficult decision, but I'm happy with your decision. They were both awesome choices, but with the Louis you have more options in moving them around your house. Can't wait to see what you upholster them up! So exciting!

Lauren said...

I love the Louis chairs, and I think they will look really good around your table (which I droll over everytime you post it). I can't wait to see the "after" pictures of the chairs.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Both styles are great but I think you made the right choice. A completely timeless style.

Sarah said...

Can't wait to see them all spruced up. I think you made the right choice... you're going to love them.

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

Great choice. I love them both too, but comfort is key! I also love the lulu stripe, I'm using it in a project right now. Good Luck, I can't wait to see the end result!!

Best,
Julie

paula said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

duet letterpress said...

i've been wanting those louis chairs something fierce for quite a while. they're going to look fabulous!

oh, and i just discovered your blog and love it! i'm having fun looking around :]