Posts Tagged ‘chair’
This week, our furniture (and everything else from our old place) arrived in Florida. Woohoo! No more folding chairs or sad, little blowup mattress. So needless to say, I’ve been spending a lot of time unpacking boxes this week. And arranging things. Which means, I wasn’t able to get a DIY roundup together for today, but I’m sure you can find some crafty goodness here, if you want to look through the archives.
I also have a few posts up this week on Curbly that you might enjoy…
- Eye Candy: 10 DIY Centerpiece Ideas for Fall
- Before and After: Simple Changes for a Big Impact
- Reading Material: How to Make a Book Headboard
P.S. There are still a few days left to submit your shop for the first holiday papernstitch exhibition of the year. Yep, we’re already getting ready for the busy shopping season. You can submit right here if you are interested in having your work promoted in this curated showcase. More details here if you have any questions.
Hope you have a great weekend.
All of us know what constitutes a standard dining room chair. It is typically wood with a fairly straight back, sometimes with a gently padded seat or back. Often they are sold as sets with armless versions for the sides of the table, and armed versions for the two ends, many times designed to match the table itself. ‘Designy’ options have included either an Eames fiberglass model, or perhaps a Wegner bentwood frame.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of license taken with what constitues a dining room chair, and I think it’s a super idea to note that all kinds of different styles can work well within the dining room setting. From vintage chairs on casters to fully padded options, no option is really verboten. Try benches only, or opt for an acrylic piece that is barely there. Slung leather typically found in more of a lounge setting may work, or perhaps try a molded bucket. If the style and color fits your decor, your choices are wide open.
Most of us grow up knowing a standard way that certain things are done. A standard bedroom has a bed and a dresser. A standard living room has a sofa, coffee table and an easy chair. A dining room has a table with chairs, perhaps with armed chairs at the ends. That’s generally what we see when we go shopping for furniture. But one way to create an interesting environment in your home is to get to the essence of what a space needs. And a dining space needs a horizontal surface for serving and eating food, as well as seating of some type. I have spied quite a few non-standard seating options lately that may spur you into thinking with a broader mind when searching for dining chairs.
As gorgeous as your typical wood-frame, lightly upholstered dining chair may be, perhaps an unconventional material like a fiberglass shell may be just the ticket – with either a wood base or a thin metal armature, either way they look substantial and modern. Or perhaps choose a metal chair. These can range from light wire models to vintage industrial pieces. Benches can create family-style seating with a more minimalist vibe. For a lighter look, stools are another great option. They tuck away under the table when not in use, and range from light frames to solid wood or upholstered blocks. Or why not mix and match? There is no rule that says you need to have matching seating options, although that is typically what we choose. Each seat can be a different chair, or might be a mixture of benches and chairs, or may include a built-in seating option to make good use of small spaces. Whichever seating you choose, getting down to the essential requirements can help broaden your possible options.
(above) Fiberglass Shells
It has been a very busy week for me, and I could really use a big ole chair to rest my tired legs. Now, you should probably know that my legs (and my design brain) are pretty picky about where they rest. So, this seemingly simple task can prove challenging at times.
Luckily, I know exactly where to go to find chairs that are right up my alley: CoMod!
I just love this shop…great vintage furniture and accessories. All online (and on Etsy no less, so it’s incredibly familiar and easy to buy). Love that.
I am going to head out for the weekend and wish you a very restful next couple of days. I’ll see you back here bright and early Monday.
This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks moves into more current work with the Chicago 8 Box shelving unit by Blu Dot.
The Chicago 8-Box was designed by the collaborative team from Blu Dot in the late 90s to provide reasonable options for well-designed simple furniture that tips its hat to the modern stylings of the Eames’ and other classic designers. Currently available in maple, cherry or a graphite stain on oak, the staggered boxes of this shelving unit are suspended on metal tubes, and fill a wall without looking heavy. Books and other accessories can be placed within the boxes or between them, giving multiple background looks in one unit. I have this piece in an earlier wenge model, and love the versatility it provides for creating small vignettes within a fairly spacious bookcase.
Wood and warm colors were the inspiration for today’s handmade accessory picks. A walnut sushi tray begs to be touched, while a linen table runner pairs whimsy with modern simplicity. A jar decorated with vintage zippers adds both texture and color, while a tiered planter stand is practical with a retro vibe. The wood-framed sling chair invites you to sit back and relax, enjoying your day either inside or out on the patio.
Next week I will choose another gorgeous piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.