Do you have a favorite chair?
I have a thing for chairs, so there are quite a few in my house that I'm partial to.
I have to admit that when we first saw this chair in the store, I wasn't sure how much I even liked it. The fabric on the floor model was a country plaid, and the frame was a bleached wood. I had a hard time visualizing how this "plain jane chair" would look all dressed up in a fancy fabric.
Oh, and about the fabric? At the time, I thought it was kind of ordinary, but given all of the other things in the living room, like the rug and drapes, I wasn't overly concerned about this competing to be the center of attention. It just needed to have a supporting role, to help make the other pieces look good. I had no idea that it was going a scene stealer.
When the chair finally arrived, I was thrilled with how it turned out. It looked nothing like the original country-style chair we had seen in the showroom. It's amazing how fabric can change the personality of a piece of furniture.
I loved the rich, warm colors, and the striped fabric gave it a classy look.
The frame had lots of detail, like the carvings on the arms and legs.
The curved back made it look substantial, yet graceful.
Yes, I was happy with it.
But as pretty as it was, I don't think it really began to shine until we found the right spot for it.
At first, we placed it next to the round table at a right angle to the couch, as you can see below. We left the it there for months.
And that's when it really began to win me over.
Anchoring the chair against the bookcase really showed off its style, and made the fabric pop. It's kind of like having a nice sweater and a pretty scarf. Individually, they look nice, but wearing them together makes a statement.
Simply moving the chair to the right spot changed the feel of my living room, and created a cozy little vignette.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see what other furniture around here needs to be put in its proper place.