May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Monday, September 30, 2013

The Look for Less: Traditional Home Visits Designer Joseph Abboud Part 4

Hola darlings!

Take a look at this beautiful chair featured in the Joseph Abboud living room, the 18th Century French Burlap Chair from Restoration Hardware:

Full price is $1,295, on special for $1,100.  Inspired by an 18th-century Louis XIII highback armchair, ours is a faithful reproduction. Employing the same craftsman techniques used 350 years ago, its burnished solid oak legs, arms and stretchers are hand-turned on a lathe while it bears the hallmark of mortise-and-tenon construction. Country of origin not given.  Joseph Abboud used material of his own design to upholster his chair. 

So, where to look, where to look...

I stopped at Ballard Designs and found this chair that I really like - but it doesn't have arms!  This is (are) the Capistrano dining chair (comes only in pairs), two for $849:


Overall: 42 3/4"H X 18 3/4"W X 26 1/2"D
Seat: 18 3/4"H X 18 3/4"W @ Front & 16"W @ Back X 17"D
Constructed of birch frame with form & webbed seat and brass nailheads.
Made in China
The Capistrano dining chair, despite being armless, presents possibilities -- buy the pair (for less than one RH chair) and put a cool table in-between and voila! I like the French country look of the turned wood more than the sort of Jacobean feel of the wood turning on the RH chair. 

I next stopped at Home Decorators but I did not find anything remotely similar.

I went to Wayfair, always a craps shoot because so much depends on the search criteria you use!  I went simple and looked for "wood arm chair."  Found lots of possibilities -- in pairs!  Here are my favorites:

Above is the A&B Home Group, Inc. Side Chair that only comes in pairs, $833.  The turned legs and cross-bars on these chair are remarkably similar (identical?) to the RH chair.  Features:  Beige upholstery; Back burlap Paris motif; Brass nail heads; Cross bar support base; Cushioned seat.  Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.7 inches, Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 42.9 inches, .Overall Width - Side to Side: 24.8 inches.

Above is the A.R.T. Coronado Arm Chair, $860 for a pair!  I was too fast to copy it -- it also comes upholstered in a creamy linen and looks great.  Oh crap -- I see now it's already out of stock, and no restocking date is listed.  This chair has an exposed wood back and soft linen upholstery with individual nail head trim that work together to create a refined but elegant look. Scrolled French Provincial-style feet, arms and posts add to the chairs' overall sophistication. With no detail overlooked, the elegantly shaped stretchers complete the look.  Coronado collection, Rustic Walnut finish, crafted from sturdy Radiate solids and beautiful veneer with hand rubbed "Barcelona" finish.  45.5" H x 25" W x 28" D.

Check out this lovely chair -- the Hooker Furniture Waverly Place Upholstered Back Arm Chair -- again, in a pair, $1,196.  The upholstery is "sporty Cognac" and I've no idea what kind of material it is -- I found that description at the Specifications page:

I believe this is available in other upholstery.  Description: A romantic European Country distinction achieved through a cherry veneer with an uneven texture and a random width plank effect that approximates the look and feel of an authentic solid cherry antique.  Overall Dimensions: 49'' H x 25.38'' W x 28.88'' D. 

I find it really irritating that in order to get any of the chairs featured above I would have to buy TWO!  That's not necessarily a bad thing.  A nice arm chair can always be fit into another room if there is no room for two chairs in the room in which you're creating this look for less.  I did find a solo chair at Wayfair -- but -- well, take a look:

This chair is the Stein World Dark Toffee Arm Chair and it is $400.  I like the styling of this chair a lot.  It's not identical to the RH chair, particularly in the legs and base, but has the same overall heft and dimensions.  But the upholstery doesn't look remotely like the RH chair.  The chair seat is black faux leather and the back, in a close-up it looks like a mini-leopard print!  Not my cup of tea at all.  Would one buy a new chair and then have it recovered in a neutral burlap or linen fabric???  If you couldn't do it yourself (I would not attempt it myself), there would go your price savings right out the door.  But, for those of a handy nature or willing to try reupholstering a brand new chair themselves, this might be the best deal overall.  Description:  Faux leather seat; Upholstered back; Scroll arms; Nail head detailing; ISTA 1A certified (I have no idea what this means); Solid wood construction; Dark Toffee finish.  Dimensions: 51'' H x 29'' W x 35'' D; Overall Depth - Front to Back: 35 inches; Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 51 inches; Overall Width - Side to Side: 29 inches.

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