December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

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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