Saturday, July 5, 2014

Do you have a "Statement Chair"

 Happy Month of July! July is such a happy month that always makes me smile.
 July happens to be one of my favorite months of the year, because its my first born daughters birthday on July 11.

 So to start off the month with my first post, I thought it would be fun to share and talk about  two of my "statement chairs" I was recently contacted by "One Kings Lane" to help them introduce their   "Home Décor Resource" guide, it has answers to questions like: Which era is your chair from?

One Kings Lane has written an article titled "How to Incorporate Statement Furniture Into Any Room"   What a fun read and very informative I thought. My chairs are definitely  an accent to the rest of my room, we use every bit of furniture in our home. Gary and I love comfy, sit your fanny down and curl up in kind of furniture.

This rocking chair Gary and I found at our neighbors garage sale for $100 dollars, it was in such great shape expect for the seat that had been lovingly warn out. The wood has a beautiful  grain to it with its original stain, we knew all it needed was reupholstering.
While browsing  One Kings Lane I came across an article on the History of the Rocking Chair  I did not know that the rocking chair goes back as far as 1710 and that the rocking chair was distinctly American from the start. It was mostly used in one of two ways/places: for mothers and babies in nurseries, and for the elderly and invalids, in hospitals and mental facilities.
I got the biggest chuckle out of this one.

 So here are the before photos

 And now:
For the reupholstering we choose a blue wool tweed fabric. It really brighten up the chair and gave it new life!

 Our Rocking Chair is from the 1960's we were told and purchased new at that time. The craftsmanship on the rocker is really beautiful. We believe our chair to be Mission Style.

 What I love about statement chairs is that you can put them anywhere. Move them around to any cozy corner of your home.
 I love the look and the feel of this piece in my room. I have moved it all the around the house.

 Now for this sweet petite Victorian Parlor Chair. Gary and I found her at our local antique shop, she had already been re-dressed in this vibrant wool plaid (I think she looks a bit talkative) or as some would call " loud" all dressed in plaid. But I love her the way she is.
I think we have a lot in common. She is short to the floor and very talkative. LOL

 I can envision tea time, with an elegantly dress lady seated ever so graciously in this chair sharing stories of the day or maybe even stitching and sipping tea, or better yet hot coco.

 The carving you see is so fine and pretty, but yet so simple in style.

 The seat is wider in front and sits low to the floor.
 Here she is sitting in style in the front room.
And again by a fireplace. This old gal gets around.
I think if someone was to ask me what my decorating style is, I would have to say Cozy, Warm and hopefully inviting, with a large scoop  of Cottage a pinch of French country and a dash of Farmhouse and Prairie. There is something about all decorating styles I love.

I hope you go over to visit One Kings Lane and use their the new Home Décor Resources guide, I enjoyed spending time browsing many of the article. Also the shopping, I have my eye on a few things....teeheehe.

Joining in with the following parties:

Susan-Between Naps on the Porch-Metamorphosis  Monday

Kathryn-The Dedicated House-Make it Pretty Monday

Marty-A Stroll Thru Life-Inspire me Tuesday

Brenda-Cozy Little House-Tweak it Tuesday

Kim-Savvy Southern Style-WOW Us Wednesday

Courtney-French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday



Debby said...

Love the Mission rocker. That style is such a solid comfortable look. I have a chair almost exactly like the second one. It was my grandmother's. My parents refinished it professionally. Wish I knew it's history. Thanks for sharing.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Love the chair, I love any chairs with wood arms ...the upholstery lasts so much longer because peoples hands don't rub on the your chair, I can see me rockin in it now

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Elizabeth and Gary,
What lovely statement chairs you have and indeed, both are of exeptional great quality wood-wise and fun in the way they got upholstered! They certainly do make a statement.
Enjoy your summer and sending you hugs,

Vee said...

What I love about you two is that you don't paint everything in sight. That wood is so beautiful and you've chosen the fabrics so well.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Both are great chairs. So love the rocker, so similar to what my Grandparents had in their home. Comfy big rockers. It is in great shape and love the oak.

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

I like them all! But your chair in your living room is fabulous - it looks perfect with your white coffee table. Love all your color!!!! Jane

Marissa said...

Gorgeous rocker chair.
Actually, everything you fill in that sweet home is Gorgeous.
I love your style.
Xo Marissa

Melinda said...

Both chairs look so welcoming.

Like you I have a mix of decorative

M : )

Linda Walker said...

I love both of the chairs! Even the loud one! It really looks wonderful in your room. I love the idea of refinishing old chairs--they seem to have so much more charm!
ps Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I'm not sure how I ended up here but am glad for the visit. The Mission chair is beautiful; Mission and Craftsman are my favorite styles. The phrase "statement furniture" is new to me but, since being introduced, I now know there are several pieces of "statement furniture" in my home.
Your furniture style "cozy" is a superb way of phrasing and ever so true.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Both chairs are in great shape and look beautiful in your rooms, Elizabeth. The mission rocker's wood is striking against the blue, and I love the parlor chair's plaid upholstery. Looks so cute in your front room. I enjoy seeing photos of your home, for it seems to be distinctly yours; a reflection of what you and Gary love and enjoy and not just another trendy house. I hope Gary is doing well. xxx ~ Nancy

Ana said...

Great chairs Elizabeth. They both make quite a lovely statement in your beautiful new them.

Much love,