Sitting with Style

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post but let’s not dwell on that and just dive right in, shall we?

I’ve been obsessed with dining room chairs lately! I’m shopping for a client who has a f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s  Saarinen-like tulip table paired with chairs she got 20 years ago for $40…(or maybe it was 40 years ago for $20?) The table looks like this one by Knoll:

Saarinen Table by Knoll

I told you. It’s fantastic!

I’ve had so much fun searching for possibilities (we’ve got a few on a short list at this point) and I’ve seen so many varieties (some that have nothing to do with the current project) that I thought I would post some pictures. And if by any chance you’ve been looking for new chairs yourself, I’d like to share the most important thing I’ve learned along the way:

Buy the chairs you love. Don’t obsess over matching table and chair sets or even matching chairs to each other if that’s your thing. Traditional table? Yes, you can pair it with modern chairs and vice versa. Modern home? Go for a rustic chair and see how inviting the seating area suddenly becomes.

In other words… ANYTHING GOES.

So whether you’re painting some old chairs or spending top dollar on some new ones, here’s a little inspiration. (all photos from )

3 thoughts on “Sitting with Style

  1. Mailssa,
    thanks for this. It’s a great reminder to those of us that are trying to blend “hand me down” furniture for parent’s homes into our own style.

    1. Absolutely, Beth! I rarely meet a homeowner who isn’t trying to work with disparate styles. In addition to inherited pieces, we’re often trying to incorporate things we bought for ourselves before our tastes changed.

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