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Chinese Chippendale chairs

If there’s one thing I keep seeing pop up every time I turn around, it’s a Chinese Chippendale chair. I just got back from High Point market in North Carolina, and Chinese Chippendale influence was everywhere — and I couldn’t be more thrilled. These chairs are one of my absolute favorites. Characterized by their bamboo fretwork design on the back, they normally feature an upholstered seat and may or may not have arms. While they’re available new from a variety of retailers, you can almost always find vintage versions as well by searching on sites like eBay, Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs, etc. And if you’re really lucky, as a steal of a deal on your local Craigslist. Originally designed by prolific English cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century, the Chinese Chippendale chair is a classic design that can work in practically any style of interior. If you’re traditional, it’s a great way to toss in a little chinoiserie; if you’re more modern, it’s the perfect contrast and unexpected twist. But above all, I adore it in a bright, bold color.

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Most of the images I found while doing a little Pinterest hunt led me to dining rooms like this fun Palm Beach-inspired room designed by Maria Barros. Pairing a Chinese Chippendale chair with the uber-modern Saarinen tulip table is a fun and unexpected combination of modern and traditional. I also love that the chairs are in two different colors.

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A pretty little breakfast nook via Quadrille Fabrics – again with a Saarinen tulip table — is rounded out with four white chippendale chairs. The gilded feminine chandelier keeps the scene traditional overall.chippendale breakfast nook

 

Here’s a preppy rustic dining room with loads of texture by AGK Design Studio. A big modern farmhouse table in a natural wood finish is an interesting and unexpected match for the white Chippendale chairs.chippendale brick wall

 

Stunning and bold red chippendale chairs are a statement-maker in this traditional dining room. Check out those tassels on each leg.

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But if you prefer something a little more natural, go for an unfinished bamboo chair – I saw a ton of this particular finish at market, too. (Via Sara M. Dorsey)

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For a more subdued or monochromatic interior, go for contrast with bold black against a crisp white table (via The Zhush).

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Are you inspired yet? I’ve got my eye on a bright blue set that I might have to snap up!


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I’m pretty sure I have BHG’s east coast editor Eddie Ross to thank for my current obsession with the upholstered parsons arm chair. It’s that gorgeous cover image on his book Modern Mix that has stuck with me for the past few months, and sent me down the rabbit hole on more than one occasion in search of one for my very own. I’ve been pinning images like crazy and I love how they can work in practically any style of interior thanks to their low profile and unassuming minimalistic design. I’m particularly a fan of them in velvet, like Eddie’s above, and all the better if you can get them in a pair. It just doesn’t get any more fabulous than that.

A little research led me to Milo Baughman and his modern reinterpretation of a classic Parsons design. The traditional Parsons dining chair and table, incidentally, can be traced back to the early 20th century and according to school lore, was designed at Parsons School of Design in Paris. The original missive, per the New York Times, was to “design a table so basic that it would retain its integrity whether sheathed in gold leaf, mica, parchment, split straw or painted burlap, or even left robustly unvarnished.”

Similarly the Parsons arm chairs feature the same lines of the tables and dining chairs, which most of us are more familiar with. But the living room version is probably better described as an arm chair or club chair and is fully upholstered from top to bottom, including the arms and legs. As best as I can find out, these were made popular in the 1970s thanks to Baughman’s design collaborative with Thayer Coggin, who still manufactures oodles of midcentury modern fabulousness.

So what to do if you stumble on these? Do you go with a solid or a pattern? They definitely pop in a wide variety of hues, like this raspberry version.

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Gorgeous in cobalt blue linen.

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But designers also love them in leopard, too. The pattern’s scale isn’t so overwhelming that it would be difficult to render also on the arms and legs.

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But I’m also pretty partial to this painterly fabric version – total showstopper.

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And of course, a Missoni-wrapped pair is pretty darn fabulous too.

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I ended up snapping up this pair on eBay a few weeks ago for an absolute steal and they’re currently at the upholsterer’s getting a whole new look in canary yellow velvet. I can’t wait to see the transformation!

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Where to find them: eBay, Chairish, First Dibs, Etsy, Craigslist, Scout Design Studio (AMAZING Instagram, btw, and an absolute must-visit in the Dallas area). Search terms to use if you want to track some down: Milo Baughman club chair, Milo Baughman arm chair, parsons arm chair, in any of these combinations. Remember – on Craigslist, many people don’t know what terms to use, so go a little more broad.

Happy hunting! And do let me know if you snap up a pair!


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Today’s roundup is all about the perfect pairing of vintage dining room tables with contrasting modern chairs. I love an eclectic space, and the dining room is the perfect place to have some fun with an aesthetic mashup of vintage and modern, like in the space above. There’s no wrong way to make this look happen and it’s also a great way to interject personality and history into your home without having to spend a ton of money as this look can absolutely be achieved on a budget.

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Maybe you inherited your grandmother’s dining set or were stuck with a hand-me-down set after college. It’s simple to give an old table a fresh spin by switching out the chairs for something new. . Contrast is everything when it comes to this look, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little bit. This look is anything but matchy-matchy and sometimes the natural and traditional raw look of wood can enhance the contrast between old and new all the more.

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Studio McGee paired the classic Eames molded plastic chairs with a spindle-legged wooden table in a beautiful dark finish. It contrasts sharply with the white plastic and lighter wood dowel legs. The Eames chairs are available in a variety of colors (as well as price points if you don’t want to grab an original) and they also have different leg options too.

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I love the mismatched colors in this shot above from BHG. This entire room feels inviting and feminine with pops of English garden colors and a drapey capiz shell chandelier. You could find a similar table in any antique shop, a yard sale in your neighborhood, or by hunting around on Craigslist.

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The uber-traditional table (above) in Gen Sohr’s dining room table definitely feels like a piece that might be relegated to a fancy dining room, only to be used on formal occasions. But it suddenly feels family friendly and well loved when paired with simple white Emeco and funky modern art.

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Of course, there’s my favorite modern chair of all, the Louis Ghost chair, which works with practically any table you put it with, beat-up wood included! A little bit of lucite can go a long way, and in this case, it allows the beautiful accents of the table to really shine through, in both the image above and below.

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My brandmother had a round table that reminds me of the one below. I wish now that I had that table because it proves that a classic and simple design can be so flexible in any interior.

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It’s gorgeous in the dark wood with the white chairs, but you could switch it up by painting the table, as evidenced below.

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These mismatched chairs above are loaded with personality and this look would be super easy to recreate with a quick perusal of your local Craigslist. Sometimes public schools also sell off old fixtures and furniture at auction (rolling library carts are my current google obsession), and you could snap up a bunch of chairs and other fun finds for not a lot of money.

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Such a great way to bring style and personality to your space. There’s just something about having a history and a story about the items you surround yourself with! Ok, a few sources if you’re hunting for some great modern chairs. My current favorites are West Elm, Industry West (Tolix knock-offs in a ton of colors, as well as several fun modern options), Craigslist, CB2, and good ol’ Ikea (check out the Tobias style for a lucite chair lookalike at a fraction of the cost).


 

TREND: Unique Dining Room Chairs

One thing that I love about the contemporary design aesthetic is people’s courage to be a bit more bold and unique. I’ve noticed this trend in many different areas of interior design. Whether it’s an unusual light fixture, mixed patterns, or unexpected pops of color, people seem to be taking more risks and using things they really love.

 

Taking such risks, however, can be nerve-racking because some of these choices involve a lot of time and money. To make things less scary, I suggest starting off small and working up to a bigger project. A great place to start is in your dining room. Changing your dining room chairs is a quick way to give your space an entirely new look without too much of an investment. Despite what design trends have taught us in the past, dining chairs no longer need to “match” your table. In fact, having elements that don’t exactly match creates a beautiful, collected-over-time look.

I really fell in love with today’s “Pin it” inspiration image for exactly this reason. The unique cow hide-inspired chairs add a wonderful whimsical feel to a typically utilitarian space. Not only are the chairs out of the norm, but they are also visually interesting and inviting.

 

Today, I’m sharing ten of my favorite dining room chairs. Whether you’re looking for bold color, terrific texture, or something classically chic one of these options is sure to infuse life into your space. Which chair are you loving the most?

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Happy Decorating,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


 

TREND: Unique Accent Furniture

When it comes to decorating living spaces, one of my favorite things to pick out is accent furniture. While I tend to go a bit safe and neutral with a major piece such as a sofa or bookcase, I love getting creative and going bold with smaller pieces. To me, it’s a great way to add color and personality to a space without going overboard.

For this week’s Pin it. Get it! I was inspired by this neutral and airy living space. What really stood out to me is the gorgeous wicker and wood accent chairs. Their unique shape, lines, and texture bring this room to life and give it personality! It’s also fun to imagine what this space would like like with more colorful chairs. They would give it a whole new feel!

 

I’ve selected twelve of my favorite accent chairs to give you a start. So, If you are looking to add some interest, life, or color to your space, try one of these fabulous chairs for a completely new look!

 

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As always, happy decorating!
Michael Wurm, jr. – Inspired by Charm


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