Chairs

Blue and White French Bistro Chairs
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Blue and White French Bistro Chairs

French Bistro Chairs were traditionally made of bentwood, bamboo or rattan with a cheerful woven back and seat. Newer versions can be found made with aluminum frames and PE (polyethylene) wicker that looks like wicker but can live outdoors without fading or rotting. In blue and white, these chairs are country, coastal or traditional. Blue…

Octopus Furniture Trends
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Octopus Furniture Trends

A few years ago octopus images started showing up at the furniture markets. Both Las Vegas and High Point, N.C. had octopi on fabric, furniture, tableware and pillows. This trend shows no sign of going away. Here are some ways to add this look to your home. Octopus Furniture Octopus Furniture is available at all…

Cowboy Style at Indian Cave Lodge Auction Preview
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Cowboy Style at Indian Cave Lodge Auction Preview

We recently went to an Auction Preview at Indian Cave Lodge, a mountain hotel near Hendersonville, NC, built in 1892 that is now a private home. The home was completely furnished in what I think of as Western or Cowboy Style, which is a surprise to find in North Carolina. It was set up like…

Rose Gold for Any Room and Any Style
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Rose Gold for Any Room and Any Style

Rose gold finish is used on furniture and lighting. Softer than copper, with a warm pinkish cast, rose gold coordinates beautifully with any style from Hollywood Regency to Farmhouse, from Mid Century Modern to Industrial. Modern and Mid Century Modern Rose Gold ELK Group International 3138-266 Jette Chair 17” wide x 19” front to back,…

Furniture for Bibliophiles: Books Furniture and Accessories
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Furniture for Bibliophiles: Books Furniture and Accessories

Have you seen furniture that looks like books? There are all kinds. Some are wood, some are resin and all are really fun and functional furniture The Furniture for Bibliophiles from Design Toscano is made to look like worn leather bound books with faux gold gilding. They are wood or MDF (a strong kind of…

Chinese Garden Stools
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Chinese Garden Stools

Fifteen years ago, maybe more, I saw a little Blue Willow table made out of ceramic at TJ Maxx. By the time I thought about it and decided I couldn’t live without it, it was gone. And I have repented ever since. Every time I see one in a picture on someone’s porch, I wish…

Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell
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Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell

This month, April 2018, Southern Living has an article Work in Progress about the home of Houston designer Meg Lonergan. She “turned her humble Craftman home into a colorful testing ground for her latest decorating ideas.” The dining room has what looks like Louis Ghost Chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell. I went on Pillippe…

Examples of Medieval Influence on Furniture Design
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Examples of Medieval Influence on Furniture Design

Gothic furniture marked a change from the Victorian style. The popularity of Archeology led to a fascination with Classical Greek and Roman designs. Classical Revival drew on these influences. Then, by the mid to late 1800s Gothic Revival, also called Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic, drew on the Gothic style of the 12th century. The movement…