Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our New Chairs... Revealed!

Remember a few months ago when I posted this sneak peek at the trunk full of treasures I scored?

By far the best score of the day was a set of 5 lacquered Pagoda style armchairs in a most unusual color.

Finding new dining room chairs was the final phase in upgrading our circa 1960's Thomasville Dining Room Set. 

Here is a photo of our dining room with the old chairs.

Several years ago we found this 48" round McGuire glass top table on craigslist.

 A few years later we scored this buffet at an estate sale.


And then a few months ago we completed the transformation when we found this set of 5 chairs at our local salvage yard. I never did find the 6th. Someone must have beat me to the punch and nabbed it as they were priced individually at an astonishing price of only $38 each!!!

I've always said, patience pays off!

I cleaned them up and placed them around the dining room table.


I initially considered painting them black but after infusing a big dose of blue in the room with the tablecloth, I began to embrace their unusual color.

In fact I've noticed that along with blue, this light peachy salmon color is often found in Imari porcelain.

I also noticed it in the pair of ginger jars on my mantle.


And then again in the framed set of hand-painted shells hanging in the dining room.

It really helped me to study the color story inherent in Imari porcelain.

 (This is one of my faves with the stapled repair)

I have always been seduced by the exotic element Asian and Chinoiserie pieces inject into a space.

Over the years I have found many pieces most notably our unique Chinoiserie fireplace with its matching over mantle and screen.

Our new chairs are now the piece de resistance of the dining room!

 With the addition of the chairs I've been inspired to bring more blue into both the dining and living rooms which flow together.

Last weekend, we hung this abstact painting in the living room, above the sofa. It was given to us by my mother and has been hanging in my husbands office.

I don't think I fully appreciated it at the time...

but now, I LOVE IT!

Look at all those beautiful blues!

What I love most about it is how it seems to become part of the dining room when you are seated.

(This seat looks straight at it from across the living room)

I found this unusual mirror the same day we scored the chairs.


 I like it here as it brings height and light to this corner and reflects the coral display on the buffet.

 I originally wanted to paint both the chairs and this mirror black but after deciding to embrace the color of the chairs, I'm now considering painting the mirror Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.


 The example you see on the bottom right is the closest thing I could find to represent Hague Blue.

After studying the multicolored Japanese porcelain it began to make sense and encouraged me to push beyond the safe and easy choice of black!

Both rooms are still a work in progress.

My goal is to lighten up and let the stand out pieces shine.

I removed the Missoni silk throw pillows from  both the sofas and chairs to let the room breathe and am finding I really like it.

Less is becoming more for me these days...

How about you?


Kathysue said...

SCORE!!! You nailed it Miss Terri! Love how the chairs add another element to your already beautiful room. Cobalt blue is a favorite so I love that addition as well. Great job! You always find the best stuff.
xo Kathysue

Divine Theatre said...

Beyond beautiful! Just stunning! It is very reminiscent of Tony Duquette, except more subdued! I absolutely love it!
I know you aren't soliciting advice BUT (LOL!) I think the chairs would look so beautiful with a suzani upholstery! What do you think?
This post inspired me!



swedecollection said...

Those chairs look FABULOUS with your asian style decor. Wish I had a salvage yard like that. $38 is an incredible price. I would easily pay muliples of that for them without hesitation. I do like the color in your room -- don't paint them. Could you talk about your chandelier in a future post? I like it too. Colleen

ArchitectDesign™ said...

LOVE how this is coming together -such amazing finds! What did you do with the frenchy chairs and table?

Karena said...

Terri I love, love the almost terracotta shade on the chairs, they are gorgeous! You have a gift for finding so many treasures!

The Arts by Karena

Patti's Artful Design said...

Simply stunning, Terri:)! Decorating with our "found" treasures is so fun and rewarding.....isn't it:)?.... Enjoy ..... Enjoy!

Divine Theatre said...

I had to come back and visit again. I love this so much!



Seawashed said...

I have a hard time painting things, I like them to remain how they are most of the time. I do see why you would paint them black because it would go so well in your home. But the peach color is lighter and flows well with your decor. I like the mirror white though. But then again, I would paint the chairs white if they were in my home! :)

La Dolfina said...

Andie -
Why don't you just come over:)
I wish!!

Anonymous said...

What color are your dining room walls, please?

La Dolfina said...

Hi Sheila,

My wall color was selected by a color specialist.
It is hard to define. I remember when she painted a sample of it on a board thinking it was kinda blah but trusting her expertise and when it was done I could see how talented she was. I have never truly understood color and it was the best decision I ever made hiring her to pick the color of our dining room, living room and hallway.
She made everything flow together beautifully.
She stood with the color deck in her hand and walked around seeing how the light affected things. She was methodical and brilliant. She charged me $500 and it was worth every penny. Still paying off every day!

Nita Stacy said...

My gosh those chairs!!! They are sooooo you! What a find! I love them. I'm not so sure about their color...but I think living with them as they are for awhile is a good idea. Always love seeing your house.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Gorgeous chairs…you are amazing!

Anonymous said...

How are you getting on with the red lacquer table? Are you going to restore yourself? I don't envy that job!