Okay guys, I know — my vintage family furniture collection is getting out of hand. Is there some sort of 12-step program that I can enroll in? But seriously, when you see a chair like this, or a few chairs like this, or a sofa like these just sitting there waiting for the Goodwill truck — isn’t it hard not to adopt all of them? But alas, there is only so much floor space in a house and somewhere a line must be drawn. I promise — no more adopting large pieces of furniture for a while — or at least that’s what I promised my adorable husband Jim.
This chair (actually, there is a twin also waiting to come live with us — shhhh!) — so these chairs were my Great-Grandmother’s as well. They used to live in the same living room with the two cute little retro couches I just wrote about.
You can tell they are related because they have the same frieze fabric as the sofas (sadly the wear is just as bad and they must be recovered at some point) except instead of off-white, they are pink. I wonder who likes pink around here?
The chairs were living in my Grandma’s basement for many years (one is still there waiting for a ride to my house) — and man are they dusty and dirty. I’ve vacuumed the chair several times already, though it didn’t help the chair’s appearance much.
The arms on this chair kinda remind me of the Hans Wegner “papa bear chair.” See the resemblance?
So now I’m on the quest to find upholstery fabric for two chairs like this and two couches. I’m not looking for frieze, but would like something that wears well and is a bright color (orange? green? pink? blue?). Again, I’m not in any sort of hurry — I’ll just have faith that the retro decorating gods will see it fit to deliver me some appropriate fabric. (and then I’ll have to learn how to sew) Fingers crossed!