Friday, February 10, 2017

The Best Seat in the House

Has this ever happened to you?
You go into a store for a magazine and come out with a gigantic clock?
Yep, been there, done that!
But this time it was so worth it. 


We'd just strolled down Santa Fe Drive in Denver, had lunch at a Mexican restaurant,
peeked into a few gallery windows, and popped into an antique shop on the corner . . . 
just to look around, mind you.

 I wanted to see if they might have the little white enamel pitcher I'd been looking for.


A bell tinkled and a friendly voice welcomed us as we opened the door. 
"Hello!" he said. 
At first we thought it was the shop owner and we responded with friendly hello's 
but didn't see anyone around.

"Hello!" the voice said again. This time we looked around and spotted a pretty gray parrot in a big cage eyeing us. We said hello to him and he immediately responded with a cheery "Hello!" 
Such a lovely welcome.

So, we were looking around, about ready to leave, when I saw a Bergere armchair 
in the back of the store. It looked a bit shabby but so inviting.
I dragged it over to a desk about the size of mine at home and sat down.


The deep seat was sooo comfortable.  A few stains marked the tapestry but it had a lovely design 
on the back, seat and padded arms. So pretty and a steal on sale for $29. Sold!
If I didn't like it, I could always put it in my next yard sale.
And oh yes, I saw this exact same chair in an antique store recently for $112!

As we left the store, we heard a little voice send us off with a cheery "Hello!"


I couldn't wait to get this chair home and try it out at my desk.
By the way, I purchased this desk when it was painted five different primary colors.
Sanding and painting it white revealed a gorgeous piece of furniture.

Ah. The chair was the perfect size. I could sink into it. Lean back into it. Rest my arms on it. 
It was the most comfortable chair I'd ever sat in. 
I was sure my productivity would soar in this wonderful chair. 


Initially, I was going to paint the dark wood white to match my desk 
but the more I looked at it, the more I liked the contrast.


One of my favorite quotes is from the Impecunious Collector's Guide to American Antiques.
John T. Kirk advises, "Buy it ratty and leave it alone."
Gotta love that!

 I did very carefully clean the tapestry with Woolite Upholstery cleaner but left the stains and worn spots alone. I liked the stories this chair told with its scars and splatters of blue paint.


This chair . . . I knew it was meant to be.
And the stains? What stains? That's just patina!
And so much better than an enamel pitcher!
Hello!

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27 comments:

  1. Love the chair and the contrast with the desk. The perfect compliment to set the stage for work and day dreaming! Thanks for sharing your treasure, the chair with a story...

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    1. Thank you Jane! I've since stuffed a bed pillow into the back of the chair for even more back support and comfort. LOve it.

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  2. You walked into the right shop! The chair is adorable. I love your thinking about the imperfections. :)

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    1. Hi Stacey and thanks for your sweet comments. Yes, it's a shop I don't often go too so it was meant to be!

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  3. I love that chair and the dark wood is perfect, of course, I'm partial to wood. The chair has a lovely patina, and I love that quote "buy it ratty and leave it alone". Sometimes that is the 'best' thing to do. The chair looks lovely with your desk. Enjoy many hours working and dreaming in your comfy chair.

    Happy Valentine's Day ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! So glad you like the chair just the way it is. Happy Valentine's Day to you too. Pat

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  4. What a steal! The chair looks gorgeous, and you're right, "what stains?"

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    1. Thanks Carol! Yep, this one's a keeper. Happy Valentine's Day! Pat

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    1. You're so right Catherine! Thanks for commenting. Pat

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  6. What a terrific find. Here's to oodles of productivity!

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    1. Thanks Monika! I love to find treasures like this one. A perfect fit. Pat

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  7. Wow! $29! Awesome. I love it, too, just as it is. The dark wood looks nice with the hardware on your desk.

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    1. Thank you Joanie! I hadn't thought about the hardware complementing the dark wood. So glad you pointed that out! P.

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  8. Wow,i would say you hit the jackpot. Lovely chair

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  9. The chair was made for your home! It looks fabulous! Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Katie! Guess it was meant to be, huh? And it's so comfy. P.

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  10. Nice that you could give it new life in your home.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I agree. I love to give old lovelies new homes. P.

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  11. What a bargain and you given this lovely chair a new home. Thank you for sharing this treasure at DI&DI. Would love if you added our link to your parties. Have a fabulous week.

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    1. Thanks Linda! Definitely a bargain, especially after I saw the same chair in an antique mall for $112! Hope you're having a good week too. P.

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  12. What a lovely chair. It does look comfy plus I like the contrast of the chair with the painted desk, which by the way is gorgeous.

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  13. Pat,
    Your new old chair was a terrific find. The older I get, the more padding I want in a chair. :) Yours looks perfect as the best seat in the house.

    Judith

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  14. Great find...I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  15. Love the chair and the desk together. Romantic style for your private space! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  16. It's rare to find an antique/vintage chair that's so comfortable (and beautiful)--what a find, Pat. Thanks for sharing it with us all at Vintage Charm :)

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