new dining room chairs

chippendale dining chairsBack in March I visited family in Florida and while I was there, swung by Circa Who in West Palm Beach to look for dining chairs. I ended up buying a set of four rattan chairs on sale, in my all-time favorite chair style: Chinese chippendale.

The cushion fabric is original, but it works for now. Someone asked me when seeing the chairs if I wanted to repaint them, since they’re chipping in some places. I actually like that about them–what do fancy people call shabbiness–patina? If they were super perfect and lacquered they’d look severe with the dining yellow dining room

We also hung silk curtains from Serena & Lily. I made a very stupid mistake though: I wanted to hang them directly on the rod to keep them a little more casual, but not thinking properly, ordered a French radius rod. That style of rod screws directly into the wall–so with the combination of not using drapery rings and that rod, I can’t get the curtains down ever without ripping out the whole installation. So I think whoever buys this apartment next will get a lovely pair of silk curtains as a gift.

Another new thing: the rug. I originally wanted a pure chunky jute rug, but after reading a lot of scary stories about pet accidents and the stains, realized that dog just wasn’t going to hunt. Instead, I ordered a chenille/jute blend rug from Pottery Barn with a porcelain blue band. According to reviews and blog posts, the blended rugs appear to hold up better to accidents, and while the rug was a bit more expensive than going with a regular jute rug, it was still affordable for an 8×10. It’s soft and definitely helps the room feel a bit more complete.

So this room almost has all of the big elements in. I want to redo the chair cushions at some point, but other than that, I really only need (want) a new chandelier and a bit of art. I have the lighting picked out; it’s just a matter of budgeting for it!

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