Thursday, August 21, 2008

Please take a seat!

















Yes, alright then, I confess - I LOVE CHAIRS!! Chairs are so intertwined with the fabric of our lives. I lovingly remember:

  • the little wooden chair my Grandpa made for me as a toddler (in black & white gloss - so chic!).

  • a beautiful slipper chair covered in Sanderson Linen Cabbage Roses print that was in my bedroom growing up - thanks to my darling Mum!

  • the pine chairs complete with bright Marimekko fabric that came with my first grown-up dining room setting as a new bride.

  • an old Nursery rocking chair I sat in (often exhausted!) feeding all the babies.

  • 8 large, high-back chairs from a Dining Room suite bought 25 yrs ago. So many late nights with dear friends & family around our table. They were incredibly comfortable & no-one ever wanted to get up & go home! A year ago they were 'donated' to Sons 4 & 5 when they were furnishing their share house around the corner. They love them & it's wonderful to visit & still be enjoying their familiar comfort in new surroundings.

The photos I've posted do seem to have a theme. Yes, it's pretty obvious that I like feminine, elegant chairs. Not a great fan of sparse, minimalistic, modernist chairs - & I make no apology for that!

I would love to hear your favourite chair memories - it's been so lovely revisiting mine!

15 comments:

  1. Millie - once a again a stunning collection of photos - and I LOVE chairs as well - I want one of everyone one of those! Unfortunately my chair memories aren't as chic as yours but hope to start making some chic-er chic memories as I continue to fill my place with new things! x

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  2. My favourite chair memory would be cuddling up with Dad on the sofa when I was sick. He would always feed my artistic side and buy me a new assortment of textas and pencil, along with one of those jumbo colouring books. He would fill me a glass of flat Lemonade and put cartoons on and we would sit together...love you Dad!

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  3. Millie, such beautiful chairs.. oh so feminine and elegant. My favourite chair memory is rather daggy! In the early 1970's my parents purchased 2 mission brown Jason Recliners...they were so much fun to sit in to watch "Matlock Police" and "Cop Shop". I thought they were so cool! A-M xx

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  4. I LOVE that last chair. They really can make a statement all on their own. Lovely!

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  5. What gorgeous chairs you have posted! Loved hearing about your trip down memory lane. My chair memory is buying my first slipcover lounges about 12 years ago - we had nothing to sit on for 8 months after we got married because I wouldn't settle for a cheaper lounge - it was worth the wait.

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  6. OH what FUN FUN FUN chairs! LOVE THEM ALL! LOVE YOUR POST!

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  7. Hi Mill,

    So nice & cozy chairs. Well, chair memories? Got lots when I use to live in diff countries.

    I remember when I was in Maitland during my college days, in our dorm, there a cozy cane rocking chair and i still remember that the students fights who sits first. I used to study there till wee in the mornings. So lovely when it rocks till i fall aslept. That's an amazing memories. School days!

    Greetings from rainy Stockholm,
    //chie

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  8. What lovely comments! I've had such fun reading your favourite chair memories, thanks so much everyone!!

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  9. Love them all!
    I've been collecting French cildren's chairs for my Grand daughter for the last 4 years.
    She has a nice collection now.
    Great post!

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  10. Millie: I love the last one- so perfect for my house! I'm on a mission now...a shopping mission!

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  11. Beautiful collection you have shown here. My favorites chairs are 2 swivel club chairs that belonged to my grandmother. I have since had them reupholstered from their 60's striped velvet and when I have company, they are the first chairs grabbed.
    Lisa & Alfie

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  12. Shawn, what lovely gifts to your Grand-daughter!

    Hi Michelle - yes that stunning piece from Haydon Studio is proving to be a winner - it's just about my favourite too.

    Lisa what a great comment! I just love that your grandmother's chairs are onto their 2nd life cycle & are still in great demand!

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  13. Millie, I'm with you, those feminine elegant chairs are the best kind. What a stunning collection of images you found. Growing up I never had a boudoir chair in my room and now I have one in mine, my daughters and my sons room. I do have two chair memories. Growing up we had a louis chair in our hallway next to a pedestal table. When I turned 30and my mum asked me what I wanted for a gift I told her I wanted the louis chair. She gave me the money to have it recovered in whatever fabric I liked. That was nearly 4 years ago and it still hasn't be transformed yet lol. I can't decide on a fabric there are too many to choose from lol. My other chair is actually in fact a two seater tufted wing back sofa that belonged to my grandparents. Filled with cuddling memories, after their deaths I couldn't let it go so again someday I'll have it recovered and place it at the foot of my bed.

    Anna :)

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