A Chair With A Story

A Chair With A Story

This sturdy chair, solid teak and leather, was a floor model reduced from $499 to $149… no, not a typo!

Tip: buying a floor model is a great way to save, but remember where it’s been. Definitely check for wear & tear damage you wouldn’t want to live with before purchasing.

I wasn’t really searching for a new chair, but when I saw it there was something that struck me… and that was before noticing the price!

Quick math. This chair would add more seating to the small TV den our daughter hangs out in with her friends; it would be a great pal to the microfibre sofa that’s in the room now; and it would be easy to care for. Hmmm. Maybe a good deal, but I wanted feedback from home first. So, I took a quick picture of it on my phone, and left.

The chair turned out a lot more orange in the picture than it really was, and I forgot to save the image, but it was similar to this…

But in the end the family ‘got the picture’, so-to-speak, and we all agreed the chair would be a good addtion to the  TV den.

Just to give you a colour comparison, here is a shot of the sofa – not a great shot, but it gives you the idea of what we were working with. Note: the sofa also clicks down into a spare bed when needed.

This photo was taken a while back, but there are now black leather storage cubes with wooden trays on each end of the sofa. They multi-purpose as end tables and a place to keep our DVD’s hidden away!

Anyway, I headed off the next morning, bright and early, to buy the chair before anyone else did. I mean, who can resist such a fantastic savings if you’re even semi in-the-market for a new chair? When I arrived the chair was still there (whew), but the price had gone back up (GULP)! I looked all around thinking the sale tag must have fallen on the floor, or gotten placed somewhere else near the chair…

Finally I asked for help and learned…

…that the sale price was actually a ‘limited time only’ offer, which had ended at closing the night before 🙁 So much for the $350 savings. My heart sank knowing that though we wanted this chair, we did not want it that badly. But it was still hard to let go of in the moment, and walk away. Luck was on my side, however, because the manager agreed to honour the special offer price, but I had to take the chair ‘as is’, and could not return it for any reason. SOLD. I had already done a test-sit the day before, and given it a once-over, so knew what I was buying!

The chair is quite deep to sit in, so we have added some throw pillows. They are not a great fix – they just happened to be some that we had on hand, but the fabric is way too slippery on the leather!

So I’m asking for your input. What kind of toss cushion(s) would you put in this chair? What fabric, texture, colour, pattern, etc. would you use?  Would you add a throw to the mix? Oh, I should mention that the wall colour doesn’t show up very true in the photos; it’s Benjamin Moore’s ‘Killarney’ CC-698, and is actually more sagey, even though it looks quite grayish in the photos.

When we introduced the chair to the room, that’s when the leather cubes mentioned earlier became end tables. Before that they served as tables in front of the sofa, and stools when extra seating was needed. So now we are also on the lookout for a great multi-purpose replacement. Something to serve as a coffee table/foot stool/possible storage, and we’re thinking maybe a round ottoman would work.

This shot gives you another perspective of what’s going on in the room. We haven’t found a table the right size for the TV and PVR yet, so just look past the stool! The area beside the TV serves as a homework area, and the throw is just to mix things up a bit. See the open space in the middle of the room? That’s the space we need to fill.

We’re looking for a piece that’s about 24″ to 30″ (max) in diameter and about 14″ high. I think 16″ would be too high, and 12″ would be a bit too low. This is not a huge investment piece; it may even leave home with our daughter in a few years when she heads off to college! Have you seen anything that might work? Do you have any suggestions?

I hope you will leave a comment. I like to hear your thoughts and am very curious for your feedback.

Does your space have a story to tell? Could it function better with multipurpose furniture? Maybe we can help. Contact us to schedule an introductory consultation – remember the first ½ hour is on the house!



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