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I am still shopping for dining room chairs to love forever, but no such luck yet. Elle Decor featured a top 10 dining chairs list, but I am not in love with any of them. You?
Have you tried Restoration Hardware? I was just in the store, and very much liked their new collection of chairs. The ones I saw are beautiful, seem well-made and are very fairly priced.(I was also underwhelmed with Elle Decor's picks.)
I agree - none of these are really inspiring. I think their choices are ad driven - I mean, Ethan Allen? Really?I say have linen slips made for what you have!
I actually have the recommended Room and Board chairs (after looking at a lot of higher priced options) and I love them. The stock fabric is a gorgeous textured sandy color and the backs of the chairs have a really nice curve that gives them a bit of flair. And, they were relatively cheap, so I can have them recovered or have slipcovers made when I want to change up the look. The photo doesn't do them justice.
I like the Holly Hunt chair, but that's about it. I think that B&B Italia might be better looking if it wasn't red.
Not only do I dislike the chairs, I dislike this feature of Elle Decor. It's reads like 10 mini-press-releases.It used to allow the decorator judges to say an occasional negative thing or two--"The back is too wide" or whatever. But now it's essentially just a gushy ad. No objectivity.
Love the Chippendale, but I'm just an old fart.
I liked the RH ones, but the rest were underwhelming. The Holly Hunt chairs were pretty too, but of course they come with a Holly Hunt price tag. I think the Eames DCW can't be beat for comfort and beauty. The Wegner wishbone chairs are gorgeous too...never sat in them, so can't comment on the comfort factor.
i am in the same boat. don't love any dining room chairs out on the market that i can afford (love some baker ones but they are over $1,000 each!). so in october i ordered the Restoration Hardware vintage french round side chairs. amazing price. can't tell you anything else as they are on backorder until january. hoping to find some killer arm chairs--vintage something is my preference. i keep stalking ebay and craigs list.
The RH is my favorite IF I had to pick one. The others were just...blah.
Does anyone remember the Pottery Barn dining chairs that were Oly "Louis side chair" knock-offs with rafia and nailhead finishes? They were a fraction of the Oly price tag and really pretty. Sadly, they no longer make them.
yliving has some great options...http://yliving.com/chairsside.html
I totally hear you. I had the hardest time finding our new office chairs (which ended up being dining room chairs).Here's what I went with:http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2009/12/before-after-pictures-historic-house-by.htmlOh, and my dining room chairs for the last few years have been Bellini's, although we may be doing a switcheroo since Husband complains that they're uncomfortable.Kelly
None of "the picks" is great in my opinion. But the RH chair and the R and B chair are a good value. To be comfortable the backs on many of the chairs should be higher. For the most part, "the picks" are rather boring.
I wouldn't buy any of them.That RH chair is all wrong. The proportions are awkward. The wood beams underneath are too thick. It is just clumsy overall.
My God. I remember now why I do not spend money on Elle Decor. It is mostly because they present some fugly, frumpy, bumpy, awkwardly mish-mashed chair like that and then tell me I must have it if I'm anybody.I have no taste, I guess.Of course, now I'm tempted to buy the issue for the sheer pleasure of making fun of the rest of the chairs...
Hi Elizabeth - you don't have to buy the issue. I think if you click through the link in my post, you can click again to see a slideshow of all of them.
wow. that was an interesting collection of ugly and dull. i thought the pianoforte had promise in a different fabric.
none of those are my taste either. too heavy - can you imagine lining up 8 or more of those chippendales in one room? yikes! i'm more of an informal, modern gal and actually think that west elm does a decent dining room chair. love the gray and white striped scoop back chairs.http://www.westelm.com/products/f887/?pkey=cdining-tables-chairs
Didn't really love any of them. The Rudin chair was nice, but the price was crazy out of whack with my reality.
these are nothing special, not to mention the price tag on most of them. I agree with the other commenters on possibly doing slip covers if you already have chairs. my recommendation of course would be to find a set of vintage chairs that are in good shape or have a nice set reupholstered. It will be cheaper and more unique if you have the time to shop around for them.
I've always wanted a set of the rounded arm Cherner chairs for dining, but at $900 each it's probably not going to happen.
My feeling about these chairs mirrors my sentiments about Elle Decor in general.Meh.
Agreed, Decorno. They're all kind of chunky and souless. I'm in a similar situation. We have a set of 6 Victorian walnut balloon-back dining chairs that I agreed to in a moment of concession to my bf. They need reupholstering and I've been putting it off because the material I want (gold ostrich leather) is really expensive and I'm not sure that I like the chairs enough to make fixing them worth the money. I've been keeping an eye out for better chairs, but as uncrazy as I am about the ones we have, everything else I've seen out there is even worse. For me at this point, I think antique/vintage is the only thing that might satisfy. Maybe you should consider something along those lines too instead of buying new?
I can't stand when chairs (or any furniture for that matter) have two beautiful front legs and two BORING back legs. That's just lazy craftsmanship if you ask me.
The nice thing about the chair you featured is that it sits only about an inch higher than your standard table. I just wish they had placed some turned legs in back.My inner chick with big hair suggests Queen Anne in medium walnut with leather insets you can swap out - not the ones with spring seats.I went with arts & crafts red oak 'throne' chairs from some amish shop. They're sturdy enough for the fat bastards who sit at my table. They're bottom heavy; you don't have to worry about yahoos who rock back and forth.Sack back Windsors would always win for under $600 per chair - too dainty for my fat rocker folk.
Hmmm, I must agree, I was not feeling too many of those selections. Although I do really like the A Rudin Chair and they make WONDERFUL upholstery, meant to last a lifetime and does so with grace and style;) Not an attempt to pimp our site but perhaps there is something which would work for you, http://www.doxahome.com/category_s/706.htm. If so, email me and I can work up a special deal for the best named blog out here;)Happy New Years,Jaime
I personally like the RH chair and Holly Hunt (but like the previous comments I loathe the $2k price tag). I'm wondering where the Roche Bobois choice came from? I used to work in the Miami Design District and in that circle the Bobois name is synonymous with overpriced poorly made junk!
I have the Grange Louisiane side chairs in my breakfast room and they are very comfortable. Bought on Craigslist.I have the C&B Miles chairs in my dining room that I got for half price when they cleared out the old Fawn color microsuede. They have slipcovers. Also very comfortable.
Hi Decorno,Fifty year old woman here. OK, this is, hands down, the easiest question I have answered in ALL of 2009. I looked at all 10 chairs. Quite frankly, the only one that is real, would be the Ethan Allen Chippendale chair. My own preference would be the Hickory Chair, Rhode Island Chippendale chairs (6 side chairs, and 2 arm). They are similar to the ones shown by EA, but they are in solid mahogany, a timeless choice. This is NOT because I'm am 50. It's because these chairs are classic and timeless, lovely and practical. Restoration Hardware (!!!) Pottery Barn (!!!)......ummmm, I don't think so. Every single chair other than the EA Chippendale was trendy, faux "whatever", so awful, really. Trust me on this one.Happy New Year!Margaret, Virginia Beach
Of course everything depends on your particular taste. Is your dining room contemporary or traditional/transitional? I agree with Margaret of Va. Beach. Go for something timeless and classic be it English, French or Modern. Timeless pieces move around from room to room with more ease than trendy ones. Perhaps the host/hostess chairs could be different so that boredom doesn't sit in. By all means, however, no linen slips. If you cannot upholster them anytime soon, go with white muslin. The linen thing with the ruffles - please. I actually saw a cocktail table covered with a white linen slip with ruffles around the edge on another design blog. I felt sorry for whoever paid for this. It looked absolutely early Oregon Trail.
Margaret, With all due respect, I encourage you to reconsider your definition of what constitutes "real."If you are a reader of this blog, you know that Decorno's tastes run toward the modern and unique with a touch of the unexpected. So, no, I don't think that, for Decorno, Chippendale is the answer. I dare say it may be you perceive the question to be easy because you are unaware of the context and what is being asked.Maria
None of these chairs really appeals. How about going to Design Within Reach? I bought 8 Bellini chairs and never regretted it. Once I got over the plastic-chair-in-dining-room worry, it was great. love your blog, btw...
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