Now that you have most of the details on our main living space, I thought I’d double back and fill you in on some of the detials I left out, starting with our living room chairs.
Initially, we just used what we had in setting up this room, which meant using the two club chairs that I reupholstered for our old house.
This is the part where I kick myself for not taking a before picture to show you the difference.
I really liked those chairs, but basically they were way too wide for that space. I like the two-chair setup for symmetry, seating, and general prettiness, but as far as a walkway was concerned, it wasn’t working.
Thankfully, I was able to sell the chairs on Craigslist and even make a profit. (Love buying (and selling) secondhand!) So then, we had cash and a big, empty space.
I had a pretty specific idea of what I was looking for (less than 30″ wide, striped or plaid fabirc, something with blue), and the few things I found that met my expectations were way out of my price range. Finally, I found the Carla Linen Lounge Chair from Overstock which was a) fairly priced compared to most of the other things I had been looking at and b) totally adorable.
I mean, really. I still sort of love them and want to find a spot for them in our house.
The issue, however, was that they were sold out. Not for a day, mind you, for months. I will not tell you how many times I called Overstock like a crazy chair stalker to see when/if they would be coming back.
Thankfully, during my period of stalking, I also checked Craigslist to see what I could find. This route was also seeming like a dead end because I needed two chairs that matched, were pretty small, and were either exactly what I was looking for or cheap enough to merit recovering. Not exactly easy. Also, I’ve noticed that our local Craigslist scene has become a little crazy price-wise. Love it on the selling side of things, hate it on the buying.
So, I kept stalking both places, without a ton of hope for either.
Thankfully, I found an ad for these chairs on Craigslist one night, and couldn’t e-mail fast enough. The listing had just come up, and they were matching, small, and $25 each. Hot diggity!
I forget what we had going on, but basically I ended up driving to a semi-sketchy neighborhood and buying these chairs in the dark off of a guy maybe a little younger than me. Not my shining moment (this is not a post about Craigslist safety, and I promise that’s not how we normally roll), but thankfully I lived to tell about it. As I was giving him the money, he got mulitple calls/texts from other people wanting to come buy them (I’m telling you- it’s crazy around these parts). Thankfully, I whisked them away and was able to start dreaming of fabric. My dream job is one where I can look at pretty fabric all day long.
The picture above is a little deceiving- the fabric really doesn’t look too bad. Take my word for it, it was dingy and stained, and the texture definitely said doctor’s office. Not so great. Also, even though you know I love a good neutral, one thing I’m exciting about doing this time around is adding color to our house in the form of accent pieces. I’m a huge fan of completely neutral rooms, but I think bits of color help to keep things looking cheerful and more like a young family lives here.
I brought home tons of samples to get the opinion of my dear husband who loves nothing better than telling me why one shade of blue might be slightly better than another or how he loves the look of a certain floral. Or not.
Thankfully, I was able to get him a couple steps past “they all look fine”, and we made a decision. We landed on Braemore’s Bay Breeze (which I purchased through Printer’s Alley) because it basically had everything I was looking for- a plaid with blue, white, and green (which are already in the room) and gray (which I was planning on bringing in later). I also liked that it was a pretty classic pattern in a more updated colorway.
You would think that since I’m now an experienced upholsterer, I would’ve just gone ahead and done them myself. However, since this was right on the heels of a pretty massive undertaking for Hudson’s Christmas present (I’ll share pictures later) and we had a million other things going on, so Zach and I both agreed it would be better to outsource this one.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: get multiple quotes for custom work. Also, let people know you’re getting quotes, that way they give you a competitive price. By shopping around a little bit, I was able to find an upholsterer who did fantastic work at a really reasonable rate. If you’re local to the Raleigh/ Cary/Fuquay area and are looking for someone, I used Black River Upholstery and Eric did an amazing job. These chairs were especially tricky since I was putting a linear fabric on curvy chairs, but he did a fantastic job of lining everything up- even through the welting. Great craftsmanship!
Here’s a little close-up of the finished product:
I may paint or restain the legs in the future, but I’m waiting until more of the room comes together before I decide. We also debated removing the casters, but we like that the chairs can be easily moved around for conversation or playing babies. I’m so happy with how this little update turned out!