Monday, October 05, 2009

It's alive! (not really, it's just some chairs)

I'm thinking for Halloween, I should make some sort of spooky chair graveyard scene out on the sidewalk because I can't seem to stop collecting them. Chairs of the Living Dead? Nighchair on Elm Street? The Texas Chairsaw Massacre? Please stop me, because I will go on.

So this weekend turned out to be a great one for thrifting and garage sales. Along with some other weird, wonderful finds, I picked up four chairs* that FINALLY work with my kitchen table. I don’t even want to say how cheap they were cause you’d get mad.

(Wow, Alison. Way to not line up the table and the light fixture. At all.)

After searching high and low and rotating chairs from my way-too-big-for-a-two-bedroom-apartment collection, I was pretty close to throwing in the towel and buying a set of Salt Chairs from Design Within Reach or, more reasonably, these guys from Ikea. I’m so glad I was patient.

I wanted something armless since the table is shoved in the corner most of the time. I mean, there are only two people in my house and neither of them is Jennifer Grey, so why not. But these go above and beyond. I really like the way the backs curve along with the roundness of the table, and while I don’t think I would have picked out the light finish, I really think it works so well with all the white in the room.

Also of note: the pendant Libby from Alexander Salvage helped me pick out. It’s finally up, and I’m so happy with it. It actually gives off a pretty bright, intense light. So sometimes Marc and I play good cop/bad cop with the cats and interrogate them about how they spend their days. It’s really tough to get them to talk, but it turns out it’s about 80% napping/5% licking each others’ faces/5% fighting when the licking gets too weird/10% howling at the back door.

*I actually picked up the chairs at An Orange Moon, which is a super cool vintage store at about 59th and Western run by a woman whose garage sale was right around the corner. I’m telling you, go see Lynne’s shop. It’s beautifully set up, and she has some major finds (if I could have, I would have cleaned her out of all the mid-century pottery in her shop). She’s super friendly and her prices are great.


Anonymous said...

Dude, the chairs are super! I like the wood + tulip. High five.

Baz Mcm said...


Must take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed your cat interrogation. Got a true laugh out loud from me. Good stuff.

Oh and the corner for eating is looking good.



Frank said...

My table and chairs look like those red plastic ones you see at McDonald's. That may be because they are, but they lend my house that touch of class it so sorely needs.

Alison said...

Haha, Frank! I think the first meal I ate at this table was probably a McDonald's bacon egg and cheese biscuit. They are my crack.

An Orange Moon said...

The chairs are perfecto! It's interesting how our brain functions when we see something that works. The energy that emerges from our eyes to our brain to our heart when we know it's right! I enjoyed meeting you Alison. You've got IT! Ciao, Lynne of "An Orange Moon"

Alison said...

Thanks, Lynne! I can't wait to make it back to your shop!

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