A Pair of Chairs


Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway this week! I read each and every one of your responses. I'm going to try to put together my FAQ page next week with answers to your questions (you asked me some good ones!) and I definitely want to incorporate the feedback and suggestions you gave me into future posts. So many of you asked to see more of my own home! Which is good, I need some motivation to keep working on the house. I have so many ideas but they keep getting put on the back burner (we've been having great weather in Seattle, so clearly spending time outside has been the priority). While I definitely don't feel like the whole house is ready for a tour, I am going to start sharing little corners of it, plus in-progress pictures of projects I'm working on. I'm a little bit of a perfectionist, so I have a hard time with in-progress pictures...there are still parts of every room that I really don't like. But hey, maybe you guys can help me figure out what to do with those areas! Let's start small, with a decision I've been thinking about for our living room...

wingback chair

If you remember from this post, last month Ben and I bought a new armchair (the one above). I really like this chair. It's probably not the color I would have picked if I had gotten it upholstered myself, but for $90 with all those tufted buttons, nailheads, and velvet in really good condition, I wasn't about to be picky. As a side note, pictured in the back of this photo is my least favorite part of our living room--the front door. I hate that brick red color and would really like to paint it something bright and cheerful...but I'm not sure if our landlord would allow it. Ben says it's probably not worth it. I think it is :) But back to the chair decision! We'd like to get another armchair so we can have a pair of chairs across from our sofa, which is a stone-colored linen. My question is...what kind of chair should I get to pair with the velvet one?

pair of chairs

Should I go for another tufted wingback, in a different color? (I love this blue one...and that whole room, really).

leather wingback chair

What about something that is a similar shape, but a different material? Like this leather wingback...or maybe a patterned one!

floral wingback

I do love floral...


Or should I go for something totally mismatched--a different shape and a different color?

mismatched armchairs

I do really like the mismatched look, especially with a chic floral armchair like the one above. I like how the pink flowers pick up the pink in the armchair, so they work together...but in a subtle way. Then again, I'm also digging the half and half chair below, with the cushion a different pattern than the rest of the chair!

blue chair

I'd love to hear your opinion--what do you think I should do? I'm going to try to take more photos of my home over the weekend so I'll have more corners of my house to share with you all!

Aaaaand as I promised on Monday, it's time to announce the winner of my giveaway! I just used a random number generator, so there was no bias or picking favorites...but I think it's pretty cool because it the winner has her birthday today! What? How crazy is that! Congratulations to Maria Malaveci...and happy birthday!

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Friday, May 17th, 2013

    love the chair and the inspiration ideas!
    kw, Ladies in Navy
  2. Posted by Debbie on Friday, May 17th, 2013

    Any chair you love will work. I think the small printed floral is my favorite. It sounds like it will 'blend' with the couch color well. That makes your pretty pink tufted chair the perfect accent. Its often good to have one item of a print or pattern rather than 3 things all plain. That's my decor discussion! :)
  3. Posted by Renae on Friday, May 17th, 2013

    Hmmm... I guess I'd probably go for something completely different. I like the blue floral one the best of the ones above. :)
  4. Posted by Madelynne Moulton on Friday, May 17th, 2013

    Well the EASIEST thing to do would be to mismatch! I think a good way to tie them in is to keep them a similar scale (eg, height and width) and maybe either a coordinating color or a print that has a hint of the original chair's color. Good luck!
  5. Posted by Sarah D on Friday, May 17th, 2013

    I love the totally different Idea. And the blue w/ stripes idea. Ahh the choices! I need to come to Seattle asap so I can stay with you and see your cute house!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, May 20th, 2013

      Yes, come soon!! Stay with us!
  6. Posted by Debbie on Friday, May 17th, 2013

    I am waiting for Jenn so thought I would comment on your red brick door. (I like it!) Red or Black can be a great grounding accent. Repeat it in small doses 2 or 3 times in your living room to make it work. Some ideas would be a floral pillow, a vase, a painted branch potted, a framed picture , a basket etc... Just an idea.:)
  7. Posted by Rachelle on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

    Hi there! Do you remember where the half and half blue chair was being sold? I love it!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

      Hi Rachelle! I’m sorry, I don’t know where it’s from. You could always bring in an inspiration photo and have a chair reupholstered, if you can’t find anything similar. In fact, if you can find a blue velvet chair, all you’d need to do is get the seat reupholstered, which shouldn’t be too expensive! Or if Anthropologie is in your price range, I feel like they sell similar looking furniture from time to time.
  8. Posted by Alexa on Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    Hello, thank you for the great ideas. I love wingback chairs too.

    I got the pink on in a habitat store. Do you know where can i find another or in blue?

    Thank you, again I love how you decorate!