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12.04.11 / Those Chairs

You guys don’t miss a thing. Last week’s post about our apartment’s holiday decor quickly stirred up interest in two new side chairs.

They’re the Baylor club chairs from Grandin Road. They retail for $499 each.

I came across two of them at the Grandin Road Outlet in West Chester, Ohio. {If you’re ever in the area you should totally check out the outlet. Ballard Designs and Frontgate outlet stores are in the same building, so you’re sure to come across something.}

They were exactly what I had been looking for: upholstered, compact and simple. I knew right when I saw them that I wanted them. But there was a young couple scoping them out first. They were walking around them like they were herding them. Then they proceeded to sit in them and talk about where they would put them in their house. Oh no! In my head I was talking to the couple saying, “Don’t buy them. Don’t buy them. Don’t buy them.” I was patient. Eventually, they moved on and I moved in for the kill.

The chairs were marked down to $249 each – 50% off the retail price. After sitting in them and looking them over, I found nothing to be wrong – no tears, no stains, no missing parts, etc. {I’m guessing they were returned to the company by a customer who didn’t like the color or size.} I quickly emailed Handy Hubby a few pics along with the price tag. I staked my claim while I awaited HH’s response. I plopped myself down in one chair and put my purse in the other.  HH liked ‘em and he said he trusted whatever decision I made.

That was it. They were mine. $500 for two club chairs is no killer deal but I didn’t feel bad using some of the money we had earned from selling off a lot of our previous furniture when we downsized for something that I knew would be perfect for the Underdog’s living room. These handsome chairs are just one good example of what can happen when you choose quality over quantity. They will be one of the main seating options in our future living room and will get a lot of use.

Without pillows you can better see the tufting detail on the back.

I love that detail. It kicks up the plush factor just a notch. The upholstery looks like linen but is actually a heavier, slightly nubbier fabric that should hold up well for our family.

Other than the tufting and linen lookalike fabric, I love the straight lines of the chairs. The footprint is modest. The arm design is non-froo-froo. And have I mentioned that these new guys are crazy comfortable? They are. They’re like sitting in a snug – not too tight, not too loose – hug. Every time HH sits in one he says, “I really like these chairs.” They have HH’s manly seal of approval.

Finally, the last little characteristic about these chairs that makes them even more perfect for us is their mobility. The two front legs on each chair are decked out in casters. Which means you can pick the chair up at the back and easily swivel it around when necessary. Why is this good for us? Well, my plan is to place them opposite a sofa {which we don’t have just yet…more on that to come} with their backs facing the fireplace, flanking the hearth and angled in towards the living room. The sofa will face the fireplace and TV that will be mounted above the mantel. On the rare occasion that we need more seating to face the TV {we don’t watch a lot of TV…especially when company is over}, we can spin the chairs around to face the fireplace/TV. Easy as that.

The only con that I can come up with for these chairs is that the seat cushion is not removable…i.e. you can’t flip it over should it get stained or damaged. A reversible seat cushion would have been nice but it wasn’t a necessity. We enforce a ‘no food/no drink {except for water} in the living room policy’ in our house to avoid spills and stains.

Hopefully, that answers the big “Where did those chairs come from?” question.  I’ll keep you posted on other furniture purchases as well. In fact, a main piece is set to be delivered later this week!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

 

22 Comments

04.December.2011

Ha! I have also circled a person sitting in a Pottery Barn chair (my chair! I saw it across the room!) like a shark, while willing them to get up and abandon it. Success did not come to me. Glad you got your chairs- they are beautiful.

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04.December.2011

Those chairs are a steal at $500 for the pair! I love the tufting but the casters and curvy feet make those chairs even more spectacular. The Belgian wood colour of the feet is really attractive too.

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04.December.2011

how serendipitous! i’ve been a silent blog-reader for months now, but have to come out of the shadows to thank you… a few years ago, i bought an area rug at a deeeeply discounted price while i was in cincinnati. i’ve never found such nice rugs at such a good price and it desperately needs replacing, but i could not for the life of me remember WHERE i bought it. but you’ve reminded me. west chester outlets! thanks for the help. :) and love the chairs!!!

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04.December.2011

oooh… those chairs. i love them ♥

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04.December.2011

oh i really like them and the knotty texture, not to mention the chunky knobby legs look like a baby thigh rolls :)

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05.December.2011

Beautiful! And thanks for the tip about the Grandin Road outlet! We’re in Michigan so hopefully I can convince my husband to make the trip one of these days!

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05.December.2011

Those are some awesome chairs!! What a great find!

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05.December.2011

ha. i didn’t realize those were casters until you pointed it out. Half buried in the carpet they kind of looked like cool eagle-taloned feet. or maybe that’s just me. one way or another, I dig the chairs.

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05.December.2011

Have you choosen any paints colors yet?

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replied on December 5th, 2011

Lisa – I’ve got the paint colors narrowed down but nothing definite yet. HH is ordering a paint sprayer to apply the paint in the coming weeks. I’ll share which paint colors I choose!

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05.December.2011

I love them! Color, style, size, everything. What a good find! At the Pottery Barn outlet here in Texas, there were some amazing chairs for sale for $59!!!! I wanted to buy them just because the price was so good. Down cushions, really nice. The drawback was that they did not have the slipcovers that go with them, but for someone handy with making them, what a deal. I wish we had the outlet you mentioned. It’s a great way to get great deals.

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05.December.2011

Comfy and elegant is always a great combination — and a great price doesn’t hurt either.

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05.December.2011

Those chairs are fantastic! Absolutely love them and the good deal you got on them!

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05.December.2011

OMG! I have almost identical cousins to your chairs that belonged to my parents. They’ve been recovered at least 3 times in their lifetime and are the greatest. Very comfortable. My 2 are covered in ultrasuede fabric just a notch or 2 darker than your chairs and the legs are more square, not sculptural. When I was young they were covered in blue velvet. Just goes to show how versatile the style and quality of a well-made chair can be! Congrats on your awesome purchase!

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05.December.2011

I have the same chairs, scooped them up at HomeSense (the Canadian version of HomeGoods) for $300 each. We’ve had them for 3months and they still look new, that fabric is great. I used some “scotch guard” spray (used for car interiors) and gave them a couple coats…………..practically kid-proof.

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replied on December 5th, 2011

Janis – Oooh. The ScotchGuard idea is great!

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06.December.2011

Where did you find those baskets that are in the third picture? Love them.

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replied on December 6th, 2011

Becky – All those baskets – woven and cloth – are from IKEA!

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06.December.2011

Have you ever seen a wooden dining room table with a stained top and painted legs look good? Would you say black legs or white?

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09.December.2011

I love the style of the leg, and I’m really into anything on casters right now, so definitely loving your new chairs! I’m so glad you found some that will be perfect for the underdog!

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I have been lusting over the Clarke Sectional from Room and Board ever since I spotted it in the showroom in Ink — way expensive but IT’S SO FREAKING PRETTY. And comfy. And my ‘roommate’ approved of it, and I like the vintage air it has about it.

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27.December.2011

I live 5 and a half seconds from Frontgate Mall! We’re new to the area. And I’ve been enjoying finding new thrifty gold mines. The only downside is I have yet to find a Peddlers Mall. And I have googled/explored the bagegous out of it!!

Excited that someone else thrifty.craft.diy.and fun lives in Ohio.

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