It’s no surprise that most designers really hate sets, or suites, of matching furniture. Whether it’s part of a living room, dining room or even bedroom – having things all matchy-matchy is just plain boring. And honestly? It’s totally unnecessary! It doesn’t save money to buy everything altogether in all the same fabric or wood finish. What makes a room delightful are the special moments and there’s nothing special about a whole group of furniture that all looks the same. It also screams – I just picked all this stuff out at once from a catalogue or store!
The best spaces, the one’s that are the most stylish, IMHO, are those with something old in them. These don’t need to be fine antiques (though that’s nice too!), but vintage items such as accent chairs, case goods or accessories will add that something-something, that je ne sais quoi as it were, we all want to see in our spaces.
Vintage Accent Chairs
In my own home, above, I have this cute little antique desk that my Dad bought years ago (many, many years!) at a barn sale and refinished in my favorite shade of green. I bought the Louis-style armchair in the foreground at a thrift shop on Cape Cod and made the (temporary) slip covers to hide the grotty upholstery. I do plan on having this chair professionally reuphostered, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. (No judgement please!)
In the background on the right is an accent chair that my parents bought in the 60’s or 70’s from Hickory Chair (I think) which I had reupolstered when I moved to Nook Cottage in Aerin Lauder for Lee Jofa’s Watersedge in Green, which is a gorgeous thick cut velvet. In the spirit of full disclosure, I also had my headboard upholstered in this same fabric – which IS a little matchy-matchy – but I looooove this fabric, so I broke my own rule! You have to know the rules in order to break them!
Also, I’ve since moved the chair to my living room. Accent chairs are flexible that way! (And, doesn’t RoyRoy look so handsome!).
I created the above vignette in the showroom of my friends Diana and Scott Cooper of Trianon Antiques, when it was in the Boston Design Center. This is a great example of how pieces from different eras can work together. The biedermeier chair in the foreground is the perfect sculptural accent against the huge carved and gilded sofa.
Vintage inspired Accent Chairs
In another interior design project I worked on a few years ago in Boston’s South End, I sourced these vintage inspired accent chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and had them custom covered in a durable and washable velvet. MG+BW no longer carries this chair, but I found a pair were sold for $1,250.00. I don’t recall what my client’s paid originally, but it was a lot more than this, even if you add the cost to reupholster in a new fabric.
Whether vintage inspired or actual vintage, accent chairs and other pieces add something special to an interior space. And, vintage items are usually a great bargain to boot! What do you think? Don’t you love finding great pieces at antiques or vintage shops either in person or online? What have you found that you love?
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