Way back when we first started decorating our house, I wanted a dining banquette in the worst way. It would sit across from the four parsons chairs that we scored at a local junk shop in Upstate New York. The banquette idea was derailed when we received an amazing hand-me-down Wingback Chair from my mom and dad that I had always admired. It would find it’s home at the head of the table. I also had in mind the brass nailhead embellished, turned wood, spooled and spindled antique chair (that we found in Knoxville for a steal) awaiting pick-up at my Father in Law’s house. Deep down inside, I knew it should sit at the opposite end of the table – across from the Wingback Chair. The King chair at one head of the table, the curvy Queen at the other.Sometime in October, the Mr started talking about having his workmates upstate for a team-building day. He thought they’d either go to the Orvis Sporting Clay Range or to the Limerock Race Track. “Oh that is a great idea, Husband! Fall is such a beautiful season in this area.” Then he said “Afterwards we can have everyone over to our house for dinner.” WHAT?!?! I mean, I am happy to have people in for dinner -that is what I do- but TEN people one of which being your BOSS?! Talk about pressure. I currently only had six chairs at the table. Am I going to seat ten people on completely mis-matched chairs that don’t even remotely go together?I wouldn’t even start to pretend that I had intentionally mis-matched our chairs unless they really looked good together. And honestly, ever since I got the King and Queen sorted out at each end of our table, I really couldn’t stand the way the Parsons Chairs looked with them. I knew I wanted to find a better solution and change them out. There, I said it.Way back when we lived in the FiDi, we scored two Thos. Moser Catena Arm Chairs at a Sample Sale on Greene Street. Now that practically everything has been moved to The Country House, it would make sense for me to find a place for them in Northwest Connecticut, right? They’ve got quite a wide footprint (at nearly two feet) and realistically I could only fit two more of them at our dining table. *Not that two new full priced ones are currently even in the budget!* Since they are arm chairs, we’d run into the same problem as I did with the chrome chairs (see below) in which the arms hit the bottom of the table when you pull the chair to sit a comfortable distance from the table. I’ll tell you what, the Catena chairs are quite possibly the most gorgeous chairs -EVER- but they were not going to do the trick. I’d never get ten people seated at my table. So I continued the hunt.As you know, I was always luke-warm on the Vintage Chrome Chairs I told you about last Spring. I love the lines, but (besides the issue I with the arms) I am worried about our house going way too Mid Century Modern. Between the Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa and MCM day bed in the library, several George Nelson Bubble Pendants throughout the house, and our Eames Lounge Chair in the Master bedroom…enough is enough! Not to mention, I began to go down the road of sending the chrome chairs away with fabric to be reupholstered and it became very clear that the machine-injected foam inside the cushions was rotting out. Boo! No matter, I am happy to use them around a game table in our future party barn…And while trying to find the right dining chairs, I kept thinking back to the Shaker Style Farmhouse that Barbara Barry designed in Jackson Hole. It had the perfect balance of Traditional and Modern design for my aesthetic. Oh, and do I spy O and G Studio chairs in that photo? LOVE THEM!…but the footprint was still too large for our needs and the ones featured above are a wee-bit too fussy for our place. That is when I stumbled upon the DWR Salt Chair. It’s petite, perfect for apartment-style or small dining quarters like ours. They are just the right proportions for our farm table. Three chairs fit on either side of the table (between the legs) and if I pull the King and Queen chairs away from the ends, I can comfortably fit four more chairs around it – providing seating for TEN! The very best thing? I scored them at the Columbus Day sale back in October for a fraction of the regular price. How cool is that?I know some of you might be thinking “She is such a hypocrite with this recent purchase.” Not only do I frequently write about the slow home movement, but I subscribe to that lifestyle the best that I can by repurposing and shopping for the highest quality I can afford, or by purchasing vintage furniture instead of buying brand new. The goal is to stay away from low-quality furniture that will end up in a landfill in a few short years. I am not perfect – I’m doing the best I can with what I have got. I’m hoping that these chairs with the DWR sign of approval on them will stand the test of time. I suppose I could have commissioned someone to make chairs for me, but I would have ended up right back in the Thos. Moser price bracket. I couldn’t resist the value for my money in this instance. Luckily, last year I did my fair share of supporting local craftsmen (hence my strict dining chair budget) and I plan to show you the finished results of the Master Bedroom Armoire, a custom shoe cabinet and the antique mirror bookshelf doors that I had made for our home in a future post.All the images are my own except Traditional Home’s photo of the Barbara Barry designed Shaker Style Farmhouse, Thos. Moser Catena Chair and for the Mis-Matched chairs. I ran a search on Pinterest – the one thing I can not stand about the Pinterest is that it’s almost impossible to find the original source. Out of four images, only two linked to the source they came from, thedecorologist.com, and Anthropologie.
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