I was so happy to find your blog. I would love your advice for my house. We just finished a green remodel of our house. We are currently looking to furnish the great room. I was hoping to find 2 chairs to face the sofa with a coffee table for the center. I really like this coffee table.. but it seems it's only 17 inches tall and 16 inches wide. I think it pulls in the exposed beam in the ceiling. I really want something without sharp edges or glass ( I have a 18 month old). I was thinking that it might be best to get 2 chairs with a bold (yet not overpowering) pattern... maybe a dark teal damask or something. Have you seen any reasonably priced accent chairs anywhere? I have used all Benjamin Moore colors for the walls. The great room is painted "Mellowed Ivory". The office through the french doors is "Mill Springs Blue", and the family room is "Palladian blue". All trim, doors, and ceilings are "White Dove". I have attached pictures.
Hi Liz. First let me address the coffee table. It is too small. You could get two of them - but I would not do that if you get two chairs. The two and two thing is less than ideal. It also looks pretty "ouchy" for an 18 month old. :)
Consider instead a tufted ottoman. They are tight enough to add a tray for beverages, but soft enough to learn how to walk around. (overstock.com)
I do appreciate your idea of repeating te finish on the beams- but you can do that in and end table, and/ or accessories, like this tray from Uttermost:
Now for your two chairs. Teal damask is pretty specific. Even just Teal is hard to find in a pre-made chair. That would be no problem if you had not added the phrase "reasonably priced." You could always have a fabulous set of chairs made for you in a fabulous fabric like the one below from Lee Jofa:- but you might not consider that "reasonably priced".
I tried to find some well priced chairs for you- without a lot of luck. The one below is definitely more of a turquoise.
This chair is from CSNSofa.com. $249. I found this manufacturer when I had a client interersted in a chair in the Macy's furniture showroom. The chair had a name on it- the Jasmine Chair. I thought I'd google it and sure enough I found the same chair from CSN for a much lower price. It iwas a very comfortable chair by the way- and a fun style: (but doesn't come in teal)
I also like to check out homedecorator.com I liked this chair quite a bit:
The leaves do have a teal:
I am far from an expert on great sources with low prices. I am more of an expert on fabulous sources and who cares what the price is. So- here is where I'd like some help from all of you- if someone asked you where to find a great chair at a reasonable price- where would you send them? What are your favorite sources? Let's share. :)