It's Sarah from Austin. We're making slow headway in our house; finished the dining room & getting together our living room.
This is hard to explain. I just don't like the chair you selected with the sofa you selected. Maybe it is too overwhelming, and lacks balance- maybe it is just off in the style. It is one thing to have a real contrast in style, a true juxtaposition. Like using a super modern chair- like the phopto below from Elle Decor:
Your combination is not like that. A recliner from La-Z-Boy would be far worse. I also am maybe not the right one to answer this because I love wing back chairs. The right one can be super comfortable. I love how they cradle your head, and sit you up at the same time. If you find the look stuffy, you can also get some very contemporary ones that would be cool with your sofa, like this one from Nathan Anthony. Or what about this one from Revenge?
I tend to think that if you don't like wing backs, you need to see and sit in more of them. Sure- some are ugly- but then again, others are fabulous!
If you want to shop at Pottery Barn, I selected some chairs that did go well with the sofa.
Want to go leather- how about going all the way totally different? There are some surprisingly crazy comfortable chairs out there- like the Wassily. Can you see how a chair like the Wassily would be crazy different enough that it would go, but yours is not different enough- and it is just a miss. I think it is a combination of the leather and the leg style in the chair you selected.
Most of the time the advice I give is correct vs. incorrect. Today- I think it was more subjective. I like to think that there are many ways to decorate a room, and when all things are correct, I should let the client express their personality, select what they like and what is comfortable. But something inside me doesn't want anyone to select a recliner... So- what do you think? Does anyone disagree with today's advice to re-select? Do you like Sarah's leather chair? Anyone know of a super comfortable chair that would go better with her French sofa? Sarah- if you end up getting a recliner- don't tell me. In my imagination, over here in my office in California, everyone takes my advice. ;-)