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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Chair Is So Much More




"Chair ~ a piece of furniture consisting of a seat, 

back, legs, and often arms, designed for one person."




Chairs, though originally intended for use for "state and dignity" 

have become one of the most common and 

ordinary objects within our homes.  

When Chloe @ One King's Lane recently contacted me to ask if 

I'd write a post about a statement chair in our home, 

I was happy to oblige.  





My husband and I both admire chairs 

for their function and their form.  

We've been known to bring back 

chairs as a "souvenir" from our travels.  





One such chair is a 

Thonet bentwood rocker purchased in Paris.  

Thonet furniture, with its curves 

and bentwood construction, speaks to us.





Our sun room, once a screened in porch, 

now functions as a year round living space since 

enclosed with walls of French doors and windows.   





The fluid movement in the lines of the bentwood rocker 

compliment the architectural details in the corbels 

of the original porch design that were retained 

and enclosed with transom windows.





The casualness of the Thonet, with its cane back

 and seat, fits the aesthetic of our sun room .   .   .





Yet it stands on its own as unique 

among the wicker and bamboo pieces.  





It serves as both an accent piece 

and a favorite spot to relax with a gentle sway 

while the design flows effortlessly with 

textures and accessories of the room.





A chair is so much more 

 than just a place to sit!


So tell me, do you have any statement chairs?   

If so, leave a comment and tell me about them.





I'd like to invite you to join One Kings Lane, one of 

my favorite destinations for top-brand & designer furniture, 

decor, art, gifts & vintage items up to 70% off.  

Use this link to join, and there's a $15 credit waiting for you!

If you are interested about 

the history of Modern Chairs, check out 

A Complete Guide to Modern Chairs 

here at One King's Lane.




43 comments:

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Those are both wonderful chairs. I've never seen one designed quite like the rocker. I'm so intrigued to see bits of your home- somehow I knew your home would be classy and it is. Love your sun room and how you've decorated it!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Sarah,
Lovely statement chairs you got placed in you comfy sunroom!
We don't have any statement chairs as such; just comfy ones for daily use.
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

La Table De Nana said...

I absolutely love the architecture of your beautiful room.You have lovely taste Sarah:)

Dawn from We Call It Junkin.com said...

What a great piece! I enjoyed seeing that lovely chair (and the side table with it) and your beautiful sunroom. I could spend all day in there :)
Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

Art and Sand said...

When I first saw a Thonet chair in my college days, I dreamed of having one. We could never afford one and we settled on a vintage rocker from my grandparents. It didn't have the style, but it was beautiful and had meaning. When we downsized, I passed the chair on to my sister and still have no room for a Thonet chair.

I love your chair and the room it occupies.

One King's Lane asked me to participate, but we do not have a "statement" chair in the house.

designchic said...

The Thonet chair is wonderful and you have the perfect spot for it. Heading to OKL to check out all the "goodies"!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh Sarah, I want to come sit in one of those chairs and just enjoy the beauty of your sunroom. I love the design of the windows and the color of the trim. I'm pinning that room. laurie

kitty said...

What a lovely sunroom, Sarah. The windows are amazing and your taste is exquisite. I don't have any Bentwood rockers, but I have always admired the style. Lucky you to have that souvenir. I also love your wicker rocker...how pretty everything goes together. I'd enjoy swaying and looking at all your pretty things.

Maggie said...

The sun room is such a wonderful addition to your beautiful home,how good it would be to sit and chat there with you once again. The chair is stunning, what an amazing souvenir to remind you of France.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your sun room is lovely and your chair goes perfect in there. I have always loved rockers, unfortunately I don't have one anymore - no room.
Have a great weekend.
Mary

Patty Antle said...

That is a lovely chair and yes it fits so nicely in with your sunroom. What a lovely space to relax. Beautiful post, Sarah. Have a lovely day!

The French Hutch said...

Sarah I love your Thonet bentwood rocker. It most definitely is a statement chair and I love it in your sunroom. Such a beautiful space (love the architectural curves of the transoms) for settling in with a book and cold drink on those hot Texas days! I love the peeks of your beautiful home. We do have statement chairs, most are wing backs scattered throughout the house and my mom’s antique French chair. We did have a bentwood rocker early on, just a Thonet copy and when Jay finished school and needed to furnish an apartment we passed some things on to him. Lovely post, and I have to mention the painting of Sadie, love it!

Rettabug said...

What a welcoming room, Sarah & that chair looks perfectly at home in there, too. I don't recall ever seeing the sunroom/porch before.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those black arched windows!!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

When you began to point our the relationship between the chair and the architecture of your gorgeous sun room, I could definitely see how a chair is more than just a place to sit! Beautiful!

I tend to gravitate towards club chairs, something deep and comfy where I can have a dog on my lap! :)

Jane xx

Ivy and Elephants said...

Lovely bentwood rocker! It looks perfect in the sunroom, what a statement!
Hugs,
Patti

Deborah Montgomery said...

Sarah, what a lovely room! The rocker is exquisite. Your decorating shows beautiful taste. I don't have any statement chairs, but I do have a favorite, an old nursing rocker that my grandfather caned and I nursed my babies in.

xinex said...

I love your sunroom, Sarah! The bentwood rocker is perfect there. How nice that you bring in furnishings from your travels. I guess I would consider the lion chair my statement chair....Christine

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Sarah, love your statement chair in your gorgeous sunroom. We had a bentwood rocker years ago and it was a favorite.
My statement chair is a special piece I custom designed with lazy boy with a floral fabric. It's comfortable and brings a great accent to our living room.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs

Susan Freeman said...

I have always loved bentwood rockers. Your sunroom is so calming and pleasant. You must really enjoy spending time in such a peaceful space.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Pat Cantwell said...

Sarah,
As my Mother's health began to fail, she took mailing labels, turned the furniture over and placed names of her loved ones she wished to inherit the piece. However, ond day she called my sister and I to come to her home. When we arrived, she gifted us each with one of her decorative chairs.
The chair she had chosen for my sister had recently been upholstered in beige damask. Mine has the original tapestry upholstery which is beginning to fade and fray terribly. Both are French made.
Although I don't sit in mine, it sits in our home office and is occassionaly pulled up to "share" the computer with family.
I adored seeing your rocker. I had dreams of one similar for our nursery. Moving with the Military assured me it would not survive, I was gifted a strong maple rocker from my beloved Mother~in~law to rock our sons, which I have to this day.
Fondly,
Pat

The Tablescaper said...

Your home is lovely!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Mary said...

Beautiful Sarah! I love seeing your chair and a glimpse of your sunroom with the handsome details of your transom windows! Of course I love seeing sweet Sadie's portrait next to your bowl of lavender, Thanks for the link and the credit! Enjoy your weekend :)

Parsimonious Perfection said...

I love the chairs, but I must speak to the beauty of the room in its entirety! I just love, love, love those elegant doors and transoms....the pretty artwork, all. Lovely space.

Pat said...

I absolutely love how you've finished this space Sarah. And the chairs are fabulous!!

bj said...

Beautiful chair and I love that pretty sun room...:)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a fabulous souvenir to bring back from Paris! Lovely graceful lines. I have a thing for chairs and really have to control myself! Haha! What a wonderful living space you turned your screened porch into!

Scribbler said...

Your sunroom! I am breathless with envy. The chair is a real beauty. So are your bamboo pieces.

Thanks for sharing.

Pondside said...

That was really very interesting, Sarah - to see how the chair reflects so much of the room's character. I am like you - have brought a chair home as a souvenir!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You have such a beautiful home and great style! I know you work hard to make it nice! Enjoy the week ahead! Hugs, Diane

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Sarah, I know that some day I will have a chair that I will love and use. I don't sit still long enough to enjoy a chair. LOL You must enjoy your beautiful room. I love your bowl of lavender, especially since I just attended a lavender festival over the weekend.

Shelia said...

Hi Sarah! Oh, I love your bentwood rocker. I had a friend who had one and this was way back in the 1970s and I thought it was the most beautiful rocker I'd ever seen. And as I remember, it was most comfy. Your rocker looks beautiful in your sun room, which is also beautiful! Thanks for popping in to see me and you're always a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Sarah, your bentwood rocker is so inviting! LOVELY room! I adore books and chairs :) I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Nancy's Notes said...

Now those are awesome chairs, they look perfect in your fabulous sunroom! Your home is full of charm and class!
Have a great day~
Nancy

Leslie Harris said...

Sarah this room is so warm and beautiful with all the pretty wicker, I want to see more. And I love your rocker!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi Sarah,
Your sunroom is lovely, and so graciously appointed! And what a fabulous chair - very striking and sculptural. I enjoyed learning about it.
Cheers,
Loi

Entertaining Women said...

I never got around to writing a piece for Chloe, so I'm extra glad that you did. Bentwood rockers...almost lyrical in form. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sarah, Your sun room is beautiful and I love the windows! I rocked my son to sleep many times in a bentwood rocker.
xx,
Sherry

Sonia said...

Your collection of chairs are wonderful...especially housed in your gorgeous sunroom! What a beautiful space to sit in!
Miss Bloomers

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning Sarah! WOW I love your home! Your once screened-in porch is beautifully transformed by those doors! I love the custom design of arched and almost "timbered" shape of the design. I spot a primitive wooden bowl with lavender (I have the same arrangement in my dining room!) and your home is stunning.

Thank you for coming to visit the link party post. We have been having such fun and I so wish you could have remained on the itinerary, but I wish you success in your goals for the rest of the week! Big hugs, Sarah!

Anita

Shelia said...

Hi Sarah! I'm still loving this past about your chairs! Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your chair is beautiful and with a Paris birthplace that adds to its elegance in your lovely sunroom, Sarah!

When I was first married I wanted a bentwood rocking chair very badly, but never managed to purchase one. I did buy a large wooden rocking chair years later, which I still own and enjoy today. When I pared down furniture to move west I made sure to keep it!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Love your French rocking chair you 'brought' from Paris. Most people around here have antique ones. I just sent one in black and painted to our DD from her grandma. Your house looks beautiful, so inviting, wish I could and visit!
FABBY

Decor To Adore said...

I just love a good bentwood chair and yours is SO lovely!

Thank you so very much for your kindness and friendship. I treasure you!

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