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If you love something, set it free

September 28, 2010
by thenestinggame

I’ve been going back and forth about adding a chair to our family room. Well, not about the fact that we need a chair, just about WHICH chair to choose. Before we even moved into this house, I’d been admiring this chair from Overstock.com.

It’s a knock-off of this chair from Anthropologie. Granted, more the kind you buy on the street with the Kate Spade label glued on, not the super good, follow an Asian persion into a back room off Canal St. kind of knock-off. But still. I liked the price, the orange, the pattern and especially the little caster wheels. But we moved and a zillion other things took priority and the chair was tucked away into the corners of my mind.

And sometime between last September and this September, we moved in a chair that was originally in the living room. You can see it here next to the couch. By the way, this is what getting your chimney swept looks like. No Dick Van Dyke. Chim-chim-cheroo.

Ordinarily, the chair sits in the corner of the rug in the center of the picture above facing the corner of the coffee table. Now, I really like this chair and I have grand plans for it’s future in our living room. However, as it is now, it happens to look really good in the den and is very comfy, believe it or not, and we’re actually using it versus having it live in the living room that never gets used. So, was there really a NEED for a new chair? No. But, I was a little panicky about leaving a hole in the living room furniture, so we decided to look for a new den chair.

So off I went to the thrift shop, looking for an old, unloved chair with a solid backstory. And I found this little guy.

Hideous upholstery, yes. Bad gold paint job, yes. But potential galore. So, I chat with Taylor about this and he rations that by the time I pay $70 for the chair, refinish the wood, buy fabric and have it reupholstered, our little bargain of a chair is now pushing $500. So, why not get the Overstock chair I’ve been internet stalking for a year?

So I do.

And it shows up. And I put it together. And?

I hate it.

It’s all warm, when the other chair was cool. It’s kind of modern, when the other chair was an antique. It’s firm, while the other chair was cushy.

Turns out I had the right chair all along!

But instead of putting it back in the (enormous) box it came in and sending it back, I decide to put it on Craigslist and try to save myself some return shipping charges. I extol the virtues of the chair. I call out its designer inspiration. And, sure enough, some nice lady in Decatur wants to come check it out.

So, on Saturday, after the Overstock chair has been sitting in our smoke-free, pet-free home for 5 days, Patricia and her husband Paul show up to look at it. Patricia comments on how nice it looks in our house. You know, Patricia, I think you’re right. She comments on what a cute design it is. Patricia, I couldn’t agree more. She comments on how it is a bit firm,  a “ladies’ chair.” Well yes, Patricia, I agree. It would mostly be used when we have company and are engaged in conversation.

And as I’m selling the chair to them, I am reassuring myself that even if they do buy it, I can always re-order another one.

After a quick sidebar, Patricia and Paul decide to pass on the chair. Before they can change their mind, I usher them out of the house. At which point, Taylor admits he was also hoping they wouldn’t buy it.

So sportsfans, we have ourselves a chair.

 

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine permalink
    September 28, 2010 2:41 am

    Like it! Perfect for the family room!

  2. September 28, 2010 11:42 am

    ahaha…i do this kind of stuff all the time…which is why i try to spend practically no money on things…i’m always getting rid of them a couple of months after i buy them! ps i want a tour of your whole house!!!

    • September 29, 2010 2:14 am

      Thanks for the house tour request! We’re almost ready for prime time. Need a better camera…

  3. September 28, 2010 1:24 pm

    I like it! I hate it when the product (be it clothing, furniture, food) looks like the picture so I understand your initial disappointment. It looks good though — I like the rug underneath too. Well matched!

  4. September 28, 2010 4:24 pm

    First of all, love this story. You might say you didn’t want it until someone else did, much like tales we overtold two weekends ago about someone who will remain nameless.

    Second of all, you have a new piece of furniture. What a great excuse for me to schedule another visit.

    Third of all, perhaps I need to update my blog more than once a month.

  5. Jaime McElroy permalink
    October 28, 2010 4:15 pm

    Molly, this is the cutest story! And the chair looks great–I can see why you decided to keep it :)

  6. September 22, 2011 6:28 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this chair as well…looks fabulous in your space, and the story makes it that much better! I just painted my new apt asparagus green and now have a little painters remorse when I see your wall color. What is it?

    I love your room and what you did to the fireplace (which of course I just saw on apt therapy today).

  7. Kelly permalink
    January 27, 2012 6:01 pm

    LOL! Love the story! And loved this comment:

    “…super good, follow an Asian persion into a back room off Canal St. kind of knock-off. But still.”

    HILARIOUS!

    Although, I do have to say (I’m probably weird) that I loved the thrift store chair! And the fabric! I think Emily Henderson would too and her style is growing on me. . .that’s my excuse anyways!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 30, 2012 7:40 pm

      I didn’t intend to re-post this…but WordPress did it anyway. Oh well…glad you enjoyed the post! I still think about that chair at the thrift store too. Kinda wish I’d bought it. Oh well. I like the new one too. Thanks for reading!

  8. January 28, 2012 1:20 am

    ah, beautiful indecision! I think you made the right choice :)

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