Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Orange you glad I didn't say banana?
Do you remember that knock knock joke? It was my favorite when I was little and my niece Libby loves to tell it now. Yes, there is a elephant, er, bright orange chair in our living room. This chair has been a running joke in my family for some time. They (there are two of them) were purchased in 1978 and matched a lovely orange and yellow floral sofa in our formal living room growing up. We never really used the room but my brother and I loved each taking a chair and spinning around in them till we felt sick. Yes the chairs swivel and rock! So back to the joke, they ended up in my Dad's basement because they were "expensive chairs and too good to throw away." But of course, they are an ugly bright orange and my dad didn't want to use them in his house. My dad and step mom ask my brother and I every time we move if we want the "perfectly good" chairs. We always laugh and say no and so they have sat in the basement, until now. Our lack of chair in the living room made me think of the orange chairs. You couldn't believe how excited my dad was to get the chair out of his house and probably more in disbelief that I asked for them.
My first idea was to reupholster the chairs, so I headed to a small reupholstery shop in town to find out it would cost $650 a chair plus the cost of the material, uh no thanks. I can buy a very nice, not-made-in-1970-chair for $650. I told my dad to bring the chair anyway and we would see how it looked, and you know what? I don't hate it. (I am sure you do, I hated them for years) The chair definitely does not work in the space as-is. Right now it looks like I am going for a fall theme with the yellow lamp, yellow throw pillow and yellow-border rug. The wall art does not go either, but that is a temporary covering for the wall AC unit, which someday we'll patch over. So some new wall art, a throw pillow or two with orange accents and a new lamp and I don't think it will look so bad.
What I like about the chair is it's retro feel, it's comfortable and it swivels and rocks which is nice to have when holding William. We already have some orange accents in the room that tie in the chair. These C&B prints hang in the entryway and over the book shelf behind the chair. So now the search is on for some throw pillows and a new lamp. We won't keep the chair forever, so I plan on spending the least amount of money possible when shopping for these items. Think "design on a dime," plus I love getting a bargain. It's a good thing William is a good shopping partner!