Oct 8, 2015

Chairish said 'hi' to me

*This is not a sponsored post. I received nothing in exchange for it except heartburn.*

A couple of months ago, the team at Chairish invited me to choose a chair from their current inventory and create a room around it. Did I mention it was a couple of months ago? And that I was totally honored to be asked and said I'd write a post about it asap?

You guys know me well enough to know that THAT was a pipedream. I STILL HAVEN'T WRITTEN ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY BEACH TRIP.


Are you familiar with Chairish? It's sort of like an online consignment shop for furniture, decor, fashion accessories and jewelry. 

In their own words -- because they sum it up better than I can -- "Chairish is stocked with what our design-oriented buyers want to purchase: exceptional and unique decor and accessories from all eras and styles. Our primary criteria are that pieces are stylish, in good condition and offered at a great value.

"Many pieces listed on Chairish are designer, custom, antique, or high-end modern and vintage pieces from the likes of Knoll, Herman-Miller, Christian Liaigre, Ligne Roset, B&B Italia, Chanel, Hermes, YSL, Miriam Haskell, etc. We also love non-branded items with great character."

In other words, they're too polite to say it on their website, but they don't take crap.

So, BACK TO ME. Because you guys have been looking at the same colors in the same rooms in the same style from me for so long, I decided to do something a little different with this opportunity. I decided to take a chair that features colors that many people still have in their homes and still love -- the warmer tones of browns and reds -- and work with those.

Here's the chair that's available on Chairish for $150, a Pier 1 beauty that has a solid red fabric back:

I love the old-world look, the nailhead trim and the turned-wood legs.

I put together two very similar rooms on two budgets ... a "high" room and a "low" room. Mind you, the "low" room still requires you to open your wallet, but it proves that it's possible to redecorate on a budget, even if you need to do it in stages over a period of months.

The "High" Room

West Elm Linework Honeycomb Vases ($19-$49) – I put in $125 to cover a small collection

TOTAL:  $9,898

The "Low" Room

IKEA Ektorp Sofa ($399) 

TOTAL:  $1,698.90

Which room do you prefer? The Everett Foyer Table from the "Low" room is actually one of the pieces in our den, and I love it. We use it as a sofa table.

Would you consider buying a chair or other home furnishing second-hand? I've never purchased anything from Chairish but I'd certainly give it a whirl.

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