Sense and sensibility and the brown cottage chair

I kind of have a thing for certain chairs. There are styles and colors I gravitate towards, but always I require that they blend well into my favorite cottage look.

Here is one I acquired this year from the estate of one of the residents at the senior community where I work – she was one of my favorite people there. In her honor I’ve named this lovely Frenchy side chair Marlene… because that’s easier and shorter than always saying, “…that chair I got from Marlene’s estate.”

Marlene | VFCStyle.com

Here is another chair I adore:

Aunt Hazel Chair | VFCStyle.com

This chair was painted in this color scheme on purpose by my Great-Aunt Hazel. I’m not sure exactly when she painted it, but I remember it being in her “utility room” when I was growing up, so let’s call it 1970’s – but it certainly could have been before that. Anyway, it’s a great old chair, still sturdy and very lively. I’m actually not that crazy over the multi-colored palette, but this is my aunt’s chair so it’s staying this way.

I found another one very similar recently at a flea market, and although I again didn’t like the color, I thought I might paint it because I just love this style and knew I was planning to keep it.

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

Did I mention I did not like the color? I was indeed thinking about painting it, but one day I was sitting at my kitchen table in my usual spot and I happened to glance over at it:

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

It looked pretty cute, sitting there just barely peeking over the tabletop. A bit later, I had gone outside with my pink long-sleeve corduroy shirt as a jacket, and when I came in I placed it over the chair, and then a bit later still I looked again and saw this:

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

And at that moment I thought, well now that color isn’t so bad next to the pink. So I pulled the chair away from the table and did just a teensy bit of styling.

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

And the more I played with this, the more I began to really like that taupey color and all its imperfections.

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

So by the time I was done “styling,” the little chair had completely won me over, odd taupe color and all.

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

Together, the chairs make me think of the Dashwood sisters in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. One seems a bit bland at first, but dependable and steady… and the other is flighty, a bit over-dramatic, attention-seeking. So I guess that means they are to be called Elinor and Marianne.

Cottage chair | VFCStyle.com

I suppose I am the only one who names her chairs…?

 

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2 Responses to Sense and sensibility and the brown cottage chair

  1. Sash Walker says:

    I don’t name my furniture but I’ve always named my cars and motorcycles. I love the taupe chair. What if you stenciled on it?

    • Janet says:

      That would be a great idea – a welcome message on the seat… or one of those fancy scripted words you see on pillows and such these days would be pretty neat!

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