Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tiptoe Through The Saarinen Tulips

Thank you all for weighing in HERE on the dining room chair question. I had a photo shoot today, and of course that motivated me to make a change or two. Not only did I pick new chairs, I also moved the art around in the living room as Sabina suggested. Thanks to Jenny, Nicole, Mitchell, Brooke, Deborah and Renae for emails that went back and forth.

Jenny sent this photo for inspiration - The Saarinen Tulip chair is one I have always wanted

The Tulip chair mixes very well with antiques, just like the Eames Eiffel Tower chairs- Jenny sent me this photo too

 I brought this vintage Tulip chair home on approval - It had its issues - The depth of the seat is more narrow than the reproduction chars you can get online - But I loved the creamy patina on the vintage chair, and I love to buy vintage whenever I can - So I used it as my desk chair for a couple of days, and it was comfy enough - Realistically the dining room does not get used daily, except when I use the table as my office space - I sent this photo to my decor buddies, and we all liked this chair - There were no side chairs, only four armchairs, which fit under the table perfectly

The vintage Tulip chair had a seat cover that could be easily changed - This blue print, while historically accurate, reminded me of airport seating, so I changed it - I didn't have time to go shop for fabric, so I used something I had on hand
The vintage Tulip chairs have arrived! I recovered the seats with a black and white Suzanit print

This is how these chairs "live" daily - The dining room is small, more of a pass through nook, so there is no room for host chairs When we have a dinner party, I use an extra special host chair for Alberto, and another comfy one for a guest

The Visual Vamp dining room with vintage Saarinen Tulip Chairs

Anyone want to buy four oversize Parsons chairs with custom slip covers? email me!

Do you want to see how I moved the art work around?

12 comments:

  1. followed you here now :)
    always so inspirational posts!

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  2. Wholly smokes, you pulled this off just as I knew you would. Valorie, I'm incredibly jealous, your dining room encompasses everything I admire and adore, including you!

    xo xo

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  3. I love them!!!!!!! Fabulosity x 100!
    Xo,
    Kat

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  4. You are so good at what you do, Valorie.
    Love the chairs with your antique table. The fabric is perfect!

    xo
    Brooke

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  5. You are so good at what you do Valorie!
    Love the chairs with your antique table. The fabric is perfection!

    xo
    Brooke

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  6. Valerie, would you consider painting your dining table a soft charcoal black? I think it would look great with your new chairs and seat covers.

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  7. The chairs look so cool, I would of never thought to use them !!!!! I especially love the cow hide on your table, I am trying to convince my hubby I NEED one!!!!!!! Sara

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  8. I love them and the upholstery choice too, but really, they should be in my house out here in Palm Desert ;->

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  9. Looking forward to the art re-vamp!

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  10. We are loving these photos! The bookcases in the first image are so great. The tulip chairs look amazing against them. So chic!
    xo W + J

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  11. I love the different chairs. They have unique qualities.

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