Friday, October 28, 2016

Meh ...

So, with tons of excitement I rushed home today to find that UPS had delivered my leather chair for the living room. I spent what felt like 20-minutes rescuing this leather chair from the grips of tape and foam and plastic to find ... 


I'm just sorta MEH about it. I mean, don't get me wrong. I love the color, and I love that it's leather. I love the nailhead trim, and the tufting. The girl who helped me at the store was AMAZING! She was incredibly helpful and found the chair for me at a super great bargain and then had it sent to me directly from a store in Michigan.

If I had ordered the chair online, it would cost a whopping $1500 with shipping and handling, as it's not a direct to store ship item. (Of course it isn't, nothing I want ever is.) I was going based on memory from what they had here in the Buffalo store, and when I saw this one among the others in a catalog I thought it was the one I wanted. She looked in their system to find that a store in Michigan had the chair in stock, in the box, and could sell and ship it to me for $500! ABSOLUTELY! I was excited for my good fortune and the dream chair.

Well, I must have been dreaming, because I think I was actually dreaming about this chair:


This chair happens to be on sale on the website for $500 less than it's original retail price, and I'm giving a lot of thought to ordering it. My only problem is that since the other chair was final sale, I'm stuck with it. It could go in a corner in the bedroom and be a wonderful perching spot for clothes I toss off (does anyone ACTUALLY use their bedroom furniture to sit?!?) but I really would rather not do that. Seems wasteful. 

So maybe I'll learn to love this one. How does the song go? 

Well there's a rose, in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you're with ... 

I'll take the weekend to think about it and let you know. Your thoughts, comments, and suggestions are much appreciated! See you Monday! 

31 comments:

  1. You know life is short I have learned and get what you really want while you can is my thoughts on getting the chair you love.
    All my life I have loved the one i'm with to finally end up with no one LOL Instead of the one I wanted to be with
    Miss widow Janice

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    1. You're right Janice! Live is too short, and you can't take the money with you, right? Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Such a hard decision. I can certainly see why you like the other chair more--you have a discerning eye!! I, also, struggle with that all the time--my desire and eye for the best with my budget for the average and need to make things work. Good luck with your decision.

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    1. Gail, I honestly wanted the other chair, but it had been so long since I saw it in the store that I just had muddy memory. All of this moving certainly didn't help things at all! I am floating on fumes here. I appreciate your comment!

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  3. What are the heights of both chairs? The chair you now own looks a little shorter and perhaps something (like that other chair) looks as if it would fit better because it looks larger. I'm only judging it based on the pictures and of course you would have a better scope of it than I. If you don't love it then by all means use it in the bedroom for a reading nook since your bookcase is going there as well.

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    1. Naz, I think that's a very astute mention. I didn't really give much thought to creating a cozy reading spot in there, but you're so right! Could be just the appropriate chair, too!

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  4. live with it awhile. its new and may grow on you. you have had to make so many decisions and been stressed by a move. not the best time to make decisions. the chair is beautiful. maybe a throw or pillow?

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    1. Over the years I had many design clients that were initially shocked by a piece of furniture at delivery. especially if the room had been empty awhile. I always say to live with a few days. and they always fell in love once they experienced it.

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    2. Thanks so much Jillian, I agree that I like the chair more today than I did when I first took it out of the box!

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  5. I would have to go for the chair I wanted....especially since it is now reduced I would think about every time I saw it. Using the other chair in the bedroom or sell it and cut your losses. Life is too short.

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    1. Life is too short, you're right! And I have a great many fear that now that the chair is clearance priced on their website, it will soon be gone forever!

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  6. what if you beat it with barbed wire and sand it with sandpaper?

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  7. what if you beat it with barbed wire and sand it with sandpaper?

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    1. Oh Dean! I'd end up with a mess on my hands! But not a bad idea!

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  8. Well Artie, I do love the tufting on the chair that you received. But, I LOVE everything else about the other chair (in the second photo) and think it would look better in your living room. I like the proportions, size, scale, and lines (and personally, the color too) of the second chair. I agree with the above commenters that life is to short and that you should get what you love. And hey... when it's all said and done, it's just money. Now, there is also something to be said for living with an item for a little while as one commenter suggested and perhaps add a throw and/or pillow to see how you like that. It could be that you're just tired and overwhelmed from the move. However, trust your gut! One usually knows right off the bat if they're really "feeling" a thing or a look. Is there any way you can sit in the chair that you really want? If so then you can compare and decide which one is most comfortable. When it comes to upholstered pieces like your sofa and chairs (and ottomans), they can't just be a "pretty face" (form). They must be comfortable (function), too. Put the first chair in your bedroom and use it as a clothes hanger (lol), especially if you read in bed and don't really plan to sit on it. In closing, I say sell the chair and not even put it in your bedroom if you don't really love it. William Morris said "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." I know you'll figure it all out. I can hardly wait to see how it all comes together.

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    1. I know Karen, right!?!? It's not like the chair I received is terrible! It's a great chair, and it's cozy and comfortable. Everything you want in a chair. But the other chair is PERFECTION! The look is just so much more complimentary!

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  9. Arnie, Life is too short. Get the one you want. Sell the other one (it is Meh, as you say.) It is not you. And you are so good at selling your stuff ;-) Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy! You wanna buy it!? LOL! :)

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  10. We're lucky when all something costs is money. Get the second chair. You'll have no trouble selling the first one if that's what you want to do, and if not then by all means, put it in your bedroom. Who cares if you sit on it? Though I do think we need a place to sit in bedrooms other than on the bed. If you don't get the second one you'll always think about, wish you did, and it will affect your relationship with the first chair. Get it while its hot.

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    1. Barbara, I'm gonna use that phrase from now on. "We're lucky when all something costs is money!" HOW TRUE!?

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  11. IMHO if you wish something a little more distinctive from the design of your sofa, I personally would opt for the second chair provided of course it is comfortable, its scale is right for the space and its design also allows for it to be relocated within the room rather than just against a wall. All said; I know you will make the right choice Artie. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Also for what it is worth; I feel due to its lines it would look amazing slip-covered as well.

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    1. Brenda, you know I trust your opinion, and I agree with you!

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  12. Order the chair you really want. You'll be glad you did. If you don't, you'll wish you had after a while. Good luck!
    James

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    1. Thanks James! I think you're right!

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  13. Order the chair. It has Better lines. Less like a dining room chair. Sell the first one. You probably already have!!!!!

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    1. LOL, I haven't sold anything ... yet!

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  14. I like the one you have best.

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    1. Thank you anise! It's a very nice chair.

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  15. I have some nice fiddleaves and after killing two i can tell you to not water very often , only once a week and they will be happy !!!

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  16. Artie- Pottery Barn has a faux Fig tree that I swear looks totally VRAI !

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  17. Both of these images are superb , thanks .

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