I don't post many photos of the interior of the house, largely because the open dining room/kitchen forms the bulk of the interior, and it still needs a lot of help. Chief among its problems has been a lack of dining chairs. We've been on the lookout for something suitable for two years now, and I've become resigned to the idea of mismatched chairs, though I wanted to at least decide on a unifying factor of some sort — a style or profile they would all have to have in common. And I'm determined to have chairs one can sit in for hours. So I've basically been waiting for one chair — one attractive, comfortable, companionable, affordable chair — to grab my attention and set a course.
Variations on the Windsor is not an approach that ever entered my head.
My friend Laura, who's a fabulous stylist and scout, kindly took me to her favorite new haunt — the last town one would expect to be filled with antique malls. In the last store we visited was the chair above on the right. I saw it in the window and thought it was lovely, but not in the "ooh, I want that!" sense. We made the rounds, arrived at the other side of that window, and it winked at me again. So I took it down to have a sit. Would you believe it's Heywood-Wakefield? It is! The guy behind the counter mentioned there was a Windsor at the back of the store (which I'd walked right past, not being in the market for such a thing) and when I put them together, I found myself wanting them. When it was determined I could have the pair for a total of $95, I was officially sold. So Windsors it is. Now we're on a hunt for some friends for these two.