out with the old chair, in with the new

August 20, 2008 |  Category:   happy purchases home


We have a new chair in the house today. And the upholstery choice was a bit of a surprise to me. I mean it’s velvet, blue velvet. I never imagined that I’d bring a blue velvet chair into the apartment, but well, something about it spoke to me when I saw it at the store. I knew that I loved the shape of the chair, and I knew that it was time to replace our Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker with a new one. While we certainly have some good memories in that chair, the kids started treating it like a swing and an amusement park ride. Mia was especially upset to see it go, but hopefully the couple who bought it from us will enjoy it as much as we did. This new chair can only seat 1, unlike the rocker which sat 1 adult and 1 kid comfortably, but I don’t mind that only 1 person can sit in the chair at a time (meaning, why do the kids have to feel like they need to cling and climb on me all the time?).

So here it is in our living room. I’m not convinced that it goes all that well with the rest of our stuff and I thought I recalled it being darker and not so blue, or the legs not being such a reddish brown, but this might just be a case of needing some time to grow accustomed to the piece, as it was with almost every new piece of furniture in the house. I do, however, like that it’s dark and hopefully won’t be such a dirt magnet that our old rocker was (“Noooooooo! Step away from the chair! Not before you wash that tomato sauce off your haaaaaands!). But guess what? I forgot that velvet can be a lint attractor (ugh!), so ask me in a week if I still like the chair.

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  • kati August 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    well, i think it looks great. it has nice bones and nice lines. although you’re right, i would invest in a nice sticky lint-roller… from experience!

  • Lara August 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I LOVE the chair! – the color and lines are great. I hadn’t known that a chair had bones til I read above post. Hmmm. Back to chair – I’ll bet there’s something out there you could treat the velvet with to deter lint…hmmm… Does anyone know a trick?

  • Stockton August 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I have a pillow in that exact same fabric, did you make yours too? (And the chair is great!)

  • Jenna August 27, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Hi Stockton,
    Yes that fabric is in a few places in our apt. I reupholstered a chair and also some cushions for little doll chairs

    Still love the fabric!