reader request - leather arm chairs

i like reader requests. i like a task. 

so when i was asked to do a post on leather arm chairs and where to find good ones i set out to find them. 

i also like leather arm chairs and think 2 things about them in general.

they are:

1. most of them are hideous. even the vintage ones. but especially contemporary ones. 

2. if you want ones that will last and last and last you're going to pay at least 1000 per chair. probably more. 

 

now reader alex was specifically into these from my friday post mentioning the glen wilde...

 

i'm not 100% sure these chairs are vintage but based on the mustache style (that's the top part that looks like the shape of a mustache) i'm going to assume that they are. and they were probably scored somewhere locally. like tucked away in someone's basement. because vintage leather mustache chairs are expensive. and what kind of crazy person puts 20k leather armchairs in a vacation rental? the other option is there is a really great source for reasonably priced leather armchairs that look vintage french.

and if you know about this source...please tell us all. 

 

so i took a peek around and found some affordable options. well, i suppose affordable is relative. but given my own personal opinion on leather armchairs - if you want something that's going to last you're probably going to spend a few thousand dollars on 2 chairs. they are leather after all. and no one wants to sit on hard leather. so i say splurge. you'll have them forever and the soft leather will just get softer. if you can't afford a few thousand dollars on chairs you need to buy something vintage, built like a tank, in the shape of the leather armchair of your dreams and save up to reupholster it in a soft buttery leather. there are plenty of sources for leather upholstery out there. anyway...here's what i came up with:

 

1. french vintage mustache style leather club chairs - these are my favorite of the bunch. they look comfy as all get out and i like the velvet seat. also the price seems right. though i'd offer less. 

2. moustache style vintage chairs - these are pretty spectacular but priced around 10k. bye me. 

3. leather club chairs c. 1980's - i could get behind these in the right space. price is great. 

4. vintage brown leather club chairs - these seem to blur the line between vintage and contemporary. like you could tell me they were old or new and i'd nod. either way, nice looking soft leather. 

5. saddle brown leather club chairs - these are new-ish i think. but they do have a strong art deco vibe which i like. good size. best price of the bunch. 

 

now i did manage to find some big box store options...west elm, crate and barrel and restoration hardware...

the thing of it is these chairs are not cheaper by any stretch. but if you prefer new to old these are my favorites. 

1. crate and barrel eiffel french leather club chair - this is kind of a terrible picture, the color of the leather looks turd-ish. but there are options. i'm thinking it looks better in person. 

2. restoration hardware parisian leather chair - on sale! 

3. west elm sedgwick leather recliner - also on sale. many leather options. including a sexy green. but for our purposes here i'd go with the molasses. (cognac is pictured)

 

there you have it.

if you have a request email me. i'd love to do this on the reg. if i can. 

 

eclipse vibes

we have 1 pair of glasses and i just read an optometrist's plea for all people with eyes to watch it on tv. because irreparable eye damage. now i'm spooked. 

that said i am really eager to experience any changes that a solar eclipse might bring to surrounding nature. i.e. temp drops, animals acting cray, spiders destroying their webs, hundreds of owls sitting sentinel all over my lawn and hagrid coming for me with a letter from hogwarts. 

we are in 90+% totality here in atlanta so while we can't ever take off our glasses to experience that band of totality so long as we keep them on it will look pretty darn close. 

do you have any eclipse plans? are you close to it? 

 

full moon ltd. edition print / moon pies / dolce and gabbana space print dress

half moon alabaster sconces / moonlight catalyst elixir / kevin aucoin the exotique diamond eye gloss in galaxy

celerie kemble eclipse cocktail table / vintage sun and moon brass door knocker /

vintage simplified planetarium / fornasetti sun and moon scented candle /

mini astronomy library

 

friday things + eat happy winners

i love love love love these little uneven square tiles. i love the pearliness, i love the way the backsplash becomes a shelf. i just think it's so interesting. someone tell me how this is achieved....like, are they fired to be wonky or is it all in the application? via the socialite family

 

 

it's that time of year here in atlanta where it really is not advisable to be outside after 8 am.

no item of clothing you own is going to help you stay cool. your skin is a burden.

your AC is struggling to keep up. you put your sleep t shirt in the freezer before bed.

where 5 seconds ago you were heralding summer and how glorious it is and now you can't wait for that first 50 degree morning and air that you can actually breathe in. 

it's called fall y'all and it needs to be brought. because LOOK at those boots.

via sandra semburg

 

 

10 things your landscape architect wishes you knew.

i found this to be very informative. and i am not hiring one. 

 

 

 this transcribed speech sums up my feelings completely on the matter. if you were wondering. 

 

 

planning a visit to this dream of a place. should i go this fall or wait til next summer?

who's been? 

 

and now the winners of eat happy-

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the winners at random are- chesa and ms smart.

please email me and give me your mailing addresses.

thank you guys so much for entering. and if you didn't win just get the book anyway!! 

 

have an awesome weekend. stay cool.