Saturday, October 22, 2011


I first saw it at the Wisteria Warehouse Sale and a woman was trying to strap the chair to her trunk.  It's a big chair and it was not fitting IN the trunk but she was determined and yes, she got a steal.  (On a side note, if you live in the Dallas area you MUST attend the Wisteria Warehouse Sale - once a year but well worth the wait  So I headed inside, hoping for the same treasure but sure enough they were sold out.  What???  We were only about 45 minutes past the opening time.  But indeed they were all gone.  I saw a few strays in an aisle behind the rope (intended to keep us out) and asked the sales person about them. She said they had accidentally double-sold the chairs and were required to take them off the floor - apparently others had taken a liking to my new beloved chair as well.

Well, I forgot about the chair and went on with my shopping.  Until today... I was reading the current issue of Southern Living and saw the chair again!  It was used on an outside porch with a fireplace and porch swing.  They are brown with a cream patterned cushion. There was no sourcing information and I couldn't find the picture online so you'll have to take my word for it ..they look great.

So I thought about doing a little research to find some photos of inspiration and sources to buy the chair.  Here's what I found.

This is the original chair that I fell in love with at Wisteria.  At the warehouse sale, it came without a cushion and ran about $200 - a steal.  But in the catalog it has a cushion and is called the European Spindle Chair.  I tried to source online but it may be out of stock at this time.  It is by far the best price that I have found for this chair at a measly $699.  Isn't it gorgeous??

This is actually a black painted birch wood reproduction.  There are vintage ones out there and I am sure they are even more gorgeous!  <insert historical furniture lesson here :)> The basic spool chair is a furniture design that involves a frame made entirely of turned pieces. Sometimes referred to as a Carver chair, the spool chair dates back to the 17th century, and is often considered to have its origins in the New England area of the United States. Some are also European influenced.  Simplistic in design, the typical spool chair usually has minimal decoration, making the chair both classic and easy to include in most designs.  It's timeless.

Here's are some examples of the chair featured in design.  It can be used in multiple spaces.


(Source: House Beautiful)

Family Room

(Source: Belmont Design Group)

Living Room

(Source: Jacqueline Derrey Segura)

Family Room

(Source: House Beautiful)

One of the most popular producers in the US of the Spool Chair is Hickory Chair.  Their chair runs around $1700.  This chair looks good coming and going (note the back detail).

Looking at the chairs online and doing the research makes me want one even more.  I don't even know where I would put it ...but one day I WILL have one.

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