vintage french ~~ sitting pretty

I am a big fan of “use what you have”.  It pretty much defines my decorating style.  But yesterday I broadened my views ( a bit) to encompass the decorating philosophy of  “use what your neighbor has”.  That’s kind of the whole idea behind Freecycle.org, right? (well that and the whole not filling up landfills thingy)  Yesterday these two lovely ladies joined my household of eclectic finds:

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One word: fantabulous!

Here is my short history with these chairs.  A couple of years ago we (and our house) were part of the city’s Home Historic Tour.  Our next door neighbor was in it too.  The night before the two-day event all the participants got to tour one another’s homes.  While touring our neighbor’s house these caught my Inner French Girl’s eye.  Love at first sight.  I never forgot them…and they never forgot me.

Fast forward to about a year ago.  Sadly, I heard that our neighbors were getting a divorce.  And one day I heard the commotion of people working/loading a truck.  I peeked out my front window just in time to see these elegant ladies all loaded up in the back of a pick up truck being callously hauled away.  I was so bummed.  Were they sold?  Going to storage?  Grrrrr.  There is such a fine line between being a  curious or nosy neighbor so I tried a little incognito sleuthing (thank you, Ellen) but really didn’t find out for sure what had happened to them.  It was my best guess they were going into storage until the divorce was all finalized.  I mean seriously, how does one express condolences about the demise of a marriage and ask for their chairs at the à propos time?  It can’t be done.

Fast forward to yesterday.  Brett and I had a lovely lunch together where we talked about a possible “2 Year Plan” for our future.  I do believe I was the one who said she would be ready to sell the house, most of our possessions (however, I did mention keeping the living room and master bedroom furniture in storage—good thing!), and live abroad for at least a year or two…to try it out, you know?  He was surprised that I was willing to take that kind of leap.  I guess he shouldn’t have been.  On the way home we passed our neighbor’s house only to see a menagerie of antiques sitting in his driveway with a “Make an Offer” sign.  And there were the chairs.  My chairs.  Back from hiding.  I nearly leaped out of our moving car to go stake my claim on them.  We were on our way to the grocery store to pick up some food stuffs for entertaining and I knew, I just knew!, they would be gone by the time we got home.  But they weren’t.  The decision was discussed (thankfully I have just about the most understanding husband walking the earth…one minute I am ready to sell off everything and the next, I am buying more) and made.  Our neighbor let me put them in the house first to see if they would really work or not before the transaction was complete. Of course they worked!  How could they not?  I had to do some refashioning of some tables, lamps and the family room but it all came together beautifully.

Happy Monday!

~~Heather~~

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39 thoughts on “vintage french ~~ sitting pretty

  1. Omigosh, Heather, those chairs are absolutely gorgeous! I would have been on that lawn in a heartbeat, like a crazed chair woman. Looks like they complement the curves and colour of your sofa, too. What perfect finds. And how exciting that you’re thinking of moving abroad! (But maybe a friend can babysit the chairs if you do). 🙂

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    • They do complement the sofa but the colors are a little off between the two. I will have to find the “perfect” pillows to tie things together. And yes, if we ever do go abroad, I will be storing a few things that I wouldn’t dare get rid of…ever.

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  2. Those are great in your living room!! I totally understand your ability to plan an adventure which would radically change your life, then flip back to loving and being satisfied with where you are. We do the “why don’t we” discussion frequently!!

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    • I find comfort in your comments…knowing I am not alone. : ) It is always fun to dream and plan…but satisfying knowing we can bloom wherever we are planted.

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    • Isn’t that stove darling? It was a major player in my deciding I wanted this house. I hope I can always have a little stove like this, no matter where I may live : )

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  3. I have felt in love with them too …. stunning chairs! Heather that was a romance … meant to be. So lucky for you.
    Fantastic story with a very happy ending.

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    • The fabric is really scrumptious. The color is one of my favorites and the material has a light brocade pattern to it. Just love them!

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      • Stunning chairs …. I can see that is material is fantastic and I love the light petrol blue too .. so classy and it goes with everything – and the style of the chair, so glad you got them.

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  4. Oh yes… serendipity sprinkled her lovely self upon you. Unfortunate for the neighbors but c’est la vie… C’est vrai? Beautiful chairs.
    Tu doit apprendre le français maintenant! bisous wendy

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    • Are you fluent in French, Wendy? Thus the Chez Chloe? I really wish I was fluent. Maybe if we ever get some concrete moving plans down, I will have more incentive to learn French or Spanish.

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      • I like to think I’m proficient. Fluency is a whole other level. Same with German. Funny though the French sometimes still overrides the German even though it’s more recent- maybe cause I learned it at a younger age (umm like 35:). Keep us posted!! x

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  5. I saw the furniture in our neighbor’s driveway on Sunday and never gave it another thought. I’m so glad “the girls” fit in nicely.
    And although I don’t remember doing anything to be thanked for – you’re welcome.

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    • Well, thank goodness you didn’t give it another thought otherwise there may have been an unfortunate incident in A’s driveway. : )

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    • I love it too…tres Laduree or Tiffany (I am not sure which one the color favors more…maybe falls in between). Thank you for visiting! Love to have you for tea. : )

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  6. Those are entirely lovely chairs…but I must say I love the wood burning stove as well. So, are you planning an interesting change for the next couple of years? Or is that one of those daydream sort of conversations. Amazing how many of those ‘dreams’ come true…

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    • I am more serious than not about it. We have a couple of big things to consider first…namely an aging parent…so we shall see. It is nice to have the dream!

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  7. Love those asymmetrical lines! You scored some great chairs and an interesting story to go along with them! What’s this about living abroad? A future blog post I hope??

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    • Thank you, Paige. Yes, perhaps I will write about living abroad. At this point it would be more about why we are even considering it. But I would love to write about actually doing it. : )

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    • Thanks! What is amazing in this case is that I “found” them over 2 years ago and still ended up owning them.

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