I have to admit – I collect chairs

I guess I inherited this trait from my mother. She always likes to decorate with chairs. So when I moved into my very first apartment she was fast in joining me with the furniture shopping. We hit several antique stores to find accent pieces – that was what she taught me. Anchor the room with great antiques. We found some really nice stuff and had some really nice fun together, but this is a post about chairs. So we bought chairs and she also sent me off with a pair from her collection. I did not have a bed yet, nor a sofa – but at least 4-5 chairs. In the meantime those chairs had moved around with me 9 times and my collection is still growing.

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Whenever we host a large group of people I am always glad to be able to find extra chairs in different corners of our home. They live in the bedroom, the kids rooms, the bathroom, the hallway, everywhere.

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In my chair collection craze there was even a time when I thought I MUST have a Ghost Chair. It was one of these moments when you have looked at so many pictures online and you are suddenly so sure that you always wanted to have exactly this ghost chair. Well, I am glad I ordered only one. To be honest, it scratches easily, it collects dust super fast, shows fatty fingerprints – and it is not really too comfy to sit on during a longer dinner party.

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Same with the white Panton Chair. I thought I would need it, but was wise enough to order just one. It looks cool, it sits in our living room now. Perfectly fine! But it is way too low for our dining table and even adults need to sit on a pillow to be able to eat in a kind of proper way. We had it sit outside for a while with our patio furniture. But after every storm it was glad in mud and leaves. There were times when I thought of getting rid of those two additions, I even felt embarrassed to have been such a trend follower. But you know what? I don’ t care! They are fine, they will fit in – a single chair always fits in.

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My favorite chair of chairs so far: the Elm Horseshoe Ming Chair from China. The best story about this chair is that I found it in China on vacation and we had to find a way to bring it back to me as a “souvenir”. Rocky Road, I can tell you! But so worth it.

Update: after reading this post my husband wanted to make sure you knew that he schlepped the chair around Beijing, he found the one taxi out of over 30 that finally took us back to the hotel…. thanks, hubby!

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What do you collect? Big or small? Old or new? Please do tell!

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9 thoughts on “I have to admit – I collect chairs

  1. Hi Nicola,
    I like to give you a comment from one Blogging Your Way Student to another ;-))
    Your chairs are wonderful and I like your pictures. Could you give me an Idea how YOU ad it in your posts? I can´t manage it, so long. You can contact me at: ria.bartel@me.com

    BUT GET BACK TO YOUR QUESTION: WE COLLECT EAMES CHAIRS! New ones, at our dining table and at my office place.
    I always say: you can`t have chairs enough. For spontanous guests for example, we buy ten wooden chairs from IKEA, keeping in basement.
    I also decorate an old one in the garden, because his color emphazises the color of the plants…

    Have a nice day, Ria

    • Dear Ria,
      collecting Eames chairs sounds like a good investment. Glad, you are collecting chairs, too. I can not wait to see your pictures on your new blog once your are prepared with the tools.
      Nicola

  2. Hi Nicola, what a wonderful post! Your account of your collection of chairs was fantastic. I had a giggle when you talked about the ghost chair collecting dust and fingerprints lol. Sounds like a matter of style over practicalities. I’m now imagining your house full of odd chairs all over the place which is not a bad thing in my book – being a fan of eclectic interiors, that’s the way it should be. xD

  3. lovely post! I’m buying a white Panton Junior chair for my little one’s third birthday, and I’m very excited about it. I’m also managing to get him very excited about having a chair of his very own.. sneaky, huh?! I adore chairs too; too many favourites but my all time favourite may be Kjaerholm’s PK22.. you may have noticed a few chair reviews on my blog; thank you so much for finding me, and I look forward to more of yours. Jane

  4. Hi there,
    So you must have ready my mind… I’ve been thinking that I have to have the ghost chair. But dust and fingerprints may change my mind! I wish our house was a little bigger so we could collect more chairs – they’re such lovely statement pieces. And likely to be forever investments.
    At least you have lots of chairs, and you don’t have the problem we had a Christmas – 16 guests and 7 chairs, a stool and a bean bag. It wasn’t pretty. It looked like a giant game of family musical chairs!
    Loving the blog!
    Nicky xoxo

  5. Dear Nicky,
    thanks for commenting! Oh, and about the Ghost Chairs – cats hate it and you don’t want to invite guests with hard metal buttons on their jeans that scratch them either…But that said, I would probably still recommend a single one as a statement piece thrown in the chair mix.

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