Monday, 24 February 2014

Brit Decor: Arm Chair

Images (from top) 1/ Zanders and Sons 2/ Design Sponge 3/ Ashe + Leandro
4/  Desire to Inspire 5/ Kavka Design

Arm yourself with a chair and relax (please excuse the pun!) but there really is something so gratifying about taking decisive action to grab some time-out and pause for a while in your favourite armchair, isn't there? I know this post will strike a chord with many of us busy folk so I hope you are sitting comfortably!

I spent hour-upon-hour lovingly restoring my Grandparent's old Ercol armchair at the weekend, lightly sanding, preparing and then oiling the beautiful elm wood framework. Not only is my precious chair  part of the key mid-twentieth Century look, it's also a tiny piece of refuge as well as a source of great comfort, somewhere to slouch, read a book, drink my favourite cup of tea, or to simply reflect. The vintage chair in image 1 (above) really capitalises on the 1950's look with a striking knitted cushion, and the handy side table for that all important book and cuppa. Use bold and beautiful fabrics to update older furniture pieces or adorn in sleepy neutrals for a softer, relaxed style.

The images above give a sense of just some of the ways in which you can create your very own little haven of tranquility depending on practical needs and stylistic preferences. I really love the classic look of the high-back armchair set against the backdrop of a library, and how this setting has been given a fresh contemporary style in image 2. The bright red upholstery asserts itself against the back drop of these striking industrial bookshelves and sleek freestanding reading light.

The sexy Eames chair and footstool in image 3 takes comfort to a new level - throwing a footstool into the mix is the ultimate luxury, right? What works really well with this setting is the addition of the neon stripe throw, which marries a vivid on-trend look to a classic design, and highlights the power of accessorising.

The cool and sophisticated styling in image 4 puts me in mind of a mini-gallery, and the swivel chair allows the lucky user to either turn and admire their artwork or face the large window and look out across the cityscape. Why not try this look yourself? Decide upon some of your favourite pieces of artwork, place these on a wall behind your armchair of choice and enjoy your very own exclusive gallery!

The fresh snow white interior in image 5, creates a Scandi-style look and floods the room with light, which works perfectly with the blonde wood frame of the Ercol sofa. To achieve this look, keep it very simple and let the light take centre stage.

Just in case you are currently searching for that perfect armchair, I have selected a few of my favourite picks below. Alternatively, why not opt for a longer-term project and buy a vintage piece and upcyle to your very own spec?

1 Heal's Dinky easy chair in Scion Lace fabric (this fabric is awesome!) 2 1950s Parker Knoll rocking chair, lovingly upholstered in British wool from the ever-so talented Hopper & Space. 3 Indigo dotted throw from French Connection Home; subtle and on-trend with this classic navy and white colour combo. 4 Jonah armchair from in Dandelion yellow, for that ray of sunshine! 5 Kauniste Sokeri cushion from Zanders and Son. I'm loving the pastel pink and grey combo.
6 Leather appeal with this sling back chair from French Connection Home.

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