Monday, November 29, 2010

Italian Love Story


Maybe it's the approaching holiday, when everything glittery, sparkly and jingley seems oh-so-smart, but these Chiavari chairs fairly leapt from the pages of Elle Decor and World of Interiors this month. (Next month. What to call it when December comes mid-November?)


Long past are the days I held infants aloft (they spit up, you know, nearly always when you are holding them just over your face) but these chairs are irresistible. So sleek and sexy they make me want to perch just on the edge, looking mysterious with kohl-lined lids, vodka-soda adding nary a notch to my nipped waist, swinging a foot shod in a very high heel with a questionable ankle strap. Black.

Just baroque enough to muck up your mod, just mod enough to perk up your provenance. They are a fantasy for me, but could be reality for you. Still at Joanna's. 750 for the pair. (You can give her a ring at 816-753-7606. Nothing in it for me; I just think all great chairs need a good home.) Glamourous and bargain aren't usually drinking buddies, but sometimes the holidays provide a magical mix.

Image, top, Elle Decor, December 2010/January 2011 (a stunningly good issue), photography by William Waldron. Next, World of Interiors, December 2010, photography by Eric Boman.

11 comments:

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

What a stellar post. Such glamour and nuance and je ne sais quoi.
And what a steal to boot!
I've been chasing these down for a few years now -- admittedly let a few slip away -- and have yet to find a pair at such a price.
Babies aloft, ah me, how quickly a mother's mind forgets.
Cheers, Alcira

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Karena said...

Oh Patricia these chairs are so elegant!! Quite a find!

xoxo

Karena
Art by Karena

pve design said...

Perfect for Mr. & Mrs, Claus- or an anniversary present for a couple to love.
pve

mary said...

Gilt ballroom chairs!!! Love them. And now I consider them to be room sculpture. Thanks for this gloriously written post. Mary

Emom said...

Love the chairs...and I have had a similar effect on infants...smiles.

quintessence said...

So lovely - and you're so right - would add a certain something to any style decor!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I love this post. It's so perfectly written + funny. I wish I had room for these darlings to "perk up" my tiny beach house. Hmmm...

peggy braswell said...

Fabulous post..xx peggybraswelldesign.com

appleTree said...

you made me smile

Claudia Juestel said...

Chiavari chairs are indeed delicate, graceful and sexy. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

I assume someone snatched that reasonable pair by now.

Cheers,

Claudia

JWK said...

LOVE THOSE CHAIRS! That was also the exact same thing I thought about when I saw her holding her baby above her head!! Bad memories...