Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fabulous Patina of Old Rush Chairs

 I have always loved rush seats on anything whether it's a chair or a bench.  It just always makes me drool.  This is one of the chairs that belongs to the round table that I use in the breakfast room.  I bought these in 1969 through a designer in LA that did a lot of imports from England and France.  It was quite a splurge for me at the time, but I fell in love with the design of the ladder back and the rush seats.  So I had to have them.  I bought the matching table that has the same scallop design of the backs of the chairs on the apron of the table along with 4 side chairs and 2 arm chairs.  They have always been one of my favorite things.

 I just think the patina the seats have taken on over the years is gorgeous.

 However, we now have a problem.  The rush seat on one of the armchairs broke.  I've found a company to replace it, but they are booked solid for about 4 months.  In the meantime, I wanted to put it somewhere that it wouldn't get used or ruined, so I needed to do a little switching around.  My solution was to swap the dining room chairs and these.  We use the breakfast room all the time, and the dining room only on a few occassions, so the rush chairs won't get daily use in the dining room.

 These are the chairs that came with the dining table.  Great chairs and a completely different style than the ladder back ones.  So this is the before - - - -

 and this is now.  I put the broken seat chair at the end next to the buffet.  It's amazing at how different the table looks with the different chairs.  Luckily the finish is exactly the same.  Just looks so different to me.

I think I get used to seeing something one way and when it changes it always takes me a while to adjust.  These chairs are actually more of a frenchy style that the others and actually fit the room better.  I just need to get used to seeing them there. 

So, what do you think?  Do you like them and do you have to adjust to changes too?

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.


  1. It does look so different Marty but I LOVE IT!! Martina

  2. i dunno, i think i like the others best. the lines of the original chair legs are gorgeous!

    they are both quite lovely sets.

  3. I love them! But rush seats and ladder backs have always been a favorite of mine. I like how the more rustic style adds a bit of contrast to your formal chairs. Just read a design book by Thom Filicia and he strongly encourages mixing styles.

  4. Glad you found someone to fix it...they're really gorgeous!

  5. They look great! I would not have 6 extra chairs around here to switch out! And if I place to put them!

  6. It completely changes the look, and I like both looks.

  7. Hey Marty,
    My Mom has chairs very similar to yours and their classic, and I never grow tired of them!
    Like the new look!

  8. Good solution to a worrysome problem. Now the chair is protected from further damage. Both of your table & chair sets are so lovely.

  9. I really like them better!!!! They are lovely chairs -- were they antiques when you bought them?

  10. I think the chairs look great! It's fun to change things up once in awhile, so why not?

  11. I love your house. The chairs definitely add a different flair. I like it both ways, but I think I like the "after" look just a bit better. And, yes, I often have to allow myself time to adjust to a new look. In fact, the only time I don't need an "adjustment" time is when something is bugging me and I find the perfect solution.

  12. Marty,

    Thanks for your visit. I love the changes you made.

    I have to get used to changes too.

    Looks lovely.

  13. Hi Marty....I'm your newest follower....Looks great to me!
    I am a huge fan of change and rarely is there a week that goes by that I don't make a change of some kind in our home...
    So, you now know what my vote would be....Enjoy the change..

  14. I think they look just wonderful--and it is fun to change things up once in a while--makes the room look fresh and new...

  15. I have some Hitchcock chairs that my mother-in-love gave me with some repair work needed. I just put them on either side of my entertainment center. No one sits in them, but I can enjoy their prettiness, LOL!
    I may consider repairing them...

  16. Love it! They take the Early American look out of it and give it a French Country look! What a lucky thing they have the same coloring! You chose well in 1969!
    I often say my middle name is Change because I love to make changes! Variety is the spice of life!

  17. Marty I love your dining set!

  18. Hi Marty! I actually really love the ladder back style more than the others. So, I really like the way these look.

  19. I love both, Marty. ...Christine

  20. I love the change, those ladder backs are gorgeous!

  21. Hi Marty both look great. It's nice to have a change.


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