Modern Windsor chair roundup

Posted by Lauran

English settlers brought the Windsor chair to America in about 1726, and they’ve stayed a favorite in traditional homes ever since. But in the last couple of years, we’ve seen a modern re-invention of the Windsor chair, often in fun colors that look fresh gathered around a dining or kitchen table.

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If you’re a fan of this look, you’re in luck—several great retailers offer their own version. Here are five such resources.

Serena & Lily

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The Tucker Chair is offered in 9 colors, for $188 each.


EQ3 Lyla Side Chair

The Lyla Side Chair from EQ3 comes in 6 colors and is priced at $179.


DWR salt chair

DWR’s Salt Chair is $129 and is available in 4 colors.

West Elm

west elm spindle chair

West Elm’s version is called the Scissor Spindle Chair, available in Gray only and on sale right now for $149.99.


Threshold Windsor chair copy 2

Finally, Target offers a set of 2 of their Windsor Dining Chairs for $149.99, in 7 happy colors.

Here’s another image to inspire you to mix and match these simple chairs to your heart’s content!

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Image via A Place for Us to Dream

New ideas in outdoor furniture

It’s time to dust off the outdoor furniture, scrub the cushions, and replant your pots, all in anticipation of warm weather outdoor living. If you’re in the market for a new piece or two, check out these options from some of our favorite retailers.

For casual dining

beer garden copyInspired by the beer gardens of southern Germany, this set from World Market features an unexpected color and is collapsible for easy storage.

For luxurious lounging

montego sun bed

The Montego Sun Bed from Room and Board invites you to enjoy a lazy summer nap. The cushions are available in several colors to brighten up your deck.

For the kids

childs picnic table

You can afford to give the kids their own dining table thanks to the Reso Table from Ikea. This retro picnic table is a true bargain at only $39.99.

For chill-axing

huron chairKick back with a novel and your favorite cool beverage on the Huron Large Lounge chair from West Elm. Made of lightweight aluminum and all-weather cord, it’s designed to withstand the elements.

For cozy gatherings

Hearth-Lounge-Orange-w-Blanket-65495-e1355516423386Sure, this amazing Hearth Heated Lounge is a splurge, but what a cool (make that warm) addition to your outdoor space. The cast-stone sofa utilizes radiant floor heat technology to keep you toasty even on a foggy evening. Nice!




Book review: Creative Family Home

We’ve just added a new design book to our collection: Creative Family Home, by Ashlyn Gibson. This book, featuring stunning photography by Rachel Whiting, is a treat for the eyes from cover to cover. It showcases 13 real families with colorful lives (literally and figuratively) that know how to put the FUN in functional.

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Anyone who lives with kids knows that they come with a lot of stuff—toys, books, dolls, etc. This book is full of inventive storage solutions to help contain the chaos.

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Here you can see some of these clever ideas (top, l to r): an old greeting card wire rack holds books and art prints; handcrafted baskets beautifully collect the stuff that needs to be taken upstairs; a vintage candy storage fixture holds pens, packets, and of course candy; old crates are artfully arranged and hung on a wall for the kids’ clutter; and stackable cubes are used creatively—some open and some filled with pull-out bins.

What I particularly love about this book is the glimpse we get into the homes of 13 European families. I was stuck by how most of them incorporate child-like whimsy in their dining spaces.

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This fun eat-in kitchen is in the home of a London family with four boys under the age of 10. Yikes. Note the casual collection of mismatched chairs. This combination of materials and colors tells us that this family has great taste, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Here’s another light-hearted eating space, this time belonging to an Amsterdam family with two girls. Again, mismatched chairs and bright colors are welcoming to kids and adults alike.

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And another Amsterdam family with two small boys doesn’t let the graphic tiled floor stop them from introducing more color and fun in their dining room. As the book says, “A carefully chosen selection of seating has something for everyone: the ubiquitous Tripp Trapp chair for the 1-year-old, the versatile bench for the 6-year-old, and retro-style chairs for the grown-ups.”

We highly recommend this book, even if you don’t have kids of your own. It is filled with prints, patterns, color, and fun that will inspire anyone who loves to decorate.