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

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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

Noe Valley home with spectacular SF views

Posted by Lauran

Lauren and Jill recently completed a decorating project for a delightful couple, Tom and Lisa, who purchased an incredible modern home in SF’s Noe Valley at the end of last year.

Tom and Lisa

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The living room features the Camber sofa in white leather from DWR, as well as Otis swivel chairs, Union cocktail table, and Float wall shelves, all from Room and Board. “The fireplace was  covered in a very cool, but dark, tile,” explains Lauren. “We chose to hang a large original painting from Harry Gruenert to brighten up this focal point of the room.”

“One of the best parts of this project was styling their floating shelves, credenzas and bookshelves with artifacts and mementos Tom and Lisa have collected over the years,” says Jill. “People don’t realize how fabulous their own collectibles can look until they are grouped together and styled to highlight color, size and texture.”

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In the large master bedroom, the couple’s bed is topped with a duvet cover from Restoration Hardware and a John Robshaw lumbar pillow (purchased from Anthropologie). The Sivas rug from Room and Board picks up the teal from the two Crate and Barrel pillows.

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Tom and Lisa hired California Closets to build custom storage along one wall. We chose the Jasper Studio Sofa from Room and Board as a luxurious place for the couple to sit while they put on their shoes!

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In the home office, the Mason Glasstop Desk from William Sonoma reflects the light from outside, and the West Elm safari rug (no longer available) adds just the right touch of whimsy to the room. The built-in bookshelves offer plenty of storage and opportunity for showing off more artwork and artifacts. (I just have to wonder, though—with views like this, who could get any work done?)

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The home office features this sitting area in addition to the work area, both of which include sliding glass doors that lead out to the spacious outdoor deck.

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This stunning wrap-around outdoor entertaining space features clear railings for an unobstructed view of the City. The Dockside Dining table (no longer available) and Rex chairs, Acapulco Lounge Chairs, and Java Sectional, chairs and ottoman, outdoor pillows, and green Wire coffee table are all from CB2.

“This was such a fun project, and we’re sorry to see it end,” concludes Lauren. “Tom and Lisa have great taste and weren’t afraid of color—just two of the things we loved about working with them!”