On impulse, we drove to Nashville and enjoyed a little window shopping, something we haven't done in many years. It's true that I am very attached to certain objects (insert background music, Barbra Streisand singing "Memories"), and I resist buying new furniture. Nevertheless, I didn't hesitate to embark on this new design adventure.
The goal wasn't to rush and buy something--but to see what was available and to be inspired. (I've fallen into a bit of a design slump. Also, it doesn't help that I'm a hopeless pillow ho. Pillows all over the joint. Pillow ho'dom can ignite confusion and result in hoarding situations.)
At Ethan Allen, a charming, bow-tied interior designer looked at printed photos of the man cave, then he led me to the "Chesterfield," a 101-inch sofa. I am always suspicious of sofas with high arms, mainly because we'd owned one in the 80s: the arms were much higher and rigid. But "Chesterfield" was quite comfortable. It comes in two different depths. In a different fabric, this sofa would hold its own in the man cave, with its hefty foundation pieces.
I didn't give the designer any hints about the room, and I was delighted when he said, "English pub, tartan, scale."
Of course, I love this sofa, too, with its sweet rolled arms, but it's small (comfy, though).
I love the style of the "Oxford" sofa, but it wasn't available. The designer said one would be arriving soon--and it was very important to sit on a sofa and take plenty of time to decide if it would fit my room and my life. I was so happy to hear this philosophy.
Anyway, here's the cute "Oxford."
I found several pretty beds.
Of course, this one stole my heart.
If I bought one for the master, I'd go with a black finish.
But if I put "Quincy" in a guest room, anything goes.
Loved the floor lamp and oversized clock.
I tried not to drool too much over the ginger jars. They're so classic and lovely.
I was happy to see a cousin to my old Chippendale chairs and pedestal table. The upholstered arm chairs would be a great way to update.
I had noticed this media cabinet in the catalog (I tried to do my research before going shopping),
and it is exquisite in person.
Even though cold weather is on the way, I still had to look at furniture for the screened porch.
I like the simple style of this barstool. Again, without my prompting, the designer said that leather would disappear against the bar, but finding a fabric wouldn't be difficult. My thoughts exactly! I really liked him!
I stopped several times to admire the gorgeous faux flowers (I'm a faux fan).
I wasn't ready to buy anything (not even the pretty moss), but I came away with a better understanding of scale, along with a firmer vision of the overall design (English country house/pub).
I still love the "Carlisle" sofa from Pottery Barn--if I ever buy a sofa for the living room, I'd think very hard about the Carlisle.
And I'm crushing on the darling, slipped chair.
Hope you enjoyed window shopping with me.
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