Monday, November 7, 2011

Louis Chairs

I love chairs. If I bought every chair I loved, my house could not contain them.  But some are worth making room for.

These two Louis XVI chairs have moved from room to room in every house I've owned for the past 13 years.

I was fortunate to find them at an estate auction for $40 each. They are in the exact great condition I found them. To this day, I still love the fabric and details.

They have a formal look and are probably not the most comfy to sit on so I usually put them in a welcoming area or a spill over space for guests.

To keep them from being too serious, I added the circles pillows and modern sphere lamp from Target, the wrought iron tables with heavy glass from a yard sale, vintage books from Goodwill, and bookends and a vase from Marshall's.

The difference between a Louis XV and Louis XVI chair is the shape of the legs. XV legs are curved while XVI are straight. You probably already knew this but, if you'd like to read a little history, go to this neat blog, I Dream Of ChairsLa Dolce Vita has a great summary on the chairs as well.


Louis XV



Louis XVI


The Louis ghost chairs are chic right now.

And I do love them.

I saw some ghost chairs at Tuesday Mornings a couple of weeks ago for about $100 each. I'm sure that was an excellent deal but I had to keep walking.

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A Vintage Vine said...

Wonderful chairs....I am sure walking away from the ones at TM....took some discipline!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

I loved this post! I spent about 2 hours online last night searching for the perfect Louis XVI chair. I saw one on Pinterest, and I am on a mission to find it!! I might have to post a picture of it, and see if anyone knows where it's from.

Love your chairs! How great that you found them for a great price and didn't have to do a thing to them. I'm jealous :)

Anonymous said...

Your chairs are beautiful! I would have to have them too.


Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

I love your chairs, and the way you've added a modern update with the geometric cushions. I have two Louis XV chairs in my master bedroom, and they're precious to me. I don't think I'll ever get tired of them.
Have a lovely day,
~ Wendi ~

Heather said...

I absolutely adore the ghost chairs! They don't quite go with my family and pets, but maybe someday!

I also love the juxtaposition (what a great word!lol!) of your contemporary pillows with the chairs. It brings about a sense of playfulness and whimsy!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A great post explaining the different styles of Louis chairs. I recently received from my mom's, home a pair Louis XVI chairs with a more contemporary straight legs style. I have then in our bedroom to keep them save from grandchildren :)

Unknown said...

I really love these chairs and own two of them. However, they are still waiting for me to love have inspired me! Thnks for this most informative post. Hugs!

Amy Chalmers said...

I am addicted to chairs myself. Why oh why I do not know. What is it about chairs that can be so appealing? I have a Louis XVI and am going to be doing a makeover on it. I really like the finish on your chairs, and I think the fabric is timeless.

Julie Harward said...

I love your seems like most of what they make now like that is just cheaper in every way. Loved your living room reveal! ;D

Love Of Quilts said...

Love all these kind of chairs. Your are really nice. I have always wanted chairs like these but never have had any. Trish

Pamela said...

I love chairs too! And always had way too many in a room lol !!
I just sold three big chairs and am very happy because that means one day I can replace them!!!

Gina said...

Your chairs are lovely. I completely understand why they've followed you from house to house!

laxsupermom said...

Love your chairs! This would be a great post to link up to my Before Blogging party later this month. I always love the look of the Louis Ghost chairs in pictures, but I'd be afraid that my boys would have them covered in a network of scratches in no time. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

I have a chair addiction as well....I love your finds they are perfection! I like the way you added the circle pillow. That chair didn't want to be taken too seriously so the pillow was just the right touch!
xo Tami

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This post is wonderful. XV is my favorite. How can you not love one of those fluffy down seat cushions? I can see why you haven't ever changed your chairs. They are perfect. The first time I saw a ghost chair was on Colorsplash with David Bromstad. Loved them but they are a bit pricey. :o) Have a great week girlfriend!

Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for the mention! Great round up of Louis chairs.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful $40 chairs...I would keep moving them too...always hang on to the good stuff!!!


Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Love Louis chairs! Yours are beautiful and I love the pillows on them!

Nita Stacy said...

Love your french chairs and I appreciated the lesson on Louis chairs. I didn't know all that.

Jo said...

Your chairs are lovely ~ what a great find! I love Louis chairs and hope to have them in our living when we redecorate.


Always Nesting said...

Yep, those chairs are fabulous!!!

Karen said...

Your chairs are so pretty, they were a great bargain. I have a thing for chairs and lamps too, I always have to make myself walk away from them, otherwise we wouldn't have room to turn around in my little house.

Debbiedoos said...

Those are some them.

Cindy said...

Hello sweet friend,
I love your chairs, they are so classy and the pillows oh them are perfect.
I have two Louis XV chairs, they need to be recovered, but I need a staple gun.
Have a lovely day my friend.
Hugs, cindy

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Okay....great chairs, great info, great post! You have a great eye ... good find!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Hello Tammy, just found your blog and I'm a new follower! Great finds! They belong over at my Club G.W. {Goodwill} with Charm Bracelt Diva Party. Hope to see you there!


Anita said...

Do let anyone sit in the chairs? They show no wear at all! :)

Thanks for the lesson. I've learned something new. Now I'll be looking at the legs on all Louis chairs.

The Ghost chairs are kinda cool.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

I am like you...I have two Louis XVI chairs that keep moving with us and are different they are in my bedroom in light blue.

Loved this post!

Pamela said...

Love them Tammy!! If ya decide they just aren't working for ya anymore I am sure we can find room in the car to bring um to Tx!;) really lady just beautiful and such a steal! Looking forward to coming home. Mom has a few new antique shops to visit.

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I could use them if you ever tire of them. :-)


Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting on my chairs! I found this blog about your chairs very interesting and informative. Thanks for following as well.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

I love them straight or curvy!!! Happy Anniversary to you...two years, wow! :)

Chris said...

Hi Tammy, you chairs are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Zane Wooder said...

Tammy my mom like you loves chairs. We actually have 30 different chairs in our house. Many of them are beautiful. It's just a shame because we don't have enough people to sit in each chair.

-Zane of ontario honey