7th House on the Left

Pull Up A Chair

posted by Ashley  /  47 Comments

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You know how like a million years ago, we were trying to decide on chairs for our new dining room table? Well, after months and months – seven to be exact – we finally have dining chairs. And we can have people over for a real dinner again! Cue: the corniest version of Funkytown America’s “Celebrate Good Times”.

Dining Room / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the weird lighting in these photos! That’s what I get for trying to take pictures at noon! The room still looks a little sparse; although I want to keep things simple and not make it too busy. Two things I’m on the hunt for right now: 1. Some sort of simple modern green/plant/floral decor to go down the center of the table – channeling my inner Joanna Gaines. 2. An old, beat up, black (or almost black) guitar to hang on the wall in the corner – something that looks like it would go in Deacon Claybourne’s house.

Back to the chairs. I love. these. chairs. So does Greg, but I was the one with the squeals of “Don’t you just love theeeeeeese?!” for weeks after we got them. Okay, I may still do that from time to time. Maybe not everyday, but every time I walk through the dining area, my heart is happy. That, my friends, is what happens when you picked the right piece of furniture for your home.

Restoration Hardware Dining Chair Pairing / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As I mentioned when we bought the dining room table, I was dead set on waiting until we found the perfect chairs and were completely positive they were the ones. After a lot of going back and forth (because that’s what decorating is like is casa de Brown), we finally decided on classic industrial side chairs paired with upholstered classic modern chairs on the ends. (The Remy Side Chair in Burnished Steel and the Sloan Armchair in Weathered Oak Driftwood / Belgian Linen / Sand – both from Restoration Hardware).

Restoration Hardware Dining Table / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’ve got to be honest, at first I was a really apprehensive about the metal side chairs. Sure, they look cool but I wanted chairs where our friends and family would be comfortable enough to easily spend hours sitting around the table playing games and talking. Therefore, whenever these chairs would come up in my search, I’d disregard them as an option. It wasn’t until after our church bought these for our meeting table when I realized they were actually pretty comfortable. They don’t sit at all like you’d think a metal chair would and I can attest to the fact that they’re great long conversation chairs.

When we purchased them, Restoration Hardware was having one of their Friends & Family Sale (20% off everything, including sale items). They have similar chairs on Overstock and at Target, but they aren’t as good of quality and aren’t as large as these. But, the ones at Overstock and Target were more expensive. So, this was a great deal.

Dining Room Chairs / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As for the upholstered beauties, I love the classic meets modern look of these. They’re kind of like a modern take on a wingback – which really spoke to my and Greg’s personal styles. Exceptionally comfortable and cozy, these chairs just had us at hello. They’re 43.5″ high, making them about 6.5″ taller than the side chairs. So, they’re large enough to look more “substantial” than the side chairs, but not too huge so that it looks out of place or overpowering for our living/dining room combo area. In the words of Goldilocks, they’re just right.

With the 20% off for the RH Friends & Family sale, we were able to save a good amount on these chairs as well, though they were still pretty pricey as fast as dining chairs go. However, with dining room chairs, we’ve found that you get what you pay for. By mixing the more expensive chair with a less expensive chair, we got a look we really love.

Dining Room / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Oh, and while I’m at it, a dining table update! (For more about our dining room table, check out this post!) As for sealing the table top (we still get questions about that a lot), we have yet to pull the trigger. So far, the table has held up beautifully and we really haven’t felt a huge need to seal it. We don’t have kids, so there aren’t a ton of spills and messes going on around our neck of the woods. Though, all of our friends have small kids, so we’ve had a few small spills here and there, but there hasn’t been any damage at all. The table is so rustic that is there was, I don’t think you’d notice it anyway. (‘Tis one of the perks of having a rustic dining table.) On the other hand, if it was sealed, I would probably relax a little better when we eat and have game nights. The main thing I inwardly freak out about are drink rings. So, that being said, we’ll probably end up sealing it at some point in the future. But for now, it’s doing just fine.

Okay, so I really hesitated on posting photos of the new dining room table – basically since there’s nothing else in the room at the moment. It’s just one of those tables that may not look too spiffy on its own, but once we add chairs, curtains, a light fixture, color!, and wall art – it’s going to be a-freaking-mazing. At least that’s how I see it in my head. So, just be patient with me and try to visualize what this cake will look like with the icing, decorations and candles…

Restoration Hardware Flatiron Dining Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We went with Restoration Hardware’s Flatiron Dining Table. After a bunch of pondering and measuring, we decided to go with the 112″ table and chose the rust finish for the legs. The top is made from amazing antique reclaimed elm doors and we’re kind of obsessed with it. I wish it looked as good in photos as it does in person, but I think it’ll get better once more things are added to the room. Another side note: taking photos of a pretty much empty room is extremely hard (mainly because the light has no where to go) – so bear with me.

So, here’s how we ended up choosing this particular table… Originally, we had our eyes on their Salvaged Wood Trestle Table. My parents actually have this same table in their dining room and Greg and I both love it. If you’ve seen it in person, you know what kind of love I’m talking bout. However, it’s one of those pieces that you own forever and ever amen and it came with a $4k price tag (including shipping). Seeing as how at this point in our lives, we’re pretty sure we aren’t going to live in this house forever, we didn’t want to buy a table and have to buy/build our next house around said table. In the end, it seemed pretty irresponsible to spend that much money on a table for this house. So, the search continued.

Once that was off the table – no pun intended – we searched everywhere for a rustic reclaimed wood table we loved. Local boutiques, big chain furniture stores, Etsy, out of town furniture outlets, local furniture craftsmen, antique stores… you name it, we looked there. I promise. We found a bunch of beautiful tables we liked but we had a really hard time finding one between 100 and 120 inches long. Our old table was 100 inches and we knew another table that size would fit well, but we could also lengthen it just a tad for more elbow room. We toyed around with the idea of building our own table, but we knew we couldn’t get that true reclaimed wood top we wanted without purchasing old barn wood which (around our neck of the woods) would ultimately cost more than buying one. Plus, neither Greg nor myself is a handy woodworker. We wanted a table that would last and wasn’t a DIY project we’d want to get rid of in 12 months. So, our search took us back to Restoration Hardware.

Restoration Hardware's Flatiron Dining Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Over the past few years, I’ve seen their Flatiron Dining Table used in a bunch of different types of spaces (images from here, here and here). It’s so versatile, and I’ve always loved the rustic look of it mixed with more polished/modern finishes. It came in the right length, right width, and at the right price, and the delivery charge wasn’t astronomical like some of the others we looked at. We were also in love with the character and how it looks like a great table to have hours and hours of great conversation around. Like other RH products, this table is built to stand the test of time. Our thought was that if down the road, in our “forever home”, I get my huge home studio space I dream about, I’ll use this table as a meeting/project table and then maybe we’ll plop down a big chunk of change for that beloved Salvaged Wood Trestle Table for the dining room.

Restoration Hardware Flatiron Dining Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Since this particular table is made from reclaimed antique doors, no top is the exact same. I was expecting the top to be substantially rustic but our table ended up being a tad more rustic than the one in the store – or maybe it’s just because it’s surrounded by “normal” smooth surfaces rather than gigantic beautiful rustic pieces in the RH showroom. Either way, we still love it. Unlike our previous dining table, we don’t have to worry about scratching the table in a heated game of Spoons. Oh yeah, that happens.

Restoration Hardware Flatiron Dining Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The table’s description on the RH website says, “Given its previous life as an antique door, tabletop may have holes from hinges or door knob, or remnants of the original hardware.”. So yes, the table is rather rustic. That’s a shot of the “most rustic” area of the table top. There is even a spot of where remnants of masonry has been left in the cracks. With that being said, if you’re looking for a rustic(ish) table with a bit of character, this table is not for you. It’s downright rustic with loads of character.

Coming in at 112″ long, the table top is huge (at least comparatively), so I need to add something decorative to the top to break up the wood – as awesome as it may be. Down the center of the table, I’m imagining maybe a fun grouping of mercury glass hurricanes – some holding candles and some with flowers – or maybe three large glass vases down the center with some sort of seasonal foliage. I saw something like that on display at Crate & Barrel a few weeks ago and it was really pretty. I wish I had a photo!

Now… one thing we’re kind of stumped on is whether or not to seal it. Like most (if not all) wood RH tables, the top is made of unsealed wood. Even though the table is very rustic and has – what I assume to be – old oil spots here and there, I’m constantly worried I or Greg is going to spill a drink and then have a huge stain on our hands. Restoration Hardware has a sealer they recommend, but my parents used it on their table and the table turned out to be a lot darker than they thought it would be, so we’re really hoping to find an alternative on our own. We want something that will protect the surface but not have a shiny finish or turn the table too dark. I know that probably sounds a lot to ask from a sealant, but I’m determined to find a solution. That said, I’ve  talked to some other RH table owners who haven’t sealed their tables at all, and they haven’t had any trouble. Until we make a final decision, coasters and placemats will be the name of the game!

Restoration Hardware Flatiron Dining Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Okay, so there isn’t just one thing we’re stumped on, there’s two. Chairs! The only thing I know so far is that I want different chairs for the ends of the table. But, when it comes to dining chairs, I’m super picky – which is why I’ve already warned Greg that it might be a while before we actually buy the chairs. Even though the style of our last dining table was super traditional, I loved, loved, loved the comfort and quality of the chairs. They were perfect for long talks after dinner with friends and game nights. I want the same comfort and quality but with a modern rustic style. Is that too much to ask? Probably. But I’m on a mission to find our “perfect” chairs that are just right.

Oh, the paint swathes in the above photo! I almost forgot. Long story short, we’re currently shopping around for a sectional for the living room. The top one on our short list is a dark gray and we think it would look really nice pilled up with loads of colorful pillows. Although… we think a dark gray sectional along with the current wall color would be too dark and gloomy – especially since there aren’t any proper windows in the living area. That being the case, we’re toying with the idea of lightening up a bit (or a lot). So, that’s that.

Wow, who knew I could write 1,354 words about a dining table? I’m shutting up now.

I’m currently swimming in emails to return, logo concepts to finish and deliver, a website design to fine tune, files that need to be sent to the printer and new art for Brown & Barkley to post, but I wanted to pop in and give you guys a quick update on the guest room. Yesterday, we talked about the bedding and today, we have side tables!

While on the search for side tables, we had three things on our wish list… 1) rustic/wood tones 2) clean lines and 3) a touch of black to tie in with the dresser. We searched pretty much every possible online resource (Amazon, Overstock, ZGallerie, Home Decorators, Joss & Main, One Kings Lane, Wayfair, etc), and while we were able to find the three things on our wish list, pretty much all of the options were super short – like, 27″ or less. Seeing as how the bed isn’t that low to the ground and the nearby dresser is 38″ tall, we thought a 27″ side table would look kind of dinky and small.

Just when we were about to give up hope of finding “the ones”, we stumbled on these while shopping at Target…

Target Threshold Console Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Greg was actually the one to point them out first, and the first thing I said when he showed them to me was, “Wow, Threshold is killing it…” Seriously, they are. This table is actually considered a “console table”. Over to the right, you can see a glimpse of the side table version. It’s a bit shorter and about half the length. At first, I was worried about it looking too much like a console and not enough like a side table, but I figured it would look a lot better once there was a table lamp and a few kick-knacks on board. So, in the cart they went–well, one went. They only had one in stock, so we took one home, put it in place, and realized it was perfect. We were so happy/anxious about it that Greg immediately took a trip across town to track down a second table at another Target store.

Guest Room Side Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We love them. They are the perfect height and large enough to hold everything we wanted. I haven’t accessorized them quite yet, but this is what one looks like after a 5-minute “oh-this-might-look-good-here” session. I’m anxious to find the time to actually style them the way I have in my head, but this setup works for now.

In Guest Room 2.0, we had sconces, but we’ve decided to forego the sconces this time around and bring in nice, big table lamps. They fill up the space more and they’re a great way to bring in some white to tie in with the sheets. I’m using “tie in” a lot these days. Please forgive me! I actually grabbed the table lamps from our bedroom (I bought them from ZGallerie a while back) to make sure I wanted white lamps in here. I have to say, I kind of like them in here! They actually look better in here than they do in our bedroom, so they might be here to stay. The jury is still out, though, because I also have my eye on these. I love them.

So that’s the current state of the guest room. I’m still on the hunt for curtains (I still have NO idea where to begin with those!), wall art to go near the chair in the corner, a side table/stool to go beside the chair in the corner, and accessories for the dresser and second side table. Still a ways to go until we reach the “finish” line, but we’re liking where we’re headed so far.

Now, back to bury my head in my giant to-do list.