The Chair Files: Rocker

“Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.” – Charles Eames

A traditional antique rocking chair, with a touch of formal-wear… I’m constantly blown away with the creative minds of furniture designers and artists. Any chance to share their pieces with the world – I’m all over it!

Antique Rocking Chair, $150 | Etsy: Leigh Ryan

Detail of hand-woven necktie seat.

Chair: Antique Rocking Chair with Necktie Seat
By: Leigh Ryan via her shop, Brambleberry Designs on Etsy
Use: Rocking gently on a soulful, summer porch
Materials+Features: Looking for sustainable? Leigh takes the impact off the environment by re-purposing an old, rustic chair and a collection of neckties. The colorful pattern created looks so sharp next to the rustic, painted wood frame.
Notable: Leigh’s balance of warm and cool colors is perfect. She took the finished look into consideration so as to not end up with a block of blue!
Fresh Cut Take: If you are a lover of both tradition and innovation, this classic chair with an eccentric twist is the perfect addition to your patio or porch. But keep it out of the rain and sleet!
Rating: 3 out of 3 tulips for ingenuity!


Happy lounging design friends!


The Chair Files: Deck Chair

“When fortune calls, offer her a chair.” – Yiddish Proverb
When she stays for a while, buy a few more chairs so you can sit outside! Take these comfortable, handsome and handmade chairs as a suggestion from your friendly, nature-lovin’ Interior Designer.  As always, enjoy!

Chair: Chartreuse Stripe Deck Chair
By: Vancouver-based Gallant & Jones | via Poppytalk Handmade
Use: Relaxing poolside with a glass of Merlot at dusk
Materials+Features: Interchangeable, polyester outdoor fabric, adjustable pillow, North American Black Walnut frame protected with a natural yacht teak oil. *Please see website for weather-proofing tips as some fabrics, while ok to use outdoors, should not be left outdoors. The covers can be purchased separately so if one fades because you were outside enjoying your chair in the sun a lot, replace it with a fresh look!
Cost: $300
Notable: With purchase, a tree is planted by the Love Trees Program.
Fresh Cut Take: Quality, classically beautiful, stow-able, and sustainable (considering the plant a tree per purchase deal!) Kudos!
Rating: 3 out of 3 tulips

Just a few of the pretty patterns offered…

Photo by: Janis Nicolay

These make for a fabulous, glamorous camping trip or cook-out in the park with friends… I love that these are unpretentious, yet have true style. Gallant & Jones is also unpretentious – they offer shipping to the US, a 3-year warranty, and are happy to fix wear+tear for a small fee. Happy chairs for happy people!

Photo by: Janis Nicolay

Photo by: Janis Nicolay