Creative Decorating and Shopping For French Chairs

I never met a French style chair that I didn't like and have been a chair lover long enough to have found...

French style chairs at shabbyfufublog.com

some authentic antiques that you just don't see coming and going. Adore...yes, I do actually ADORE...
this chair and I have a pair of them. They are vintage and at the time I purchased them locally about 20 years ago I was told that they are from France. They are not marked and are in incredible shape, so I would say that they are vintage circa 1940's rather than antique. I have cleaned the linen fabric cautiously a few times with some spot cleaner and dish detergent (Dawn) made into a soapy solution with warm water. If you have sold old fabric furniture I would definitely test that method on a small area first before taking my word for it, but it's worked well for me so far.

How To Design With Chairs To Adore and More

shabbyfufu living room french style decor

The key to having a collection of chairs is to have the freedom to be able to use them in several areas of your home. It's pretty obvious that I have a passion for French style chairs, but if that isn't your thing and you are shopping for seating think "multi-purpose" to make your styling and your dollars go further. Here is where my French reproduction Bergere chairs normally live...in the living room! I have moved this beautifully created nail head trimmed set into the dining room at the end of the table and split them apart to use in other rooms from time to time. Multi-purpose pieces in neutral tones of fabric and finish.

It's not so easy to find antique and vintage French style chairs anymore and I'm glad that I had the forethought back then to start collecting. I have some alternatives for you today and tips...as per usual.

french country modern dining room shabbyfufu
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In the dining room our chairs pick up a similar style and color, so it's easy to bring in those living room chairs that coordinate but don't match. These dining chairs can be found for what I consider to be a very reasonable price point and they are comfortable and holding up beautifully to every day use and parties.

restoration hardware barstools

I always look for comfort and upholstery with some padding on any chair, because let's face it...even when you are sitting and having breakfast at the counter most of us want to be able to linger. My barstools above are from Restoration Hardware, but I did source something similar that are priced at under $100 each. Find them HERE  (you'll be pleasantly surprised:-). 

french caned chairs with ticking

The breakfast room at our beach home frankly doesn't get used often enough, but hopefully once we redo the kitchen (soon...yay!) it will be a bit more inviting. I talked about how I redid THESE CHAIRS and although they are vintage...I found some GORGEOUS CANE CHAIRS that have a similar look. I would use these chairs in not only a dining nook, but split up a set and have one at the desk, another as a spare office chair and perhaps two in the living room as seating for extra guests. Just because you have a set doesn't mean that they constantly need to be co-dependent:-)

french country bedroom beach house

A French country style bergere chair and ottoman in our beach bedroom would be just as much at home in a living room split up for lounging and I think that I just might try that next. Mixing and matching with chairs to adore is one of my favorite ways to change up a look and keep my decor looking fresh!
How to decorate with French chairs and where to find affordable reproductions @shabbyfufublog

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