The Charm of a Vintage Chair

The Charm of a Vintage Chair

Adrienne Breaux
Jun 13, 2011

As we get older and our homes get more stylish, we tend to move away from bringing in pieces that are reminiscent of our poor college days, when often all we had to decorate with was old hand-me-down furniture or Craigslist finds.

Does everyone go through that period of wanting to have newer things in their home so that they feel a bit more grown-up? We are indeed older, but we're also wiser, and recognize that newer doesn't always mean better. We certainly love incorporating the styles and ideas of current designers, but know now that hardly anything can beat the subtle, personality-filled punch of a vintage chair.

Vintage chairs bring a lot of benefits when you incorporate them into your home. They're usually more affordable, leaving room in your budget to buy a new piece or two if you want, and they also have the unique characteristic of often being totally unique. When you put a vintage chair in your space, chances are you'll be one of the only (or at the very least few) who has a piece like that. And we like the character that's evident with a little wear and tear over the years — makes for a piece full of great stories. And some of the fabrics that were used — priceless! We found ten great vintage chair stories being told in Apartment Therapy house tours:

Top Row:
1) LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer
2) Miguez and K.D.'s Cozy Cottage with Vintage Flair
3) Christine & John's Breezy Ann Arbor Ranch
4) Erin's Warm & Wood-Wrapped Austin Bungalow
5) Marco & Shanna's House of Style

Bottom Row:
6) Chancie & Dan's Mt. Washington Oasis
7) Al & Mark's Colorful & Eclectic Condo
8) Monica's Handmade Modern Hollywood Home
9) Crystal & Gavin's House for Modernist Cats (& Dogs!)
10) LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer

These are only a few of what we've seen. In fact, you could say there's an abundance of vintage chairs in Apartment Therapy posts — can you remember your favorite you've seen? We'd love to know!

Images 1, 4, 5, 10: Adrienne Breaux; 3: Bethany Nauert; 4: Chicago Smith Schwartz; 6: Sarah Rainwater; 7: Heidi Leigh Johansen; 8: Sarah Rae Trover; 9: Maria Bianco

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