I snagged a cane back chair at a thrift shop a while back for $2 because the caning in the back was destroyed. I ripped the cane out, painted and recovered the seat and love the end result. Every room needs a statement chair and this one totally brightens up a corner in my dining room.
When One Kings Lane emailed me about their new website Home Decor Resource Guide I knew this was the perfect opportunity to delve a little bit more in my statement chair. The Home Decor Resource Guide is just that, an invaluable and in-depth guide to signature furniture styles and the history behind them.
I've found since my degree is in Architecture and not interior design, a lot of times I love a chair but can't define where its from. Or when people are like 'oh that's a Louis XVI chair' I nod along but totally don't know what they are talking about. Please tell me some of you are the same? The only chairs I'm up on the are ones designed by architects, like Miles van der Rohe and Saarinen.
The site is great in that it walks you through different eras of furniture and how they transitioned into the styles before and after, what events at the time influenced the design of the furniture and what materials were most commonly used. In looking through the site, I found my chair is almost an exact replica of a chair in the French Directoire Style. The Directoire style was a cleaner lined Louis XVI style (yes I learned what it was), known by clean straight lines and minimal carving. They used a lot of caning during this era too. See, just like my chair!
The Home Decor Resource Guide is like the ultimate dictionary on design, and its not only that. There are lots of great articles, from picking a great chair for your nursery to holiday entertaining. If you are hosting parties this holiday season, make sure you check out the DIY Stain-Proofing your chairs post. Totally necessary and I'm grabbing some scotch-guard ASAP.