One of the most difficult parts about splitting a household is that possessions that were once shared must now be divided. So, I no longer have my dining room table and chairs. They were beautiful, but were more to my husband's taste than mine, and now they belong to him.
Replacing something cherished isn't easy; nothing looks the same, nothing seems quite right. But searching for a replacement, I found these chairs--eight of them!--at my favorite local antique and furniture shop, Random Harvest. These are vintage harp back chairs from the early 30s and are in excellent condition. They are sturdy, comfortable, and petite, and at a little more than $100 a piece, they were a real find.
When I bought the chairs, the seats were covered in a dingy white vinyl, probably done some time in the 60s. The seats need new padding, but it will be weeks before the reupholsterer can take them. So, as a temporary measure I've recovered them in a linen-type fabric, reminiscent of French dish towels or grain sacks. You can click on the photo for a closer look.
They aren't perfect, but look tres French, and are beautiful with my new, vintage dining table. But that, mes amis, is another story.