Dining Room Chair Updates!

This post is a very fun one to share and I can’t wait to show you some exciting things happening in my dining room!

Let me start by telling you the story of how my dining room came to be.  When I was living in Birmingham, I bought a new dining room table for the smallish dining room that was in the house, my first dining room ever.  I didn’t have a dedicated dining room at my first house, so the Birmingham house was fun to decorate with my very first ever dining room furniture.  With the small size of that space, I knew I wanted a round table, so I started shopping around town and found a beautiful round solid wood dining table made by Richardson Brothers at a local store there.  The table was marked down to $400 and it was being discontinued. I knew that was a great price for that table!  It was the perfect table for me and the perfect complement to my vintage sideboard that I’ve had for many years.

For those of you who have been following me for almost 10 years now, here’s a throwback to that Birmingham dining room, which I totally loved at the time!  I originally painted it red, then went to Antique White and loved it even better.

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I loved the classic Empire base of this table and couldn’t wait to find chairs to go with it.  This was all pre-blogging, in fact the summer before I started this blog, in 2006.  I knew that I wanted comfortable dining room chairs, but really didn’t know where to start.  I did some research online (I was already very comfortable with internet browsing at this point) and had read some very good things about a company I found online called Carrington Court, and this post is sponsored by them.  I ordered swatches from them back then and they had a lot of different styles of chairs to choose from, in the Parsons chair style.  You could choose from skirted, non-skirted, long skirt, short skirt and lots of different chair back styles too.  I knew the company was in NC, so figured they knew what they were doing in building chairs and building custom order pieces.  It was a big deal to me on how I would spend my money on new chairs for the dining room and I wanted to get it right.

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I ordered fabric swatches and narrowed it down to a few that stood out.  At the time, gold was still very prominent in decorating and so many of us were using gold as the neutral.  So, I chose a pretty gold chenille with black flecks, a very cozy fabric that I thought would look great in chairs for my table.  I also chose a camelback for the chair back and a short skirt for the chairs. I thought that flirty skirt was kind of cute!  With Carrington Court, you can choose all of these things to your exact specifications, including wood leg finish and nailheads or no nailheads.  I took this order process seriously and knew that this would be a big decision for my dining room.

I wanted to get it right and I’m happy to say I was completely 100% happy with my chairs.  I remember when they were delivered on a big truck in individual boxes, 6 in all.  It was a super exciting day to unpack those gorgeous chairs and put them around my table!  At last, I had a pretty dining room!  Fast forward to my current house and the dining table and chairs were completely at home in my new house too.  In fact, I love this dining room even more than the other one.

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Cue the choir! 

Somehow during the last year or so, Carrington Court found my blog online and reached out to me.  They were starting to branch out on the internet and look at bloggers. They saw that I had mentioned their chairs before and started a conversation with me about my chairs and how much I enjoyed them.  Even though I loved my chairs, I would probably choose different fabric if I was buying them today.

We talked about possibly slip covering my chairs for a fresh new fabric look, but realized that slip covering these chairs wouldn’t work. It would completely change the look of the chairs, so we came to a conclusion that after 10 years, it would be such a fun decorating move to replace my chairs with a new style from Carrington Court.  I was all over that, as you can imagine!  I began to browse the styles and fabrics, with lots new in the last 10 years.  I ordered more fabric samples and quickly narrowed it down to a beautiful chair called Fenwick and a creamy linen, called Angela Linen.  I chose Brown Cherry leg finish and French Natural nailheads, a pretty burnished brass.  I’ll share more about the ordering process and how Carrington Court makes their furniture in another post, but I want you to know this is a Made in the USA company and all of their chairs are built one by one, with nail heads applied by hand.  That’s pretty amazing for this day and time!

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Today, I’m just going to share the new beautiful chairs with you that I received from Carrington Court.  I love that I discovered them 10 years ago and now get to work with them as a blogger, sort of a Brand Ambassador for them.  I have always made it known that I love my chairs, now I get to shout it even louder!  For now, let’s just enjoy how beautiful my new chairs look in the dining room!   I’m completely in love with them and they really brighten up my dining space SO much.

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The lines are clean and modern and these chairs are super comfortable.  My others were too and that’s something to note about fully upholstered dining room chairs.  These are made to sit and linger awhile with friends and good conversation.

In case you are wondering what I did with my old chairs?  They were still in perfect condition, so I sold them to my dear friend Debbie’s, daughter Lauren, who had just moved into a townhouse and was about to start shopping for chairs.  I told Debbie, I have the perfect chairs for Lauren.  It was a done deal!  I’m going to do a post soon and show her new place with the chairs in their new home. I was SO happy to be able to pass those along to a good home. She got great chairs for a really good price and she is thrilled with the chairs.  I was told by Carrington Court that their chairs are considered heirlooms, that’s how well made they are.  Recover them and keep on going!

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I so love the nailhead trim on these chairs and the burnished brass picks up the hardware on my vintage sideboard.

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I’m a Traditional girl at heart, which you all know by now.  My Empire dining table is classic and traditional and I still love it.  These chairs with their clean and modern lines and tufted back are a perfect complement to the table.

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Amazing what the creamy white fabric does to brighten up this space.

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I had 6 chairs with my other chairs and ordered 6 of these.  It’s nice to have 2 extra to pull up to the table when I do have company.

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A closer look at the tufting.  Beautiful workmanship on these chairs.

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Again, the nailhead are applied by hand, one by one.  I’m going to share more of that process later.

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For now, I just want to show off the room from every angle!

Seagrass rug (affiliate link)

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I love this dining room, can you tell?

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It’s been so nice to have a dining room and have a table that I cherish.  These chairs will be chairs that will stay with me forever.  They also had Scotchguard applied to keep them free of stains.  Since I don’t have little ones around my house, they should be fine, although I was little nervous about creamy linen.  You may be seeing lots more of my dining room now, since it is one of my favorite spots in the house.

I’m so happy to share a company I really, really believe in and since I found them 10 years ago pre-blogging, that is a big testament to who they are as a company.  I knew I was totally happy with my purchase then and now that I’m working with them as a sponsor, I’m thrilled to share them with you too.  If you are looking for upholstered chairs like this for a dining space, I don’t think you can go wrong with Carrington Court.  The workmanship is truly amazing and I love that there are so many fabrics to choose from, as well as wood finish, style of chair, and nailheads.  All of that combined makes a beautiful chair and dining room.  I love that they are made in the USA and these are heavy substantial chairs.  Not flimsy at all!  These chairs will last a lifetime, of that I’m sure.  Their price points are very good, in my opinion.  These particular chairs I got are one of the more expensive frames, but they have a lot of frames that are much less than this.  I hope you’ll check them out for yourself and see what they have to offer!

Links to products in my room:

Seagrass rug (affiliate link)

Note:  This post was sponsored by Carrington Court.  They supplied my new chairs and let me design them any way I wanted.  I wasn’t told what or how to share, they left that completely up to me, but I’m in love with my chairs and Carrington Court. 

- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Those are some beautiful chairs! a really classic look that should last at least another 10 years. I live in the town that was home to Richardson Brothers, so I am happy to see that gorgeous table survived your dining room update. They no longer make furniture, so hang on to that unique quality table!

    • HI, Kathy, yes I think Richardson Brothers furniture is fantastic and I consider this table a quality masterpiece. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it unless it just doesn’t fit a space down the road.

  2. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh wow, how fabulous. I loved your old chairs and the new ones are amazing. So glad you got them.

  3. They are very beautiful, and I love that you got to connect with a brand you already knew and had bought from. I too like blogging about products I really believe in. We can tell from your testimony how great the quality is!! They look stunning & update the space, while still having a timeless, classic look. Great pick Rhoda!!

  4. Love your dining room Rhoda!!! I do remember your Birmingham dining room!! Was it really that long ago? Then there were the GI days with no pictures!! Are your new chairs difficult to keep clean?
    Celia

    • Hey, Celia! Oh yes, GI days! We did have those albums though, remember so we could share pics. It has been that long ago since Birmingham, over 5 years now. I just got the chairs and they are Scotch guarded, so hoping they won’t be difficult. I’ll be really babying them though!

  5. Rhoda, this looks just amazing! The chairs are so perfect with your round table. The room really has an elegant look about it.

    We have our house for sale and will be building a new one. The new dining room will be shaped perfectly for a round table. I can’t wait!

  6. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    Gorgeous, Rhoda! I’ll file Carrington Court away for later!

  7. They are beautiful! I love the light linen and how much it lightens your dining room. Looking forward to hearing more about this company. Love that they are a US company!

  8. So glad you are so happy with the chairs and dining room. Your post reminds me of myself….I feel like every piece of furniture in my home has a story to tell! I remember the circumstances of how i acquired things and I “love to tell the story”.

  9. How many of us went through the “red dining room phase”?? My hand is raised!! Lol…
    Love the new chairs. I’m going to pop over and check out their website.

  10. Gorgeous chairs! It’s amazing how new chairs can really transform a space, though I loved the look of your dining room before too. All heart eyes for that tufting and the nail heads though!

  11. When I’m ready to purchase new chairs, yours are the type I’m getting. They are beautiful!

  12. The new chairs are absolutely beautiful! Amazing what a change can do for a room and the white really brightens up the space!

  13. Your dining room is so lovely Rhoda, I can imagine great meals and conversations made there! The new chairs are so pretty, beautiful space!
    Lindsey

  14. It’s so hard to choose when you’re ordering a custom piece, but you made a great decision! Your table and chairs look like they were made for each other! The chairs are so beautiful in your room, and look really comfortable, too.

  15. We built a new home while in Fort Mill, SC and so needed to replace our old hand me down rickety VERY uncomfortable dining room set. I found the perfect table as you did and then went on the search for chairs – the number one requirement was COMFORT. So many chairs that I found in furniture stores were very uncomfortable. We found one chair that we would even consider at Ethan Allen and you can imagine what 8 of those would cost! When I found Carrington Court online as you did, I reached out to them to see if they would allow me to drive over (I was about and hour and half away) and actually SIT in the chairs. They said yes and were so kind to take me through the small factory and assist me in choosing styles, fabrics and finishes. I am very frugal and these were the most affordable chairs to be had. That was 10 years ago and we are still very pleased with the chairs. I NOW have grandchildren so I ordered slipcovers made from red and cream ticking from Carrington – made beautifully. When I do find a spot, I have been able to wash it off easily. We are able to sit around our table for hours in comfort and have received many many compliments about the beauty of the chairs. Now that we have moved to another home, they fit right in and look just as lovely here. I was so thankful to have found Carrington Court!

    • HI, Connie, I love your Carrington Court story and thanks for sharing. I’m so glad you had such a positive experience as I did and you even got to do a test sit.

  16. Your new chairs are gorgeous!!

  17. Gorgeous chairs, exactly my style…don’t plan a spaghetti supper anytime soon 🙂

  18. Carrington Court did my dining room chairs, and I love them, too. Your new chairs are gorgeous, and your dining room looks fantastic.

  19. Beautiful and well-made new chairs for a gorgeous dining room. Well done you and Carrington Court. Cheers, Ardith

  20. These chairs are so gorgeous! I love your dining room. It is so nice to such comfortable chairs for long conversations around the table.
    Your blog isn’t skinny anymore since I totally removed Chrome and all kinds of Google products, then reloaded Chrome. However, there is now a long skinny ad over the left half the screen, I can’t even see most of the post except the bottom 1/8th of the page……sob………..

    • Hey, Nancy, people keep having problems with the ad blockers. Are you still running one of those? I don’t know how to fix all these things, it gets so frustrating. I’m trying to make sure I don’t have pop up ads at all and the ones in my sidebar are supposed to stay in place and not move.

      • Oh, now I added the ad blocker back because of that annoying ad and now your posts are skinny again. At least I know what’s causing for me on this machine anyway

  21. I really love the look of your dining room & remember the posts when you and your sweet Daddy were putting up the board & batten! Your window treatments really add depth to the room. Did you find your area rug online also? And if so, where did you get it? Thank you

    • HI, Sandra, I did order that seagrass rug from Overstock about 4 years ago. It’s 8′ square and fits my room very well. I really think the board and batten added so much to my small dining room! Molding does wonders!

  22. They are absolutely gorgeous! You have a right to be very proud of them. Love, love them!

  23. The new chairs are gorgeous! (I liked the old ones, too.)

    Love that you got to use the same company…and love that their furniture is heirloom quality. That would seal the deal to me.

  24. Your dining room looks beautiful, Rhoda! I love the new chairs!

  25. I love the new chairs and the entire dining room. Honestly I love everything you do. So classic and timeless. Rhoda, do you mind sharing where you purchased the hanging light in your dining room? Thank you!

    • HI, MK, thank you so much! That light fixture is from Ballard’s Outlet here in Atlanta, but they are still on the website and catalog. This is the largest Calisse lantern.

  26. Rhoda, the chairs are beautiful! I LOVE that the chairs are made in the USA! Will definitely tag this post for future use! Hugs…

  27. Love the chairs, they do lighten the room and look beautiful!

  28. Christine V says:

    Love your dining room and the post timing was great! I’m looking for replacement chairs for a table I purchased and these look lovely and are well priced, most importantly though is the comfort testimonial. The chairs that came with our table do it sit comfortably for more than 60 minutes.

    When I used the affiliate link for the rug I just went to google search. Any help with that would be appreciated. Rugs are in the list as well (new home)

    Thanks for a great post!

  29. Lisa Erdmann says:

    Hi. Would you please tell me how hefty are these chairs? We host a weekly bible study and need sturdy chairs because we have had a chair broken on us before. I’ve gone and checked out chairs other bloggers use as well as looking at others myself and most are light weight and in my opinion flimsy. Unless they are about $400 to start each, or Amish made, I can’t seem to find reasonably cost chairs. I’ve bought several Amish pieces and might go that route as their craftsmanship is amazing. I was just hoping to save some money as my hubby isn’t totally on board with buying a new set just yet. I am hoping…?

    • HI, Lisa, I can tell you these chairs are VERY sturdy and well made. I was super impressed with the quality of the original chairs I bought 10 years ago and equally so with these. They are Made in the US in North Carolina and the frames are hardwood and heavy. These are so different than the chairs I’ve seen in Homegoods (no offense to them, I love their stuff), but these chairs are substantial and as one of the owners of the company told me, considered heirloom quality. I highly recommend them!

      • Thanx Rhoda! I love Homegoods as well, but would never buy chairs from them so I hear you on that. Will go back on Carrington Court’s website and take a closer look!

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