Our dining room table & chairs were a discovery I made in House Beautiful magazine back in 1990. I phoned numerous furniture stores in North Carolina to find the best possible price. Thankfully, I did. We took our tax refund and bought those pieces and waited anxiously for their delivery 6 weeks later.
There was not enough money in the budget for the matching buffet or china cabinet and we could only afford to purchase 4 chairs. One day though, we intended to complete the set. By the time we were ready to do so, the line had been discontinued. Here's a photo of the complete set from an Open House magazine approximately 10 years ago:
Today, I'm glad we were not able to "complete" the set. It was after reading design books, magazines, watching HGTV and acquiring a desire for a less-matched look led me to seek out host chairs for our dining room instead of 2 more chairs that matched the set. Not that there's anything wrong with a matched set. It's all about what you personally desire to be surrounded with. And there are many different directions to go when it comes to interior design.
It was when I toured a Southern Living Idea House home in 1995 that I discovered the use of host chairs and it has stuck with me since. When I came across chairs I liked, they didn't fit the budget. In fact, they were way above our budget. By the way, I just happen to come across the mini-catalog circa 1995 we received from the tour. Here's a photo of what inspired me:
A couple months ago I received an email from Home Decorators that featured chairs that I knew instantly would work with our table. My biggest challenge has been finding skirted chairs that did not expose the wooden legs. If I exposed the legs, it would have to either match or coordinate very nicely with our table, which is tough to do.
The two chairs I ordered from Home Decorators arrived a couple weeks ago and not only do I love them but my guy really likes them too.
It took me 13 years to achieve my goal and am now content with the direction we're going in.
Our table of 18+ years needs some TLC and once I locate a furniture restorer in our area, it will receive the attention it deserves.
At Thanksgiving, we can comfortably accommodate 6 at the table without grabbing the folding chairs. And this holiday season, we will be enjoying the comforts of home. There's nothing like it.