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Farmhouse Chairs take on a Fun Twist

This past weekend I made a trip to Minden, Louisiana to visit my friend, Sara, who had ordered a set of dining chairs for her newly renovated cottage-style farmhouse. She has spent the last year renovating this old house. Oh my goodness! The house is absolutely darling. Every. Square. Inch.  Driving up, you can’t help but notice the lemon yellow door popping out from the all white facade. Decorating the porch and an overhaul of the yard are still on the list of things to come for this cottage farmhouse, but even so, the house still looks so darn cute. 

Here’s a few sneak peak pics of the home which is still being furnished as I write this. The library will have a comfy place to sit as well as a cowhide rug for the floor. 

Who wouldn’t want to do laundry behind this cute door? 

And this tile in the guest bath!  What a statement along with the antique dresser turned sink. 

If you love this, you can follow her home progress of the Simply Southern Cottage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or her blog called Simply Southern Cottage.
Sara imagined a set of ladder back chairs would be perfect for her farmhouse table, but she didn’t want a set of chairs that were typical. Last year I posted a set of Victorian chairs that had faux fur and cowhide.

Sara saw those and couldn’t get them out of her head, so my job was to find a set of larger ladder back chairs that could work with such fun fabric choices. And the hunt began.  
Lucky for me it didn’t take long. I sourced a set of 19th Century French chairs that had rush seats. The people I bought them from purchased them in New Orleans from a dealer. I took out the seats and rebuilt them for comfort.   One set is upholstered with Mongolian off-white faux fur.

Another set has a charcoal-colored ostrich faux fur. The great thing about this faux fur is that you can brush it any way you like to make it stand up or lay down. 

And the other set has an authentic brindle cowhide with pewter nailhead trim.

What a great trio, huh? Or maybe they should be called the Three Amigos? Anyway you look at it, they give the traditional farmhouse a jolt of fun. 

Can’t you just imagine the fun at this table at Thanksgiving? Why do just farmhouse chairs when you can add a fun twist to it with something like these? 

Which one do you love the most? I would love to hear about it in the comments section! And don’t forget to follow Sara’s house progress on social media at Simply Southern Cottage. Her pictures and content are simply amazing!

Wendy Conklin

I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

What brings me joy is helping others live more creatively. I design antique-inspired, boutique chairs, and I teach others how to do what I do. Check out my shop, services, and courses to bring more whimsy into your home and life!


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