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Most girls love shoes, I love chairs. Okay, I love shoes, too, but I really, really love chairs. While browsing furniture shops I find I'm constantly being pulled in the direction of interesting seating. Peculiar stools, beautiful sofas and rustic benches will stop me dead in my tracks and within an instant I have a place for it — in my imagination, anyway. I frequently walk away grumbling about not having enough space, or money, for that matter. (Think $900 for a set of antique courting chairs I had to forgo recently. It was a sad day.) Lucky for me, I'm all for second, third and even fourth hand furniture so I'm just as happy buying a castoff.

Here are a few of my favourite styles:

Bright red metal stools look great with a neutral palette.

George Nelson's quirky Pretzel chair will add instant charm if you can get your hands on one.

My favourite, the Ghost chair. I love its versatility — it looks right at home in both modern and traditional spaces.

Wedding planning has got me seriously considering swapping out all the horrid slipcovered chairs in our venue for these sweet Chiavari chairs — budget permitting.

Another favourite, the Windsor chair comes in so many forms these days that they fit both country and modern styles.

Steel French bistro chairs can double as outdoor seating and therefore make a great investment.

If I win the lottery, I'll buy every chair Mjölk has to offer. This beauty, at a scanty $2,275, would be my first.

Photo credits:
1. The Pie Tin via Pretty Pretty Yum Yum blog
2. George Nelson Foundation
3. Homevialaura blog
4. Meredith Perdue via Sincerely Sara blog
6. Pottery Barn
7. Mjölk


Floriana Paonessa

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