I decided to focus on finishing two rooms where we are closest to being "done" (in quotes because is it every really done?). First, the dining room needed two chairs to be ready for guests. I had four custom chairs that I had made back when I was in my condo, but no way of tracking down the manufacturer because the furniture store where I ordered them (Gallahans in Fredericksburg) is out of business. I looked at so many chairs in the same style, but none were quite right. I decided that getting two chairs that were deliberately different - both bigger and in a different fabric - might work.
As I was browsing, I saw a chair that might be perfect for our dining room. It's in this photo.
Long story short, Christie found that they had one on the floor and one in another warehouse. She brought the two together and they were mine! I was able to take them home on the spot in the back of my SUV.
I love that they relate to the chairs I already have, but their proportions are larger so they look appropriate as host and hostess chairs. That's actually a term I saw on another site used for chairs at the head of a table that are different that the rest.
The chairs are made by Jessica Charles, located just a few hours away in Hickory, NC. You know how much I love furniture that's made in North Carolina!
One of my favorite details is the card that came with the chairs that was signed by each team member who made them.
The second piece I bought only just arrived at the house this week. Green Front has a flat fee for their white glove deliver, so whether you order one item or ten, you pay the same fee. For Charlottesville, the fee is $75, which is half the fee that I pay when I order furniture from my favorite store in Richmond.
I was looking for a dresser, chest, or sideboard for our front hall. There were literally dozens of options at Green Front. After a lot of walking back and forth through Building 9 to look at my three favorites, I settled on this one: a mahogany sideboard with starburst details by Jonathan Charles Furniture.
I worried that it was too ornate or dark at first, but I loved the shape and height of it that I decided to take it. The front hall will have darker floors eventually and we'll have the heater removed, but here is the sideboard after it was delivered yesterday.
I think some tall, thin lamps will help balance things out. Right now, the bottom half of this area is too "heavy." I'm at a loss for skinny lamps, though. I feel like everything I'm seeing right now is large and shapely. I need to start researching!