Ditched the big white couch for logistical reasons—these Fan double salons are so challenging to make functional and interesting without literally being a second seating area that doesn’t get used. The smaller square footage also lends itself to smaller pieces—so naturally these tend to be more formal.
No need for that!
After having the fireplace converted to gas (so toasty) this winter, it’s definitely an area we use, but it wasn’t quite an area we loved. Enter these chairs I’ve been stalking for a year from anthropologie and problem solved!
You can now walk around the back and look out the window, keep chairs together like settee or apart and angled as seats. Fan salon conundrum no more.
Gave these gorgeous hand-me-downs some new duds. Both had really pretty but pastel-hued upholstery. The Louis chair, a sort of textured pink and cream check, the wing chair, a soft pink, blue and yellow check. Picked out some burlap and herringbone in neutral hues from U-Fab in Richmond, VA. They gave the wing chair a little extra down. Just phenomenal job.
When you’re renovating a house on a budget, you have to be super patient. One little thing at a time. I’ve noticed this breeds an odd set of priorities—like, determining the things you can and can’t live with. But it was when I noticed the bulbs had been burned out in these two awful outdoor lights for over 6 months and we hadn’t bothered to change them that I decided it was time to fork over $100 to make the change.
It’s crazy what you can “live with”—these things were hideous! A quick trip to Lowe’s for some galvanized steel harbor lights, antique style bulbs, and some new wiring boxes, and things are looking pretty sharp!