Welcome to my first ever Link Party! Grab a drink and let’s mingle.
I’ve titled this the Mad Men Edition in honor of the season 6 premiere. Did you see it? Tyson and I are huge fans of the show, but we’ve been watching it all through Netflix. We got completely caught up Saturday night, just in time for the Sunday evening premiere. But to avoid any spoilers let’s keep moving along.
This post also comes with the special edition title, since the Link Party was inspired by my friend, Victoria. She has personal connections with Don Draper and friends through her brilliant use of photoshop. If you are a fan of the show you should check out her posts here and my personal favorite here. I think SCDP would be proud.
And finally, I’m giving a shout out to the retro show because of my Favorite Find. As much as I enjoy (most of) the characters and the interesting ad campaigns, I most watch because I LOVE the style and decor. I’ve shared openly that mid-century design is one of my favorites and the show is full of it. Some time during Season 2, I started yelling at the screen, “My chair! There’s my chair!” while we watched Betty Draper enjoy an afternoon bender.
Seriously, I sometimes pay more attention to the sets than the storyline.
A while back, during some spring cleaning, Tyson made a run to donate some items to Goodwill. When he returned, he casually mentioned that he had seen a really cool chair that I would’ve loved. What do you mean “would’ve”? That is all it took for me to want
to check out this chair for myself.
My man knows me so well. It is an amazing piece and had loads of potential. For a few bucks it came home with me and has been greatly enjoyed.
Now, I’m honestly not sure what period this chair is from. This isn’t exactly the chair that we saw on Mad Men, but it’s similar. The tag on it says that it is manufactured by Stanley Furniture and I’ve searched high and low to get more information on it. Regardless, it’s definitely unique and I’m so glad it’s ours.
One of my favorite things is the decorative iron detail on the sides.
I love the nailhead finish on the arms too.
One of my least favorite accessories was the kids bed pillow that was stuffed between the webbing and the cushion to keep the seat from falling in. Creepy. Needless to say… that was removed before the piece came into the studio.
Now, for this next part you need to know two things:
- This chair is not a recent Favorite Find. We rescued it before I had a blog, but I’ve never shared the story before today. (The photos are pre-blog quality too.)
- Had I been blogging, I would’ve known more people to talk to about updating it. Because folks… I painted this bad boy.
That’s right… The wood stained arms and legs got a coat of black paint.
As much as I love the look and continue to enjoy the choice that we made, I now wonder if I would’ve opted to re-stain these areas instead of using paint.
In overhauling the piece, I also gave the seat a new cushion, reinforced the seat and updated the fabric.
I picked a light blue and brown damask to go in our family room.
But the chair has made a permanent home in the studio lounge.
I replaced the nail head trim too. I went with a more decorative design that compliments the fabric.
There may or may not be a drill bit that snapped off and is permanently embedded in the arm. But just like Don Draper’s escapades, that’ll be our little secret.
So there it is… one of my all time Favorite Finds.
Now what about you? What have you found that you are eager to share? Here’s how to kick this party into high-gear:
- Click on the InLinkz button below to get started.
- Be sure to include a link to your Favorite Find post URL, not just the link to your blog.
- Under “Name”, put the title of your blog post
- Link back to me in your post so that all your friends now where the party is at.
- Feel free to link-up and join the party at Victoria’s blog too.
- Check out all the other Favorite Finds. Leave comments, make new friends, but above all else: HAVE FUN!
Also, if you are not a blogger, please feel free to join in on the fun by sharing your Favorite Find in the comment section below.
Now who is first in the conga line?