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Floor Model, Half Off

Score! I found the chair that I wanted, marked down to 50% off! Why, you may wonder? What’s wrong with it?

Oh, nothing. Just a 2″ tear smack in the middle of the fabric where your head rests. See it? It’s up near the top on a blue part of the fabric.


(click to enlarge)

Do you think it can be fixed? Right now, I can still return it. Then I can either go for the full price (non-torn) chair, or skip it and keep the orange chair instead of selling it.

The busy pattern is in the chair’s favor here, as a repair job would be much less noticeable than on a solid color. And in a way, the tear takes some of the preciousness away from the chair; It’s coming into a house with a toddler and a baby, a dog, and several cats. Something, at some point, is bound to happen to it. (Although the orange chair has survived the last five years completely intact.)

It looks like my options for repair are to patch it, or to darn the upholstery with a looped stitch. The chair came with matching armrest covers that I could use for a patch. I could probably take it somewhere to be repaired too, but if I’m going to put more money toward the chair, I may as well buy a new one.

Think it could be saved?

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99 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristi
    August 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I say yes! That looks like it could easily be sewn up and who would ever notice? If anything its more impressive that you salvaged something to get a sweet deal!

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    Anna {dear friend}
    August 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I agree! Looks like you could fix it and it would hardly be noticeable. It’s busy enough, I think! I LOVE IT!

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    Brandie
    August 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

    ouch! I would suggest looking for fabric to add underneath it. hopefully matching but I know that may be hard to find. maybe you can grab some from the back of the chair where its less notice able. patchwork it. how much was it?

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    Brandie
    August 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    and Im totally jealous of that chair. (:

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    Debbie
    August 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    How about an applique of the entire flower cut out of the armrest fabric? You could cut an identical flower out of the armrest fabric and cover the tear. If you have done any sewing, you could do this yourself easily.

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    Jules
    August 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    What I can see of the office looks good. *cough*

    I say darn it if it isn’t a chair that will get much use. Otherwise, look into getting it professionally repaired since darning isn’t the most long term/long wear repair job.

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      Jules
      August 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Wait. I didn’t realize that it’s $800 at 50% off. That seems expensive, and I think I saw that same (or similar) fabric available for sale somewhere. Or maybe it was as a dress or curtains? I don’t know about keeping it, Nicole. I would negotiate more off the price.

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    Cathy
    August 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Love Debbie’s idea! Also you could toss a throw over the whole back side as another fix. As the parent of 3 kids nothing being “too precious” is key. Teens are harder on things than toddlers if you can imagine!

    Cathy

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    Danielle@Newlyweds Paradise
    August 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

    You said it all right there! You have kids and pets. Soemthing is bond to happen. Good thing is the fabric is busier, so it can hide lots. I say stitch it! If the fix is noticable, why not add a cute throw over the back?

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    Pati
    August 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I would totally keep it…Try fusible interfacing behind the tear and then sew it? Or use the arm fabric to make a patch, iron a piece onto the fusible interfacing, place behind the tear and iron it in place? Maybe stitch around it after that? Just was such a good deal no to keep! Love it :)

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      Alicia
      August 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      I think the interfacing sounds like a great idea! Put some fusible behind it, stitch it closed and then iron it, it will add some strength so it won’t pop open again.

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    Julia's Bookbag
    August 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Oh how I love that Anthro chair! I love anything Anthro. That’s a pretty hard deal to pass up….I think I’d look into the mending option!

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    Corie
    August 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I say keep it and stitch it. No one will really notice (it’s especially hard to see in the further away photo). So, photographing an entire room with that chair in it really won’t draw attention to such a small tear. And if Very Important People come over, you could just “casually” lay a folded lovely throw blanket over the chair, like on an angle, so it looks like it’s supposed to be there. I really think there are a few options to repair or conceal the teensy imperfection on that pretty perfect chair! :)

  • Reply
    Jessica
    August 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Totally stitch it! I would think about putting a small piece of fabric behind it and then, stitching it. Who is going to notice? If they do, they have bigger issues! LOL

    But seriously, it’s a great find at a great price.

    That said, I do love the orange chair so much, too. :)

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    LH
    August 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Return it & keep the orange chair. A chair in need in reupholstering should be more of a discount than 50% off imo (given the cost of reupholstering) and chances are good that any patch or repair isn’t going to look great or be prone to re-ripping. To be perfectly honest, I also like the pattern of the orange chair better. However, if this chair is something you really love, I’d spend the money to get one that isn’t damaged.

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    kelly
    August 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

    It’s TOTALLY save-able. :) it wouldn’t take much to make it a decorative repair. I’m thinking a patch cut out in the shape of one of the flowers and decoratively stitched on top. There are lots of expensive chairs online that are decorated like that! :) Can’t wait to see what you do. It’s SO SO cute.

  • Reply
    Erin
    August 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I would definitely keep the chair, and just sew it up. Way to go on a great deal!

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    Kelly
    August 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Ohhh, I love it! Jealous! What a great find.

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    Living Longingly
    August 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I vote keep it and repair it :) The pattern is busy so I don’t think anyone will notice a bit of stitching, or even clever patchwork. Perhaps you could get a nice throw to disguise the repair/protect the vulnerable area from further wear and tear?

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    Kathryn Humphreys
    August 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

    call bush upholstery (just down the street on roosevelt). They’ll come to your house and tell you how they would repair it and how much it would be. Then at least you’ll have an expert opinion. I totally think you can salvage it.

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    Alicia
    August 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I would keep it! I honestly couldn’t find the tear in the first picture. Darn the hole and put a throw over it. That’s my vote.

    And if you are selling the orange chair, I’m interested — and local!

  • Reply
    CourtneyOutLoud
    August 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I would repair and see if you can make a headrest cover out of the arm covers using Debbie’s idea.

  • Reply
    Amy
    August 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I say repair it. I was thinking the same thing as some of the comments before me, maybe cut a flower out and stitch it on with a bright color so that it looks intentional, or maybe a few of them scattered around.

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    Sarah
    August 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I would simply throw one of the armrest covers over the top of it!

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    Lisa
    August 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    With an original price of nearly $1600, I think this chair was overpriced from the beginning. I think it should’ve been marked down more than 50%. I’ve seen Anthro’s furniture marked down more than that when there’s no damage at all. Personally, I would return it. It may eventually end up on sale anyway.

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    Meredith
    August 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I say return it. That is still a lot of moolah for something that is “broken”. Even if you “fix” this it will be noticeable, and it will be prone to re-rip in that same spot as the fabric will be weaker from any fix. As you said, the other chair is in great shape– keep it around! Better to be like Goldilocks and hold out for the one that is “juuuust right”.

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    Lora
    August 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Fix it. We have a leather chair that had a tear in almost the same place. We had it professionally fixed (since it was leather and Stickley and my husband darn near had a stroke when it ripped) and you can’t tell where it was ripped. Even a professional leather repair wasn’t that expensive. If you wanted to attempt it yourself I wonder if you’d be able to slip an iron-on patch underneath the tear so that you’d be bonding the rip closed.

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    Ashley
    August 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    My first thought was to cut out a flower or two from the armrest covers and fuse it with an iron and interfacing, then stitch around the edge in a contrasting thread (or not). It would only add to the unexpected, quirky, anthropolgie aesthetic. Good luck!

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    kim
    August 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

    i agree that even at %50 off that is a lot for something that is damaged. if you do repair it, you have to take care to make sure you are doing iin a way that will prevent it from running from stress on the fabric.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Peremans
    August 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Please please never get rid of that other chair!!!

  • Reply
    Cindy Matthews
    August 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Try fusible interfacing or something like StitchWitch or Heat and Bond (single-sided). Carefully cut out a piece a bit longer and wider than the tear and work it into place. You may need to pin it in place. Take a damp press cloth and your iron (Check the heat by testing your armrest covers to find the appropriate heat level) and carefully iron the area. Fusible fabic is very forgiving and if done propertly will hold up very well.

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    dwellingsbydevore
    August 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I think with the pattern being so busy you won’t even notice it and if you do just throw a fun colored throw over the back of it and no one will ever know ;)

  • Reply
    GoHausGo
    August 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Ah! Keep it! Stitch it, patch it, cover it, whatever! Just keep it! Love that chair.

  • Reply
    Bryn
    August 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Even at 50% that is a pricey (damaged) chair… HOWEVER with that being said, if you love it I would keep it.

    Here is what I would do – take the armrest cover, (perfectly) cut a flower out… a whole flower. Then adhere the entire flower where the hole is. This way, it will completely blend in with the pattern and from a distance just look like the flower is part of the pattern. You’ll only be able to tell from where it’s a bit raised. If you really want it to look intentional, then cut out 5 or 6 other flowers and add it all over the chair. Once they are glued on, you could do a little stich around each of the flowers so it looks like it’s a “patchwork” chair… very anthro-like.

    :)

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    Amelia
    August 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Dude. No. I don’t care if it was 50% off, $800 is a ridiculous amount of money for something that is BROKEN. There is no way that I could ever call something damaged that costs that much money a “bargain” while taking myself seriously.

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    Emily
    August 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I can see its not the popular decision….but even at 50% that is a lot of money for something you have to invest more time and maybe money into. For $800 is there another chair that you would like just as much?

  • Reply
    Dee
    August 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Stitch it and thrive.
    I think a patch would work if it does not call too much attention.

    Dee

    If you love it, $400 is not that much really.

    • Reply
      Emily
      August 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      $800 is the 50% off price.

  • Reply
    Robin
    August 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Do you embroider at all? I would totally embroider some sort of cool design there and make the repair actually a sweet addition to the chair. My son ripped his duvet and when i stitched it shut, I turned the repair into his name. He loves it. Of course, I don’t think I’d be embroidering words on it, but maybe some sort of sweet organic scroll-y design that reinforces the pattern on the fabric? or maybe an E or an A or even something like a strawberry or some sort of token that means something to you? It could be really great.

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    dawn
    August 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    i agree with bryn to use cut-outs! i think it will make it look more ‘artsy’ + unique. maybe patch the small tear with a matching big, purple flower + a few smaller yellow ones, then balance it out by placing a few more flowers strategically. i once did when i was working on a lace dress + i accidently made a small tear in it + i ended up liking it better.

    if you love the chair, i say work with it!

  • Reply
    Shanna
    August 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    repair it! 50% off is a great deal! you can go “granny chic” and applique a massive doily as a head rest cover over top!

  • Reply
    Amber, theAmberShow
    August 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’d darn it! I love it, and I love that such a bitty imperfection made it such a bargain! To me, a little stitching would serve as a reminder to thriftiness and would add to the charm (but I’m weird…)

  • Reply
    rhiannon
    August 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    it can TOTALLY be saved.

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    Holly
    August 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Return it, so I can buy it.

    Seriously, fix it. Personally I’d get some coordinating embroidery floss. Fix the tear with the darning stitch, do a little embellishment around it, then embellish the chair in a few other places. I love the look of hand embroidered embellishment on pre-printed fabric.

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    Nikki
    August 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I agree with everyone who said this is still way too much for what it is. The fabric is obviously not very durable and not really upholstery weight. The quality just isn’t there for the price. The regular price of this chair completely blows my mind (and it still blows my mind at half off!) I’d go for a vintage chair and then reupholster that in a fabric you like. It’d be much less expensive and likely much higher quality.

  • Reply
    Margaret
    August 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I vote for fixing it:

    • either a discrete patch with fusing and/or stitching, or
    • a totally “in your face” appliqué (either the flower-shape approach already mentioned or an “ode to antimacassar” large patch)

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    Melanie
    August 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Ok I have a bit of an off the wall thought that could be too difficult, but what if you were to embroider a couple random flowers on the chair and somehow work in the tear into the embroidery (aka stich it up and work it in).

  • Reply
    KatK
    August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I agree — $1600 is a ridiculous price in the first place, and it’s more ridiculous to pay $800 for something that is damaged. Shabby-chic is only fun if it’s also cheap. And if you don’t want things that are too precious b/c of the kids, then steer clear of $800+ chairs altogether.

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    Patricia
    August 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I really like the orange chair a whole lot more in your living room… Just think what ELSE you could buy with $800 (like some new duds on August 10: http://fashionista.com/2011/06/banana-republic-is-launching-a-mad-men-inspired-collection-with-janie-bryant/
    )

  • Reply
    Kerry
    August 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I looked at a lot of floor models trying to buy an Astrid chair a few years back. I thought the prices for worn or damaged chairs were ridiculous. If you love this chair, buy a new one or, better, wait until it goes on sale, which will inevitably happen.

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    Heather
    August 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Return it. It is damaged and prone to more damage and is this a sign that the fabric in general is easily damaged. I have kids and dogs and now I try to be very selective about any upholstery. This fabric doesn’t look like it’s going to do well in the long run. And if you’re anything like me, the fact that you had to ask is your own way of knowing what you think you should do too! If you had to ask, you don’t love this chair.

  • Reply
    Jen b
    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’d return it. I’ve always loved the orange Anthro chair. It’s seems much more of classic. The new chair will be pretty hard to mask the repair.

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    kate
    August 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    $800! yikes. It would probably be an easy fix. However, I’d return it since I personally would not want to spend that much, even discounted, on something not perfect. I would keep the old chair and chose a fabric you like for to reupholster it with.

  • Reply
    Katie
    August 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I totally think it can be saved, it’s a beautiful chair! good luck!

  • Reply
    Sophie
    August 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    As cute as that chair is, I do think that it’s a crazy price, even at 50% off. I have recently learnt to do traditional upholstery and I know that the overall quality of your latest acquisition will be poor compared with the work of an upholsterer. My worry with repairing the tear is that it will just rip again in time. Choose a gorgeous fabric and make-over your orange chair!

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      Kelley
      August 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Agree, 100%. Maybe you could find a print very similar (I’m sure there’s got to be something out there that you love just as much or more!) and take your orange chair to get professionally upholstered?
      I just think $800 is a tad much for a damaged chair.

  • Reply
    urbanblonde
    August 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Personally I love your orange chair better which is saying a lot because I abhor the color orange! The shape is gorgeous and if you are truly tired of the print I’d have a slipcover made in a fabulous floral like the ripped chair.

    I don’t know if I’m just at that time of my life where I’m tired of fixing stuff, kids grown up and rather have what I want but I wouldn’t keep that chair. IMHO it should have been marked down less than half, but even it was, I still wouldn’t keep it!

    And in case I haven’t been clear on what I really think, I’d return that chair and keep the adorable orange chair! LOL

    PS I assume someone cut the chair while unwrapping it? Otherwise, ODD that it would rip in that spot. It may be a print but probably wouldn’t stand up to two little ones if that’s the case.

    shhhhhh take it back! ;)

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    August 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love the orange chair and vote to keep it. (or maybe sell it to me!)

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    Rachael
    August 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I like the orange chair better.

  • Reply
    Andrea K
    August 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    JEALOUS! It’s super cute, and the tear is super tiny. You could just put a throw blanket over it to hide the tear, lolololololol.

  • Reply
    Calan
    August 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Any chair at $800.00 should be unused and perfect.

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    Kahli
    August 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I agree that any chair at 800 should be in perfect condition. I vote to keep the orange chair mostly because I love it!

  • Reply
    Kari
    August 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Orange chair gets my vote without a doubt. Reupholster it if you are in need of a change.

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    Jenna
    August 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Keep the orange chair.

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    Angie
    August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I think that if *you* love your new chair and it makes you happy…then you should keep it! As for the tear…tear smear! With 2 young children in the house…there will be lots of wear & tear on any furniture in the house and it you’ve paid 50% off for a chair with a tiny tear…that it a great bargain compaired to the little finger prints and who knows what else it will see over the next few years. Personally, I would take thread in a matching blue and fix it with the tiniest of stitches and be done with it. I actually like bringing home things that are NOT perfect because when the kids or dogs do something to it then it doesn’t seem so bad. I brought home a new to us coffee table that had a few scratches on it and was marked down because of the scratches. Not long after, my 6 yr. old son {very uncharacteristically} carved his name in it while he was in stupor with a fever. If it had been a new & perfect coffee table…I would have been so upset. But because it already had some scratches, I dealt with it. It’ still in our living room and when he leaves home for university, we will give him the coffee table. Lol! Have a wonderful week Nicole! Angie xo

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    tara
    August 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    In the spirit of reuse recycle I would tuck a little square of fusible interlining in the hole and press. You would hardly see it at all, and it’s not a high traffic bit like the seat would be.

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    diane
    August 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    If that chair, at 50% off, was still $800 I would say return it and recover your orange chair in that same fabric and still save money. It is not a stain that would be hidden due to the pattern, it is a tear that will only get worse over time. You should have received it for aboutg 80% off so shame on the store that sold it to you.

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    Amber
    August 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love it – maybe you could use the armchair covers to make a slip to go over the headrest of the chair? OR just pick a block colour that matches and do it? I think that would look great. But I would fuse and patch it first so it doesn’t tear further.

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    Beth
    August 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Hm. The tear is almost on center. What about doing something really fun, like a monogram patch? Perhaps something like, this, on a blue background?

    Because what would be cooler than an personalized chair?

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    AnnW
    August 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Send it back. They are crazy to charge you $800 for something that damaged. Darning it probably won’t work because there is a lot of tension across the top of a chair. If you have upholstered, you know that most fabric is pulled really tight. I liked the idea of sticking fusible interfacing underneath. You could make an applique of the armcovers, (called antimacassars). But really, $800 for something not perfect? If it was $300, then okay. You should talk to the store manager and say that you MIGHT take another one in the Chicago area if the damage is not on the top. I don’t think anyone else will pay that price. Offer them $300 and see what they say. What you should do is: find out what the fabric is and recover the orange chair with it, or something very similar. I’ll bet that you can find what the fabric is within a week. Or, go to another store and tell them you are going to feature the chair in an article and want to know if you can buy matching fabric for an antique or something to match it. Good luck. did you see the SMEG (I hate that name) refrigerator on the new Novogratz show? Ann

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    SusieQ
    August 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Agree with the rest of them – that chair is SERIOUSLY over-priced!! And with the tear in it – they really should have marked it Waaaaaaaaay down! Half off is no bargain. I think you can have a beautifully furnished home on a budget. I personally prefer to stick with solid colored pieces (chairs, couch) and then change up the pillows and other items in the room. Easier and much less expensive when I want to change things!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    August 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Send it back Nicole. I know you LOOVE IT. But think of all the things you can purchase with that $800. By no means am I to tell you how to spend your money, but with a perfectly fine (and gorgeous) chair (that works with your home!), why bother? Find some fabric that looks similar and make a pillow. :D

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    Kristin
    August 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Well, as a cat owner and new mom I’m thinking that you might go buy the new one and get a tear in it the next day! I think with the pattern and a creative repair you’ll love it just as much. I say keep it!!

    (although I do love the orange one to death)

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    christina
    August 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    You might want to ask Amanda at Spruce (http://spruceaustin.com/contact/) and see if it’s self-fixable before taking it back. She might have a good idea to save it!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    August 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! tough call. After reading all the comments and loving this chair just as you do, I vote to return it.

  • Reply
    Stefan
    August 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I think that having things in your home that make you smile when you look at it is worth a million bucks. With that said, tears grow. Even if mended it will be a weak spot and that is an area that will be worn being a head rest. So, will this chair still make you happy next year if the 2″ inch tear becomes a 10″ one or you have to put a cute throw over the mended area because it may not look right. If you are OK with the worse case, keep it and love it!

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    Margie
    August 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hey Nicole…been reading your blog for a while…LOVE it :). If it were me, I would return the chair and recover the orange chair instead…it would be cheaper than $800 for a torn chair.

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    Trish
    August 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I’d say keep it … you seem to really like the chair. It’s totally fixable. I’ve had a ton of luck with the combo patch/ darn method (it helps reinforce the seam / but the patch is hiddon). It’s simple – slide a piece of fabric that matches under the tear and sew the tear together (while sewing through the fabric below at the same time). I’ve used it on everything from upholstery, clothing to even professionally repairing a grand drape in a theater. Good luck! Again – if you love it, keep it. You’ll be glade when the first toddler with yogurt stains it and you didn’t pay full price.

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    orange sugar
    August 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Not diggin the chair or the pattern. I prefer the orange one. Love orange.

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    Melissa
    August 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    What a great deal & a tragic flaw!! If you keep it, I suggest you slaughter one of the arm rests:

    1. fuse ultrahold heat’n bond to the top of the patch (matching up the print of course)

    2. cut the piece in a round 2x larger than your rip and tuck it behind your rip.

    3. have your husband help you match the ripped edges together while you lightly iron the two pieces together.

    4. Let the patch cool.

    5. once cool, hand sew around the perimeter of the rip, securing the underneath patch in place

    6. apply fray check to the edges of the rip & matte down

    7. if all else fails, use the arm covers to make a headrest cover.

    8. check the fabric with the arm rest to see how it irons before taking an iron to the chair. This only works on linen/cotton fabrics.

    This method is great if you don’t want to darn the fabric & if you don’t want a patch on top.

  • Reply
    Becky
    August 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This chair has so much less charm than the orange one. Keep the orange! It looks so nice with your living room. Although maybe a shot of the whole room with this chair in it might change my mind. Still, not knowing how the room looks as a whole, keep the orange!

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    Cyndia
    August 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Sorry, but my vote is return the chair. You will always note the tear, even if it’s repaired, and may regret the (huge) purchase. The only way I would spend that much for a chair, any chair, is if it is in perfect condition. They should have marked it down MUCH further!

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    Flipper
    August 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    That chair is way too overpriced for something that is damaged in such an obvious way. I don’t think you could have a tear in a more visible spot.

    Plus it reminds me of something like this, only in more contemporary colors:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MMdPyEJGyhc/TIBoPc_GsII/AAAAAAAABHA/dsZ5_7tIXgU/s1600/floral+couch.jpg

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    Shosh
    August 4, 2011 at 12:30 am

    $800 is still really expensive, especially if it’s not in perfect condition. I agree with what someone else wrote above – there has to be fabric somewhere that looks similar to the anthro chair. Find it and recover the orange chair in it…

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    Béa
    August 4, 2011 at 12:52 am

    a tad too pricey for me!
    Still what about bright zigzag contrasted sitching? Maybe not the look you were going for but at least it doesn’t pretend to hide it!

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    Leslie
    August 4, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I love, love, love your orange chair!!!! I say keep what you have!

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    simplygrove
    August 4, 2011 at 1:25 am

    If you love it, keep it!!!!:):)

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    Jane
    August 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I think I saw the chair at Anthro. I agree with some of the other comments, at $800. it should be perfect. $800 is not cheap. Any chance they might further reduce it? If you do keep it, I’m sure it can be repaired. The pattern will hide the stiching.

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    Theresa
    August 4, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Find a giant fabric button and sew it there. It would look like it was meant to be there.

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    Jess
    August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

    KEEP IT! Personally, I feel if the chair is solid construction and one that can be reupholstered throughout the years, then you totally scored. I don’t think $800 is too much for a heritage piece and not one that will be tossed when your tastes change. Plus, those mismatched legs are so fun! If you’re close to downtown Chicago, I have a really reasonable upholsterer that would probably be able to patch it for you at a good price. Email me and I can give you their contact info – along with a couple of pics of pieces they’ve done for me:)

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    Karen J
    August 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I’m 100% for KEEPING the orange chair.

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    brooke
    August 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I think it can be fixed easily (I’ve done this before), but for $800 you might be able to have your old chair re-vamped and fall in love with it again. I did the loop stitch fix on a few chairs.

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    katja
    August 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    The orange chair is sooo much nicer…I vote keep the orange chair, take the ripped one back.

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    Holly
    August 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Sweet! Now you can take it off your Wishlist!

    FYI: Those spectator pumps you linked to are on sale for only $34!

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    Jane
    August 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    P.S.-remember to take chair off your Wish List!

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    Julie
    September 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Are you kidding me? You paid $800 for a ripped chair? You must have more money than you know what to do with?!?! The chair is just average at best! :-((

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