The House at Christmas

Our 1891 Victorian

The 'One Room Challenge'

Double Parlor Library The Victorian House

Pink Skirted Library Chairs

Home Library with Pink Chairs | Making it Lovely

I had thought that the round Dawson table made its way here sometime in the past year, but looking back through my archives I see that it arrived mid-2015. So I’ve been looking for chairs for the library for a year and a half. (I mean, it’s not like I would wake up everyday and search, but on and off for sure.)

Then I came across these Nate Berkus skirted slipper chairs at Target. I had been thinking of going with a skirted chair, but most were a bit more than I was hoping to spend. Restoration Hardware has beautiful options. Ballard Designs offered several, including with an interesting camelback design. Even IKEA’s skirted Parsons chair was a contender, with or without a new slipcover, though the shape wasn’t interesting enough to persuade me.

I Photoshopped the new Target chairs into my mockup file, thought about it for a day or two, then placed my order. (You’ve seen this mockup before, with different options. These lights and sconces, and now chairs, have all been made reality.)

Library Mockup | Making it Lovely

Of course, in between ordering the chairs and waiting for them to arrive, a new contender entered the ring.

West Elm, 2017

SO PRETTY. But really, I’ve gone down the road of those metallic legs before. That was my biggest dislike with these temporary chairs in the space. Still, very tempting, West Elm!

West Elm, 2017

Anyway. I mentioned on Instagram that I chose these chairs for several reasons:

  1. the right shade of pink (blush, on the peachy side)
  2. skirted, to break up the leggy furniture and all of the wood in the room
  3. slipcovered (hello, three messy children)
  4. the right size and scale, and the back has an interesting details
  5. they fit my budget (I cashed out credit card points to buy them)

Home Library with Rolling Ladder | Making it Lovely

I’m always thinking I should sell the striped sofa because it’s too big for the space, but I do love it. There are other changes I’d like to see in the room, but I’m open to serendipity and taking my time.


The library has come together in stages, with each step moving us further along.

To Do!

Eventually. The rug and curtains need to work in the larger context of the home, so I’m taking my time there.

  • add a large rug (9×12 or 10×14)
  • brass curtain rods (custom for the curved windows?)
  • add two pairs of pinch-pleat curtains and a roman shade
  • sturdier chair with the secretary desk
  • custom bench cushion (for below the window, unless we just accept that it will always be covered in books)

The library needs window treatments and a rug. | Making it Lovely

p.s. That table was cleared off after photos, and immediately covered in Legos. The books, vase with flowers, and ginger jar are pretty, but the kids love playing in the library and I give them space to spread out with breakables moved elsewhere.

Library Table | Making it Lovely