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Making it Yours 12B: Lincoln and Dhurrie Armchairs

We saw the first designs featuring the Lincoln and Dhurrie armchairs last week. I wanted to keep them very similar to show how one can get the same look by just changing a few things, but today the chairs are going their separate merry ways. Both feature the black, white, wood, and brass trend, but with more color than we may have been seeing on Pinterest lately. (Everything seems to be pretty minimal in my feed over there! Yours, too?)

I don’t think anyone would actually own two chairs that are essentially the same shape with different fabric, but my goal here is to show two designs that look like they belong in the same person’s home. Speaking of which, our fictional friend, Marie, has moved from her apartment into a place of her own! A two-bedroom condo with the extra room functioning as an office. She’s traveling a lot for her job and doesn’t work from home all that often, but she’s happy to have a dedicated spot for it when she is in town. She’s also happy to come home to a cheery, if perhaps a bit girly, space.

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Making it Yours 12B: Dhurrie Armchair #makingitlovely

  1. Dhurrie Chair, Anthropologie

  2. Glitterati Mint Pillow, CB2

  3. Scallop Gold Leaf Mirror, PB Teen

  4. Two Tigers: Ping Zhu, Serena & Lily

  5. Birch Cylinder Pot, Terrain

  6. Brass Hand Ring Holder, Jonathan Adler

  7. Stone White Paint, Glidden

  8. Central Park Aerial Photo (Getty Images), One Kings Lane

  9. Taylor Dresser, Horchow

  10. Isaac Long Arm Brass Sconce, Schoolhouse Electric

  11. Quincy Bed, Ethan Allen

  12. Beverly Palm Pillow, Society Social

  13. Colorblock Linen Pillow Emerald & Pool, Society Social

  14. Antique Brass Metal Cube Side Table, West Elm

  15. Vestige Lipstick Holder, Anthropologie

  16. Silver Stitch Pleat Duvet, West Elm

  17. Waverly Rug, Lulu & Georgia

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Making it Yours 12B: Lincoln Armchair #makingitlovely

  1. Orb Chandelier, Lucent Lightshop

  2. Hanging Porthole Mirror, Wisteria

  3. Lincoln Upholstered Chair, Pottery Barn

  4. Nävviva Pillow, IKEA

  5. Aina Curtains, IKEA

  6. Onyx Black Paint, Glidden

  7. Nina Campbell Swan Lake Sylvana Wallpaper, Osborne & Little

  8. Maison Bookcase, PB Teen

  9. Printer’s Large Writing Desk, Pottery Barn

  10. Brass Colored Pencil Set, Jayson Home

  11. Rex Grey Task Lamp, Crate & Barrel

  12. Hamsa Hand, Furbish

  13. Dome Paperweights, Jayson Home

  14. Rosie Table Lamp, CB2

  15. Printer’s Drawer Filing Cabinet, Pottery Barn

  16. Greyson Eco Black Bench, Arhaus

  17. Coral Leaf Pillow, Serena & Lily

  18. Vårgyllen Pillow, IKEA

  19. Bleached Jute Rug, RugsUSA

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Making it Yours 12B: Lincoln and Dhurrie Armchairs #makingitlovely

And there they are, together. Each chair could be swapped for the other with a few accessory changes, and we’ll have just one more set of designs coming up soon to finish this edition of Making it Yours!

Making it Yours 12A: Lincoln and Dhurrie Armchairs

We have the first two of our designs up from this edition of Making it Yours today! I’m decorating around both the Lincoln and Dhurrie chairs, showing how each can be used throughout a person’s life, seeing them through different stages and different styles. Let’s meet our fictional friend, Marie.

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Marie likes to sing. Loudly. She’s shy about it though, at first limiting her performances to coincide with her morning shower, and later when her roommate moved out, she’d perform encores throughout the day while doing chores or cooking dinner. She won’t get on stage for karaoke and isn’t into the whole bar scene, but she throws parties on a whim just about every month. She knows everything about astrology but doesn’t believe in it, loves big, goofy dogs, and always wears a crazy hat. She’s about to turn thirty, and has been working a lot of late nights but is starting to make decent money. She’s fun, happy, and bright, and wants her apartment to be too.

Making it Yours 12A: Dhurrie Armchair #makingitlovely

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Making it Yours 12A: Lincoln Armchair #makingitlovely

  1. Dhurrie Chair, Anthropologie • Lincoln Chair, Pottery Barn

  2. Block Print Ikat Lumbar Pillow, Furbish

  3. Seachange Print, Jenny Vorwaller

  4. Yes, Please Print: Martha Rich, 20×200

  5. Paint: Flush Pink, Behr

  6. Wood Pole Scholar Floor Lamp: Avalon Sea, Target

  7. Perfect Throw: Mandarin, West Elm

  8. Laguna Seagrass Baskets: Juice, Serena & Lily

  9. Upton Faceted Leg Buffet, West Elm

  10. Frosted Blue Vase Collection, Terrain

  11. Rosie Table Lamp, CB2

  12. Balloon Animal Bookend, The Land of Nod

  13. Stockholm Nesting Tables, IKEA

  14. Avec Apartment Sofa: Sea Salt, CB2 • Avec Apartment Sofa: Peacock, CB2

  15. Colorblock Linen Pillow,: Emerald & Pool, Society Social • Magical Thinking Neon Rag Pillow, Urban Outfitters

  16. Ojo de Dios Rug, Arro Home

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For this first post, I kept the looks fairly similar, swapping out only a few things to achieve the same overall look. I’ll be taking a different approach next time though, which I’ll be sharing next week!

Making it Yours 12A: Lincoln and Dhurrie Armchairs #makingitlovely

Making it Yours 12: The Lincoln and Dhurrie Armchairs

I asked last week which would be more helpful to see in a new edition of my Making it Yours series: the Lincoln Upholstered Armchair from Pottery Barn or the Dhurrie Chair from Anthropologie. Basically it’s a blank slate vs. a statement piece. It was pretty even at first, but the dhurrie chair did win out in the end.

Lincoln and Dhurrie Chairs

A few comments suggested doing both, which sounded like a fun challenge! I typically split the series into three designs, showing a piece as the owner’s life and decorating taste changes, and I’m going to stick with that format here again. Rather than do six posts between the two chairs, I’ll create a short narrative and present two options per post. It’s a good exercise in obtaining a similar design through different pieces, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have been while working on it.

And in related news: I bought two of those dang Lincoln chairs, which I wasn’t planning on when I posted about them last week. I had been considering them for the house, as I’ve been perpetually on the lookout for a pair of matching chairs for the back parlor. At more than $2000 with tax and delivery for two of them though, I was far from rushing to make a purchase. Then two things happened. First, I noticed that American Express was running a sale on a bunch of their Membership Rewards points gift cards, which included instant e-gift certificates to Pottery Barn. Second: I saw the chair marked down about 35% off as a floor model at the Oakbrook PB when I was out that way over the weekend. I hadn’t cashed in my Amex points in a long time so I had enough to buy the floor model outright with some leftover to buy the matching chair at retail, but I still wasn’t sold. Then the sales associate mentioned that some of the other stores in the area might have theirs marked down as a floor model too. She called the Lincoln Park location, confirmed that they also had one, and that solidified the deal. After using my free gift certificates, they ended up costing only $180 each. That’s like them being on sale for 85% off! I brought one chair home with me that day, and we got the other one yesterday.

Lincoln Pottery Barn Chairs

So now I have extra incentive to see how much mileage I can get out of them in different design scenarios!

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