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!

My Style Saturday Event

The weekend before last, I hosted a Style Saturday event at my local Lowe’s. It’s a little strange to walk into a place and be greeted by your own smiling face on numerous big signs, but I’ll take it!

Style Saturday Event at Lowe's

I was there to offer design consultations, helping with anything from furniture placement and color palettes to choosing lighting and selecting tile. The day was structured with a mix of one-on-one scheduled appointments and quick chats with people in the store that requested advice. Some people brought in floor plans and photos (which was great because I could really understand what they were working with and therefore better help), and others who were looking for more general decorating ideas and tips.

Design Consultation at Lowe's Style Saturday

I had images of products from the Allen + Roth line and a Polaroid camera to snap shots in the store, so I was able to put together design boards to take home after each consultation. I also had Lowe’s gift cards for the people I met with, to help them get started! It was a fun surprise to hand out at the end of each session.

Design Consultation at Lowe's Style Saturday

While I was busy meeting one-on-one with people, we also had a project station. I had seen a push pin art project a while back that I thought would be fun, and we were able to gather everything we needed for it right there in the store. We used cork tiles and markers, and instead of thumb tacks we chose upholstery nails, which were available in brass, bronze, and nickel. It was popular with both kids and adults!

Cork Board Projects

Thank you, Lowe’s, for partnering with me to host the Chicago Style Saturday event. And of course, a big thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Style: Fall ’14

Some seasons feature palettes and silhouettes that I’m not crazy about, and I find myself not being drawn to any of it. The fall stuff that’s making its way to stores now though? So good! The prettiest colors, super-flattering cuts, and plenty of pieces that are feminine without being fussy.

Style: Fall '14

  1. Faraway Necklace, Madewell
    I bought this and the barrette (#7). I’m pretty over all of my old maternity wear by this point (one more month to go!), but the necklace updates my outfits a bit.

  2. Mle Hagen — Undertaker Hat Blanc, Bona Drag
    I wish I was a hat person! I feel like it’s too ‘look’ much on me — a hat and glasses, without long hair to soften the effect. Brandon wears them regularly, but I know that if I bought one, I’d probably wear it twice and then it would just sit in my closet.

  3. Anna Sheffield Rings, Bona Drag
    I’m linking to where I first found the rings above, but if you’re looking for an engagement (or otherwise really special) ring, it’s worth looking directly at the designer’s site too.

  4. Sleeveless Drapey Top, J. Crew
    I wouldn’t have thought much of this if I’d only seen it online, but in the store I fell hard for them in all the different colors. Besides that lilac, “dusty pomegranate” was especially pretty.

  5. Box-Pleat Dress, Zara
    I’d wear this with the hat and necklace.

  6. Louise Bag, Claire V.
    A perfect size, with a luxe mix of materials.

  7. Wide Metallic Barrette, J. Crew
    My hair is growing so quickly right now (thanks, pregnancy and prenatal vitamins!), so I’ve been pinning it back. This barrette is huge, but I quite like having a giant gold bar in my hair.

  8. Graciela D’Orsay Shoes, Anthropologie
    Flats because they’re easy to wear, these because they’re lovely.

  9. Twin Pearl Stud Earrings, Gem
    Ladylike with a little twist.

  10. Fidji ‘L456′ Shoes, Nora’s Shoe Shop
    Excellent summer to fall shoes, and they’d be great when spring comes back around too. These would look good with skirts or with cropped pants, and that heel height is so walkable.

  11. Dolman V-Neck Sweater, Talbot’s
    I saw this in the store window, and it’s perfectly drapey and in the best shade of pink. I’ve had a few sweaters with this same cut over the years, and it’s my favorite — always so flattering, and great with a pencil skirt.

  12. Ivory Box-Pleat Skirt, Banana Republic
    Subtle pleats for the win.

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