A few months ago I got a good deal on a set of four Eames DKX chairs and immediately put them around the dining table, thinking that four chairs should really be enough for two people (this from a person with at least two dozen “extra” chairs scattered around the house and hiding in the basement). The table is quite long, though, and four chairs just didn’t look quite right. I half-heartedly looked for two more DKX chairs, but couldn’t turn up a bargain. I also thought it would be nice to have something different at the ends, and I considered using a couple of Eames shell armchairs, but that didn’t seem quite right.
Then I remembered the Bertoia chairs I got for a steal back in March. I had been storing them in the basement thinking I’d eventually use them in the garden, but the longer my garden remains a dirt rectangle with two dying rhododendrons and a pile of gravel bags, the more I think it would be nice to try them out INSIDE the house. And what do you know? I actually think they look quite nice together, these two alike-but-different wire chairs. It’s a nice contrast while still being in the same family.
Speaking of Bertoia chairs, look what I found last weekend! Yes, another one, reduced to $50 ($50!) because of some rust. I’ll take it! I’ll take it! I don’t need it, but I’ll take it! (This is how you wind up with a chair “accenting” every free bit of wall space in your house.)
While I’m on the subject of the dining room, I have to give props to the table, which is awesome. We bought it four years ago (about a year before we bought this house), and subsequently our home search was dependent on finding a house with a big enough dining room to accommodate this table. It’s the NORDEN dining table in solid birch from IKEA, and it’s 105″ long with the leaf in (87″ without). Enormous! It can seat 10 people easily, 12 if you really like each other.
And after all that, we usually just eat dinner in front of the TV.