I Want This + Scavenging

Chairish: Covet + buy…or sell. (And a giveaway!)

Sometime late last year, I heard about a new site for buying and selling furniture called Chairish. The idea behind Chairish is that you can shop for pre-loved, pre-owned (OK, used) furnishings without having to sift through a bunch of junk. Everything for sale on Chairish has been approved by its staff curators, who have what professionals in the industry like to call “good taste.” Aside from selecting great stuff, Chairish also screens sellers and handles the shipping (where applicable—local pickup is also often an option), so you don’t need to worry about driving four hours and finding out that the credenza you thought you were buying was already sold while you were on your way there.


On the selling side, things get really good: You can either take your own good-quality photos of the stuff you’re selling (Chairish provides the silhouetting services!), or you can have a Chairish pro come to where you are and take photos for you if you’re in the Boston, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Greensboro, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, or Seattle areas. They’ll even do all the measuring and description-writing, too, if you want. When larger furniture items sell, Chairish partners with a white-glove shipping company who will come and pick up your dresser/table/sofa/whatever to be delivered to its new owner. I don’t know about you, but the main thing stops me from selling big pieces of furniture online (I’m looking at you, Heywood-Wakefield dresser) is not wanting to have to deal with getting the thing out of my house and arranging to have it shipped. And yes, they have an iPhone app (direct link) that makes the whole process ridiculously easy.

But enough about selling, let’s talk about BUYING! Chairish is hosting a giveaway for a $250 site credit for Door Sixteen readers! You can shop from my collection or from everything else on Chairish.

Giveaway time! Here’s how it works:
Enter your email address on the Door Sixteen + Chairish giveaway page.
Entries will be accepted from April 2nd through April 15.
One lucky winner will receive a $250 site credit to shop at Chairish! Yay!
If you’re the winner, I’ll notify you via email.

When Chairish approached me about putting together a collection of things I love and covet, I spent an afternoon looking at everything on the site. Before I knew it, I had marked 87 things as favorites. EIGHTY-SEVEN. I managed to narrow it down a little bit, and you can see my top 30-ish picks over there. Instead of just leaving you with a collection, though, I thought it would be fun to pull out my 12 favorite-favorites and show how I’d use them in a Door Sixteen-ish way.


1. Room & Board Harding Queen Sleeper Sofa
2. Pink Dyed Grain Sack Pillows
3. Yaacov Agam Signed & Numbered Serigraph
4. Vintage Brass Candlesticks- Set of 3
5. Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocker
6. Vintage Kantha Pillow
7. Walnut Tambour Door Credenza by Milo Baughman
8. Royal Holland Pewter Coffee Service Set with Tray
9. Distressed Pair of IB Kofod Danish Lounge Chairs
10. Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandelier
11. Black Square Boucherouite Rug
12. Danish Modern Teak Marble Top Coffee Table


Vintage neutrals + bright textures. Well, if that doesn’t look like Door Sixteen, I don’t know what does. Black upholstery can be very somber-looking, and there’s nothing more satisfying than throwing on a few brightly-colored cushions and watching the whole mood of the piece change instantly. I love the combination of black, wood, and hot pink! I want to curl up on in one of these chairs and wait for someone to bring me coffee.

Shown here: Distressed Pair of IB Kofod Danish Lounge Chairs, Pink Dyed Grain Sack Pillows, Royal Holland Pewter Coffee Service Set with Tray


Bold graphics + warm wood + metal. I know there are people who can’t get enough brass ‘n glass in their lives, but I personally prefer metals when they’re paired with much softer materials like rich, warm wood tones. I hadn’t heard of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam until I started putting this post together, but now I love his work! Check him out if you’re into op-art and color theory. Great stuff.

Shown here: Walnut Tambour Door Credenza by Milo Baughman, Vintage Brass Candlesticks- Set of 3, Yaacov Agam Signed & Numbered Serigraph, Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocker


Contemporary high-low + mixed vintage patterns. I don’t mean high-end and low-end, I mean literally high in the room and low in the room—something contemporary on the floor, and something contemporary on the ceiling. As much as I love vintage furniture, when you’re using a lot of mismatched vintage patterns, it can all start to look kind of kitschy and retro if everything else in the room is also vintage. Trust me on this—just two contemporary, neutral-colored pieces will take the edge off and make everything feel pulled together and fresh.

Shown here: Room & Board Harding Queen Sleeper Sofa, Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandelier, Black Square Boucherouite Rug, Vintage Kantha Pillow

There’s TONS more stuff hand-picked by me in the Door Sixteen collection at Chairish, which is where I’m headed now to ogle coffee tables and lamps. I should probably be thinking about doing some spring cleaning and selling a few things, too—our basement has become quite the dumping ground for some really nice pieces of furniture that followed us home but don’t physically fit in our house or apartment. Sigh. Someday!

p.s. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

This post was written in partnership with Chairish, but all thoughts, opinions, and selections are entirely my own.

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    • Anna @ D16 April 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Oooh, I missed that one. I love the flip-down sides!

  • Reply Adriana April 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for posting this Anna. But mostly, thanks for featuring the Milo Baughman credenza! I had no idea I had a true designer piece! I bought that exact same credenza (although without the original legs) a few years ago for around $175. Now I think it might be the best deal I have in my house. Sure it’s not in pristine condition like the one on Chairish, but we love it and it gets used every day.

    BTW, I love your all your work. Thanks for being awesome.

    • Anna @ D16 April 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Thanks, Adriana, that’s very nice to hear. 🙂

      Lucky you with the Baughman credenza!! Original legs or not, those tambour doors are the real magic. We bought a beat-up Knoll credenza off CL years ago for about 1/8th the price it was worth (even in bad condition), and I actually think I like it better because it’s a little rough around the edges. Also, because it was so cheap, we were able to buy a custom-fit slab of marble for the top! I love that thing.

  • Reply Heidi April 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Love those brass candlesticks!

    • Anna @ D16 April 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Me too! I’d be all over them if I didn’t already have 340593 candlesticks. Hah.

  • Reply maggie April 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my gosh, that Eames rocker….just drooling at my desk.

    What an absolutely lovely giveaway, Anna! Fingers crossed!

    • Anna @ D16 April 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Good luck! 😀

  • Reply Cristina April 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I love everything here, but the rug is probably my favorite. On the site, I’m interested in a lot of the lighting fixtures and chairs. I’d like to horde some industrial chairs to pair with the farm table I’m stealing from my folks when I get a house. 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 April 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      So many good light fixtures! I know!

  • Reply Jennifer K. April 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Anna! Love what you picked….I actually made an offer on that Townsend chandelier but I was rejected 🙁

    Thanks for all the work you do on the blog…always look forward to your posts!

    • Anna @ D16 April 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer!! I’m glad. 🙂

      I actually have the Orbit chandelier (it was a gift), and it’s waiting to go up in my living room…but the electrical box is all crazy and non-standard/a million year old, so right now there’s a light fixture on the floor and a few wires dangling out of the ceiling. Someday…

  • Reply Charlotte April 3, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I thought they put the wrong dog names (Morrissey and grout) in your bio. Sometimes the Oxford comma is useful.

    • Anna @ D16 April 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

      HAHAHAHAHHAHA. Now I need two more dogs just so I can name them Morrissey and Grout.

  • Reply Bedre Nætter April 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Love the lounge chairs, old-fashioned modern – no wonder they remain popular!

  • Reply Trisha Toelstedt on behalf of Thos. Baker April 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

    What a great resource & service for designers and clients in this Chairish site ~ thank you for sharing! The set of Danish lounge chairs really drew me in. I particularly like your Bold Graphics-Warm Wood-Metal collection from the site.

  • Reply gracie April 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    What a cool giveaway! They don’t ship outside the US though, imagine if they did, the whole gift voucher would be gone on shipping charges alone, ha ha.

  • Reply Jill April 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Whoa, I need to step away from the computer or else I’m going to go broke.

    See also: http://shop.chairish.com/collections/new/products/french-70s-lucite-skull-bookends

    • Anna @ D16 April 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Those bookends are INSANE.

  • Reply Jane April 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Hi there! If you are a lover of skulls, (and I think you are) The Dan Akroyd ‘Crystal Skull Vodka ‘ might be up your alley. Both large & mini size clear glass skull bottles are available, of coarse you may already have seen. or own them! Thanks for all the great posts. I will for always and ever read them!

  • Reply Lan April 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve been drooling over the Chairish app for weeks now but haven’t made a purchase yet.


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