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from sad to glam

Every once in a while, we will be posting on how to re-invent something yourself.  This week, we will be taking this sad scene…

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And hopefully “glamm-ing” it up a bit.  We found some amazing vintage fabric at The 8th Street Market and will hopefully be able to give this amazing chair a fresh new face.

Ingenious invention

We have all used them in one form or another.  They might not scream comfort or luxury but we have all been grateful for their existence……duh duh duh duh….the folding chair!!!

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I was shopping in a thrift store, a hobby if you will, the other day and found this beautiful old folding chair.  It just reminded me of how creative and practical people can be and how much I get to benefit from other’s ideas and pursuits.

According to the most reliable source on the internet, wikipedia, John Cham established the first paten for the folded chair in 1855.  Since sliced bread wasn’t marketed until the 1920s.  I can imagine the previous turn of phrase being ” That’s the greatest thing since fold out chairs”.  And they would have been right! They save the day in their multiple forms constantly.  Concerts, parties, and camping are just three events I can think where some form of this ingenious invention increases the enjoyment ten-fold!

So enjoy your summer!  And when you pop out that camping chair, or unfold the metal one give a small shout out to “the Cham-ster” who started it all.  Cham-ster, to increase comfort is to increase time together and we are thankful for your invention!

This is a gate-fold chair created by the Cosco company more than likely in the 1950s. According to their website coscoproducts.com, they started out making tin matchboxes in the 1930s, helped make military equipment during World War II, then moved on to household metal stools and chairs.

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I love that it comes with instructions and what a lady in her hose and heels demonstrating for us!  Classy!  I genuinely love it.

Can I take you to dinner?

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It is rare that you find vintage chairs that all match, thank goodness the eclectic look is amazing!  Our vendors, however, are skilled at finding bulks of treasures and often acquire complete sets for those who favor this look.  It is clean, sophisticated, and allows you to go a little crazier in other areas if you desire.  If I was in the market for chairs (which I honestly always am), I would dive into the beautiful lines of these black wire-legged mid-century chairs!  With their curved wood seat, they are comfortable and able to support any bum for a long dinner full of amazing conversation and the memories that come with it.

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My personal table at home is on the eclectic side.  I often get carried away with form over function, but my practical, efficient husband has helped balance me out…..just a little.  He is a good ‘ol strong Texas boy and needs a good ‘ol strong chair to support him.  So when I changed the chairs out around our dining room table, his curved back wooden chair was not to be touched. He feels supported and I know my “boundaries”.

Four-legged memories

My dad always had a recliner and it was “dad’s chair”.  We were allowed to sit in it, but if dad was in the room, all “dibs” were his.  There are lots of memories I have associated with that chair; grabbing it before my siblings did when dad would leave the room and seeing how far we could make it rock without falling over.  My favorite thing to do in that chair though, was cuddle with my dad.  I would curl up and snuggle with him and we would rock back and forth just watching some silly show (that I am sure he really enjoyed too), or just talking about the day.  It brought on an “end-of-the-day, settle into the evening, you are safe” kind of feeling and I loved it.

The things we fill our home with should do this.  They should provide means for us to live the life we have and provide avenues for wonderful memories.  Like I have mentioned before, I have too many chairs in my house and several seating areas, usually arranged in a circular formation because I want to encourage gathering, talking, and comfy places for anyone who walks in our front door.

This can be applied to the dinner table as well.  Long, short, round, square the dimension can and do differ.  However, the memories have the potential to be strong in any shape. Choose chairs that all match, choose an electic mix of different shapes and styles from different time periods that would even be a great conversation starter.

Whatever route you take in designing your home just remeber that aesthetics are wonderful, I love helping people make their homes beautiful.  But good design is form and function!  What is the goal for the “function” portion of your home?  Make sure you consider this as well when decorating so you will have beauty…and good memories flowing through your home.

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Kicking off Summer

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Yellow mid-century designer chairs are not only fun in appearance but very ergonomic. You will not believe how comfortable they are.
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Beautiful red ladder back chairs. Ladder back chairs became the most common type of chair throughout Europe in the middle ages. They are now rising in popularity again with the Farmhaus tables!
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In the 19th century German biergartens, or beer gardens, started gaining popularity in Munich. This biergarten table is from the early 70s and could help your family entertain and create lots of interactions throughout the summer.
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With a beautiful patine, this aged metal chair just needs a good cushion and the right spot on your front porch. Perfect for a cool summer’s night!

A potential obsession

I have something to admit.  I am a bit obsessed with collecting chairs.  I see one at a store (usually at a vintage/antique store) and I want to know all about it and I want it!  There is so much history wrapped up in that small (or sometimes large) piece of furniture.  It probably did not help that I had a professor in college that was even more in love with the four-legged pieces.  We had chair quizzes regularly through all the design classes I took from him.  However, I cannot blame him, they really are a simple way to study design through history.  So please join me in my obsession this month!  Whether they are kept in pristine condition or have been recovered or painted, the shapes, details and history of each chair is unique and can easily be incorporated into many fun home designs.

Please take a seat

June is the month of the chair!  It’s always there for you when you need a break, you put your trust in them every time you “take a load off”.  They are in your everyday life, providing comfort, rest, and constant support.  Wood, metal, plastic, the mediums are endless and the styles are great.  This month we will explore chair design, how to play with eclectic styles of chairs and how to incorporate new and old designs into your home both indoors and out.

In Comfort and loving it

Oh Comfort, Texas!  Hill country beauty, close to major cities (Austin and San Antonio), close to non-major cities (Fredericksburg and Kerrville), just a gem in the Hills of Texas. Proudly founded in the mid 1850s by “freethinkers”; it has kept it roots.  It has its own unique flavor but for those who have never personally tasted it; Comfort is to Austin as frog legs are to chicken.  A very general standard  of goodness but smaller, extremely unusual, and, well, just simply special.

That is where we are here at the 8th Street Market, good ‘ol creative, unique, quaint, glorious, one-of-a-kind Comfort, Texas.  And you might have guessed it…..we are on 8th street!  We are filled to the brim and then some with mid-century treasures, furniture from the 1800s, with stories to tell, refurbished wood pieces (and the wood itself for those of you building) and of course Texas flavored antiques; never forget your roots!

We come equipped with passionate owners, educated management and staff, and a genuine love for antiques, design and sharing of knowledge to help you find those one-of-a-kind pieces.  You can find out more about us through our website, Facebook and Instagram but we wanted to create a blog as well for general antique fun and design learning!  We will be featuring general pieces the store has for sale, vendors; the people who find these amazing goodies and what it is like to treasure hunt, and how to create your own unique loves.

More about our amazing store and our beautiful building next time but for today, if you want a fun, enjoyable, “slow-pace-with-lots-of-eye-candy” kind of day or weekend come to Comfort! We are here, we would love to have you, we would love to know you and your “freethinking” thoughts too! …Just maybe not on a Monday, we like to take breaks on Mondays!