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Rule for Chairs

By 10/27/2012September 9th, 201813 Comments

Awhile ago, I fell in love with Tara Dillard’s garden blog called Vanishing Threshold: Garden, Life Home.


Her posts are so simple, interesting, sometimes funny, and yet so profound.

I subscribed to her posts because I was suddenly fascinated with landscaping since my new house needed tons of it. Maryanne White (My landscape designer) suggested a garden urn to be placed right in front of my living room window. She said they are like accessories in a garden.

So that was the other reason I loved this post Tara wrote called Rule for Pots.  She said “Pots in a garden must be so fabulous, they can remain empty“, read the post though, how she discovered this rule was good.


This is how I feel about chairs. Hard or Upholstered, a chair should look so fabulous, it  can stand alone.

Here are some of my favourites, from my ‘chairs‘ Pinterest boards:










Do your chairs pass the test?

If they don’t and they can be painted, get painting! A boring, dated oak chair looks a lot sexier in a bright and fun colour!

Related posts:

Round or Rectangle Dining Table: Yay or Nay

Maria’s Happy Living and Dining Room

A Friday Tablescape for a Special Friend

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  • Ginger says:

    Half of mine fail. The most tired, dated chair in the house is the one my children beg me to keep, though.

  • Lisa says:

    These are some great looking chairs, definitely more fun than mine. But, are they comfortable as well as great looking? Hard to say until you sit in them!

  • StagerLinda says:

    Only have one chair that doesn’t pass the test–a blue velvet wing chair that was bequeathed to me by a client. But it’s hidden in a corner of the upstairs bedroom.

  • tara dillard says:

    Thank you for applying the fabulous pot thought to chairs.


    Took YOU to see it. And, of course, your trough pic has yellow flowers.

    It’s always a good thing when a garden is slowed, makes the implementation even better. All those extra hours of thought.

    Thank you for writing about pots needing to be so fabulous they can remain empty.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

  • Greg Balzer says:

    Life is too short for both generic pots AND chairs. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Maryanne White says:

    Being able to stand alone, they become multifunctional as well, a great idea for small spaces. Something I have learned the hard way. I can pull from other rooms when needed, rather than those awful folding chairs I have been storing for forever.Thanks again Maria.

  • What a great perspective, it could make a huge difference inside and out! thanks Maria!

  • Cyndia says:

    Tara is a gem. She writes such profound things about what should be obvious, but isn’t. I learn so much from her.
    I never thought once to translate it to chairs. Once again I’m slapping my head that I never thought of it.

  • barbara says:

    here is as chair that i rescued and made
    “art” out of …..she def stands alone…. 1962 from my husbands fathers adv agency conf room……

    thnx for the new blog to explore!!!!

    i too love chairs!!

    • mairi says:

      The link says ‘page not found’ Barbara. Can you re-post please? I love early 60’s style! Thanks.
      I just finished painting 8 pre-60’s dining chairs-4 were a set, then 2 each of other styles all in a soft white chalk paint. The seats will be reupholstered the same colour to complement a large mahogany table. Good comfortable chairs with great features are priceless..

  • Mary says:

    Hey…what do you know? I did something right. I checked your Pinterest board for chairs & I have one of them!!!
    The Bobble chair (or also known as a Spool chair) is sitting in my living room.

  • Debbiecz says:

    I subscribe to Tara’s blog & philosophy. There’s another great saying…when I’m dead & gone will people fight over this (insert urn, chair) at my estate sale? If yes, buy it right away!

  • Lisa says:

    I really love the pink Louis XIV chair! So dang cute! I do have my eye on getting two of the Starck Ghost Chairs in the future to use as extra dining/regular seating chairs as they are stackable and clear!

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