Thursday, March 31, 2011

All hail King George

Probably the hardest part about me not having a job is not having as much discretionary income for all the decor items I'm dying to purchase.  Since I'm at home during the day, and since reading decorating blogs is my newest vice, I spend even more time imagining the possibilities for my home than I used to.

Today this gorgeous guy crossed my path.  Isn't he handsome?  (I started to type "she" and "beautiful" but then I remembered the name of the chair and didn't want to offend his highness.)

Safavieh's "King George Armchair"
I've been making do with a couple armless chairs from World Market that I purchased very cheaply about a year ago as a temporary solution for the living room.  

Living room looking toward front windows
 I like the chairs okay, but I bought them with the intention of moving them into other rooms once I found the right chairs for our living room.  The nice things about the temporary chairs is that they bring a pop of color, and we now have two places to sit where we had just one messy slipcovered chair before.  But they just don't take up enough visual space in the living room and they're not the kind of chairs you can sink down into and get comfy.  Plus, I think they make the space look too "sweet" and I'd like to bring more of an eclectic and sophisticated feel.  Yes, I realize the table and accessories are playing up to the "sweetness" as well.  They are only temporary also.

But back to my friend King George (the chair, not the monarch).  I've been looking for the right living room chairs since we moved here three years ago, but since our four fuzzy friends tend to choose the most inconvenient places to hack up a hairball every now and then (sorry if that grosses you out, but it's reality with pets), we have to be careful about what colors and fabrics we choose for upholstery that has horizontal surfaces.  Therefore, linen, which is my absolute favorite, has to be relegated to vertical places like a headboard (which I did purchase recently -- pics to come soon).

I spotted King George today at One Kings Lane.  If you aren't familiar with OKL, you've got to join.  It's basically a daily online sample sale, where designer brands and products are sold at insider-only prices for a very limited time.  When you sign up, you receive a daily email at 11am ET with the link to the offerings for the day.  Quantities are limited, so the best stuff goes quickly.  OKL items are all home related, including rugs, furniture, lighting, accessories and more.  For instance, a chair that usually retails for $900 might sell for $450, or a rug that's usually $400 might sell for $150.  If you're going to check One Kings Lane out, please use my link here.

Again, I digress.  When I received my OKL email today, I saw that furniture was one of the categories being sold today, and I spotted King George right away.  He and his twin immediately went into his cart.  I love, love, love the charcoal color, the shape, and the nailhead trim, which I am obsessed about right now.  But seeing as though I'm not bringing any income in at the moment, I thought I better get the purchase approved by The Mr. since he's paying the bills.  Of course he was on a conference call at the time and conveniently left his cell phone on the kitchen counter at home this morning, so I had to wait until his call was over before I could complete my purchase.  I was freaking out because once you put something in your online cart, it's only reserved for you for 15 minutes before it goes back to the general OKL population.  I had to trick the system a couple times by pressing the checkout button and the back button to start my clock over until Jason was available to talk.

Surprisingly, he was welcoming to the idea of King George.  Not surprisingly, he reminded me that now is not a good time to make a large purchase since we just made a larger purchase last week (see below) and since we don't have a handle on what our new income versus bills ratio will be.

My new ride
Darn my husband.  He is so rational, especially about money.  I'm very rational too, but "Bad Hollie" speaks louder than "Good Hollie" when it comes to making fun purchases.  As Jason outlined the reasons why I should not buy King George at this time, I could feel myself losing more and more of my grip on him (the chair, not the husband).  I wanted to stomp my feet and shake my fists and use my best whiny little girl voice and yell, "But I WANT him!"  Luckily "Good Hollie" held me back.  After we ended the call, I felt defeated but I hope that I will meet King George again someday.  I curtsey to you, your highness.

What do YOU think about King George?  Or what items are you just dying to purchase that you've been holding back (or, ahem, held back) on?  Do share.


  1. Nice ride Hollie!

  2. Ha, ha, ha ... Sabrina, you WOULD comment on the car and not the chair!

  3. Hey Hollie - - Courtney and I want to buy your chairs for the studio. Call me. ;-) 502.724.8904


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