One of the things I love about Pinterest is that it is easy to spot commonalities. So when we decided to be grown ups and buy a set of matching dining room chairs, I knew just where to look. All of the above photos are from my dining rooms board. I think it's pretty safe to say that I like a black Windsor or Windsor-inspired chair with a stained wood table.
We already had the wooden table, but not the Windsor chair. My search eventually led me to two chairs, both of which I adore:
Above is the Salt chair from Design Within Reach. I had my heart set on this chair. I think it's practically perfect. Simple, classic, well-made. DWR even let me take it home to test it out overnight, but when we tried it, we found the scale to be quite small. My husband looked like an adult sitting in a child's chair when he sat in it. Sadly, I decided to return the chair and continue my search. Incidentally, this chair comes in a variety of colors and costs a pretty decent $100 each. I've read that Serena and Lily's Tucker chair ($168 each) is made by the same manufacturer in the Czech Republic. It also comes in a variety of colors.
Willa chair (above) has the same clean lines and classic feel. After sitting in it, the scale felt larger and the chair more substantial. At $149 a piece, they are more expensive than the Salt chair. I read a few reviews and one thing that kept popping up was that the paint chipped easily. When at the Crate and Barrel outlet one day, I spied a few of the chairs and sure enough, every one of them had chipped paint.
About this time, a friend reminded me that I had discovered and liked another Windsor style chair at a different store. When I went back to try it, I found that it was both comfortable and substantial.
So I pulled the trigger and here they are in our dining room:
Would you believe me if I told you they are a new design at Ikea? And that this solid wood chair is a mere $35 a piece? The name of the chair is Lidingby, and for some reason is not listed on the Ikea website. I don't know why...testing a new market maybe?
My one bone to pick with the chair is that in typical Ikea fashion, there is a silver screw visible in the cross bar that supports the legs.
Nothing that a little black craft paint can't disguise, however. In fact, the nailed-on felt tabs I added to the legs of the chair might be more conspicuous!
Regardless, I'm pretty pleased with this purchase.