These are the two armchairs that sit in the corner of my dining room. I bought them over 10 years ago from Carina Sherlock. My dining room table only has 6 chairs, so I use these armchairs on the end when we want to seat 8.
Years ago I saw a picture in a magazine that had the same chairs but with big comfy seat cushions on them. What a great idea - the seats are rattan and a bit low, so a cushion provides comfort and means you sit higher.
These seat cushions have been on my 'To Do' list for years. I have looked in many shops for something to fit. I even went to Melbourne and looked in the Carina Sherlock showroom, but no, they didn't have any. I toyed with the idea of making them myself, but it would be very time consuming, especially with the piping. I even thought about getting some professionally made but the cost would be prohibitive.
Finally, on a recent trip to IKEA, I spotted the DJUPVIK seat cushion for their wicker armchairs. I wonder if they'd fit my chairs? And guess what - they did! Even better these cushions cost $30 each and have a removable cover for easy washing.
After 10 years, the paintwork on the chairs had discoloured and had spots on it.
I thought about painting them, but decided to sand them and give them a slightly more distressed feel. The sanding removed the spots but added some character.
So this is how the chairs fit into the room.
One day we want to change the window at the end to French doors.
My dilemma now is what sort of scatter cushions/pillows to put on the chairs? The scatter cushions need to be either a small square or rectangle.
The only other piece of furniture in the room is the buffet.
The display changes from time to time, but the blue and white china is a constant.
There is also quite a bit of blue and white scattered around the room.
The chair pads on the other dining chairs are charcoal. I tried having white seat pads, but with two kids it didn't really work.
So do I add cushions in blue & white in keeping with the china, or do I try to link in the charcoal seat pads?
This cushion from Linen House would link the charcoal.
or this blue and white fabric from Fabric Traders might work with the blue and white china?