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A home furnishings magazine pictured three all-wood chairs.
Their title: LOW–MEDIUM–HIGH–referred only to price.
The $149 chair was plain.
The $425 chair was a bit decorative.
The $755 chair was rather ornate.
The inference? MISLEADING!
Style elicits our emotional response but has little or no impact on price or quality of furniture—nor any other home product. Identical styles can be made in broad price ranges depending upon raw materials, joinery, staining and finishing.
There’s a lot of tradition in furniture design
—and no rules—
so where do you begin?
Is your lifestyle formal or informal?
Is your design aesthetic traditional, country, modern, eclectic or other?
Do you like to combine vintage with modern?
Rushing to fill our rooms,
they become locked in a ‘time-warp’ instead of becoming a chronicle of our lives.
Furniture satisfies our emotional and physical needs—and it takes a lifetime to furnish a home. Knowing your personal preferences makes purchasing decisions easier. Then, bring fabrics, accessories, paintings and cultural interests into play.
Many of us experience the following:
STYLE—–paramount when we first buy furniture.
QUALITY—paramount when we grow in discernment.
COMFORT–paramount when we grow in wisdom.
But, you can choose new or old furniture having
style, quality and comfort
at prices you can afford—-all IN ONE PRODUCT!
Quality is not about style—but style attracts us to furniture.
It’s a good idea to save interesting pages from furnishing magazines
—even if you have no immediate need for them.
Differentiate your WANTS from your NEEDS;
then PRIORITIZE your needs.
• Do you need a bedroom dresser?
or can you outfit your closet with shelving for folded clothing?
• Do you need a dining table for four or twelve?
and can the dining chairs double as pull-up seating in your living room?
• When I needed a serving table for a dinner party when living in New York,
my sturdy ironing board, covered with a colorful table cloth, was a perfect serving table.
BUDGET FOR YOUR CRITICAL NEEDS!
Appreciate that good quality wood furniture is made in a broad price range
using different woods and production methods.
When I found a cherry wood desk that suited my needs,
I couldn’t use the color of real cherry wood.
I ordered the desk in OAK —stained espresso brown.
Oak is cheaper than cherry wood—but the production
quality was identical.
I wrote this post at my espresso-brown oak computer desk!
Pat Breen: EYEWITNESS TO QUALITY
My next post: JUDGING THE QUALITY OF WOOD FURNITURE