what if…

… I got this chair from IKEA – and put it in my Reading Room?

I love this chair. I love the fabric. I love the pattern. It’s a slipcover, too, and you can buy other colored slipcovers for this chair. I am so tempted…

Could you see that chair in this room? Where the rocker is here:

changing a dining room into a dining/reading room - in progress

The page where I found this chair.

I know it’s not as inexpensive as the one Anna told me about, but it’s just the type of chair I had in my mind’s eye for my reading room. I like the whiteness of it, too, as I have all white woodwork.

Actually I’d like two of them… I don’t want much…

The only thing is that I might have to change the rug, which I had wanted to do anyway… to something more plain…and soft, like this:


Click for page where this can be found.

One more time:

I’ll have to think this one over.

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The only other thing I have today is that I snipped some forsythia branches off my large plant outside and brought them in (well, Paul did it for me), and I am force-blooming them in the reading room now – for a little spring feeling:

force blooming forsythia - March 1st

force blooming forsythia - March 1st

I might go out there and snip some more. Paul asked me how many I wanted and I said “twenty” at which he balked… but twenty wasn’t really enough for two vases… more like forty!

Cheers for a new month, the coming of Spring, and maybe, just maybe, a new chair (or two),


It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

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14 Responses to what if…

  1. Smartiplants says:

    The chair looks very comfy and looks like the perfect fit for your home so I vote yes also!


  2. 40 is about right.


  3. nina says:

    It’s so “English cottage looking!”

    I think that’s the line my daughter has in her living room. Her chair has lasted a long time and is super comfy!

    My vote: yes!


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    I think that chair would look great! Not only that but when you asked I thought of it being right where the rocking chair is, before I even read where you were thinking of putting it.


  5. Eric Mayer says:

    I’m not a person to ask about interior decorating! But I love the idea of getting some forsythia going in the house. They bloom so early outdoors that they get snowed on plenty of times but I don’t know if they’ll actually come out when there’s snow on the ground, which is what they might face this year the way things are going.


  6. Bex says:

    The measurements are as follows:
    Width: 30 3/4 ”
    Depth: 33 1/2 ”
    Height: 33 1/8 ”
    Seat width: 18 7/8 “
    Seat depth: 21 5/8 ”
    Seat height: 16 7/8 ”

    my main concern is the width. 18 7/8 inches isn’t very wide, and we want me to be able to sit in it, so it can’t be too skinny!


  7. l'empress says:

    I am no good at guessing measurements, so I can’t tell how that chair will fit in your room. I got so accustomed to buying for small rooms because I never had a big one. (I bought what I thought was a small armchair, which fit my room well, but it looked big. It was big enough to fit two kids.)


  8. Bex says:

    I’ve thought of that Anna, the white being “messy” (especially with dogs and lobstermen!) but the slipcover is machine washable, I can get another just like it or other colors for $59, which I would do for a spare…

    No, an ottoman does not come with it… However, I have a spare one in the living room that I can make a cover for.

    I’m taking all suggestions to heart. I haven’t bought it yet. I really don’t have the money right now anyway, so just doing planning.


  9. Annanotbob3 says:

    That chair is from the same line (Ektorp) as my sofa – very comfy and looks most inviting. I want a flowery cover but I can’t do that white – too messy xx


  10. Shennanigans says:

    Look up measurement of the height of the seat back – IKEA tends to give it from the seat, sans cushion, which leads one to believe the back will be high enough to be comfortable for the shoulders, neck & head. Then look up the seat cushion height. Lastly, sit on a chair and measure from seat to the height the chair will be on your back/neck/head, based upon the firat two steps. The three together should at least let you know where the top of the seat back will be on your body and whether it is a comfortable height for a reading chair for you.

    it is a beautiful choice – I hope it measures perfectly!!


  11. Sandy Freel says:

    I like the chairs…does a footstool come also ?
    Like the plain rug too.


  12. Bex says:

    Everything in my home is a mish-mash anyway… I just love this chair. I haven’t run it by Paul yet. I did find a rug that might go better than the oriental, and I’ve put that on the page… something like that anyway.


  13. Love the chair Bex, and my only thought was about the carpet, which you thought of yourself. Can you sit in it before you buy it, to make sure it is as comfy as it looks? Or maybe you are comfortable with returning it if it doesn’t meet with expectations?


  14. Well I’m not the one to help you here because there is no d�cor to my d�cor. I do think the chair is fabulous! It’s warm and inviting and comfy looking. A good reading chair. These decisions can be so tough. But this looks like a winner.


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