As I’ve been decorating our apartment, I’ve tried to show restraint and keep things from getting too girly. I’ve always said that good design involves knowing when to hold back. I also want to have a happy hubby who feels at home in our apartment – who won’t feel grossed out by too much frill. So I’d say overall our place has an old world vibe that is slightly masculine, with a sprinkling of feminine touches and modern touches. Our major furniture pieces are all more serious and gender neutral, but this time I had to indulge in my feminine side and get a really pretty arm chair for the living room. I wanted something antiquey that would have a similar feeling as our wedding venue. I finally settled on getting a french bergère chair.
Bergère chairs are not cheap, and I did a lot of research before we finally decided on which was the best value. Check out all of the amazing, but unaffordable options I found out there on the internet:
Aidan Gray Chandler Chair for $1,944.00. A wing back version of the bergère chair. This one costs more than our whole couch. Definitely way too expensive.
Marquis Arm Chair from Soft Surroundings for $1548.95. Very stately.
Eloquence La Belle Bergere Gustavian Grey Chair from Layla Grayce for $1,450.00. Also way too expensive. Its OK, this one is maybe too girly for me.
Spencer Oak Wing Chair from Jayson Home on sale for $1,436.00. Another expensive wing back.
Hand Carved Louis Chair from Clayton Gray Home for $1295.00. Similar to the one we got, but with open arm rests.
The “Romona” Chair from Horchow on sale for $1,199.00. This one is a little slimmer and taller. Very elegant. Very expensive. Getting better though…
Bastille Lounge Chair also from Soft Surroundings for $788.95. Pricing is getting much better at this point, but still a little high.
Oak Gentleman’s Chair from Wisteria for $749.00. I love this chair, and it looks really similar to the one that we ended up buying.
Louisa Bergere Chair from Ballard Designs for $599.00. This is really close to the price of the chair we bought. But this one’s a little smaller and the color wasn’t right for our room. Still really pretty though.
Marseilles Chair from Restoration Hardware on sale for $495.00! You may have noticed this in the background of my paperwhite post. We ended up getting this chair in the stock color while they were having a sale so it was $100 less than its currently listed on the website. Can you believe that Restoration hardware was the cheapest for anything??? Surprising. We got ours for $495 minus a $70 store credit that we had. Not only was this the most affordable, but I honestly like this one more than any of the others I found. It looks antique European without being too fancy-pants. I love the heathery linen and the rustic aged wood. I love that it has closed arm rests and its the perfect size for our living room.
Here’s a pic of the chair in our apartment. I have nothing but good things to say about the delivery and customer service at Restoration Hardware.
Of course, there are other options for obtaining such a chair. I think they are fairly common with antique and vintage sellers.