Ahhhh the age old battle. In one corner of the boxing ring we have Design Diva; she wants everything to be stylish, gorgeous, and pleasing to her keen, aesthetic eye. In the other corner, Practical Princess; she wants her butt cushioned, back supported and her furniture smart and sturdy. Here they are duking it out for the opportunity to furnish MY new home. Problem is, I don’t know who to root for.
Now before you get your panties in a bunch- Yes, I realize there is furniture out there that is BOTH stylish and comfortable. It seems, though, that the pieces that I LOVE are a little bit more beautiful to my eye, and slightly less comfortable for my bum/back and other parts.
Dilema 1: Beds… well headboards actually.
Right is West Elm’s Grid-Tufted Grasscloth Upholstered Headboard)
Lately I’ve been hot-to-trot for wood carved headboards. Everytime I see one I fall a little harder. I love the detail, the richness, and character they bring to a bedroom. I want my headboard ornate, and the rest of my bedroom furniture simple and clean. Of course we would fill in with pretty accessories, lighting, knicknacks and a vase of flowers.
I adore the intricate carving of the bed mixed with this colorful quilt.
Simple, pretty, PERFECT. All I need now is a concrete wall!
(via country living mag)
I could even recreate the second headboard, if I wanted. Vivaterra offers a 60×60 teak lotus
carved panel that could stand in for a beautiful backdrop for my bed. On sale now for $498.
But would I regret my choice to forgo the cushy comforts of an upholstered headboard? I don’t know; I’ve never had a headboard. Right now Mr. Drywall (and a bunch of pillows) support me while I sit in bed.
Does anyone have a wood headboard and really regret it? Does anyone have an upholsted headboard and have an undying love for it? Tell me peeps!
Dilema 2: Dining Chairs
I haven’t been a bit shy about announcing to the world my complete love and devotion to the Tolix Chair. I love the industrial chic look, I love the lines, I love how it complements any decor. I have even sat in in and loved how it felt…. for 5 minutes. And then I had to get up because the DWR employees were starting to give me weird looks. But will I still love them after a three hour dinner party? Will my friends hate me for forcing them to sit in drop-dead-gorgeous metal chairs?
I guess the big question is- Is it crazy to spend over $1,000 on 6 chairs that don’t even have a cushion?
After all- I do enjoy Louis XVI chairs a whole lot. And they can rock the industrial vibe with the right table…
BUT, I don’t love them as much, and they are even More money than the Tolix chairs.
So what do you think…. how important is a cushy seat when you eat?
And what other style vs comfort items plague you?
Anyone want to take bets on who wins the fight?
I’ll tell ya, Practical Princess takes a beating everytime I scour design blogs….