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25 Jan, 2005

A new place to sit

Posted by andrea in: Oh! Things!

I think the recent cold snap we’ve been suffering through has left me tired and out of sorts. Last night I had a major case of the blahs. So I went shopping, but when your destination is the local second-hand shop you can’t really call it shopping. It’s more of a treasure hunt. What can one find while wading hip-deep in castoffs and other random things that are one step away from the curb? Hmmm. I needed a challenge.

I found a vintage glass orange juice container, circa 1970s, a style of which that I remember that everyone had in their house when I was little. I knew I was falling victim to nostalgia, but I held on to it for awhile, then thought better of it and returned it to the shelf.

Then I saw it. A chair. It was a really funky old chair, borne in the same days as the juice container, and in dire need of new upholstery. I inquired about the price. Nineteen ninety nine. That’s twenty bucks! For a cool chair! I sat on it for awhile. It seemed like it was in good enough shape. It had good bones. I tried to envision what Mark would say. I knew he wouldn’t like it. But come hell or high water I HAD TO HAVE THIS CHAIR. It had personality. It had grace. It is swank, like the kind of chair you’d find in someone’s bachelor pad.

So I bought it, and wrassled it into the car. It was soon after homecoming that Mark discovered what I bought.

“What do you have there?” he called from the living room couch. “Whatever it is sounds big.”

(I couldn’t actually hide it, could I? Although I have to admit that I considered doing just that.)

Mark didn’t think much of my chair. The girls jumped on it right away. They like it because it’s a good size for them and there are no arms to get in the way. I’ve already emailed a photo to a local upholsterer in hopes of getting a reasonable estimate.

So here it is.

Your honesty is welcome. I don’t mind if you hate it, but consider the potential here! I’m thinking of going with a velvety cranberry coloured pattern. (!)

2 Responses to "A new place to sit"

1 | Mark

January 25th, 2005 at 2:20 pm


My position on the chair:
I actually like the chair despite Andrea’s claims. The issue is not the chair, the issue is lack of space. The last time Andrea bought a chair (at auction) it sat in the basement taking up space until we had to throw it. The chair was going to be re-upholstered, but after about 5 years it still sat lonely in the basement un-upholstered. It’s not the chair. It’s the lack of space to store a chair.

2 | kelly

January 25th, 2005 at 3:17 pm


I love the chair. My parents have the same one! It is called a cocktail chair. They also had the matching sofa bed.

it will look much better in purple than brown.

At our house we are always on the lookout for funky furniture…


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (24) and Sarah (22). During the day I work as a writer at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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