7 Classic Chairs for Today


Classic Chairs for Today - these stand the test of time ... with style!  kellyelko.com

Sometimes I wish furniture shopping was like clothes shopping?


When the weather turned, instead of buying a new pair of jeans or boots …

we’d be able to buy a new dining table or chandelier.


Unfortunately, we can’t redesign our homes every season.

But a girl can dream!


I got my dining room chairs 15 years ago.

“I have to have these and I won’t be happy with anything else”, I pouted to my hubby.

Eclectic Dining Room - love the mix of collections kellyelko.com

So we got them …

and I still love them but now I also long for a set of Tolix chairs, classics that date back to the 1930’s, around my farmhouse table …

Tolix chairs - see the other classic chairs updated for today!  kellyelko.com

or maybe a set of Thonet bentwood chairs (around since 1859), painted a bright color.

Thonet bentwood chairs - updated for today!  kellyelko.com

Ever since I scored one for my foyer, I’ve been dreaming of a set of Danish modern chairs around my farmhouse table.

Danish modern chairs - perfect for today!  kellyelko.com

I’ve always consider the Windsor chair too formal for my taste …

that is until I saw them in this dramatic black dining room!

Windsor chairs - who knew they could be this chic!  kellyelko.com

Ghost chairs would be fun too.

Ghost chairs with a rustic farm table - love the combination!  kellyelko.com

French bistro chairs have me saying ooh la la!

Bistro chairs - a classic perfect for today's style kellyelko.com

Faux bamboo chairs (not to mention that capiz shell chandelier) have me swooning.

Faux bamboo chairs - a modern classic kellyelko.com

What’s your favorite?


To see how I put together a dream Rustic Industrial Dining Room – check out my post at Lamps Plus blog!

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  1. I love the style of all the chairs shown. We used to have chairs I considered “pretty” but we never used the dining room cause my hubby said un-comfy chairs ruined a good meal. So we replaced those chairs about 10 years ago with leather parson chairs and I’m still “stuck” with them today cause I can’t find anything else hubby is willing to sit in for a meal and since we’ve turned our formal dining room into our daily dining space I sort of need him to be able to sit at the table 😉 The bistro chairs look like they could satisfy on the comfort issue and I have one antique windsor chair identical to the ones pictured and it is sooooo comfy, so hope remains that I will come up with something {soon} to replace my current chairs.

  2. You may not like this but I LOVE the chairs you have right now. All the selections are very pretty. I really like that black dining room and the Windsor chairs. They look very sophisticated. Good luck deciding!


  3. I like lots of these looks too, but now I’m about comfy so the French Bistro. The chairs you have now could have a whole different look with color , I like that style too maybe add an upholstered seat?

  4. I have faux bamboo chairs. I love them and yet my family is destroying them! They also have marker and crayon running down the sides thanks so my 2 year old. nice.

  5. I have ghost chairs in my formal dining room, and the eames -knock-off in our study. Would love to have the french bistro chairs and the faux bamboo ones someday!!!!

  6. Thanks for the primer on chairs. I’ve never known a chair’s style. It was fun to recognize a few and learn some new!. I love your existing chairs! Also, the Windsors are to die for.

  7. I’m all about bamboo chairs at the moment. I also have a thing for chairs, and for a long time I was on the hunt for French provincial. Now that I’ve scored those, I’ve moved on to bamboo 🙂 I am also digging your Danish modern one.

  8. Kelly,

    I love your chairs and can see why you had to have them. My favorite chairs in the photos are the bentwood and the tolix chairs. I love mixing the industrial metal chairs with the wood. Can’t wait to see what you will come up with because I can tell you are craving some change around that dining room table of yours.

  9. I love the bamboo chairs! So much so I am sanding & spraying 10 of them for my dining table. They are hard to come by in Australia second hand but I was lucky to get 10. You can buy them new but they are only black and white & expensive, $500-1000 AUD a chair

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