Thursday, January 1, 2009

Veni, Vidi, Ve no buy-ee

Today, John Dear and I went out looking for a new dining room set (table + chairs+ china cabinet). Anyone who knows me IRL knows my obsession with finding a good china cabinet.

Don't tell JD, but we're slowly replacing all the furniture that he brought into the marriage, because, well, because it's really cheap-looking, literally falling apart furniture. Plus, it's all really "geeky swinging bachelor"-oriented. Actually, my mother christened it the "Skeletor Collection" because most of it is large and black and might fit in Castle Greyskull.

So, we're trying to look for something formal but casual, contemporary but traditional, cheap but expensive. (H/t to Richard Crenna in Sabrina). Important items: the set must have comfortable chairs, fit 10 people when all leaves are used, must be sturdy and the china cabinet may not be so tall that we can't fit it in our dining room. Oh, it also has to go with our living room furniture because of the way the house is set up (the living room and dining room are just one large room).

We went to a mega furniture store, Pottery Barn and Arhaus Furniture. Crate&Barrel was closed today, much to their detriment as we were one of 40 couples we saw trying to go in. Arhaus seemed to have some really cool stuff. Pottery Barn (or at least, our location) did not show all of their furniture and the mega store didn't have anything we liked. I am not just buying something to buy something. I want to love it.

We may try and go to one of those DirectBuy stores this weekend and see if we have any luck there. I think we're Pottery Barn-type people, but I do not want to buy something so expensive without at least seeing a version in person. Any hints on where to go for nice furniture?

5 comments:

Hillary said...

Hmm...Cost Plus World Market? I like a lot of their furniture and they tend to have good prices. I can't vouch for the quality as I haven't bought any furniture there yet, but I'm eyeing their dining sets.GL and have fun shopping!!
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FunkyFrum said...

I just bought the most beautiful set from someone on craigslist. it is practically brand new and I paid almost nothing. I am obsessed about chairs, there had to be a lot. And yea, my husbands furniture? He is only allowed to keep his bachelor lounge chair when we move (and the lamps his mother bought him).

LJ said...

I am a fan of the Leesburg outlets. They have a Restoration Hardware outlet, which has amazing furniture for half off. There may be a ding or two, but we've gotten great pieces there...

barrenisthenewblack said...

I too "magically dissapeared" all of Honeybee's bachelor furniture. Can you say broken orange IKEA couch? I'm a Pottery barn girl myself. I found lots of great deals on the clearance section of the website and on craigslist. Also, there are Pottery Barn furniture and Restoration Hardware outlets in Leesburg and a Crate and Barrel outlet in Alexandria-have you looked there?

oops cross posted with LJ

Me said...

We bought our kitchen table from Arhaus. If we were rich I think I might buy all my furniture there. With a few items from Ethan Allen thrown in. :)