Saturday, September 15, 2012

My money mug - saving for some new chairs!

So, for a while now I have been able to avoid buying any sort of "high ticket priced" furniture items, and it's pretty nice! Most of our staple items in our house were either pass-me-downs, gifted to us, or made by Graham and myself.  For example, our couch was my graduation gift, our dining room set was a gift from Graham and I's parents years ago, and most of the rest of our furniture are garage sale finds that I have re-finished. Or antiques of course! Either way, we've been very lucky when it comes to avoiding expensive furniture purchases, and I am SO thankful for that.

I very much love everything we have, but I think the time has come to maybe buy something new.... WHAT? Buy something NEW?? Totally not my style... I know.  I love vintage furniture and the story that they bring, but I think it's time for a change. I have fallen in love with a pair of seagrass wingback chairs from Pier 1. They are SO beautiful and very classic in shape. They are $299 each and a great deal if you start researching comps for an item like this.  I've been searching for an affordable option for a while now and these are by far the best deal I have found. But... I'm wanting to buy 2 of them which ups the price a bit.  So... drum roll please! That's where my money mug came into creation. I have officially started saving for my chairs and I am super excited! Not sure when I'm actually going to end up buying these chairs, but at least I'm on my way! Hey, a girl can dream - right??

Alrighty, now for the fun part! Here are some of my inspirations that I have been drooling over lately... Wicker, seagrass, you name it - I've drooled over it all!

First and foremost, here is the Pier 1 wingback that I am saving for:

(Imagine 2 of them with white cushions)

Graciosa Wing Chair - 2 of these please:) 

Ok now here are some of my other favorites!

Seagrass Wingback Armchair 
{pottery barn} 
 Above is Pottery Barn's version and every bit as beautiful!
But it's $500 with a $50 delivery surcharge, so not as good of a deal.
($650 with the ottoman + $50 surcharge)

Formal dining room chairs - I want

Seagrass Bucket Armchair
{World Market}

{pottery barn}

*sigh* Aren't they all so beautiful?? Wicker and/or seagrass items are the perfect way to incorporate texture into a room. The material is extremely durable and can be cleaned very easily - another reason why I love it:) 

Make sure to come back for my 3rd phase of our formal living/dining room reveal this week! My pillows finally came in so I can actually take pictures now:) You might have noticed that {if I ever do actually buy those dreamy seagrass wingback chairs} they will most likely be used in the formal living area. Soooo that means I might have a phase 4 for my formal living space. We shall see! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend:) adios!


  1. Love the chair you are dreaming of. Gorgeous and yes the texture will be fabulous. Hugs, Marty

    1. Thanks!! Hopefully one day they will be all mine! So glad you could stop by:) I am your newest follower:):)

  2. I love the idea of a money mug for the chairs which I love too!

  3. HI Amy, I came across your blog through Hometalk & I am so excited:). You have amazing style!! I just pinned a few shots of your house. I am the same way about furniture, I like the old stuff but of course like to infuse the new as well. The money jar, that is so something I would do:). Adding you to my blog list. Have a great week, Jen

  4. I love the chairs! A curious question that you can, of course, choose to ignore... How are you going about saving the money? Adding a few bills a week or emptying your change into your mug at the end of the day?

    1. Well I've actually been selling a few things (such as furniture or home decor) on craigslist that no longer fit with the style of our home. It's something I had been meaning to do forever and I finally got around to listing the items. Everytime I sell something, I put the cash in the money mug:) I've also been doing some extra graphic design work on the side and will occasionally put a small percentage of those earnings into the mug as well. A little bit can go a long way over time!

      Thanks for stopping by!