Distressed leather armchairs market research

Hello there! How is everybody doing? Today I want to show you the distressed leather armchairs I bought for our living room in the country, but before that, I have a quick  announcement to make…

A record number of readers signed up in the last 6 days to follow my humble little blog (and the numbers keep going up)… 154 people in 6 days to be exact, and I could not be happier about it! I want to say a Warm Welcome to you all and thank you for showing interest in my country house decorating project. I am glad you’re here… I will try to keep a good pace and make things fun and interesting. Please feel free to chime in at any time! I love love love reading comments from readers. It makes blog writing more of a fun dialogue than a lonely monologue…

Now back to furniture shopping… A long time ago, while on a business trip to London, I fell in love with distressed leather armchairs, and of course I made a mental note that someday I must own one, but since our NYC apartment had enough furniture, I thought it would be great to own one or two in the country….

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A natural place to start looking for such items are estate auctions, but the ones I found were either in great shape and super expensive or they were so distressed they required repair. I quickly learned that there is a fine line between distressed and damaged. Another challenge was finding two that are alike or had similar design in a “similar state of distress” (that sounds funny, doesn’t it?)…

So I had 3 options:

– first – to buy the vintage supper expensive ones (about $3000 each) and exhaust my budget for this room…

– second – to buy the vintage damaged ones and have them repaired (or patched)… not so appealing… and

– third – to buy “new” distressed leather chairs and unleash our toddler twins, who can distress anything in no time… If you have kids, you know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

I went with the third option, mainly because of the price… and here it is:

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It is from Overstock. com and the price is $556 each

and here they are in our living room:


distressed leather armchairs - town and country shuffle

and another angle:

distressed leather chairs - town and country shuffle blog

They are great.  The color is beautiful… The leather is distressed “enough” but not too much… also, they are on the smaller size, but I knew that before I bought them.

That is the beauty of shopping from Overstock.com.  I’m sure you’re familiar with this website, but if you aren’t, Overstock allows merchandise ratings and reviews  by customers who have bought the products. I wish more retailers would adopt this, because it is such a great tool for online shoppers. Often times the truth lies between the customers’ “raves and rants” and one can pretty much form an opinion based on the other shoppers’ experience.

I ordered two brown chairs and initially Overstock delivered one red-ish brown and one brown, but they took care of the problem by picking up the red one and delivering another brown in just a matter of 2 days. I was super impressed with their customer service, it was that good!

Anyway, so that is all for this living room update… let’s take another look at the before and after:

livingroom before and after - town and country bog


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and a side by side…

livingroom Town and Country Shuffle blog - before and after

So what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this room… It is almost ready aside from the couch and some accent pieces…

Next up,  I will bring you some rustic inspiration from one of my favorite Pinterest boards, the Interview with Interior Designer Christina Sullivan Roughan… and of course my search for a new couch… and my first Give-away!! So please subscribe for updates…and stay tuned…

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. Have a lovely rest of the week!



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7 Responses to Distressed leather armchairs market research

  1. Erica Varesko says:

    I looked at all of the before and after pictures. The room(s) look great! I like everything you’ve done.

  2. Elly says:

    Love it, great job Emily! These chairs are fantastic, I just love the finish and the slightly rounded shape, gorgeous.xo

  3. Those chairs look great. I got a leather chair from Overstock and was very happy with the quality and price. Plus I shop online a lot so agree, customer reviews are key.

  4. Those are beautiful! I’ve been stalking craigslist for some perfectly worn leather for AGES and it’s not easy to find. Yours look like the exact right amount of distressing. That room has come a long way already!

    • Emily says:

      I know Kelli, I looked at Craigslist for about 6 months every day and gave up in the end. These chairs are hard to find hence the big price tag when you find the real thing with an antique dealer. But I’m pretty happy with these… thanks for stopping by!

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