The Divine Law of the Great Chair


The excerpt below is from a wonderful Blog by Carrie and Danielle. It totally ties into my love for chairs and also the spiritual aspect of surrounding yourself in your homes with things that you love. Carrie and Danielle are also authors of the best selling book: Style Statement: Live by your own Design


Here’s a radical notion: what if you really liked, even outright adored every material thing in your own life? What if the quality, shape, color, function, and feel of the things you owned gave you satisfaction, pride, and delight?

Enter, The Divine Law of The Great Chair. When you let go of things you don’t love, you create space for things that you do love to show up. EVEN IF: it’s “useful”, it’s filling an “empty” place, it was a gift, it was inherited, expensive, imported, exotic, or you truly loved it once upon a time -– if you don’t like something in your space, it’s dragging you down. This isn’t about old, or new, or what you can afford – this is about how STUFF makes you FEEL.

THIS WEEK: Identify the “old chair(s)” in your life that you’re making do with, and get rid of it. You may have to sit on floor cushions for while, but you’ll be dwelling in possibility – instead of compromise and regret.

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chapmanradcliffbaker_chippendale image Photos Top: Thomas Pheasant Top Row: B & B Italia, Vicente Wolf, unknown Second Row: Bertoria Chair, Andrew Martin, Ghost Chair Third Row: Knoll Eero Saarinen Womb Chair, Knoll Brno Chair, Knoll Warren Platner Chair Fourth Row: Barbara Barry, B & B Italia, Barbara Barry Fifth Row: Madeline Stuart, Thomas Pheasant for Baker Sixth Row: All Oly Seventh Row: Oly, Blanchard UK, John Saladino Eighth Row: Chapman Radcliff, Baker, Jayson Home Excerpt above from Carrie and Danielle The Divine Law of the Great Chair Patricia Gray writes about Interior Design inspirations, emerging trends, and the world of Design. While you're here, subscribe to this feed so you don't miss out.


  1. ...YUM...who makes that woven wing chair? I also love Victoria Hagen's white leather wing chair...it's amazing.

  2. I love what you said about 'dwelling in possibility' so inspiring! I totally agree with just having things in your house that you love, love, love!

  3. This is such a powerful message and obviously not just about chairs. I do agree though. We keep too many things that drag us down. We all need to edit. Thanks for this great post!

  4. Hello,
    today I find your blog
    it is an amazing design Blog!
    Best Regards

  5. You are offering some beautiful choices here!

  6. great post ! I love this concept of an old chair!
    I love all these chairs

  7. Great advice! I have been getting rid of old chairs a lot lately!

  8. That is sort of a shocking idea. I like the idea of only living with what you really love...but I'm also a packrat, so I'm conflicted.

    Actually, a few weeks ago we tossed out the old couch in our den and having been living without one on there for a while.


  9. Anonymous9/11/08

    the designs are awesome and ergonomically themed.. :) thanks for sharing those pics. I might as well refer to those pics when i plan to buy new chairs..

  10. oooh love this post !!! thanks!!!

  11. I'm amazed by your nature picturs , some of them look like fabric pattern .

  12. Anonymous10/11/08

    I'll take the tufted chair and chippendale! Such wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing :)

  13. if you don’t like something in your space, it’s dragging you down. This isn’t about old, or new, or what you can afford – this is about how STUFF makes you FEEL...

    too brilliant! great advice!

    cheers to you, patricia gray : )

  14. Beautiful compilation of beautiful design

  15. Anonymous13/11/08

    I'm such a chair addict. These photos are wonderful!

  16. oh, i am such a sucker for a good chair! i'm trying to get my parents to do exactly this - they have a vintage wing chair that SO does not match their decor, and they must must must replace it... perhaps i'll steal the vintage one to inspire them to replace it ;)

  17. LOVE your chair collection!

  18. I have the book Style Statement & love it. It's so much fun to go through & also to go through it with friends!

  19. I love the idea of getting rid of the things I don't love. I think I keep pieces around out of guilt for making a bad decision. What a terrible reason.
    Thank you for making me realize that I don't have to keep those items around!


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