HOW TO BUY FURNITURE THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME

In my profession, it’s a common thing to be asked what design trends will quickly be on their way out. I see a huge urge behind clients and readers alike, to make design choices they won’t tire of quickly. Selections that won’t go out of style in 5 - 10 years time. So to find these answers they are turning to professionals like myself or the world-wide web for answers.

Well, I hear you friends! I understand that your home is an investment and that spending your money wisely is the goal you’re all aiming to achieve. Guess what? Me too! So let’s talk about this together.

Today I’m going over the eight furniture pieces that have stood the test of time. That’s right, for YEARS they have continued to make their appearance across furniture showrooms, retail stores and even online shops. So whether you’re in the market today or wait another 30 years to finalize your purchase, we can almost guarantee your shopping cart will look the same if you stick to these styles:

THE SHAKER DRESSER

To understand it’s popularity, you need to understand its history. Shaker style furniture originated in the 1860’s and was adored for it's functional form and simple style. It was the first of its kind to stray from using ornamentation such as inlays, carvings, metal pulls or veneers. The underlying principles of Shaker design have given inspiration to some of the finest designers of modern furniture. So why has this piece won the hearts of so many across the world for so long? Mainly due to it’s SIMPLICITY + FUNCTION.

THE TUFTED BED

Button-tufted upholstered beds have been around for centuries. Reminiscent of a more elegant and sophisticated time in history, this style dates back to the 1950s. When the comfortable quality of this bed served a very distinct purpose, as drafts were high and home insulation was nonexistent. They truly have stood the test of time thanks to their undeniable style and beauty. The underlying reason for purchase among investors today? STYLE.

THE LEATHER CLUB CHAIR

Originating in France, the club chair was first called, "fauteuil confortable," meaning, "the comfortable chair." Which is the exact reason we believe this furniture piece never goes out of style. With simple curved lines and well supported arms, this style typically features brown leather and sometimes a nailhead trim. The club chair is a favorite among game rooms, man caves, libraries and any comfortable + traditional living space. So the number one reason to love the leather club chair? COMFORTABILITY.

THE ORIENTAL RUG

There is no rug more classic! With an endless supply of patterns, colors and price points, this rug style suits all. And from the modern home to the traditional or rustic, no rug has ever complimented such a wide variety of styles. And this rug, across the board of interiors, always looks classic and timeless. Dating back to 200 C.E., surely they’re here to stay! The reason everyone’s got an oriental rug in their shopping cart? It’s VERSATILITY + TIMELESSNESS.

THE TULIP TABLE

The tulip table originated from Eero Saarinen in the mid 1950s. Of his design, Saarinen said: "The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the table and chair all one thing again.” Although the piece is a hallmark of midcentury modern design, this furniture selection is found in homes world-wide. Just take a scroll through your instagram feed! The need for the tulip table? It’s ability to blend with any design style, in any room!

THE BENTWOOD CHAIR

It’s easy to see how the bentwood chair got it’s name. Loved for it’s uniquely curvy shape, the design is credited to Michael Thonet. He perfected the technique of using hot steam to get the wood pliable enough to bend, then allowing the wood to dry and harden into shape. The chairs’ minimal design seems effortless, but never fails to make a statement. If you make a reservation in your cities trendiest restaurant, it’s likely you’ll take a seat on a bentwood. Reason for popularity? Minimal enough to suit all home types and dining areas.

THE CHESTERFIELD SOFA

The Chesterfield sofa is one of the most recognizable pieces of furniture in the world. I’ll bet most of the hotel lobbies you’ve visited features one, if not two. Not to mention offices and living rooms world-wide. Praised for it’s luxury fabric, deep buttoning, low back and rolled arms, the distinctive style evokes a relaxed yet refined look. The perfect mix of formal and casual! Dating back to the 1800s, this sofa style is known and loved for it’s classic lines.

THE WINDSOR CHAIR

The Windsor Chair was first used in the Windsor Castle gardens in 18th century England. Hence, where it gets it’s name. These light, portable and beautifully designed chairs didn’t take long to trend. Previously used as a staple in many country and cottage style homes, today we’re seeing this chair mixed into a variety of design styles. Why? It’s SIMPLE LINES + ELEGANT SILHOUETTE.

So if you’ve been questioning whether or not your home looks timeless, try including one of these pieces into your design. Or two, or three, or four. You could even conduct your own researching to find more classic furniture styles, beyond what I’ve shared in this post! Because surely, there are plenty. And the “HOW” (if you’re still wondering) behind buying furniture that will stand the test of time? Is doing your history homework!

Let all of these selections be your guide to creating a classic home that you’re bound to love for years to come! Invest in the furnishings that will make your home great.

So . . . Are you ready to stand the test of time together?

Xo, Ames

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