Is This Chair Fab or Frightening?


I wrote about something called Pottery Barn Catalog Syndrome on Vitamin G a while back. Here’s how I described it (quoting myself, which seems really quite weird): “When I’m flipping through these catalogs–looking at all the gorgeous and perfectly clean and tidy spaces–I start to feel bad about my own house. First it’s the little things like “man, I can’t believe how awful my coffee table looks.” Then I start thinking about how bad my living room rug looks and before long I’m thinking: “NEW HOUSE! Definitely need a new house.”

Anyway, I’m having Crate and Barrel Catalog Syndrome these days–especially after seeing an ad for their summer sale, where a certain chair caught my eye. But here’s the deal: I can’t tell if this Jardin Chair is cute or horrible. On one hand, I can see it in my office or in the corner of my bedroom looking kind of fabulous. But wait, is it way too loud? Bold? Take-me-away-to-the-Caribbean? Sometimes I worry that I don’t have decor-dar (you know, decor radar). I need a interior designer BFF and fast.

What do you think of the chair?

P.S. I hate cribs. We had to buy crib #3 (today) in less than three years due to a second major crib recall. Do you know how obnoxiously time consuming it is to install a crib?

  • June 2, 2009

    I’m going with frightening. It’s a bit loud for my taste! But boy can I relate to your PB and Crate and Barrel house envy. 🙂

  • June 4, 2009

    Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

  • June 9, 2009

    I know this post is a few days old but – I have seen this chair in person, and I know it sounds crazy, but it is awesome. It’s comfortable too. I could put it in a very simple room so that it was the loudest piece there and be ok with it. It’s very summery & fun.

    also love your Vit. G blog and this one is even CUTER. Google Reader…check!

  • August 27, 2009

    I’ve been a long time reader, and Cup of Jo reader, and somehow JUST stumbled upon your blog for the first time! (How has it taken me so long!) Hence all the comments….. any way….. LOVE love love this chair. Its def a statement piece. And after seeing what color your office is painted, this would look fantastic in there. Looks like something out of Little Green Notebook (


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