The Story of a Chair

If a chair could tell a story I wonder what it would say? Especially this chair.


Chair before


I saw this chair in a house that was going to be remodeled; I was hired to do all the design selections and then stage it. When I saw the chair I knew it was a classic, well made and had been a stunner in it’s day.


Who had owned it? What stories had it heard?



Chair 2 before


Chair 3 before



The house had basically been abandoned after a death and estate issue. I asked the investor if I could have the chair and he said “sure.” I called my upholsterer, had him pick it up and I went on a hunt for fabric. It got a new look, face lift, some new guts and delivered back to me all spiffed up.

When I went to stage this home I just knew the chair had to go back for one more HURRAH! To say “Here I am back to my full glory!”


Here is the chair, back in the home where I found it.


Chair after




Chair 2 after


The house sold in a couple days with multiple offers and over the list price. I think this chair is smiling about that. It now sits in my living room where it commands a focal point, will continue to hear more stories,  and support many ‘seats’.

The moral of this story….don’t overlook the old. What was meant for the trash can become a treasure once again. The story of life perhaps?

If you want to see all the photos from this complete renovation here is a link to my previous blog showing all the before and after photos.  “A St Paul Renovation”


Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer