Friday, April 26, 2013

Back to the drawing board

In February when we ordered our new patio sofa & rockers, I located these dining chairs on

They were a steal at $212 for the pair, but rather than snag them while I had the chance, I bookmarked them for future reference. Fast forward 2 months, I log onto my amazon account intending to purchase the chairs and see:

Strathwood Falkner Dining Arm Chairs, Set of 2

by Strathwood

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

I can not believe it! Now I am on the brink of warm weather and outdoor dining season without chairs. Our current dining set is a Crate & Barrel hand-me-down from Bestie B that was on it's last leg when we moved here 3 years ago. Not to mention that the table is too small to accommodate a family of 5 & the substantial wooden chairs much too heavy for little ones to maneuver.

I fell in love with this table the moment I saw it. I had hoped to have Hubby build it to pair with the chairs, but now I'm second guessing whether the combination even works. The table is intended for use with coordinating benches, yet we would be opting for chairs with their back support. I feel like benches are great for quick meals, but when entertaining they aren't an inviting place to lounge and linger.

So now I'm on the hunt again.  Perhaps I should look into something like this, which appear to match our conversation set

Two negatives though:
1. I was hoping to avoid a "set" appearance.
2. The chairs are solid and block my sight line of the backyard. I preferred the airy open back of the chairs. I wouldn't completely rule this option out, but I'm not in love with them.

As the search continued, I was able to located these substitutes. The cushions are sea foam green rather than ivory though & I was hoping to stick to neutrals. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but something to consider.  

And while I'm at it, do I just scrap the farm table (I can hear Hubby's cheers now) and purchase the "set" table?  Yes, I know two minutes ago I scuffed my nose at the idea of a "set", but I am brainstorming here folks. So continuing with this train of though, the deck furniture would be:


Conversation (3 person sofa & 2 club chair rockers)
I'm kind of leaning towards the iron "set". Perhaps I'm being swayed by the boxwoods and topiaries staged in the photo or just the ease of buying vs. building. Feel free to way in with your thoughts & I'll be sure to let you know what I decide. I'm an impatient thing so I'm sure the decision will be made before the weekend is over. Happy Friday!!!


  1. We have an iron set similar to that and I really like it. I love the color of those cushions!

    1. Good to know Laura…thanks for sharing.

  2. We have an iron set and I love it! It's held up beautifully for years now and so easy to keep clean! Good luck!!~~Angela

    1. Anything that is easy to clean gets major bonus points in my book!

  3. We bought that table and four of the arm chairs from Target. We have been very happy with the table and chairs.

    1. It is so nice to hear a real life review especially there aren't any posted online. Thanks a ton!

  4. Skip the farmer's table and go with the "set"
    Paige M.


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