Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome, Otis: A Candice Olson design from Norwalk Furniture

We are definitely fans of Candice Olson, so it's a sure bet we're going to love her designs. There's just something different, whether it's her rugs, fabrics, or furniture designs, that makes us appreciate her input into each of them. You might look at some of the pieces and think your home isn't the place, but keep looking and you will soon find something that might just add that fresh, new look to your space you've been needing.

Our newest piece from Norwalk is the "Otis" chair. We chose a floral fabric, but don't wince when you read "floral". This one is an updated version of something similar to mums along with some swirls here and there. The colors are red, tan, taupe, and a deeper coffee color that looks great with the wood furniture we have in the shop.

Here's the side view. We still have the legs covered, but they have a very interesting curve to them you'll see in the website photo below. The back is low which makes it easy to place in an open room or a room where furniture won't be placed against a wall.

Every edge is corded, and the button detail in the middle of the cushion is a detail we don't see very often. If you look in the photo below, you'll notice the back cushion was designed to have four triangles sewn together for even more interest. We love this look, but after deciding on a patterned fabric, we chose to have it done as one solid piece. The idea of "chopping up" the pattern would not be the same as embellishing a solid fabric with the topstitching detail. That's another thing that's great about Norwalk: it's made to your specifications!

Here's the picture from the Norwalk website. You can really see the shape of the front legs. If you go to their "Interactive Catalog", you can look at "Otis" in the fabric of your choice, along with any other furniture pieces. Along with fabric choices, you'll find the dimensions listed with each piece. Otis has a width of 32", a height of 34", and a nice depth of 34". Now, if you are under 5'8", you might find you're most comfortable curled up into the generous seat cushion. But, if you're that height or over (as is the person typing), you'll appreciate having the support under your legs, all the way to your knees!

Remember, we have Norwalk's collection of fabrics, including Candice's designs, in the store.

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