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We surveyed our new house a few days ago, taking notes on room measurements and the paint colors we’d like to use. One feature we’re excited about is a bar along a big window in the kitchen looking into the back yard. I’m envisioning sitting along that bar, looking out at our small back yard with a mug of fresh hot coffee and my laptop. Problem is, we have no bar stools, and so begins our search for bar stools along with a larger dining table! I know my posts have been a little furniture-heavy lately, but since we’re moving, I can’t help it!

As I combed the internet looking for something a bit more unique than the IKEAfied West Elmed everyday furniture, I came across the Ohio based company of AT-95 American Furnishings. Inspired by their Mid-West roots of blue collar machinists, factory workers, and farmers, AT-95 creates furniture that looks like something their hard working ancestors may have used at a factory. Simple, chunky, and sturdy, these “industrial chic” pieces of art would look perfect in any modern loft or country farmhouse.

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As a follow up to my earlier post on Farmhouse Tables, I’ve thought a lot about the perfect chair to compliment. I’m one who favors a mix of styles. Modern with traditional, rustic with contemporary, cheap with expensive, the combination of these creates a textured, more interesting space that looks like it has been cultivated over time. So, to compliment the rustic, clean lines of the farmhouse tables, I chose the Marais (or Tolix) chair.

Designed in the 1930’s by Xavier Pauchard, the Marais chair (also called the Tolix chair) was a classic among French cafe life. Reproductions of the original are now sold at Design Within Reach and Pottery Barn.

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One of the challenges we’re facing when we move out of our condo at the end of the month is that our small four person dining table will seem lost in the massive dining room at our new home. The home we’re moving to is a 100 year old craftsman style bungalow. It packs in the historical charm with built-ins and period details. While weighing the options, we’ve decided a chunky farmhouse style table would go well to balance both our modern tendencies and the traditional architecture. Since the antique farmhouse table I really want is out of our price range, here’s some of the more conventionally available reproductions (some of which are still out of our price range but are nice to look at anyway). I have my favorite, which do you like best?

Pottery Barn – Hyde Dining Table

Crate & Barrel – Basque Dining Table

Crate & Barrel – Pacifica Dining Table

Restoration Hardware – Gun Barrel Dining Table

Restoration Hardware – Farmhouse Dining Table

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