By Karen Parr-Moody
February 2, 2017
I once penned a newspaper column entitled “Delusions of Glamour,” which ended with this tagline: “Karen Parr-Moody believes all things are possible with a glimmer of glamour.”
After I had a baby, my editor asked me, “Is that tagline still accurate?”
It is. I still believe a glimmer of glamour makes anything possible. (And I think a big ol’ whopping dollop of glamour is even better.) I’m reminded of this every Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Heck, glamour can be sprinkled into our lives throughout the winter, stretching into Valentine’s Day and Easter.
Right now, GasLamp and GasLamp Too, are fairly dripping in glamour. In particular, I've seen oodles of glamorous chairs among the booths. If you are hosting an upcoming fête and want to trade up on your seating arrangements, you’ll find something swoon-worthy pieces at either store.
When it comes to glamorous chairs, I can't get enough of the French styles; any of the King Louis styles will suffice. There is a pair of Louis XV style walnut chairs currently at GasLamp Too that feature exquisite carvings on the cresting rails, aprons and legs, all anchored by stylish medallion backs. This pair would bring a shapely and classic look to any room, and with an unexpected shade of coral-pink velvet upholstery that is affixed with nail-head trim. Statement pieces, anyone? Located at Booth T-277.
Personally, I love a peacock chair for the ultimate statement in glamour. Others do, too, as evidenced by their appearance in various shelter magazines and blogs, as well as the replicas made by design companies. This vintage peacock chair is a true original that drips with drama.
Fans of Victoriana know that wicker found its rightful owners in the Victorians of England, who loved its ability to conform to the fussiness of relatively ornate and romantic shapes. Peacock chairs, such as this one, would have taken their places among the smart set, for use either in the home or in the garden. Its dramatic fan-like back is simply a thing of beauty.
Victorians were great fans of hygiene and cleanliness, and like the natives of Holland, they believed that the raw wicker was far more sanitary for furniture, collecting less dust than its upholstered counterparts. This chair is located at Booth T-363 in GasLamp Too and includes a mustard-colored pillow ($145).
In a variation on a theme, here is another blast from the Victorian past. It is an absolutely gorgeous Victorian style wicker chair. Its ebullient design includes a wealth of scrolling that is indicative of the height of Victoriana. It's definitely a showpiece that one couldn't find just anywhere. Just look at that intricate center medallion. There's no maker's tag but it could easily be a Heywood Wakefield. Located at Booth T-293 for $198.
Adding a touch of luxe need not break your bank. Just pull up a chair at GasLamp to discover how some well-placed seating arrangements can prove totally transformative for any room.