Just Wing It

Lovelace Interiors

by Cara McBroom

The Wingback Chair:

When one imagines a wingback chair, (let’s be honest) we typically think of a tall, austere and formal-looking traditional chair with wings, possibly sitting in a men’s study or a castle, or that formal sitting room in your grandma’s house that you were never supposed to actually use!  I say, we are not giving this chair enough credit for the strides it has made since way back in the 17th century!

“Back in the day”, this chair was created to serve a distinct purpose.  The side wings and tall back helped protect a person from chilling drafts.  You could place a couple of wing chairs near a fireplace, and the wings would envelope the heat around you like a warm, cozy cloak…and if you so happen to fall asleep, the structure of the chair helped “prop” you up!  On the other side of the coin, the chair’s wings could also protect a lady’s delicate skin from an overly-hot fireplace.   It is highly common to see a pair of wing chairs flanking a fireplace in many floor plans.

The first wing chair was a rather stiff, straight-lined piece of furniture, that “cloistered the sitter in a kind of opulent coffin.”[1]  This shape changed in the late 1600’s when Charles II was crowned king of England, Scotland and Ireland. “When Charles II came to power, thereby ushering in the Restoration—a period freed from the Puritans’ censorious moral beliefs toward sex and self-indulgence—…the female form was once again adored and joyfully distorted.” [2]  Hence, the more curvaceous styles we are used to imagining when we think of a wing chair, such as the popular Queen Anne style.

Ham House Sleeping Chair (late 17th century)

Queen Anne Wingback Arm Chair (early 18th century)

[1] http://www.believermag.com/issues/200906/?read=article_jovanovic
[2] http://www.believermag.com/issues/200906/?read=article_jovanovic

By some, wing chairs tend to be viewed upon today in several different ways: One way is as a nostalgic, traditional, floral print-covered, reading chair you can see in your grandmother’s living room, with the cat curled up in it and a half-read newspaper over the arm. Norman Rockwell captured this best:

In modern day, we also often see the wing chair used in television and movies, depicted as a chair used by powerful characters, usually men, like Donald Trump, Nooky Thompson and Scarface.  Even Dr. Evil has his very own exaggerated wing chair to rule the world in!


Wingback chairs, however, are so much more versatile than this!  With so many new shapes, sizes, and bold fabric applications, these chairs could find a place in any home, fireplace or not! In fact, they are not only “usable” these days, they are highly on trend!  Whether you are refurbishing a vintage frame by painting it a bright lacquer and covering it in a fun print, as shown below; or buying into a new, fresh modern shape, these chairs have become a must-have in almost every design!

Check out Some of these revamped wing chairs!


This Ombre Chair by Andrea Mihalik, with Wild Chairy Studios, took an old world shape and modernized it with some whimsical charm.  I love how the back mimics a woman’s corset, which exaggerates a woman’s figure—giving a nod to what inspired curvilinear lines in the chair in the first place!

Here are some wing chairs that have innovative, modern shapes and lines:

Here are some awesomely beautiful rooms that are sporting some amazingly inviting wing chairs!

Feeling inspired yet???  Here are some unique and beautiful wing chairs, below, to get you excited.  We, at Lovelace Interiors, can order any of these styles in a wide range of fabrics! Come on in, and instead of “winging it”, feel free to ask any of our designers for their opinion! We can help you coordinate the perfect design!


From top left to bottom right: ( 1-4) Chairs by CR Laine; (5-11) Chairs by Century Furniture;  (12-15) Chairs by Lee Industries; (16-18) Chairs by Vanguard Furniture; (19-20) Chairs by Drexel Heritage; (21-22) Chairs by H.Studio; (23) Rene Chair by Design Legacy; (24) Kercher Chair by Bernhardt

Below is a pair of extremely comfortable wing chairs I recently used in a project!  They are covered in a colorful and striking ikat fabric that ties all the colors of the room together:


Contact me if you want my help exploring your wing chair options, or if you need any interior design help!

Cara McBroom
Licensed Interior Designer #ID5285

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Vintage Industrial Design

Lovelace Interiors

by Karen Kerns

We are seeing along the Emerald Coast more and more design requests to create an interior which incorporates vintage industrial touches. Industrial… in a home… YES! If done the correct way with bringing in light colors and clean lines it can create an environment of rustic elegance. A big factor as to why this look has taken off is because clients are never a fan of walking into another persons home and seeing the same pieces they have. More often than not these vintage selections have history or a story behind them making them a conversation piece as well. We can’t forget the most important reason we love this style and that is how healthy it is for the environment!

When creating this type of design you will see the use of distressed woods and industrial inspired fixtures and furnishings. Natural iron finishes are often used on shelving and furniture legs or supports. Take a look at these examples…

Light fixture selections with this design style are often ones with exposed or caged bulbs. Clear blown glass is a favorite because each one is slightly different creating its own uniqueness.

Wood finishes on cabinetry and furnishing are left unstained and in their natural shape creating a very organic feel.


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