Happy Wednesday everyone! To celebrate our descent toward Friday, I wanted to share with you a featured guest blogger with their take on one of my favorite pieces of furniture- the ubiquitous yet distinctive Chesterfield sofa. Thanks to Kenny at Arcadian Lighting for contributing to my blog! Arcadian Lighting is the best source for home lighting accessories at discount prices. Founded in 2002, Arcadian Lighting started selling decorative home lighting fixtures and lamps online, and has become one of the top Internet retailers for home lighting products.
Arcadian Lighting gives us their take on the Chesterfield
Chesterfield was a common name for any sofa in the early 1900s in Canada and North America, but when we think of a chesterfield today we think of button-tufting, deep, low seated, and leather. How this style of sofa came to be called a chesterfield is unknown. One theory is that the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Phillip Stanhope (1694-1773), commissioned the first leather chesterfield sofa with deep buttoned, quilted leather upholstery. Whatever its exact origins, we adore the classic chesterfield sofa.
Rouge Blanc Noir (via)
A classic brown leather chesterfield looks great paired with an antique rug and built in bookshelves for an English library feel. Make sure to add an antique table table lamp to complete the look.
A dark leather chesterfield feels dramatic and elegant. Great legs and sculpted arm make this three seat cushion version a standout.
Apartment Therapy (via)
This version from Williams Sonoma has a higher profile on turned legs. Feels lighter than the traditional chesterfield but retains the classic details of scrolled arms and button-tufting.
Here is a sleeker interpretation on the classic shape. Love the turned feet with casters on this sofa. Nice single seat cushion as well.
The Decorologist (via)
Gorgeous gray velvet is lovely on this chesterfield. Not all chesterfields have to be leather but that is the traditional upholstery. Add a lovely hanging light above for the perfect ambiance.
Love the cream upholstery on this chesterfield featured in Lonny, via Vanessa Vargas. The ambient light from the windows and chandelier above make this sofa glow.
Gary C. Sharpe (via)
Beyond browns, whites and blacks, a chesterfield sofa’s classic lines can stand up to bold colors, like this gorgeous aqua. This version is a reupholstered antique designed by English Howard & Son in 1870.
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And finally, a chesterfield for your garden. This sofa is cast in concrete by the UK design firm, Gray Concrete. Wonder how comfortable it is.
Wow, that was fun!
I feel like Mr. Rogers, having so much fun with my guests stopping by. Thanks again to Arcadian Lighting for the lovely article. I wasn’t expecting that concrete sofa at the end- never seen anything like that! It almost needs to come with a sign- “This is not a leather sofa- do not heave your body onto it awaiting slouchy comfort!” And still, of course now I want one.