INSIGHTS

Inspiration and Ideas From Our In-House Experts & Customers

Save Over 50% on Photo Sample Chairs

Sample Chairs Well Below CostEver wonder what happens to all those chairs we photograph for use on the website and for advertising? Wonder no more. We're offering dozens of photo samples for sale at prices well below our cost. Each chair is new and unused and comes with our standard lifetime warranty. There's no difference between a sample and anything else we make.

Each chair is one of a kind, so it's unlikely you'd be able to put an entire dining room together (unless you like a very eclectic look), but they are perfect for extra seating or for use as accent chairs. Prices start as low as $59 and while we offering a large number, don't delay because they're going fast.

Get them here: http://www.carringtoncourtdirect.com/photo-samples.cfm

 

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Parsons Chairs Featured In Southern Living

My wife was browsing through the July issue of Southern Living and a group of parsons chairs in one of the articles caught her eye. They looked almost identical to the chairs we make at Carrington Court. Now, there are a lot of manufacturers that make parsons chairs, but there are always subtle differences from company to company. So we looked in the back in the sources section and to our surprise--they are our chairs.

This has happened in the past in other magazines, but it is always a nice surprise to have something you made featured. The designer Jill Boothby did an awesome job and she has a beautiful house. She also has a lot of great tips. It's good to know that the chairs are going to be used day-to-day and not just for a one time photo shoot. Check out the article (31 Style Secrets from a Design Pro) starting on page 51. When the July issue shows up on the Southern Living website, I'll post a link.


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The Nantucket Parsons Chair

As I mentioned previously in my post Perfect Blues for a Beach House, we had a customer that sent in some fabric for chairs to place in a beach house. We liked the colors so much that we decided to find something similar to offer our customers. It was a shame that we didn't get some pictures before her chairs shipped out, because not only did she have great taste in fabric, but also put together a chair design that was stunning. After we added the fabrics to our line, we decide to go all the way and add a new chair to match. The Nantucket Parsons Chair is a combination of several styles that we've offered for a while. It has a scrolled back and a banded, kick-pleat skirt. You have the choice of using a contrasting fabric for the border which runs around the seat and the back. While this chair was envisioned for a beach home--you can select from hundreds of fabrics that will allow you to add it to almost any environment.

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Designed By You - The Burlington Parsons Chair

During a typical year, we get hundreds of customer requests to make tweaks or changes to our chair styles. Occasionally one of these modifications ends up being a new style. That's how the Burlington Parsons Chair came to be.

This chair is actually a variation of the Button Back Parsons Chair, which has been in our line for many years. Though the new chair may be inspired by one already in our line, there are some great new features. The back has a seam running its length. That seam is held together by a vertical line of five buttons. Compare this with the tabs and buttons on the Button Back Chair. Another unique feature is that the back, seat border and corner pleats are in a contrasting fabric. While you can order the chair in a single fabric; the contrast option gives you a lot of choice in putting together a chair that will go great with your decor.

The Burlington Parsons Chair is a great example of the flexibility you have. While it's not always possible to create a custom design, we'll always consider it. There also may be some extra expense since there is a lot of extra work in creating a custom design.

So, what is the best way to communicate your ideas with us? The easiest method is to fax or email a diagram of what you want. It doesn't have to be a professional rendering--just something to give us an idea what goes where.

We look forward to seeing your ideas. Keep a lookout for more new customer inspired designs in the future. I'll be posting them here frequently.


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Designer Magan Toth Discusses Inspiration for Greenwich Parsons Chair

We frequently work with designers and many go the extra step to get exactly what they envision for their clients. Designer Magan Toth had a picture in her mind of the perfect chairs for a client's breakfast nook in Boones Mill, Virginia. Since Magan was the inspiration for the Greenwich Parsons Wing Chair, we wanted to find out what exactly led her to this design and give credit where credit is due.

I first contacted Carrington Court about the possibility of collaborating on a dining chair that I had been envisioning for a client in Boones Mill, Virginia. I was specifically seeking a set of chairs for a kitchen breakfast nook that were both refined and lightly formal, yet modern and bold. Parsons chairs proved to be too narrow and ordinary for the space, and a classic wing chair was too traditional and boxy. So, after discussing the specific requirements I had for the chair, Carrington custom built what is now their 'Greenwich Parsons Wing Chair.'

What I adore about this chair is that it is a modern combination of a classic wing chair and a parsons chair. The shallow wings on a widened parsons chair make for an inviting, substantial, and more proportional seat. This shape, in addition to a shortened skirt, is made with just the right combination of classic and modern lines. I completed this chair design with an oversized floral patterned fabric and contrast piping to create a bold statement in the room and to enhance the backdrop of the chair's oversized back.

The result was a wonderful chair that I was fortunate enough to see added to Carrington's permanent collection. I appreciate the exquisite quality of construction, pattern matching, and overall care that Carrington extended to this collaboration. This has surely been a valuable experience and opportunity, and I would like to thank Brad and Tricia Haas for making my client the first to have this chair in their home.


We frequently do modifications to our styles, but it is rare for one to actually make it into our line. Once we saw Magan's completed design we were in love. I can't tell you how many employees commented on how great this chair turned out. Of course we wanted to share it with the world and The Greenwich Parsons Wing Chair was born.

It takes a lot of hard work, experience and training to get where Ms. Toth is today. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Interior Design. She has over 10 years of professional experiences in both residential and commercial projects. Prior to owning her own firm, she worked for several award-winning architecture firms in the mid-east including Glave & Holmes Associates in Richmond, Virginia, and Bizios Architect in Durham, North Carolina.


Magan has taken her experience to a new level and founded the interior design firm, Nested Interiors, in Durham, NC. Her design interests and interior environments reference an eclectic range of designs trends, history, and collectibles. Aside from the standard array of professional interior design services, she says that Nested Interiors focuses on creating custom interior environments that are personal, livable, and accessible.

If you'd like learn more about Magan and Nested Interiors check out the following links:

http://www.nestedinteriors.com
http://nestedinteriors.blogspot.com



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