I have been wanting to write a post about the chairs for a while but I kept changing my mind. But with our recent move, it seemed like now was the right time.
So, let’s see, where to start….. I guess for newcomers to the blog, the long story can be found in this post. The short story is that about four years ago, I decided to take some vintage Parsons chairs and reupholster them in a leopard fabric and came up with this…..
I don’t mean to sound obnoxious, but I would call them a bonafide hit. They got featured on numerous websites and blogs, got pinned and re-pinned, and many readers found vintage chairs and made their own versions. I loved getting emails with photos of leopard chairs all over the country. Thank you everyone for your emails, links, and credits!
A big thanks also go out to my friends and readers who would send me emails and messages every time they spotted photos of my chairs (in my house!) without credit. I’m fiercely protective of my friends too so I really appreciated you looking out for me in that way. Fabric stores were using photos of my chairs on their sales sites, an etsy seller did the same, and vintage stores even began producing their own versions of the chairs, using my photos in their catalogs. I couldn’t believe it.
Then it got even more incredible.
I spotted these on 1stdibs…..
That price made my eyes bug out of my head like in a cartoon. Mine were not cheap but holy moly…..
Then came the Elle Decor cover…..
And finally, mass production by Ballard….
I could never have imagined. They had officially become a thing.
Now I’m going to tell you a little secret. Right around the 1stdibs sighting, I was getting a little tired of the chairs. Shocking, right? It wasn’t the chairs. It was me. I have a contrarian personality so if I see too much of something, my automatic response is to dislike it. And by the time we started organizing for the move, I seriously considered selling them. But in the end, I just couldn’t do it because as #theOriginalLeopardParsonsChairs (as I started tagging them on Instagram), they’ll always have a special place in my heart.
So the chairs have moved with us to the new house but I knew I didn’t want them so front and center like in our last house. After trying them out in a few different spots, they’ve landed in the (unfinished) master bedroom……
I think this will eventually make a nice reading spot. I have to figure out the art situation for the wall and some sort of reading light and there are shades coming for the windows. (Between here and the farmhouse, I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is ordering and waiting on shades…..)
So for those of you have followed the story of the Original Leopard Parsons Chairs (some from birth! haha) and wondered where they ended up, this epilogue is for you.
Thank you so much for all the love you’ve shown them over the years!