In the club

posted by harlie in home, shopping

Today, I went and looked at the IKEA Strandmon. I’ve been eyeing it for a while. When it finally because available, I got my tushie over to that big, blue, boxy building as soon as I had the time so I could check it out in person.

I loved it as much I had hoped. It was a little more firm than I’d expected and a lighter shade of grey than it had appeared on my computer monitor, but both those things are actually improvements over my expectations. And really, it’s a very pretty seat. The chair was tall enough that I could comfortably lean back and rest my head but not so big that the armrests felt too high. They were the perfect height for me to relax. The side profile was a graceful curve that upped the elegance factor. The woven texture of the grey material was soft and made the chair feel so inviting. The legs were simple and tapered; I might want to accent them with some little metallic paint like this.

There were a couple of things that gave me a bit of pause. First, this is not a slipcovered chair. Not that I expected it to be with those clean lines and button-detail, but so much IKEA furniture is slipcovered that it’s a little sad that this isn’t. Second, unless you already have one, the ottoman is a must. At least for me, it is. That would add $79 to your purchase for a grand pre-tax total of $358. You could skip it, but without an ottoman, you couldn’t take full advantage of the loungey-ness of this chair and that would be a crying shame. Seriously, it’s a small price to pay for the max comfort. That said, thank goodness I do have ottomans. In conclusion, sign me up for a couple of these beauties!

Of course, we don’t currently have room for the chair in our house (imagine my sad face here). But that doesn’t keep me from dreaming about owning a wingback. I love the Strandmon but because it’s not (yet) mine, I reserve the right to have a wandering eye. Here are a few chairs that have caught my eye recently.

1. The Howell Wingback from Anthropologie $1898 (a total splurge)
2. The Nina Chair from World Market $249
3. The Cafer Club Chair from Overstock $533
4. The Elliot Wingback Chair from World Market $279, also in Nutmeg (spicy orange) & Caper (olive green)
5. The Strandmon Wing Chair from IKEA $279

I love the bright colors of the Nina and the Elliot chairs from World Market (especially that peacock blue), but I’m not sure I’m ready for such a bold statement from my furniture. I’m still happy to let my accessories be the ones that shout that loudly. I also love the Howell but that’s almost twice what we spent on our sofa. The Cafer seems really cozy and inviting, but chances are it will be sold out by the time I’m ready to pull the trigger.

Of course, when I do pull that trigger (credit cards have triggers, right?) it will probably be for a Strandmon. It kind of stole my heart.

† We have a PB Seabury, which we got for about 70% off because it was a floor model and it was a discontinued model on clearance. It was also exactly the sofa we wanted to buy in the exact color we wanted. We had saved up for the full price and had no idea we’d get so lucky. Score!


Liz @My Life in Projects
Feb 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hi! I just wanted to stop by to let you know I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. You can get more details on my blog at It was passed along to me by another blogger so I hope you’ll join in the fun!


Feb 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Liz! Thank you! I’m so honored that you would pick me to pass on the Liebster torch! I’ll get up a post as soon as I can to do the same.


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