Apartment Update: Our New Dining Chairs!

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serena and lily dining chairs

josephine dining chairs from serena and lily

mix and match dining chairs from serena and lily

Fun decor updates to share you with you today — our dining room has finally come together! We received our new custom chairs from Serena & Lily about a week ago, and have been busy breaking them in by eating at the table nearly every single day. It’s such a small thing, to be able to pull up to a table and eat a meal in your home, but boy have we realized how much we missed it. The chairs were the last piece we needed before really being able to enjoy this space, and we’re so happy with what we picked.

Remember how earlier in the summer, Joe and I had been debating between two chairs, the Grace and the Josephine (he liked the former, I liked the latter)? Well, Kathryn from Serena & Lily convinced us to mix them, with the Graces at the heads of the table and the Josephines in between. It ended up working so well, because not only did we each get a piece we liked, but we love the way the fully upholstered Grace bookends our dining table. It’s a great blend of feeling traditional, but still casual and modern. Because while the shape of the chairs — especially Grace — is more formal, mixing and matching feels like it brings it all down a notch, so it feels like an “everyday” space!

Now, on to a few unexpected details I really love about these pieces:

dining chairs from serena and lily

serena and lily grace dining chair detail

When we received the chairs, I noticed all of the legs had unique, interesting graining patterns on them. Like this leg above — I really like how each one feels special, and I LOVE seeing this type of organic detail. There’s other tiny things too that I hadn’t noticed in the store, like this simple notch detailing on the Josephine:

serena and lily josephine dining chair detail

It’s really neat to see the craftsmanship and skill that went into shaping and forming these chairs. As you can tell, we picked this beautiful linen fabric, which is grey, but also has a lot of blue in it. The fabric has great visual texture, and we also selected it because it felt durable and seemed like it would do a good job of hiding minor stains in the years to come.

modern and collected dining room

bright dining room, chairs from serena & lily

We are so thrilled with our new chairs and are already working on planning our first official dinner party in the new space! If you are in the market for some dining chairs — or any other type of custom upholstery piece — I can’t recommend Serena & Lily enough. Everything was really seamless, from placing the order, to communicating with the delivery warehouse, to receiving the actual items.

And even if you don’t need any large pieces of furniture, here’s something that might pique your interest: just for Victoria McGinley blog readers, Serena & Lily is kindly offering 20% off your entire order from now through September 15! You can use it on virtually anything — new decor items, throw pillows, table linens, entertaining pieces, new sheets and duvet sets, and even custom upholstery items like we ordered! To get the 20% off your order, just use the code VICTORIA20 when you check out. It will be good through 9/15. I might even use it myself to pick up a set of these pretty striped sheets — we have the S&L Gobi embroidered sheets already, and love them!

Thanks to Serena & Lily for providing us with new dining chairs for this post. All opinions are my own.


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  1. 9.1.15

    Stunning, as always! Love how the room came out and you and Joe got to find a way to get the chairs you both wanted. This makes me want a bigger space so badly–right now, all meals are eaten from the couch over our two little Ikea “coffee tables”!

  2. 9.1.15

    I looooooove the idea of mixing two styles of chairs. it looks amazing–and now you get BOTH chairs! best of both worlds. :)

  3. 9.1.15
    Tara said:

    They turned out so well! I love the gray fabric (timeless!) and what a gorgeous combination of the two styles. Truly a win/win here and a lovely collaboration between you and Joe…and Serena & Lily! Congratulations!

  4. 9.1.15

    So excited to see this post! I really love the chairs you picked and I think mixing them was an excellent idea. Also super excited for the discount code – thank you for that! I’ve been eying a set of fuchsia dot sheets and now I’m definitely pulling the trigger…Serena and Lily sheets are the best.

  5. 9.1.15
    Iris said:

    The chairs match and it is a very visually pleasing idea to mix them like this. Looks great!

  6. 9.1.15
    jillian said:

    GORGEOUS!! i want this exact set-up! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  7. 9.1.15
    Kristina said:

    I love the chairs!! Would love to know where your table is from :)

    Kristina does the Internets

    • 9.1.15

      It’s from West Elm — it’s called the Terra dining table, but unfortunately, I don’t think they’re making it anymore! :(

  8. 9.1.15
    Stacy said:

    Love! The chairs are beautiful, and pair so well together. I also love the pairing of the lighter wood on the chairs, with the darker of the table, it really helps lend to the less-formal look, without being messy or super casual. Wonderful, wonderful choices.

  9. 9.1.15
    suzanne lau said:

    love the dining room! can i ask where the rug is from?

    • 9.2.15

      Hi Suzanne! It is from Rugs USA, though it’s a few years old. They should still have similar ones though!

  10. 9.2.15

    Gorgeous combination… the perfect tone (I dislike really nude chairs) but these have spunk!

    Megan || Oh Hey! blog

  11. 9.2.15
    Shirsha said:

    That looks like a perfect combination! And I love the upholstery that you selected.

  12. 10.25.15
    Laura Boynton said:

    Hi! I am thinking about getting the josephine chairs for my dining room but am in Dallas where there isn’t a serena and lily store. Can you tell me how comfortable the chairs are? I love the way they look but am really wanting something comfortable. Since they are custom they are final sale so I can’t order one to try. Would love to hear your feedback:)) thank you!

    • 10.26.15

      Hi Laura! They’re quite comfortable! The padding is really nice and cushy. Depending on body type, they’re probably not the most comfortable to lean back and lounge in for hours on end (with the wood back that also has openings), but I think they’re great for sitting around a table. We had some friends over two weekends ago and sat around the table for several hours, and I felt comfortable the whole time. My girlfriend commented that the chair was very comfortable too! I will admit that the Grace (the fully upholstered ones we have at the ends) is even more comfortable, because their seats have far more padding. I can sit in the Grace all day (and do — I stole one to use as my office chair until I buy a new one!). However, the Josephine’s quality is really beautiful, and they’re wonderful, sturdy dining chairs — definitely the nicest we’ve ever had, compared with inexpensive options from Ikea and the like!

  13. 1.18.16
    Megan Wren said:

    Gorgeous dining room! We love the chairs, what was the name of the fabric you used?

  14. 11.13.21
    anika said:

    Where did you find the Josephine dining chairs? I love those. Looks great.

    • 12.13.21
      Victoria said:

      They are from Serena & Lily, but no longe produced.

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