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Susan was ready for an upgrade in her “fun and funky” dining nook. She wanted something a little more sophisticated and a tad less colorful than the cast-off chairs she had painted and used for the last “twenty-some years”…

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After I wrote the last university tuition check for our son this past January I told my husband we needed to upgrade a few things around the house. We live in rural Iowa in a renovated one-room school house — approximately sixteen square feet is parsed out for a table and chairs — and for the last twenty-some years our odd collection of cast-off chairs I painted suited us fine, but now I wanted something a little more sophisticated, and maybe a tad less colorful.

We nabbed the tin ceiling tile for the wall from a “picker” friend and the claw-foot table was a family heirloom. I kept coming back to gray for a chair color, and when I saw the Willoughby Chair in “Elephant” in your catalog, I knew they would be perfect for our space. Besides giving our little school house a very upscale feel, they are extremely sturdy and comfortable. For the first time in my life I feel like I have “adult” chairs! Thank you west elm!

Susan shares stories and images of her life in her converted schoolhouse on her blog, Beckervue.

Thanks Susan!

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Images: Susan Becker


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November 7, 2013

I love those chairs! They’re my dream chairs because they won’t distract from our soon-to-be installed hickory floors.


November 7, 2013

I like the before AND the after. Great eye for design.

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