Pinterest declared me a fan of English Country Style and recommended dozens of blog posts and articles as proof. The look includes the use of wood, muted color, fabric, pattern, and quirky accessories. I remained ambivalent until I read about the fashion insider who described the style as “perfectly tasteful but slightly dated.” Bingo, as the old lady says. I am, very much indeed, a fan of English Country Style. I offer my latest estate sale find as proof.
Why I went to the estate sale, which involves possibly cursed dog tags purchased on Etsy, is another story. Today is all about the tufted armchair and footstool I brought home. Yes, I bought a chair and footstool but have yet to hang pictures or decorate the mantel since the remodel. Imagine what I could do with a to-do list and a plan!
Perfectly Tasteful but Slightly Dated
Mikey fell in love at first sight with the armchair and claimed it as his own. He did; I swear. He gasped and said, “Mom! I love it!” I was almost too surprised by a teenage boy commenting on an estate sale to preen.
“The footstool matches the gold in the tweed, but I plan to reupholster it after the pandemic,” I said, apropos of nothing.
“I don’t know what that means but it looks amazing,” he replied. Then he plopped a bewildered Fig on our English Country Style armchair to take pictures for Instagram.
Later, after testing it for two hours, Mikey gave the armchair high marks for comfort and said he felt refined sitting in it. It is unclear how refined one can look while scrolling Instagram in a faded t-shirt, but I am happy if he is happy.