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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

My Balsam Hill Home: Stylish Slipper Chairs

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Introduced in the early 18th century, the slipper chair brings to mind romantic scenes from old films where a beautiful lady wearing an oversized skirt and laced corset sits on an armless high-back chair by the fire. Traditionally, this low-slung chair was used only in boudoirs to assist ladies in dressing.

While people typically no longer wear such extravagant clothing, this vintage piece of furniture can take on new life in neo-classical and transitional homes. Here are some of the ways old slipper chairs can be reused in different rooms.

The Slipper Chair as an Accent

Infuse personality and pattern into a room by using your slipper chair as a beautiful accent piece. If the original color isn’t already stunning, you can re-upholster it in vibrant fabric to add a pop of color.

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With the right fabric, your slipper chair can expertly bring together your living room furniture. It can also enhance the look of the entryway while providing comfortable seating as you put on or remove shoes.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

What Makes a Room Feel Warm?

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Your home is your refuge from the outside world. It’s so nice to come home to a warm, inviting room — I look forward to it myself!

The Vermont White Spruce Tree from the Vermont Signature™ Collection

The Vermont White Spruce Tree from the Vermont Signature™ Collection

Here are a few of decorating tips to achieve this feeling in any room in your house:

  1. Bold colors: Using bold colors like red and orange add warmth to a room! A good way to incorporate these colors is to use them in window treatments, throw pillows and area rugs.
  2. Ambient lighting: Ambient lighting is created by using layers of light, such as candles, table lamps, floor lamps and dimmed ceiling lights. This layering creates ambience and depth, which results in a feeling of coziness! Ambient lighting works best at night, especially during the holidays. For those who’d like something longer-lasting and equally warm and inviting, we offer our special Candlelight™ LED lights (noted for being much warmer in color than the cool blues of traditional LED lights) which come on our LED Prelit Artificial Christmas Trees. You can use these artificial trees as sources of light and as decorative focal points in a room.
  3. Stylish accessories: Using the right accessories will complete the overall look and feel of your room! Choose accessories in colors that go well together. For example, you can use orange and black accessories for Halloween and orange and yellow accessories for Thanksgiving.
  4. Different textures: Different textures add a sense of warmth and luxury. For fall, think velvets, cashmere, chenille, and silk! Natural fibers are best because they have a sense of luxury, and some are less expensive than others. This look can be achieved with just a few objects, like a chenille throw blanket, velvet pillow covers or a bolt of silk gathered and draped across the mantle.

After all that hard work, why not enjoy your warmly decorated retreat with a cup of hot cider by the fireplace? Delicious!