Are these chairs too rustic/distressed for my Yellow Kitchen?

2LittleFishiesJanuary 29, 2014

Hey All,

Our custom dining table for the banquette will be coming in the next couple of weeks. It looks like this, ***BUT THE BASE WILL BE MASCARPONE WHITE like our cabinets. The top will be walnut, So basically it will echo our island and the cabinetry on either side of the banquette--- creamy white base with walnut top. It will also be oval shaped custom to my bench.

Here is our kitchen again. I'll put a link to the reveal thread below.

Ballard Designs has the Casa Florentina collection which are hand done in Italy. I love the Genoa side chairs. I got a swatch of the yellow and a blue that both match great. My concern is that they will be too distressed. Some of the photos on the website look more distressed than others. Nothing else is distressed in my kitchen. I already asked if I am able to request no or light distressing and they said no.

The swatch I got would be fine but the one on their site (and according to a phone call with a customer specialist Some of the yellow items have some brown underneath. I guess they paint brown, then cream, then yellow so you get that variation..

in Green just so you see style:

Yellow:

Blue:

Or they come in ANTIQUE WALNUT.

The swatches they sent with some of our things...

-------OR--------

Maybe stick with a basic chair like this with seat removable cushions...

Grandinroad makes dining chairs with the same leather as our island stools but the legs are black and I don't think I want to introduce black.

I can always try the painted ones and return if I don't like but they take 12-14 weeks to arrive.

OUR CURRENT TABLE JUST TO SEE AREA BETTER..

Here is a link that might be useful: KITCHEN REVEAL THREAD

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Wed, Jan 29, 14 at 16:21

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Sarina

They are awesome as is your kitchen !

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 3:16PM
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pricklypearcactus

I think with or without a little distressing, the chairs will work very well in your kitchen. They seem to have the right style and I am shocked how well the yellow and blue go with your yellows and blues.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 3:23PM
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OOTM_Mom

I think they would go very nicely, you may want to consider doing two or three in each color, two blue and two yellow. It would tie the two ends of the kitchen together. I like the lighter colors for the chairs better than the darker walnut. Lovely kitchen!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 3:35PM
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zaphod42

I vote no on the chairs. I think they are a bit too distressed for your overall vibe (which has a hint of sophisticated country/ contemporary). The colors are perfect though and, in the end, that might be fine.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 3:45PM
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andreak100

My vote is: colors are great. The distressing is not, and therefore, a close miss. :(

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:00PM
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ck_squared

I like the basic walnut chairs, no seat cushion.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:07PM
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2LittleFishies

Yes, I've been looking at the chairs on and off for months and I would love them to work and the colors are great! However the distressing is distressing me! : /

Then, I think if they aren't very distressed they might work.

I don't know.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:12PM
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andreak100

The amount of distressing that I saw on the samples you had looked to me as if it's going to be pretty noticeable. I can tell that you really want them to work, but I'm afraid that they don't.

I do like the plain wooden chairs you posted and put some cushions on those - I think that would look great.

I wonder though, since it sounds like the chairs are done to order since they take so long, could you request "less distress"? If so, that would be fantastic.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:21PM
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2LittleFishies

andreak- I did call about that (twice actually) but that isn't an option. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:23PM
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lenzai

Those colors match perfectly! You could get the first type of chairs in the walnut and put blue and yellow cushions on them?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:24PM
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2LittleFishies

Ballard is sending me fabric swatches for the plain walnut chairs I posted at end. I think they would look great too. I'm not too worried about adding color but the cushions do come in a couple of gold/butter colors and a spa blue…

I just thought the painted chairs might be something different.

Oh, yes lenzai- I could get the Ballard chairs from the Casa Florentina in walnut and put cushions on those as well. They are twice as expensive. 20% off though for about a week more.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:30PM
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fourkids4us

I have those exact chairs in green - and you don't want to know what I paid for a set of six (I got them from Craiglist - all six were less than the price of a single new one!).

Would you like me to take a picture of mine so you can see the actual distressing? I'd say it's fairly noticeable, at least up close. I'm sitting about 6 feet from one of them now and can see it from here.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:35PM
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1929Spanish

I'm not a fan of them with your bar stools. I would look for something more simple along the same style line of the stools.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:40PM
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lori_inthenw_gw

I agree that the colors are great, but they are way too distressed to my eye! Not just a little too much, but way too much. I would trust my instincts if I were you. But it is so frustrating to find something that is almost right, but not!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:50PM
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iroll_gw

Wayfair has the same chair in a different color finish, can't tell if it's black or dark brown, for much less. They says it's a distressed finish, but the picture doesn't show it.

Maybe with the savings, you could have them custom painted?

Here is a link that might be useful: Carolina Cottage Vienna Ladder Back Side Chair

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 5:01PM
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CEFreeman

I actually like the painted, too, perhaps varying colors.
I also think the distressing is actually minimal and quite pretty. It's in keeping with your lovely kitchen just fine.

I also love all the fabrics!
I think the dark walnut is pretty, but very heavy with your light and airy kitchen. Notice how lovely your table with be with the lighter base.

I know how you agonize. I can tell you one thing I do know. Whatever you end up choosing will look like a magazine kitchen. Absolutely perfect.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 5:24PM
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ILoveRed

I love the chair. I'm not crazy about the level of distressing with your gorgeous kitchen. My chairs are Canadel and they wear like iron.

Just a thought. You can pick out your style of chair and customize the color, fabric, leather, whatever.

A place to look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Canadel

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 5:53PM
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louislinus

Not even something you mentioned, but have you considered stainless steel chairs? The blue and yellow match perfectly, but for me it's a little to matchy matchy yanno? A stainless steel chair would be a nice counterpoint to the upholstered banquette and tie in the appliances and kitchen hardware. These are ridiculously expensive but I love them long time. http://www.eurway.com/carson-arm-chair.html

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:07PM
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louislinus

Also your kitchen is ah-mazing! Yellow is my favorite color and dang if you didn't nail the exact right creamy yellow.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:09PM
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    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:11PM
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Linelle

I love the style of the painted chairs, but I don't see distressed anything in your kitchen. You have such an immaculate look to everything, those chairs don't seem to belong. I agree with whomever said they might be a bit too matchy anyway. I vote for the plain wood.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:30PM
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aktillery9

I agree that your kitchen is too pure (for lack of a better word) for the distressed chairs.

I had to mention that your beautiful blue fingernails match the blue sample perfectly! Did you plan that? ;)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:51PM
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2LittleFishies

OK, well most of you have confirmed what I think I knew all along, but I would've been happy if you told me I was wrong! : )

When looking around my space they just aren't right. I'll take a look at some other options. The stainless & aluminum are cool but not what my vision is for the space.

I also wondered if painted chairs are too "matchey" but being there's not yellow cabinetry on this side of the room I still think it could work. I'll see what I come up with : )

I can't believe I still am making kitchen decisions! Hopefully this is my last big decision!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 8:01PM
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Holly- Kay

The Ethan Allen Chapelle with a rush seat would look nice in Chambray. The problem is the website colors look awful. They are quite lovely in person. They are VERY lightly distressed. I chose the Renee chair with woven seat in French Grey and I love them but I was able to go to the closest design center to see the colors in person and I am glad that I did. The colors are all lovely even the bright colors that I don't normally feel drawn to.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 8:14PM
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2LittleFishies

I like that Canadel site. There's a dealer near me-- I'd have to look at real life swatches.

I like the X back

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:20PM
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Pipdog

I love looking at your kitchen -- your color selection is dead on. I agree with the others about the distressed chairs, but I'm curious about the current four legged table at your banquette. May I ask where you got it? I'm looking for just like that and am having trouble finding one.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 12:23AM
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bookworm4321

I could happily move into your kitchen.

Have you looked at Pottery Barn kitchen chairs? I have similar table, and bought the Napoleon chairs. They also have cross back and ladder. They don't have your gorgeous yellow and light blue, but a cream and deep blue. You can get seats in cane, or else put on seat covers. I really like idea of 2 and 2 in different colors, playful.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 6:33AM
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ILoveRed

Love the x back.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 11:00AM
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likewhatyoudo

LOVE the X back ones in the yellow or blue

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 11:23AM
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2LittleFishies

The Canadel chairs are kind of pricey. I found a custom site (Cottage Home Maine) that does various paint colors… Going to check those out too…

Here is a link that might be useful: Cottage Home Maine Chairs

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Thu, Jan 30, 14 at 22:38

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 10:15PM
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deedles

I'm a fan of the walnut chairs in whatever style... the wood seems to 'ground' that area which already has lots of color, IMO.
The table looks like it'll be great.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:12AM
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threegraces

I love the colors of those chairs with your kitchen - and love your kitchen of course.

Here are a few from Home Decorators, not sure if they are less distressed than the Ballard ones.

These are pretty and inexpensive

Here is a link that might be useful: Sheffield side chair

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 7:57AM
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2LittleFishies

Thanks!

I'm going back and forth on color or not. Or I may do the Mascarpone white chairs with a walnut seat like the table… hmmmm…..

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 8:15AM
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fouramblues

Your kitchen is still on my best-of-GW list, so perfectly put together, yet not contrived. Beautiful! (And I'm in love with your new table!)

As for chairs, I'm with deedles - walnut chairs would ground the space nicely. (I like the chairs that are there now, actually, but the French country shape you seem to gravitate towards is even better.) If you decide paint, I'd prefer the contrast of the blue. And I don't like the idea of some of blue and some of yellow, as I think that might push the cutesie envelope.

On my monitor your nails match your blue sample pretty well - nice! :)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 8:24AM
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raee_gw

I like all walnut -- I can see the two-tone table (mine is also) but don't like two tone chairs with it.

The first chairs, yes, too distressed, but if you really love the style I think that it really wouldn't be hard to cover the distressing with a good coat of paint.

I do wonder about the style, next to your stools. They (the stools) are so simple and I could think it might be best to stick with a similar, simple, look whether painted or not.

Perhaps the Grandin Road leather chairs could have the legs refinished to walnut? Are they solid wood legs, or something less attractive under that black finish?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:09AM
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2LittleFishies

raee- I'm with you pretty much : ) I also agree the style of the first chairs isn't quite right- even though they are really pretty. I prefer the X back chairs the most b/c they work better with the stools and with the overall feel of my kitchen. I never know how to describe my kitchen as I'm not a designer but although it's probably traditional but there are some contemporary, clean elements-- the lights, counter edge, etc.

Not sure about the legs of the Grandinroad chairs… they are probably nothing too great. Definitely not walnut.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:31AM
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redroze

Apologize in advance as I can't read the earlier posts due to my daughter being half asleep in my arms. I think your chairs should be plain walnut or hickory with no additional paint colours. Your table is already wood top with white base, close to cabinets that are the reverse (white with wood top. Let the pretty blue and yellow banquette fabric pop with the blue wall. Doing blue or yellow chairs may feel too literal and obvious. Let your kitchen be the yellow beauty it is - and I don't even like yellow - and neutralize the chairs by going wood. Add a hits cushion for comfort if needed. My two cents!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 4:49PM
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2LittleFishies

Thanks redroze--
I am now between doing the chairs all walnut color, or possibly a painted white chair using same white as table base, with stained seats.-- most likely no yellow or blue chairs… Kind of like photo below.

Thoughts?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 4:53PM
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redroze

All hickory and here's why. You've got the dual white paint/stained wood thing going on in the builts in around the banquette, and your kitchen table. You need to draw out one of those colours in the chair to keep it from looking too busy and too matchy. You could do white but that's not practical, so hickory. Just look at the photo of your existing kitchen table and chairs...I think it looks great and the all wood chairs are beautiful. It doesn't need paint...focus on the design details of the chair and the X back will be beautiful. Not everything should be the star...in this case the chairs play a support role in my opinion.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 5:52PM
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redroze

What's wrong with your existing kitchen chairs? They're kind of fabulous.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 5:56PM
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2LittleFishies

You can't tell but they are a MESS! We've had them for years and they are scratched up, chipped, you name it. We'd have to get them totally redone which I don't feel like doing. The table is also a mess but also we needed a pedestal for the banquette and a larger table as well.

: )

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 6:00PM
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mountaineer2

You'all don't know me but I've been around here for over 12 months, finished our kitchen in May 2013. One thing I do seem to be able to do is visualize a 'look' for a room. I see a natural element being vital to all the smooth wood of the room and also this banquette-the material that looks like a basket-you know what I am trying to say? It's light brown twisted with dark brown woven into the chair. You might find at World Market or Pier One, but can also be quite expensive. Just my 2 cents. Could look fabulous.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 9:14PM
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mountaineer2

Sorry, I also meant to say natural and TEXTURAL. That was my main point. Enuf said.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 10:14PM
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Linelle

Who am I to suggest a design feature? :)

A shot from your kitchen shows two built-ins and an island with a walnut top and white base. Your new table will add a fourth element with that pattern. I would NOT have white chairs with a walnut seat. I think either all wood or something like what mountaineer2 suggests, natural with some texture.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 11:58PM
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2LittleFishies

Hi Everyone-

I picked up these two chairs today at Pier One. Also, here is the new table. Keep in Mind the walnut has to be Waterloxed so the color will be dark like my island and two side piece counters of the banquette.

There will be 4 chairs in total.
The Yellow chairs match the color of the banquette bench and island stools almost exactly.

I won't tell you which I'm leaning towards…. I'll just post pics : ) I will say My mind changed from the store to once I got into my space.

GO!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:24PM
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lawjedi

2littlefishes -- not sure if you need another thing for your kitchen... but I saw the BEST cookie jar for your kitchen the other day. It's at Target - I think it just came out recently. I'm not a cookie jar person at all, but a few years ago I started picking up bird things in honor of my grandma who loves them and has a huge collection. Anyway. A very pretty, simple line, bird cookie jar in that pale blue accent color of your kitchen. It's not showing up online. But perhaps at your local target? (& yes, as obsessed as I am about kitchen looking right now, I immediately thought of YOUR kitchen while in the store! yikes!)

as per the chairs.... hmmm. either is a good selection. it's hard to tell without the table top being the darker color. as it stands now, I like the "X" chairs - dk wood better. But when the table top darkens, perhaps the yellow chairs wouldn't blend in so much. Are either of the chairs more comfortable?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 9:08PM
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louislinus

I vote yellow leather!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 9:12PM
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jellytoast

That table is gorgeous!! I can't wait to see it with the top darkened. What color are the legs on the yellow leather chairs?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:19PM
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2LittleFishies

Legs are VERY dark brown… almost black

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:45PM
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pdx7700

I vote for the dark x chairs, they connect the space nicely with your island countertop.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:46PM
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juliejoyce

I just have to say that your kitchen is absolutely positively stunning. So beautiful and clean with so much character still. LOVE it.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:51PM
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lori_inthenw_gw

I like the wood ones better by far!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 11:11PM
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bpathome

Both beautiful, I think the wood X chairs will be easier to live with, just because there's something to grasp when you want to move the chair (without showing fingerprints lol! )

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 11:44PM
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jellytoast

Good point, bpathome, and for that reason alone, I'd vote for the wood chairs, too!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 12:35AM
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swirlycat

I think the wood chairs look great! Something about the added contrast appeals to my eye. The tone of the wood also ties in nicely with the legs of the barstools.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 1:32AM
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mindstorm

2LittleFishies,

Beautiful space you've made. Really nice.

For my pennies, the wood chairs look nice with your walnut table in that space. The "X" back however, don't. Too sundress a look for your refined space. The yellow leather look alright but their legs are too thick. Your present wood chairs look best juxtaposed against your walnut table (I think).
That's my vote.

Could you possibly tell me about your 3 bird silhouette prints? They are lovely and I've got obsessed about them!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 2:34AM
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a2gemini

2fishies
I never get tired of seeing your kitchen.
I would match your chairs to your tabletop or a perfect match(same material) to the bar stools and banquette material(base)
I think the mustard yellow chairs add another yellow to the mix and detracts from your awesome kitchen.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 6:32AM
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francoise47

Your table is gorgeous -- perfect in every way!
Both chairs are very nice, but neither is perfect.

The advantage of the cross-back chair is that you can see through to the table. It creates a lighter, see-through effect and shows off the beautiful banquette and table.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:30AM
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arkansas_girl

Neither chair looks good with that table. The table is lovely. The chairs just do not match the table at all. Keep trying.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:07AM
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2LittleFishies

So…

The yellow leather matches the banquette and bar stools exactly. It isn't photographing correctly. However, I don't like the dark legs and also I think with 4 of them they are a bit obtrusive and block seeing the table top. Not going with those.

I really love the Look of X Back chairs. To me (and I am not good with what styles everything is called-- I'm just usually pretty good at "seeing" what I like and what works together) they go with the kitchen. I like the X's add some of the contemporary, clean elements my space has. Also once, the table top is finished I think they would go well together. I don't see them as being too "sundress".
Francoise-- what do you think-- or why aren't they "right" just to see if I see what you're saying?

I don't want anything too frilly or swirly or dressy. This is a spot we will use daily with the kids, etc.

I haven't seen any other wood chairs I really like. Unless I should go totally plain like the ballard one which I'll post again. I do like them.

The chair in the original part of post I also thought was just too many curves/country looking. I know my kitchen has various elements but it's all a balancing act to me.

I appreciate your thoughts. Along the way I've listened to opinions on different things and went with what I liked in the end-- which sometimes differed from opinions and sometimes didn't : ) I do welcome your thoughts though!

Fishies

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:35AM
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purplepansies

I agree that the wood chairs are better than the leather. The leather blocks too much of the banquette area, like a wall.

As for the last chair you posted, the curve at the top of the chair mirrors (inversely) the slight curve of your stools. . . but I think the overall look of these chairs isn't right.

So the X back chairs are the ones I'd choose. I think the straighter lines are better overall.

Gorgeous kitchen, Fishies. I get so tired of seeing all white kitchens, so yours is a breath of fresh air.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:56AM
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eam44

Fishie!!!

I'm with Francoise vis-a-vis the visual element - you want to see past the chair to the beautiful table and banquette.

Also, as evidenced by the fact that your old chairs are a mess, chairs are the most used and abused furniture in a kitchen. Stick with the walnut and these will look nicer longer than painted wood.

Finally, it's a chair. It has to be comfortable too. An upholstered cushion would be great - an upholstered yellow leather cushion (with nailheads) would be perfect.

In summation, I think you want a visually unobtrusive back, a walnut wood finish, and an upholstered seat (with nailheads, please). I'm thinking something like the chairs below; four are listed for auction in Portland for $229. You could refinish them and use your banquette upholstery or yellow leather for the seats.

My friend, it may take you a while to find the right chairs, but God knows that kitchen took a while too. You'll know 'em when you see 'em. Just be patient and we'll all keep looking!

Here is a link that might be useful: Chairs

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:46AM
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2LittleFishies

I like those : ) Can any chair be upholstered? Meaning if I purchased X back chairs can I have my guy upholster them?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:54AM
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mindstorm

2LittleFishies,

Would you be willing to share some info about your bird silhouette prints? Where did you get them? Whose the artist? Anything.

FWIW, I think the regency style chairs EAM44 showed above meld brilliantly in your space. I like the lightness in their cross-back.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:07AM
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jellytoast

I really like those walnut Ballard chairs!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:13AM
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2LittleFishies

mindstorm-- YES! I'm sorry I didn't answer you! They are from Etsy and I sent my color swatches for her to match the birds but you can do any colors/sizes, etc. Here is her store.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pixie Pixels on Etsy

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:21AM
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jellytoast

Duplicate post, sorry!

This post was edited by jellytoast on Mon, Feb 17, 14 at 12:18

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:21AM
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Lake_Girl

Love the chairs that EAM44 just posted, mainly because they're different. I like something in a wood that's similar to your table, but I feel like your area needs something a little different. I also like being able to "see through" the chairs, like other's have said. If you can't get those Regency chairs, check craigslist for something along those lines, something a little different:)

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:53AM
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mindstorm

2LF,

Thank you so much for the link. I'm going to check out the Etsy site. The prints are perfect for your place. I understand now why they're perfect - I half wondered if you picked your colours to match those of the prints you had - not a bad step because they are so soothing.

Good luck with the final furnishing. You have a lovely eye and it will come together brilliantly.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 11:02AM
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jancy

I just love seeing your kitchen - just beautiful. I came across these on Joss & Main. I tried to post a photo but it was coming out to large. (trying again to post photo)

Here is a link that might be useful: Manhattan Side Chair

This post was edited by jancy on Mon, Feb 17, 14 at 11:41

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 11:36AM
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2LittleFishies

Thanks- I like those : )

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 1:11PM
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ILoveRed

I like the dark wood, but I think you need something with the soft curves rather than the tall sharp tops, KWIM? Even if u have to lean towards what you described earlier as a little bit country.

The leather chairs seem too bulky.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 3:12PM
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kksmama

I really like the look of the Ballard chair, the lateral lines echo the drawers and banquette cushion, and it looks comfy and durable. I am quite relieved you didn't choose the distressed paint. The table looks amazing!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:08PM
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eam44

Hi Fishie! Any upholstered chair can be re-upholstered. If you choose a solid wood seat, you'll get cushions that tie on - which can be fine, but those ties...

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 9:08AM
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Bellsmom

Not sure if anyone else said this.

Along the line of what kksmama said, I love the way the scalloped back of the Ballard chairs echoes the tufting on the banquette. This is what immediately caught my eye.

And I like the way the paint blends into the area without putting a visual line barrier between table and banquette and the viewer, as the dark wood chairs seem to be to do. Dark wood seems way too obtrusive there.

But, darn it, I also don't care for the distressed finish, especially since you can't see it in person before buying.

The style of the Ballard chairs, painted a solid color, is hands down my favorite.

As someone else posted, it took ages for you to get this far with your gorgeous kitchen. I would resign myself to however long it takes to find the "perfect" chairs.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 9:45AM
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deedles

Hey, what about those ghost chairs... you can literally see right through them.

I'm half serious on this.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 10:01AM
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raee_gw

Two of my dining chairs are upholstered seats, two are stained wood. Looking at them it seems that it would be fairly simple to upholster the bare seats. It would, however, make the height of the seat higher, how much depends on how thick the padding. Poking and prodding leads me to think that the wooden base of the upholstered one is thinner.

I quite liked the yellow leather chair but I agree about 4 of them visually blocking the space. Having that yellow on the seats of a more open chair would be good, to bring the yellow forward and complete the space. I think either of the wooden chairs are okay; but I can't really say about the ballard chairs without actually seeing them in the spot (I am not a great visualizer). They look like they may be just a bit too small proportionally for the table.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 10:44AM
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francoise47

Can anyone photoshop the plain wood (not painted) Ballard chair with 2LittleFishies's beautiful table?

I agree with Bellesmom -- that Ballard chair might work well.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 10:52AM
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jentrex

I also agree with EAM44. Without hesitation I would first consider the comfort that an upholstered chair would give you. And yes, an upholstered chair can be recovered. Second, I would then look at chairs without any rungs. A chair with only the four legs without the clutter of rungs would showcase your beautiful table base. And finally, I like how an all stained chair looks with your table and the nearby cabinets.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 12:18PM
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deedles

Wouldn't chairs in the style of the table and painted the same white as the table base be the thing? White would tie in perfectly with the table and the cabinets while not adding another visual element to that area, which has the perfect amount to see between the pics, the windows and the upholstered banquette, IMO.

Was this brought up already and I missed it?

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 1:05PM
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Linelle

I'm not sure if white or walnut would be better for the chairs, but I do agree with deedles that you really don't need another element over there. For me, the table is the star. Chairs are a necessity and definitely supporting (hah!) characters.

Yes to no rungs in the leg zone. I have those for my dining chairs and the visual clutter drives me nuts.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 1:16PM
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Bellsmom

This is pretty crude and I don't know if this is of any use, but it was fun to try to photoshop the chairs and table into your kitchen. Maybe the image may be useful.

FWIW, I don't really like them as much as I though I would. Perhaps I made them too light?

(Edited to remove unnecessary post of table. Sorry, I didn't see that you had already received the table and posted pics of it!)

I do agree, to my surprise, that I would prefer dark wood chairs!

This post was edited by Bellsmom on Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 8:48

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 2:27PM
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jellytoast

I believe there are actually two different Ballard chairs that pics were posted of ... the ones that Bellsmom photoshopped in above, and the solid brown chairs with the simple backs.

Personally, I prefer the solid brown Ballard chairs out of all the options posted. The green chairs that are photoshopped in above (or are they blue?) remind me of gingerbread cottage furnishings (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 3:22PM
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2LittleFishies

Hi everyone! Sorry it was a really busy day so although I read your messages here and there I didn't get to respond!

A few things I know:

*I don't want the Ballard Painted chairs, or any painted chairs

*White was mentioned a while back but most said they prefer the wood chairs. I agree. I think white could work but I'd prefer to see the wood against the table top wood than white over the wood top(if that made any sense!)
Also our island is white and the stools have wood legs so the table area doing same works for me. Lastly, white may not hold up so well with the kids.

*I would prefer to not have rungs on the bottom of the chairs. I was just telling DH that last week b/c It gets too busy and blocks the base. That being said, if I find great chairs at a great price -- rungs wouldn't be a deal breaker!

*I don't want to use chair cushions but WOULD like to have an upholstered seat-- and possibly upholster it with the gold/yellow vinyl that is also on the banquette bench.

I found some great chairs on crags list but they all had arms. Not good.
I'm off tomorrow so I'm going to do some research!

I'd like to say I can't wait for these final decisions to be OVER!!!!! aaaahhh!!!!! : )

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 10:01PM
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2LittleFishies

What do you think about this chair from MACY'S (we'll call it Macy's Chair)? And do you think the legs are too fancy? I would redo the seat with yellow/gold vinyl from bench.

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 9:32

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 9:21AM
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2LittleFishies

A few more… WITHOUT ARMS…

1)

2)

3)

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 9:39AM
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grandmere2667

Your kitchen is utterly stunning!

My vote is either the Ballard or the X-back chair in blue. A little distressing provides some contrast. Don't like the dark wood. I am fortunate to live near a Ballard's store -- it's fairyland for me.

Also, I am preparing to redo my kitchen. I love "buttermilk" painted cabinets. I had avoided it, just in case I decide to sell and want to appeal to the masses, but judging by the reaction of the GW posters, I might just change my mind.

Again, your kitchen is just lovely.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:25AM
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2LittleFishies

Another… LOL

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:32AM
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2LittleFishies

You know what? When looking at the double x back chairs one at a time they are lovely, but with four around the table I think it may be too many x's. Too much going on.
Although the MACYS one posted above has curvier lines and is really pretty.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:34AM
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may_flowers

Some of those feel a little heavy and "Euro" for your sweet blue, yellow, and white color scheme. You also have a cottagey feel with your florals and birds. This Century chair called Meg's Chair is a little lighter and has many options for frame color and upholstery. I have no idea of the price--probably will make you fall off your chair!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 12:20PM
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grandmere2667

After seeing the photoshopped addition of blue painted chairs, I agree -- chairs should be dark wood, similar color to your stools.

The space is warm, elegant and inviting. Well worth all the time and money you've invested.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 2:19PM
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2LittleFishies

Thanks grandmere : )

And thanks Bellsmom for photoshopping!!!!!!! : )

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 3:16PM
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Bellsmom

This is the ballard chair. I'll do one with the more complicated backs if you want. It's crude, but it might help.

I like these chairs--the simplicity and the slight back curve. Not sure about, as you said, repeating all those Xes and vertical slats.

The shine on the seats looks sorta like light upholstery!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 4:18PM
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2LittleFishies

They look good : ) Yes, if you can do the one of the X chairs.. maybe the mace's one? that would be good!

I am thinking if I want my upholsterer to do my fabric it would be better to get an upholstered chair, no?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 4:24PM
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ControlfreakECS

I found these at Dinettestyles.com They have a similar look, and are already upholstered. I like the more simple style chair. I think the others detract from your beautiful fabrics. I agree that if you want to put your own fabric on them (I like the idea of the same seat as the bench) then you should have chairs that are already upholstered. The wooden seat chairs would actually need a whole new seat made, not just changing the fabric.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dinettestyle.com

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 5:18PM
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francoise47

I like the classic simplicity of the Ballard chairs Bellesmom posted in her photoshop photo on Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 16:18.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 7:37PM
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louisianapurchase

So far I like the original x back one you posted or number three of the posting on Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 9:39 stained to match the walnut. I think the lines of those compliment your other features really well.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 7:59PM
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Bellsmom

I hope this helps. These were not easy to make "fit."

Be sure you check proportions. I might have distorted something. Are these chairs this tall?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 8:07PM
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2LittleFishies

Thanks! No, I don't think they are that tall : )

Lovely chairs but I think too busy. At this point in time, I really like a simple one X design with upholstery or I do like the Ballard ones you like, but they aren't upholstered.

controlfreak- thanks for posting, but I think to many horizontal stripes there.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 8:22PM
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bicyclegirl1

Just love your kitchen 2LF. Always fun to see. I'm the worst at making decisions, so I don't envy you right now! Someone said to be patient & you'll know which one is the right choice. I don't think many of your choices so far here have hit it perfectly. The only 2 I think have come close are the x back ones in the OP & then the Ballard wood chairs that are in the same post w/ the green chair. But honestly, my favorite chairs are the ones EAM44 posted for auction in Portland. I think they are stunning. You can get the stain to match the table & put your leather in the seats & have an amazing look. That's my opinion, FWIW! If you don't buy those, I just might have to! I haven't seen anyone suggest any Pottery Barn chairs. Here's a link to an x back chair that has an upholstered seat. I think these are very nice & go well w/ your look. It's the Aaron Upholstered Chair, if the link doesn't work.

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/aaron-upholstered-chair/?pkey=cchairs-furniture&cm_src=chairs-furniture::NoFacet--NoFacet---_-

Good luck. I know you'll end up doing the right thing & I can't wait to see what you choose!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:12PM
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2LittleFishies

Hi bicyclegirl--- Yes, I have to look at the PB ones in person. They pics online look really rustic.

I ALSO like the ones in Portland, but I'm in NJ so… lol
They are actually similar to one or two of the double X ones I posted. The arms, though, are great, but I don't want arm chairs…

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:17PM
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bicyclegirl1

Details details 2LF!! What's a few miles?!! Ha! I thought maybe they shipped. They look very comfortable.

I didn't notice the PB chairs as rustic, but you're right on some of the finishes. The lighter ones, pine & spruce, do look rustic, but the darker finishes don't look as much. But definitely look at them in the store.

When you see it, you'll know! It'll all come together & be beautiful. You did such an amazing job with your kitchen, I'm sure you'll finish it off perfectly.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:54PM
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Bellsmom

The Ballard chairs are 37" tall. The Macy's chairs are 40" tall. I made both of them look taller than they really are.

Do you prefer the taller or shorter chairs? How tall were the two you brought home?

Ah, decisions, decisions.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 11:07PM
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2LittleFishies

The X Back I have now is 38" tall and the leather one is 39" tall.

My old chairs are 37 1/2".

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:08PM
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2LittleFishies

OK!! Hi everyone!! We have our new chairs. It is the Kincaid Keswick Side Chair. I think they are a good mix of what I was looking for and with some nice features like an upholstered seat and slightly curved top (not as straight as the Pier One chairs I originally posted).. Also no rungs and a great match to our existing wood tones as well. (Pics may not show that)

We have 4 chairs but put 3 at the table for regular use.

I finished the table myself this week with Waterlox Original. I have the satin on our island and counters but used Original here because 1) it's easier to apply and 2) it is able to be retouched in spots and Satin is not. It may be a little more gloss than I'd like but I know it will lose some of that with regular use. It still has to cure for about 30 days.

****I was going to have our upholsterer recover the chairs with the vinyl we have on banquette seat, but since the fabric that came standard on the chairs matches the bench fabric fairly well I am going to keep them as is until they wear out : )

This is the banquette back fabric on top of the Keswick Chair seat.

These chairs are pricey but I got them through Direct Buy for less than half of retail…

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 3:18PM
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francoise47

2littlefishies,

Your chairs and table look beautiful!
As with all your design choices,
the sweat you put into the details really pays off.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 3:27PM
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ILoveRed

Perfect. The fabric is a great match. Well-done.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 3:37PM
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Bellsmom

Very nice indeed. Thank you for letting us see your final choice.
And happy sitting!!!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 5:01PM
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raee_gw

You must have heard me wondering this morning what you had decided!

I like it. They look great! I agree about the fabric, it blends well with the other upholstery. But, when it gets worn, the yellow will look good too -- make sure you buy enough to do the job (and make repairs to the banquette if needed) now while it is still available.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 5:44PM
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deedles

Those look great and I think the touch of dark wood over there anchors the space nicely. Was that your last thing to decide on for the kitchen? Does this mean you are done, done, finished now?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 6:26PM
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schoolhouse_gw

You always do such a great job of blending sophistication with casual - I think the chairs are a wonderful choice.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 6:41PM
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sherri1058

Gorgeous!! You were right not to "settle" for the right color but wrong finish. I love your kitchen. Gorgeous (did I say that already?)

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 9:18PM
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romy718

Perfect! Love the walnut top and white base.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 9:22PM
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jentrex

You made a perfect choice. The chairs are beautiful.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 9:24PM
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bicyclegirl1

Excellent choice. Just perfect for the table & your kitchen. Relax & enjoy your beautiful kitchen.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 9:34PM
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eam44

You did it!! They're gorgeous. Enjoy them and your beautiful kitchen in the best of health!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 12:34AM
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2LittleFishies

Thanks everyone : )

And YES--- consider this kitchen--- DONE!! whew!!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 8:03AM
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