urban outfitters + mid-century modern = perfect!

15 Mar

Sometimes I feel way too old to be shopping at Urban Outfitters, even though it’s a stroller’s throw from my apartment.  But OMG you guys, they’ve just introduced a line of furniture – much of it available exclusively online – that seriously makes me want to redecorate. 

This is the Lulu chair in lime. It costs $425.

Not cheap, but compared to similar chairs at Room & Board (Cole chair, $749) it’s a steal. Personally, I like it better.  And what’s great about the Lulu is its scale.  At 31″ wide, it’ll fit beautifully in smaller rooms. 

 Front view, aqua fabric.

Semi-profile, black fabric.

Free fabric swatches are also available by calling UO customer service.  I wouldn’t normally recommend a black chair, but the tweedy fabric (above) lends the chair a vintage feel and would easily mask stains.

Lulu would also be a great alternative to a traditional rocker.  But as a nursery design lover, I’m always on the lookout for a stylish and affordable rocker.  Think I’ve found my new favorite:

Mid century rocker chair, $288.

Check out the lines at the back.  Not only does this rocker beg central placement in a nursery – it’s definitely not a stick-me-in-the-corner kind of piece – it’s narrow enough to fit anywhere.  Nursery rockers usually resemble overstuffed pillows (even the nicest gliders at Serena & Lily lean a bit too far into shabby-chic territory), resulting in double-door widths and large footprints.   This is only 25″ wide.  At $288, it almost sounds too good to be true.  I really hope it’s made well, because I want to recommend it to everyone I meet.

There are so many more pieces that’d work perfectly in a kid’s room.  Just check out the Jet Set storage bench or the Night and Day convertible sofa.

UPDATE: My friend Farrah has just ordered the Lulu chair (actually, two of them).  Per recent comments, we’ll field test the chairs for comfort and report back. 

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