Monday, July 11, 2011

Stylish settee seating

There is something quite elegant about a settee. They can be beautiful shapes and are wonderful extra seating. Use them at the end of the bed for a place to put on your shoes or relax: place them in a window for a spot to read a magazine; use them in an entryway for a welcoming look; or use one as an alternative style of dining table seating for two.

 Canadian House and Home

This wonderful little settee is set off so well with it's yellow upholstery against the deep blue wall, hung with an eclectic group of pictures. I love yellow and blue combinations!

 Designer: Steven Gambrel

In this Southhampton kitchen, the designer, Steven Gambrel, uses two settees as stylish dining seating.

We had a settee at the end our our bed in our New York apartment. We used it to get ready in the morning, or sit and watch the news on TV when we got home from work in the evening.

 Skona Hem Magazine (Sweden)

This wonderful Gustavian styled room features the most fabulous white painted settee with carved griffins holding up the arms. In typical Scandinavian style, the room is simple and light. 

This lovely and refined settee is included in the Bonhams estate auction in San Francisco 17 July. The curved shape of the back and the spindle details make this an inviting place to sit. It comes with what looks like a comfortable cushion. This is Lot 5203. It's 1st half of the 20th century and made of fruitwood. It's 44 inches wide and has an auction estimate of $300 - $500.   This would be very chic in a bedroom, or by a window.
The Bonhams sale also includes this Louis XVI fruitwood settee (late 18th century). This has an auction estimate of  $1,500 - $2,000. I love the clean lines. This could grace an entryway or living room, and even serve as dining table seating.

At a past Doyle New York sale this Italian rococo style painted settee was on offer. It's 33 inches long and sold for $250 off an auction estimate of $200 - $300. The style makes this great for a bedroom, or it's a good size for an entryway.

I fell in love with this Edwardian painted satinwood and caned salon suite which sold at a Doyle New York auction. The decorative cane details are wonderful, and the sheild on the backs are decorated with putti and garlands. This sold for $3,438 off an auction estimate of $3,000 - $5,000. The settee is 46 1/2 inches long. This would work in the Sheila Bridges style room in the photo above.
This French walnut and tapestry settee is a very classic style. This is Lot 660 in the next Christie's Interiors sale in New York 18 - 20 July. It measures 54 1/2 inches long. The settee is 20th century, upholstered with a 19th century tapestry. This has an auction estimate of $3,000 - $5,000. This would be lovely in any living room or entryway. When guests come over, pull it up to your seating area and squeeze in more people for cocktails!

We can always use more seating options around the house. Whether for a place to read, or to accommodate more guests. A settee will do the trick stylishly!

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