Technically Speaking: Chesterfield Sofa

6 Jun

via Neiman Marcus

Definition: A Chesterfield is a deep buttoned sofa, usually made from leather, with arms and back of the same height.

Chesterfield sofas have been around for centuries – it is believed that the first Chesterfield was commissioned by Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield sometime during the time period from 1694-1773.

I love button tufted furniture – we have three pieces in our living room right now (couch, accent chairs). I’ve always liked Chesterfields, but thought they were a bit too heavy and masculine for my taste. It wasn’t until I was doing research for this post that I realized all the fantastic ways this traditional couch has been re-imagined to fit nearly any decorating scheme. I am in love with the different colors and textiles these classic pieces now wear.

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via Apartment Therapy

via Living Etc.

via Living Etc.

via Ideal Home

http://blog.hgtv.com/design/files/2010/12/Chesterfield-sofa.jpg.jpgvia Rose & Gray

via Apartment Therapy

So what do you think of the new spin on the original Chesterfield? Do you like the mix of colors and patterns or prefer the classic leather?

3 Responses to “Technically Speaking: Chesterfield Sofa”

  1. Tom July 13, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I love the style of the chesterfield leather sofas, and the mix of the new stand-out colours with the classic style looks beautiful.

    • allputtogether July 13, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks for your comment Tom! You sure have some beautiful pieces on your site.

      • Beverley jenkins July 22, 2012 at 11:08 am #

        I do love the look of these chesterfields and I always wanted one when I first got my own place, but I tried one out at a friends house, a whole evening of sitting one, well, it wasn’t the most comfortable of sofas, but they do look beautiful and sophisticated. I love the color range you have found.