All About . . . Windsor Chairs

Windsor chairs have really been catching my eye lately!  Clearly these 300+ year old chairs aren't new to the scene, but there's something about their inherent simplicity that gets my interior design ideas flowing.

This bench/settee would look great in an eat-in kitchen paired with a rectangular or square table.

    Love this crisp sky blue against the espresso table.
Characterized by a saddle shaped seat, turned legs with stretchers, and a spindle back, the Windsor chair originated in England in the 1700s.  Initially painted green and used as an outdoor chair, its American counterpart (built in Philadelphia) became known worldwide.  The most common backs are the curved bow or loop back, the comb back (seen in image #7), and the pierced splat (image #2)

Love this fresh color combination.

Often times chairs of a similar style can be found on Craigslist for relatively cheap, but you'll notice that these chairs have a bit more detail, specifically on the legs and back,  that set them apart from the common reproduction.  Because I believe in mixing pieces and styles, I see these chairs as a great addition to almost any interior style!  What about you--would you buy a Windsor chair??