Very few people fall in love with furniture, but I'm not afraid to confess I get very excited about it! And let it be known my first love was...the chaise lounge.
Yes, a little dramatic I know, but in my eyes, the chaise is the embodiment of luxury, glamour,and even a bit of exotic mystique.
I'm pretty certain somewhere in my Egyptian lineage I'm related to Cleopatra, which compels me to fulfill an aristocratic life....draped over my lounge chair, sipping a glass of champagne and listening to my own personal violinist play soothing music to ease the stresses of my high-society life. Ahhh, a girl can dream...Right?
Reality check: Life is hectic....crazy commutes, stressful jobs, unrealistic deadlines, over-scheduled kids, housework, homework, yard work, whatever your reality is, put it behind you. The chaise lounge makes the perfect way to remove yourself from the hectic outside world and indulge in a good book, take a nap, or unwind with a glass of wine (okay, maybe a bottle for some of you).
The chaise (sometimes referred to as the 'fainting couch') is quite versatile and can be showcased in any room as a statement piece or an as an accent.
I found this chic Maxine Chaise Lounge from raymourflanigan.com that would look exquisite if placed underneath a window, or by a fabulous piece of art, next to a floor lamp and a side table or even next to an over-sized floor mirror.
Ornate, modern, or casual, these loungers come in a variety of materials and styles. They come with side arms or armless, a high back or backless, in leather or microsuede, and can be upholstered with your favorite fabrics. Whatever your unique style, this will be your personal little haven!
- The chaise lounge was first created in ancient Egypt as a comfortable seat upon which only royalty reclined (so really, maybe I am related to Cleopatra?!). But it was really the French art and architecture of the 18th century Rococo period that brought the chaise lounge into the forefront of interior design and made it a focal piece for wealthy aristocrats and royalty.
- The chaise was sometimes called the "fainting couch" thanks to Victorian women of the 19th century who fainted frequently from their tight corsets. A well-appointed home or building would have a fainting couch at the top of every set of stairs for her use.