Monday, March 29, 2010

More Shopping

Hmmm, now where did the weekend go ... again! I tell you, life seems to be flying by, week by week.

On Friday night I went to Byblos Cafe for after-work drinks. Their service isn't great, they don't have a wide range of cocktails and their hubbly's weren't that impressive either. Won't be rushing back anytime soon. Then I headed home expecting a quiet night in due to lack of options. But Beukes got home and invited me to sushi with some friends of his. Actually it turned out to be one friend of his and a whole bunch of people he didn't know either, but it was fun :)

Also on Friday my dining-room table arrived :) Yay. Sadly tho, after seeing it in my place, the red chairs are just not going to work with it, so Saturday started with a hunt for *white* dining-room chairs.

I started at Design Quarter and found a few potential white chairs at Coricraft, Boardmans (could they have a more useless excuse for a website?), @Home and Mr Price. I was surprised by the small range @Home had, because I remember about a month ago they had loads of cool chairs ... so I went to Melrose Arch but there was nothing extra to see there :( And then I thought I'd try that giant new Sutherlands store (huge disappointment there!).

And then I narrowed it down to my 3 favourites (with a little help from Mom over email & phone calls).

See, I managed to find the cut-out chairs I had my heart set on (at Boardmans this time). But after actually sitting in them, I realised that as pretty as they were, they just wouldn't be practical ... you end up leaning too far back. And apparently the backs do break quite easily :( The first pic is of the Andrew chair at Coricraft, this was Mom's favourite, but I think it's quite boring and I don't know that I could have that much white leather in my house ... So as much as it fitted the requirements, I just wasn't feeling it. My favourites were definitely the Ribbon D chairs at Boardmans (middle pic), and they were by far the most comfortable!

But I was exhausted and headed home to relax for the rest of the afternoon and mull over my purchase decisions with a pizza from Col'Cacchio while watching Series. I like to balance my weekend days with crazy busy mornings and long relaxing afternoons of nothingness.

On Sunday I headed back to Design Quarter to look at my 3 narrowed down choices again and more specifically to find out what stock they had available. I sat in the cut-out chair one last time and crossed it off my list :( Then I sat in the Ribbon D chair again and noticed that they were now marked down from R699 to R399. Oh what a difference a day makes ;) I decided to check the stock of the chairs and Design Quarter only had 1. But they were happy for me to buy one from them and one from Northgate, take 'em home and test drive them with my table and then call in stock from elsewhere for me to buy. Which is exactly what I did! To be honest I didn't even bother to go and look at the Andrew chairs again. These were my initial gut-feel choice and now I could get about 2 of them for the price of 1 Andrew chair. Sold!

I got them home and was disappointed to discover that they don't actually fit under the table because of the arm-rest. But I have been checking them out and sitting in them regularly since then and decided it doesn't matter, I still think these are the chairs!

Did I mention how comfy they are?

Oh, and I also bought myself the most awesome laundry basket while at Boardmans. Seriously, I was using one of my cardboard moving boxes till now. So I knew I needed to get one, but talk about a grudge purchase! I hate those wicker and those plastic ones! To say it wasn't high on my list of things-to-buy would be an understatement ... until I saw this one!

After my shopping spree, I headed off to Schwabinger Stuben in Randburg for Loulou's birthday lunch. Was a lovely afternoon with a very large plate of food! (Oh, and don't order the spatzle!)

And to end off the day, after Bert and a friend came to check out the chairs and give me a 2nd and 3rd opinion, we headed to O'Hagans for the Pub Quiz.


Tamara said...

That is the coolest laundry basket ever!

Louisa said...

Oooh, I like that laundry magaphter. Very nice! What's wrong with the spatzle?

Anonymous said...

I love the middle chairs, but I was thinking the arms may be a problem...
That laundry basket thing is so one of those "why didn't I think of that" things!!

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