Thursday, April 12, 2012

Finally! New Desk Chair

I've almost lost count how many chairs I've had at my computer desk here in my craft room.  Most ended up being horribly uncomfortable.  And I don't even sit at the computer for long periods of time.  Admittedly, I've been cheap when it came to buying a desk chair.  That, and I really didn't want some big, dark, faux leather, clunky thing in here.  I really wanted a wood banker's chair type, but didn't want to pay the price.

Of course, I loved Pottery Barn's wooden swivel banker's style chair, but at $399 plus $15 in shipping, I just couldn't do it.

Pottery Barn
Home Decorator's Collection has their Oxford Office chair at $199 plus $30 shipping.  
Not too bad, but I was hoping to do a bit better.
Home Decorator's Collection

Walmart to the rescue!

On their site, I found just what I was looking for.  Their wood banker's chair is $139 and shipping is free if you pick up at the store.  As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure it's the same exact chair HDC was selling at $199.

The chair arrived very quickly, less then a week, and it was very easy to put together.  It's comfortable, height adjustable, swivels and tilts, and the casters roll very easily on my pink shaggy rug I have in here.
I'm super-pleased with this chair.

While I was in here taking pics of the chair, thought I'd share the new counter skirt and window valance I made.  I love the black and white print with the green apple walls, along with the pink shaggy rug I grabbed up at Lowes for a steal - twenty bucks on clearance.  

I may use some of the left over fabric to make a chair pad for my new banker's chair.  
Add it to the list! ;o)

Puppy Update

The new member of the family, Xena, is keeping us busy for sure.  We're still working on housebreaking her, and so far we've only had one day accident free since we brought her home.  Oh, it's driving me nuts!  We try to take her out every couple hours, but she still has accidents.  We can't seem to read her signals all the time.  

She seems to be getting leash training down.  I've been adamant about that.  Our last dog was terrible on the leash, which I'm sure is our fault for not training her properly.  On the subject of training, The Dog Whisperer is now my favorite show.  I DVR it and watch at least a couple episodes a day until I get caught up to the current season.  I really like his philosophies on dog training. Watching his show has also made me understand more about dogs and how they think, so-to-speak.  I feel myself being much more calm with Xena then I was with our first Boxer, Coco.

Another problem I'm having with Xena is getting her to "come" on command.  When I take her out to do her business on the leash, as a reward I unleash her and let her chase a frisbee.  She loves to retrieve it bring it back to me.  But when it's time to go in, she won't come.  I think she thinks it's a game to come close then dart off when I get near her to put leash her.  This morning, after we danced around the back yard for about 20 minutes or more,  I had to quick grab her and wrestle her to the ground to get the leash back on her.  GRRRRRR!!!!  That just will not do!  I think we need to work on the come command a lot more in the house.

See that white thing there on her collar?  It's a very cool device.  It's a GPS tracker.  Hubby found it at Amazon.  It's called
Tagg the Pet Tracker
and the cool thing is there's an app for that . . . hehe.  You download the app to your iPhone, iPad, smart phone, computer, etc., and if the the dog leaves your yard perimeter you can use the app on your device to track her location no matter where you are, with directions if needed.  It will even send you a text that the dog has broken the perimeter.  
Pretty cool!

As you can see, she's starting to love her crate . . . her space.  Unfortunately, that big, ugly cage is in my family room.  I have a small quilt draped over the top cause ya know they like to feel like their in their own den, but the quilt's just not working for me.  I've already purchased a painter's drop cloth and I plan on making a more fitted, hopefully attractive crate cover.  

Other then those few issues, I think she's a terrific dog.  And when we get those worked out, she'll be the perfect pet!

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Kerin said...

Love the chair!

I snagged a similar, and old chair at a yard sale for 8 bucks. Wow.. I never realized til now, just what a deal I got !

Ah.. puppy training... not for the faint of heart :)

Hang in .. she's a cutie pie.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, your new baby is cute. It does take a while to get that potty training down. I put Bailey in the training class at Pet Smart after she was older and should have done it sooner. She did well in everything and did the come command in the store, but not so great outside. She will come, but she is supposed to the first time I say it. Nope, nada. Love your new chair.

Calypso In The Country said...

Oh, how darling! I just had to come over and see her! It sounds like you are on your way with all the training! The housebreaking can be so hard in the beginning. I was absolutely losing it having to take mine out all the time. I was sick the first week so it was a nightmare! It will get easier and now I have become such a dog lover! Keep up the updates on her! Have a nice weekend!

Mavis said...

Love your chair. I recently decided that I had to have Bankers Chair to go with my "New to Me" Pottery Barn Bedford desk. Like you, I'm not going to pay $400 (what's $1) plus shipping for the chair. Plus based on reviews, the thing doesn't seem to hold up that well.

I came across the Walmart chair online but I want the one with the arms which you can't order online any more and none of the stores in my area carry it.

For me, it will hopefully be Craigslist to the rescue.

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