Take a Seat

Am I the only person in the world who appreciates a comfortable seat? I cannot believe that I am. Surely everyone enjoys a plush place to perch whilst they tip back a frosty beverage or pick through an appetizer platter. Which is why I do not understand how there are so many bar and restaurant establishments that expect me to sit on a rock hard slab of wood or a metal stool with no backrest! The horror. Moreover, these are not cheap roadside stand type places; I understand there is a place for strict utility for sure. I am talking about trendy restaurants and chichi bars that charge some nice prices for their menu options. “Oh, this cocktail is $21? Cool. Do you have anything more comfortable than a pointy rock for me to sit on while I choke it down?” Ambiance is important in commercial design. If you are not charging fast food prices then don’t ask me to sit on a bench made out of pallet wood that probably never got sanded down; spring for an honest to goodness comfy seat. Even if you have to buy it! I want it all: Flattering lighting, no distracting hullabaloo noise, visual harmony, and a COMFORTABLE SEAT! (It should go without saying that the food and drink should be delicious.) Upholstery is a nice touch, but it is not necessary if the seat is well—designed. The chairs at Cracker Barrel are solid oak, but they are still comfortable. Ergonomics go a long way!

Take a seat, uncomfortable chairs
Uh, no, thank you. This is one of the most uncomfortable chairs in the world.

I know this is a weird rant, but I am so over the uncomfortable seating that looks cool. Let’s take a moment to celebrate comfort. We can do better people! Who is with me? Hygge for life!

A booth AND a gorgeous sunny window!?! Let me curl up in there!, the anchor, comfortable seating, restaurant design, amid home, arched windows, butcher block tables, dark painted trim, cozy, comfy, dining in style, cafe life
A booth AND a gorgeous sunny window!?! Let me curl up in there!
AMID Home, Ace Hotel New Orleans, Comfortable Seating, take a seat, retro vibe, eclectic, hotel style, vintage rugs
The Ace Hotel in New Orleans kills it with the vibe in the lobby slash bar area! I swear people will think you are cool just because you are there.
The Goodland Hotel in Santa Barbara, Amid Home, The Goodbar, vintage vibes, eclectic decor, macrame, brick, shelfie, floating shelf, mirror, mirror on the wall
My hubby knows that I always get the booth! The chairs don’t look bad though.


I'm Allison McCowan, and I live in Florida with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Clover. I am inspired by music, art, books, design, and nature. This is a place for me to share my ideas, my vibe, and my observations.

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