Welcome to our newest series on Chairish, #FoundAndChairished! We’re constantly hearing from designers who’ve found incredible pieces on Chairish, and now we’re sharing some of their stories with you. Be on the lookout for new #FoundAndChairished stories here on the blog as well as on our Instagram account.

This week, we’re speaking with designer Meredith Ellis, who was featured as a Design Insider just a few months ago. Meredith came across some 19th-century Italian prints she favorited for a future client while browsing art… before realizing they were meant to live in her home office. See what she had to say about her #FoundandChairished item, and shop her curation of Chairish selections to find even more of her favorites.

What Chairish item did you buy that you’d like to share a story about?

A collection of 1870’s Italian architectural prints.

In what room did you use them? 

My new office!

In a few words, how would you describe your interior design style? 

Layered, classic, and sentimental.

How did you find the item you bought on Chairish, and what made you choose it? Did you have a specific search or were you just browsing? 

I was just browsing. I’m always looking for interesting art, and these caught my eye. I kept them in my “Favorites” for a few weeks hoping to have a client for them, but then I just couldn’t get them out of my head so I bought them for myself!

Did you know where you’d put this piece in your home when you bought it, or did you figure you’d find the right spot? 

I had no idea where I’d put them, but when they arrived, it was obvious my office needed them!

Why do you love shopping vintage? And how does sustainability factor into your choices of new products vs. vintage finds? 

I love shopping vintage and antiques because the pieces I find are unique for my clients or myself. No one else is going to have it. Also, I’d rather invest in a great pair of chests of drawers that’s been around for 300 years, rather than something cheaply made that will end up in a landfill in ten!

Are there any dream vintage or antique pieces you wish you could have? 

I would love a pair of palm torchieres by Serge Roche.

July 1, 2021

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.