French upholstered arm chairs have been "en vogue" since the time of Louis XV. Prior to that time, arm chairs were primarily made from wood and designed with erect backs. But the Renaissance period redefined all art forms, including furniture design, leading to more comfortable lounge chairs with cushioned seats, semi-reclining backs and swooping arms. Plus, arm chairs became true works of art with intricate carvings and emblems, cabriole legs and stylish fabrics. Suddenly, every parlor from Paris to St. Petersburg was filled with artistic arm chairs where friends would converse in comfort.
French arm chairs have never gone out of style, but recent years have seen a resurgence in their popularity, with classic designs being coupled with contemporary fabrics and painted or distressed finishes. Today's French arm chairs still often boast intricate carvings and cabriole legs, but comfort trumps artistry when it comes to fabrics. Soft linen or jute fabrics are used to encase downy-soft pillow top seats. And decorative French pillows are often used to further enhance comfort and add a bit of whimsy to the look.
More recently, French style arm chairs with scripted fabric have become a "must have" for lovers of French furniture. French scripted chairs with white fabric and black or brown French words are particularly popular, as are burlap upholstered arm chairs with grain sack words.
French arm chairs with cane backs have been in style since Louis XVIII when lighter furniture was embraced in Paris, perhaps as an expression of their intent to leave the heavy revolutionary years behind. Cane back arm chairs are still extremely popular as they work well in both elegant and more casual decor settings. To give these chairs an even fresher look, they are often painted in colorful hues and distressed for a vintage look and feel.
French arm chairs have also caught the imagination of shabby chic lovers who might refinish an old French chair found at an estate sale and add a comfy pillow top seat and pillows with feminine features such as ruffles and floral embellishments.
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French arm chairs are also being transformed into more cosmopolitan pieces, with tufted linen fabric covering the once intricately carved areas of this style of chair. Wildly popular and infinitely versatile, tufted arm chairswork well in vintage and modern decor settings alike.
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Shipping in the U.S.
While some of our products are shipped directly from Belle Escape via Fedex Ground, many of them are shipped directly from the manufacturers via various ground or freight carriers. Shipping and delivery days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For products that we do not stock, estimated shipping times are noted in the product descriptions. Most In-stock furniture items will be shipped within one to two weeks of placing an order and should be received within 7 to 10 business days after it ships. Sometimes shipping delays occur that are not within the control of Belle Escape. When you purchase an item from Belle Escape, we can in no way guarantee a delivery date as the shipping industry sometimes experiences backlogs and staff shortages that can push back the delivery date by days or sometimes weeks. By purchasing from us, you agree that you understand that delays can occur.
Many of our products, especially the hand-painted furniture, are made upon order and can take from four to 12 weeks to ship. For furniture going to an address in the continental U.S., door front shipping is "Free". This means that your furniture will be delivered in boxes to the front of your home at no additional charge. If you desire White Glove Service, you can choose this option in the drop-down box next to the item you are ordering. Please note that "White Glove" service includes taking an item up one flight of stairs at the most. If there are additional stairs, the delivery company may charge you extra and you will be responsible for those charges. If you have multiple furniture items, please call us for an estimate so that we can get you the most affordable price possible. Once an order is placed, we will confirm an estimated shipping timeframe with you via email.
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Free shipping applies to the contiguous U.S. only (excludes Alaska and Hawaii). Addresses that are "Remote" or accessible only by "Ferry" will incur an extra fee of $275 at the time of shipping.
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BelleEscape.com will happily offer you a refund on most items if you return those items (exceptions are listed below) in their original condition within 7 days of receipt. ALL returns must be shipped back in the original packaging. Please note that the color of an item may vary on your screen. If you choose to return an item due to the color, you will be liable for outbound and return shipping, plus a restocking fee of 20%. Once the original item is returned, you will receive a CREDIT for the amount of the item, excluding shipping costs and a 20% restocking fee. Please inspect your furniture upon arrival to determine if there are any damages. If you detect any damage, do not accept the delivery and note the damage on the delivery form. If your item is damaged during delivery, we will replace it as quickly as possible. In the event of special promotions or discounts, Belle Escape reserves the right to apply additional rules. Those rules will be posted on the relevant promotions pages at the time the offer is valid. Please call a customer care representative if you have any returns-related questions that are associated with these special offers.
Most of our furniture is shipped from Indonesia or South America. In rare instances, containers can get damaged in transit. If this happens, we will make the piece you ordered again and re-ship it as soon as it is ready. Maritime damage is typically related to sudden storms on the high seas. It is very rare, but it can happen and Belle Escape cannot be held liable for damages and delays for which we have no control.
Items Which Cannot be Returned:
• Furniture or decor that is made upon order (noted in product descriptions) • Items discounted for final sale • Custom order merchandise (made in the finish of your choice) • Clearance items with discounts over 25% off
Please note that shipping is NOT refundable.
Belle Escape will not accept ANY returns or exchanges after 30 days (determined from the date you received the merchandise) for ANY reason.
Items Made Upon Order
There are no returns on hand-painted furniture as these items are made for you upon order. Because we do not stock these items and they have been ordered especially for you, they can not be canceled or returned. We initiate the production process within three days of your order being placed and pay to have it made upfront, so custom orders cannot be cancelled. If you have any questions about items made upon order, please email our Customer Care team at customerservice@BelleEscape.com.
Damages are very rare as our items are very well packed. But please inspect your items upon delivery. If an item is damaged, this must be noted on the delivery invoice and we will need a photos of the broken item and box. Contact us immediately about the damage and email the photos of the damage to email@example.com. Belle Escape will arrange for the damaged item to be picked up and a new one to be delivered to you as quickly as possible.
Coupons can be used during the active time period. Two coupons cannot be combined. Coupons cannot be used on sale items. Designers and the Trade with an existing discount cannot combine a coupon with their discount. However, if we have an active coupon out for more than their discount, they can use that instead but must call in to place an order. In the event that a coupon is combined with a Designer or Trade discount or Sale price, that discount will be taken off and charged to the order.
Coupons do not apply to items made upon order, customized items, or one-of-a-kind French antiques.
There is a 10% upcharge on finish changes.
The lead time on items ordered with a finish upgrade ranges from 12 - 18 weeks.