Taking a break from rearranging furniture and lamps! We've been living with the latest configuration for a few days, and I think we've found our basic layout. Lamp placement, artwork, plants*...all that will come later, but in the meantime, we're working on getting the chairs kitted out with everything they need.
When we first dragged the chairs home, I figured we'd repair the seats either by cutting a piece of wood to set in there as a seat or by stapling furniture webbing across the hole. A little internet research turned up the proper solution: Fagas straps. These things are neat! The chairs are made with a groove into which the straps fit. There is a perfectly angled piece of metal on the end of each strap which slides in and holds firmly.
It's sort of bumming me out that I just spent a good portion of my budget on something no one will ever see, but it will make the chairs more comfortable, and I like that it's done right.
*A footnote on plants. I bought two, huge BEAUTIFUL plants without checking on their toxicity first. Turns out they are both highly toxic to cats, so they will not be staying. Any suggestions for large, easy to maintain plants that are safe with pets?