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SITTING PRETTY: Considering the evolutionary hoopla about humans walking upright, we sure spend a lot our waking hours sitting down. We sit in traffic, we sit in meetings, we sit on the sidelines of our kids' soccer games. And we usually don't think much about it — we just plop down in whatever chair is available. But this chair will have you thinking ahead. Shown here, it pops with color, but endless fabric choices help it fit effortlessly into any room. The Nicole chair by Thomasville, starting at $750, depending on fabric, is available at Samuels Furniture & Interiors, 5508 Poplar or 1615 N. Germantown Parkway.

BABYSIT: The Bloom Fresco isn't just a high chair; it's a baby-feeding super-pod. This chair grows with your baby through the toddler years until — well, until you're brave

enough to let him or her eat at the table unrestrained. The seat reclines to a cradle position for newborns up to 6 months, or use the chair with or without the super-sized (and dishwasher safe, hooray!) feeding tray. The Fresco also swivels, has "pneumatic-assist" height adjustment, five-point safety harness, micro-suede upholstery, and it just oozes futuristic cool. It's available for $399 at Mango Street Baby, Saddle Creek, 2055 West Street, Germantown.

SIT UP AND BEG: The leather armchair

goes gorgeous. Manly without being obviously a dude's chair, the Caldwell by Bassett will own whatever room it's in. Sorry, guys, it doesn't recline, but with the matching ottoman it's just as ready for napping. If chairs could talk, this one would purr, "Bring me a martini." The Caldwell chair by Bassett starts at $749 (in fabric) and $1,099 (leather). The ottoman is sold separately. Both are available at Bassett Furniture Direct, 2382 N. Germantown Parkway.

SIT TIGHT: This scrumptious chair mixes

modern lines with Italian fabric, and the combination is nothing short of fabulous. It would be equally right in a sparse minimalist space or a lavishly layered room. The Andrea chair is $709 at Cosmic Closet, 48 S. McLean.

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