Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday Morning Shopping

Good news, bad news, friends. The Chairish bar stools have been purchased. I'm going to pretend that whoever bought them was inspired by my design board!  

If you love this look and want to replicate it in your own home though, you can still do it--and for less money!

 
While I was on a scouting trip for my One Room Challenge project this weekend, I found similar bar stools at Tuesday Morning. The Lansing-area store had two stools toward the back of the store and I think they were about $150 each. (If you are not local but have a Tuesday Morning in your area, I think it's definitely worth checking out.) 

Tuesday Morning also had a rug similar to the one I featured from Ballard, and it was HUGE!

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This table from Home Depot is significantly less expensive than the one from Design Within Reach. 


The light fixture is already a great price from CB2.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chairish the Glam Bar

Old and new. Vintage and modern. This contrast is what makes a room come to life! 


And that's how Chairish saves the day! Buy, sell, adore is their motto, and the company's aim is to make it easy and fun to sell pre-loved decor to one another. They asked me to style the perfect home bar, using stools from their bar stool collection, and there are so many great options to choose from!


stool / light fixture / wallpaper / dishes / bar / rug


I chose this leather upholstered bar chair. It's sold in a set of three from a Chairish member in Solano, CA. If you are local to the area, pickup is free; otherwise, white glove delivery is available for purchases in the continental U.S.

My creation is a breakfast bar -- don't you think it's a more modern concept than a breakfast nook?? Anyway, to get the effect, I added a wheeled, stainless steel work table from Design Within Reach. It's tall enough for the stools to fit underneath; I would put two on the open side and the third against the wall. 

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This is how Design Within Reach styled the table--and you could find stools like that on Chairish, too.


This is how the stools I chose from Chairish look next to the work table. I love the mix of the white leather and dark wood legs against the stainless steel.




rug / wallpaper
To soften the industrial vibe of the work table and coldness of the leather, I added Farrow & Ball's lotus wallpaper in the greenish colorway and a neutral wool rug from Ballard. 

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A Novogratz for CB2 light fixture picks up on the hint of green and rounds out the space (literally).

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The only decision I had difficulty with was the dishes for the impromptu table setting. The blue & white from Mottahedeh are traditional and add a nice pop of color. But how about the Hermes tableware above?!? Either way, French toast, Froot Loops, and Folgers are all destined to taste A LOT better! 

So, why buy someone else's old stools and not a brand new set? Three reasons. 

1. Quality
If you could buy a used Ferrari or a brand new Hyundai, which would you choose? It's the same answer with quality home furnishings. Vintage pieces have proven they are built to last. 

2. Price
Used often costs less than the same item new. Which means more money in your budget for designer wallpaper, rugs, and dinnerware. 

3. Environment
Not only does buying a vintage or used piece of furniture mean that you are saving it from the trash, but it also reduces the demand for new products and all of the resources that get used in that process.

Ultimately, that's the perfect mix of high and low that I love so much!

Friday, September 26, 2014

High Five Hiatus-is-Over Friday

The past few Fridays I have not managed to post my favorite links, otherwise known as the High Five Friday, but I'm back, baby. The hiatus is over, just like lots of my favorite TV shows!

 1.  9 by Novogratz
http://www.walmart.com/cp/1228439


Robert and Cortney Novogratz have been big influencers on my sense of design since I first saw their HGTV show. Their style is so kid-friendly, colorful, and happy. I was thrilled to discover that they've launched an affordable line of bed linens, furniture, and other home decor items at Wal-Mart. They're so super nice and you can't beat these prices. I also appreciate how easily the items can be mixed & matched with each other.


Gray Linen Futon

 
Rainbow Throw Pillow



2. Hooray
 
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"Hooray" is the coupon code to get 20% off at Etsy store Lishy Lishy through Sunday. My favorite is the pink flamingos. But with the discount, why not get Happy in all five colors to create a rainbow effect on your wall?




3. Pumpkin Treats
http://beyondfrosting.com/2014/09/24/pumpkin-spice-frosted-cookie-cake/
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The change of season has me craving some pumpkin treats like the delectable frosted cookie dessert from Beyond Frosting above, as well as Edie's chicken & pumpkin soup. Yum!!!


4. Autumn Blog Hop
The bright colors of fall have definitely influenced my choice of clothing lately and I'm also starting to think about how to decorate our house for the season. Some great ideas to copy can be found at the seven-blogs-in-seven-days tour here.


5. Skimm It
Maybe it's because school is back in session but I feel like I should be a teensy bit more serious in the fall. I've been getting the Skimm sent to my email inbox since earlier this year. Besides all the fun pop culture references, I'm happy to be more knowledgeable about what's going on in the world (even if the news is pretty depressing).

Happy Friday, friends! What do you have planned for the weekend? I've got a special weekend post coming up so come back tomorrow!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ORC Linking Party: Get Ready


The One Room Challenge and accompanying link-up begin next week!!!!! 

Created by Linda of Calling It Home three years ago, the One Room Challenge (or ORC, for short) brings together twenty interior designers, bloggers, and DIYers to makeover a room in six weeks. 

It's always exciting to see who gets selected to be part of the official 20! I know for sure that Bijou & Boheme, The Pink Pagoda, and Because It's Awesome are in it again this year.

The ORC runs twice a year, beginning in April and October. 

Last fall Linda opened up a secondary ORC in which the rest of us can play along! The linking participants post on Thursdays, the day after the official 20. 

So get ready to see Thursday posts from me every week, beginning next Thursday. I've been taking lots of terrible BEFORE photos and can't wait to show you how I transform another area of our home!

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