Roundup: My Favorite Nightstands

Photo by Michael J. Lee

Nightstands can add a lot to a bedroom, and are a great way to make a subtle change in your bedroom.  Perhaps you have a bedroom “set” from college or a hand me down that doesn’t feel “you”?  A great way to update the look is to get new nightstands in a complementary color (if you have a dark wood bed, for example, I’d get ivory or a grasscloth textured pair).  If you have a lot of space on the sides of the bed, use smaller scale dresser or extra-wide nightstands to really balance the space and avoid dead empty corners.

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Round up: Mirrors of All Sizes

Mirrors are one of my favorite accessories.  They brighten up a space, add interest and texture in unexpected places and dimension to walls when you don’t want to use artwork.  A good mirror isn’t hard to find, but I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you in case you needed a little nudge in the right direction.

A few tips:

  • Always check and make sure the mirror can hang in the direction you want it to– not all mirrors can be hung vertically or horizontally. Some are made to only hang one way.
  • Round mirrors add a lot of nice soft movement to rooms with lots of angles.
  • If you need a very narrow mirror for a powder room or other small space look for vintage ones on Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs or similar. There aren’t a lot of small mirrors made these days!
  • For really tricky sizes and dimensions, go custom. Any frame shop can make you a mirror with a framing moulding of your choice! Or we like to make grasscloth wrapped mirrors from here which add texture.
  • Consider mirrors when light is an issue- when we had to close up one of the two mirrors in our dining area for our addition I placed three rectangular bistro frame style mirrors in it’s place to trick they eye and bounce light.  It worked wonders.
  • Horchow and Wisteria are having mirror sales today!

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Counter Stool Roundup

Image from the awesome, Pin-worthy Ally Banks Interiors. And no, I do not know where those stools are from but am dying to know myself!

Counter stools seems to be a lot of people’s decorating kryptonite.  Sometimes it’s mine as well!  Its a piece of furniture that is prominent in your home and likely used non-stop so it has to be pretty AND durable while alos coordinating with your kitchen AND any other decor nearby if your space is open concept.  So I find it helpful to do roundups of them often.

COUNTER STOOL BUYING TIPS:

  • Make sure you give enough space between each stool- don’t try to cram in too many- they will be uncomfortable and make your kitchen look sloppy.
  • Make sure the distance between the seat of the stool and the bottom of the counter is about 10″- this is ideal for comfort.  Most counter stools will be 26″ because the average kitchen counter is 36″ high- but make sure you measure your counter before buying!
  • Measure the recess the stools push into- you want to give enough room for peoples legs while keeping their backs close enough to the counter itself. I have a shallow overhang so this is an issue- backless stools work best in this instance.
  • Make sure the material suits your lifestyle. Got kids? You’ll want to stick to wood, plastic, outdoor fabric or faux leather- easy cleanup and strong durability. Leather can go either way- its durable, but if someone sits on a blueberry on it- it’s going to stain.
  • If you have upholstered dining chairs in the same space, look for non upholstered counter stools and vice versa. Or instead of upholster look for woven styles.

Here is a group of great looking, slightly more unique counter stools that may peak your interest. Some of the upholstered ones have the ability to be customized with your choice of fabric too!

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Dining Table + Chair Roundup

Hi guys- sorry this is late. I’ve been running on fumes this week! However, I did think a post like this would be pretty interesting as I’ve found that people can find it a bit difficult to pair dining tables and chairs. In the design world its a no-no to buy furniture in sets (of any kind) so pairing a table with chairs that compliment but don’t MATCH is key. Here are a few examples that may help you visualize your own space!

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Roundup: Our Most Used Styling Accessories

One of the things that I find a lot of clients struggle with in decorating their home is that last 10%– the accessories and accents that take a room from good to great. As we continue styling and shooting our projects for book number 2 (it IS coming! Promise!) I thought I would round up the accessories the girls and I here int he office turn to time and time again for putting the finishing touches on a home. From always having birch logs on hand (for an empty fireplace or peeking out of a basket) to the frames and objects we use when styling a bookshelf or built in. Even my favorite books (yup, mine is up there- that striped spine was very much on purpose for this reason!) I hope you find these sections helpful when needing to source some final goodies for your own space! (sorry this post is so late- this too many hours more than I thought it would!)

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