Giant Counter Stool Roundup

Most kitchens these days use counter stools instead of barstools due to the popularity of single level countertop islands in kitchens these days.  So I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you!

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Canopy and Four Poster Beds

Something about fall and winter re-ignites my love of classic four poster and canopy beds. I think because they are just so COZY looking. I am truly obsessed with my canopy bed.  And it wasn’t our only one- we also had that fabulous white IKEA canopy bed in our old guest room (now baby nursery) that we moved so many times and took apart and put back together that we had to chuck it because I’m pretty sure one more re-assemble would have ended in serious injury for the next person who laid down on it.  And I was SO SAD, because for some bizarre reason, they no longer make it!  It was GENIUS and like, under $200 bucks!!! Makes me crazy.  Anyways, here are some inspiration photos for these styles of beds and a little roundup of some I love right now.
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Ottoman Round Up

As I prepare to get rid of my glass and metal coffee table (aka “The Kiddy Guillotine”) I have been looking for the perfect ottoman to serve as a coffee table. It’s tough! There are many things than one wants in the function of an ottoman, but you also want it to look good!

Some tips:
If you want to use a large tray on top to corral magazines, remotes and maybe a vase of flowers make sure the top is flat and does not have a curve to it!

If you keep a lot of stuff on your coffee table, then look for an ottoman with a lower shelf underneath the upholstered part.

Make sure the dimensions are correct for your other furniture- especially the height.  You don’t want it way higher than your sofa seat.

If there is going to be high wear and tear to the ottoman, consider leather or a faux leather for maximum durability.

If you have a narrow room look at upholstered benches instead of ottomans that may eat up too much room.

Here’s an ottoman we used in a Beacon Hill family’s playroom/den that is easy to move around and flat on the top.  Perfect for what they needed!

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photo by Michael J. Lee

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