Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TWENTY BEAUTIFUL BARSTOOLS


I've been on the hunt for some new bar stools for quite a while. The ones I have currently were a Craigslist purchase that I planned to make over, but that never happened!  Our barstools are in the center of the living room/kitchen, so they come in handy for extra seating when we have guests.  Because of that, I'd like to find something that's really comfortable, so I'm looking for upholstered seats with a back.  I thought I'd share some of my favorites that I've come across in my search in case you're searching too!

bar stools, upholstered stools

 ONE
This is the stool I've been leaning towards for a while, just because it matches my chairs.  Love the classic style.

But these have my heart too...pretty sure they would fit right in at my house!  TONS more patterns and colors available in this style, the black and white stripe caught my eye too!

Pretty linen with nailhead trim, these come in a set of two and are a bargain!

These just look like you could sit for hours!

A splurge, but oh so pretty.

For you neutral lovers, love the graphic punch the stripe adds.

Nice, affordable, upholstered tufted charcoal- comfortable and no need to obsess about stains.



Although an upholstered stool is cozy, I know it's not practical for many who want to ease of being able to wipe a stool clean quickly.   These would be great for families with small children, or anyone who gets nervous about spills!

wipable barstools, faux leather barstool, french bistro barstool

ONE 
This is super stylish, and the faux leather is a nice alternative if you'd like a light color without having to worry about stains.  I like the quilted detail, also.

TWO 
Faux leather and nailhead, a great mix for a more traditional, rustic, or modern style.  

This is a classic, extremely popular style.  I like the simple beauty of the wood, and this one has great reviews for quality.

 FOUR
LOVE this stool every time I see it in a design photo.  It comes in several colors, most often seen in blue, but I couldn't resist showing you the green!



I found several more modern styles that I have a crush on, even if they're not quite right for my home.

modern barstool, acrylic barstool, lucite and chrome barstool, ghost barstool


Lucite seats and chrome legs, beautiful.

Even though these aren't MY style, I think they're super sharp, and look comfortable!

A bar stool version of the always popular ghost chair.  


Although I'm shopping for barstools with a back, I came across these without a back that were too good not to share.  So many pretty new kitchens have large islands with room for stools to scoot all the way under the counter, and these would be perfect in that situation, or if you want a slimmer profile than a stool with a back would give.

upholstered backless barstools, metal barstools,

ONE 
I couldn't resist the hide print on this one, love the pattern it adds to an otherwise neutral stool.  It's just printed microfiber fabric, though, so would clean up like a dream!

A more comfortable version of a basic saddle seat stool, with nice nailhead detail.

Another ghost version! 

A pretty style with darker colors, leather and easy to clean.

 FIVE
The backless version of the round back stool shown above.

These are classic, super popular, come in lots of colors, and you can't beat the price!



Which style is your favorite?  Do you have a barstool you absolutely love?  I'm leaving towards a simple upholstered stool, that I can make a slipcover for if I'd like to change the look from time to time.  This is my style inspiration photo- one of my favorite HGTV Magazine kitchens that I posted about here!






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Thursday, January 12, 2017

INSPIRATION FOR A NEW YEAR


Hello friends, my heart is full after yesterday's post.  Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and joining in our celebration of our son.  I'm often hesitant to post many personal things here, but you all were such kind readers and I truly appreciate how your graciously receive those posts when I do.

Now, on to more decorating talk!  As Christmas comes to a close each season and a new year begins, I always look around and get the itch to see what I can change around the house.  Nothing major, just rearranging or switching accessories or adding a pop here and there.

Currently, I'm craving even more color and pattern!  You might think...how is that possible?  Actually, I do have a pretty neutral base in my home, with the accessories being the main source of color and pattern.


So, I've been toying with some ideas of how I could take things up another notch around the house, and I thought I'd share some of the inspiration that I'm mulling over in my head.












I blogged about this home last year, and I still am head over heels for it!



I won't go this far in my home, but this photo sure does make me happy, and I think there are some good takeaway ideas here.



If you are on Instagram, you know what I mean when I say that it is a huge source of inspiration for me (if you're not on it, you should be, so fun!  I'm here if you want to check it out.).  Other than ogling a constant feed of pretty decor, I've met some of the nicest people who I now call friends.

My friend Meredith is not a blogger, but her stunning home was featured this past year on The Glam Pad blog.  I get my dose of pretty from her Instagram feed, but you can see the formal and complete tour of her home here.  I just love how Meredith injects fun and color into her otherwise traditional home (and she sets some tables to die for!).


I can't get enough peeks of Laurie's fabulous home, either.  Another sweet friend who is not a blogger, but I'm dying for a full home tour!  In addition to her Instagram feed, Laurie has an Etsy shop filled with the most adorable things, if you're anything like me you'll want one (or two!) of every single thing!  And, her classic, feminine fashion posts always leave me drooling too!



Finally, the ultimate inspiration in preppy eye candy... The Greenbrier.  I just informed Ray that a visit here some day is on my bucket list!





A few themes I'm picking up on-
*more pattern in other areas than just pillows (lots of layers of patterns!)
*fun, colorful accessories
*more hot pink! (I think it's in every photo I chose)
*bold furniture choices (accent pieces)
*pretty wall treatments (bold paint color, graphic wall paper, etc.)


Do you get the itch for change with a new year, too?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SIXTEEN


I'm not sure how this day is already here, but we've blinked a few times and our sweet baby boy is 16 today.  Thank you for indulging me today as I gush and share about our boy...he is the "dimples" in Dimples and Tangles, after all!


Truly, when you're in the thick of raising babies and toddlers and hear others say "Enjoy this time, it goes by all too fast..." it's hard to see more than 5 minutes ahead of you and believe them.  But as our children grow older, it's all too true.  This time is fleeting.


 Baby Dedication- First Baptist Church, Broken Arrow, OK

This boy... I can't even tell you how my heart melts and bursts with pride at the same time at the thought of him.



Those cheeks!  Those little fingers!


 14 years later, he still loves trains!



We often receive compliments from friends about Caleb's sweet personality, responsibility, and kindness he shows towards others.  As nice as those are to hear, it's even more meaningful to me that he displays all of those characteristics at home, when no one is watching.  He does whatever is asked of him, usually right away and without a hint of a complaint.  He's always willing to pitch in with whatever we ask, and does the task with a happy heart.


He is loyal and committed to finish what he starts, and always considerate of others.  He's a pleaser!



As we cross milestone after milestone, I'm just so grateful for the fine young man he is becoming.


We could not be more proud of or more thankful for this boy, the Lord has given us a priceless treasure in him.


Caleb, we continue to pray Joshua 14:8 for you, which we claimed for you as we chose your name, that you would live a life faithful and obedient to the Lord, wholly following Him.  We love you, son.





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