Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Our Home | New Kitchen Counter Stools

I'm prettttty sure that this tiniest of tiny updates does not deserve a blog post of its own, but it's getting one...

A couple weeks ago Andrew and Charlie were eating lunch at the kitchen island when some sort of  battle ensued over who had rightful ownership of the last slice of left over pizza. One thing led to another, there was some grabbing, maybe a shove and eventually a toppled counter stool.   The wooden stool was toast.  Not salvageable.  Or safe, for that matter.  After unleashing the proper Motherly theatrics over the ridiculousness of their behavior I went online and tried to find a replacement.   My first thought was to buy the same Ballard stool that had just broken, but you just know that would be too easy and I wasn't sure I was really in love with those stools anymore.  {shhh, don't tell the boys} I honestly hadn't thought much about them one way or the other till the pizza incident.  They were fine, comfy and sturdy {or so I thought}, but the accident had me contemplating them in a new light.

My first consideration was a pair of these upholstered stools from Restoration Hardware.  I would have had slipcovers made for them, but the thought of dirty slips or the need to wash them on weekly basis was too big of a deterrent. I do think these would have been the most comfy of the options I considered.













I loved these bamboo-esque chairs from World Market!  They were probably my favorite option.  But dang it,  they were the wrong height.  Boo.  Boo. Booooo.  World Market, please make a counter height, please!!








I also liked these X back bistro stools, also from Restoration Hardware.  They didn't seem quite right for our home though and I had visions of boys standing on the cane seats and falling right through.  Your kids don't stand on your chairs?  No?













The more I thought about the farmhouse style of our home and the flow of our kitchen, the more I began leaning to a much simpler option.  These pinterst images helped convince me.







I ended up ordering these simple oak stools from Restoration Hardware.  One of my only RH purchases ever.  Arguably not the most comfy option, but they aren't as uncomfortable as you might think.  I love that I can easily fit three in my small kitchen, something I really missed with the old chairs.  Here's how they look...



(please excuse the pics.  I assure you my counters don't have a purple hue and my floors aren't pink..   not the greatest, I didn't have the right lens (or the right settings, apparently),  I was in a hurry, had 5 minutes (if that) to spare and this blog post has been waiting in draft form for two weeks. blah, blah, blah...)

I think the lesson in all of it, and the reason I even bothered with a post about this change, is to remind myself to scale back, to keep things simple.  Every piece doesn't need to make a statement and sometimes being a bit un-noticable is the best way to shift the focus where it should be {in my kitchen's case, the food or the open shelving.}.  My kitchen just feels lighter and more breathable {if that makes sense} without the bulkiness of the old stools.  And the flow between the dining room and kitchen is nicer too.  

19 comments:

  1. They look very nice! You're right...simple was a great choice here. Looks like your kitchen is kinda the same layout as mine. I have my cooktop in my island and I love it. I also have three stools:) Love the new look!

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  2. I already follow your pinterest boards, but I'm tempted to repin all of the photos above. There are some great ideas for kitchen islands that I'm definitely going to use (the barstools are great, too!). And, yes, my boys stand on everything!

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  3. I was sold on the stools after that first inspiration pic! They're so nice and simple and the oak looks so good with the white/gray tones in your kitchen! Great choice! BTW I am in love with your kitchen. I think it's how I first found your blog (through Pinterest I think) and have been a reader since!

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  4. I think this was a great post. You illustrated how important it is to go with something simple and understated sometimes because you want other things to shine. Those stools were the perfect choice.

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  5. I think you made a great choice! I love the richness of the wood with your new kitchen. Speaking of- are you still loving everything you chose? Because I dream about your kitchen!

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  6. As I said on Instagram, the simple route was the way to go. Like you said, not every piece needs to be a statement piece and the result is that your beautiful kitchen (including your pretty window shades and lighting) get to take center stage.

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  7. Counter height was the biggest obstacle for me as well when shopping for stools. Love your new ones!

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  8. Long time lurker here! I love your cozy, warm blog, Tessa! I always have the urge to make some tea or coffee and snuggle up to read your posts! :) And I love those stools! Sometimes simple is better -- I have a hard time with that, too. I always want every little thing in my home to make some big statement, and I'm always a little disappointed when it doesn't. I don't think that's the case at all with your stools -- they look fabulous in your kitchen (which I adore by the way). We actually have those RH barstools with the cane seats and, though my little boy is only 14 months old right now, that's something I worry about, too! We've had kid visitors standing in them already, so I really, really hope they hold out well over the next several years -- especially considering how much they cost!

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  9. Amen sister. Love your point for the post. I need to remind myself that as well. :)

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  10. Perfect! I just love your kitchen sooooo much!

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  11. I am new to your blog, and personally, I loved this post about your boys/pizza/and the broken stools. I have one daughter, but grew up w/ 2 older brothers, so I can totally appreciate this story! Your kitchen is lovely; are you still happy w/ your Silestone countertops?

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  12. I am new to your blog, and personally, I loved your post about the boys, the pizza and the broken stools. I have one daughter, but grew up w/ two older brothers, so I can totally appreciate this story! Your kitchen is lovely; are you still happy w/ your Silestone countertops?

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  13. Love them! We've had the Great Barstool War going on for years in my house. Why does it have to be so hard?!?!?!?

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  14. love them.
    with you on the simpler is sometimes better thing.
    every single thing in our homes can't be a statement...
    you made a wise choice..they seem classic, like they'll be around way past some of the trendier options on pinterest.

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