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Boo!

Boo is the name given by my children to my new desk chair….

 

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turns out my family thought it was really funny when I told them I had purchased a ghost chair.

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I’ve been debating about this chair forever and decided to finally pull the trigger.  I have to admit, it was love at first sight!

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The ever-favorite ghost chair originates from Phillipe Starcke for Kartell.  It instantly gives any room a modern update but if you decide to purchase the original design it will set you back $410 dollars.  I recently stumbled upon an alternative version on LexMod and decided to order so I could see quality. Ordering a ghost chair through LexMod will cost you around $100 dollars per chair.  And, just in case you are skeptical about purchasing a knockoff ghost chair, Jackie over at York Avenue summed up all the research you need to know when comparing the real and the knockoff versions.

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There are so many different ways to utilize this chair in your home, whether it be for an office area, dining room table or as an occasional chair in your living room.

 

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Or consider putting one in an entry way where you don’t have much space.

 

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Or as an occasional chair in a living room…

 

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A ghost chair is always a great fit around a dining room or breakfast table….

 

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The possibilities are endless!

 

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Kitchen Hardware

Updating kitchen cupboard hardware is one of those things that people don’t think to do because one, it seems expensive and two there is always something else that takes precedence.  I knew it would be a dramatic difference but I kept putting it off because of cost and I couldn’t commit to a style.    After looking at kitchen pulls and knobs for months, I kept coming back to a few kitchen photos I had in my pinterest account starting with this one:

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I love this hardware…so simple and industrial looking.  I also love how they chose not to put any knobs on the lower cabinets and went with all pulls.

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 I love them in polished nickel, too.

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So with those three images stuck in my head, I was on the search for something similar, if not exact.  Here’s where I landed…..the Duluth pulls from Restoration Hardware.

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Duluth Pull-Restoration Hardware

The Duluth Knobs were a little too modern for me (hard to believe, right?) so I went with the Lugarno instead.

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Lugarno Knob-Restoration Hardware

 

Here’s the before:

Not sure if you can tell how ‘cheap’ looking my kitchen hardware was in this before photo.  I think I was so excited to get rid of those pulls and knobs that I didn’t slow down to take a close up photo.

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Here’s the after:

 

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Now I really need to replace the countertop and see if that makes me like my cabinets or do I pull the trigger and paint white?  I’ve only been debating this for four years now!

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Client Project Update: A Breakfast Nook

Back from a week’s vacation…so so good to get away and feel some sun on the skin! We went to Orlando for a couple of nights and a day at Magic Kingdom and then headed out on a four day Disney cruise. Tell ya what…Disney knows how to do it right. Overall, I thought the experience was great–the boat was spacious, the kids club was amazing, the food better than decent, the service was impeccable and everything was very clean. The kids loved it. We loved seeing our kids love it. If you’re sensitive to crowds and loathe schedules, I’d definitely look at other options though–this was our first time doing a cruise at all and there are definitely people everywhere and having to follow their schedule for things like dinner might not be for everyone. The idea of a big floating city can be a little freaky (especially given all the stories lately about cruises!) but I tried not to think too much about it. From a design perspective, the rooms are really well planned. We were on the Disney Dream and here’s what our room looked like–we went with my MIL and had an adjoining room that was a mirror image of this one.

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We decided not to get a room with a balcony because of the kids, but there was a huge porthole window that was just as good. There was a queen bed and then the couch is turned down into a single bed and behind the chair there is a murphy bed that housekeeping also turns down every night if it’s needed. The curtain pulls across to separate the two areas. We had them put a pack and play in our room and the baby slept great with the curtain pulled. So, in the end, would definitely recommend the cruise just go into it knowing that it won’t necessarily be a totally relaxing vaca if you’re going with kids.

Ok on to the update on a client project! We’ve been working with a family to update their kitchen/family room area which included a corner they’d designated for a breakfast nook. We’d previously presented options for chairs to go with the Aria table from Room & Board we recommended and they ended up going with the molded Eames chairs. Here’s what we’ve done so far–LOVE how it’s turning out and they’re super happy with the choices made so far.

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After finalizing the table and chairs, we did custom cushions for the banquette in a neutral Sunbrella fabric (they have three kids!) and now we’re moving on to the next part which is adding some color, interest and softness to the corner with pillows.

Our clients like greens, blues/greys and reds/oranges. We could do something super eclectic and mix all the colors, but  they want to keep things simple and relatively monochromatic, with just a little color added in. Here are three options we’ve put together for them…

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Green Orange

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Greys

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Brown Orange

 

Which would you choose??

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