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


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


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!


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.

ghost chair chart

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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Client Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room

A couple of months ago, Kerri and Matt asked us for some help with their living room. They love their house and the general space of the living area, but felt it no longer reflected their aesthetic.

Here’s a glimpse of what the room looked like when we started the project…

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Kerri Before 1

Kerri and Matt have three little girls and wanted a room that would reflect the fun, casual family lifestyle they have. One of their biggest goals was to lighten up the room and make it feel more contemporary. They liked the general layout so asked that we work within it as well as keep the TV console, the leather ottoman, the paint color and the drapery. They had also just added the new gas fireplace with mantel and granite surround themselves so wanted to make sure we took that into consideration.

We got to work helping them create a serene, comfortable living room great for entertaining guests as well as a lazy Sunday morning as a family. Here’s where we landed…

A large sectional offers plenty of seating, is large enough to balance the oversized mantel and provides a relaxed feel; a light grey finish is kid-friendly, but doesn’t feel heavy…

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An ivory rug with a large graphic pattern is neutral, but interesting and a little round wood table provides texture

Machut Close up After

A narrow console (with equally narrow lamp!) was found to fit perfectly in the space behind the couch–this is right next to the entry so a perfect place to drop keys

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On the other side of the room, the television was mounted above the existing media console. A previously empty corner becomes the perfect place for a reading nook and two frames de-emphasize the TV.

Machut Opposite Side Room After

How great is this chair?! We provided Kerri with specific measurements and notes on shape for what should go here and she found this perfect piece at HomeGoods!

Kerri TV Chair After

Machut TV and Chair After

Finally, styling the bookshelves put the final touches on the new room.

Kerri Bookshelf Styling After

Thanks Kerri and Matt for sharing your new living room!

Like what you see and need some help in your own home? In just a few hours we can help you pull together your vision–guiding you through the process to make the best choices of furniture, finishes, fabric, accessories, etc. Contact us here for more information!

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Home Depot Lighting

While I definitely like Home Depot for my basic house needs I don’t consider them a great resource for products with good design–that is until now!  While searching online for some lighting, I found their ZUO line with has great design with a small price tag.

1. ZUO Amethyst
//2. ZUO Bronze //3.ZUO Sapphire//4.ZUO Cassius//5.Alpha Floor Lamp//6.ZUO Bradyon//7.ZUO Cascade

1.  Perfect light fixture for an entryway!  The bronze finish keeps it from looking too modern so that would blend in with traditional decor as well.

2.  I’ve been trying to figure out where I could incorporate this pendant light into my home–LOVE it!  I think it would be great in a kids bathroom and I could even see two of these over a rustic wood dining room table.

3.  This pendant has been one of my favorites for a long time.  It comes in two sizes and a nickel finish.  Would love to see the nickel finish in my office area and I think Tessa should put the bronze finish in her entryway. Now we just have to convince our husbands to let us change our light fixtures AGAIN.

4.  This one is a steal at 50.00!  Could look great in a girl’s nursery or bathroom or even over a huge soaking bathtub!

5.  While this is not a pendant light, I couldn’t help but include such a nice looking floor lamp.

6.  This is by far my favorite find at Home Depot.  Large enough in scale to be placed over a dining room table in a more formal setting or  I would love to see it over a rustic wood table.

7.  Everyone needs a little bling in their house!

I will definitely consider Home Depot one of my go-to stores from now on.  Happy Shopping!

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