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Kitchen Seating Combos

Hi everyone. It’s December–what?!?!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Super low key here with a nice family meal at my in-laws and quality time with the kids and a husband much in need of a few days off. Saturday night we headed to Lincoln Park zoo to see the annual Zoo Lights exhibit. If you’re local and going, one piece of advice: Get there early!! Says it starts at 5, but we were there at 4:15 and all the lights were on, it was still light enough to get some good family pics and by 5:15 the place was a freaking mad house. It’s definitely a nice night out though.

This is the kids pretending the light zebras are coming to life and about to attack…


And this is about as good as it gets for a pic with the kids these days!


So, Amy and I recently took on a new project working with a client on some updates to her kitchen. She’s adding a breakfast nook with a corner banquette. We first chose the table and ended up going with the Aria table from Room & Board to go with the bench seating. She then asked us to give her some suggestions for chairs to go on the other side of the table and new barstools at the kitchen counter. She wants a clean, simple, contemporary look. So, we decided to give her some flexibility and give her four choices of stools, four choices of chairs that she can mix and match. i.e. pick your favorite of one, and it will go great with any of the others.


Our client loves the wire chair and barstool so we gave it to her the choice in both a chair and a stool so she could decide which was her preference. While yes, she could decide to go matchy matchy with the two wire choices, our one piece of advice was to not do this so that she has a slightly more eclectic look. Where’d she end up? Well, got a text today that she’s decided on the third stool (aluminum Navy style from Crate & Barrel) with the fourth chair on the bottom–the Eames molded plastic chair from Room & Board.

Which would be your favorite combination? If you’re looking for a little inspiration on eating nooks, check out this post.

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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…

Kerri Before 2

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…

Kerri After 2

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

Machut After Behind Couch After

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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Modern Southwestern Decor

Someone’s enjoying himself….

Amy’s Son William

We are still away soaking up the Arizona sunshine and enjoying every minute. I’ve been spending my days by the pool daydreaming about living here during the cold Chicago winters.  Although Southwest decor is not my favorite–it can feel so dark and heavy–I definitely think there is a way to lighten the decor by bringing in natural materials, a variety of textures, and of course some cowhide.   Most importantly, make sure to try and stay away from dark colors all over the room and mix in some unexpected colors and patterns to keep it fresh.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

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