Tiny Tot Thursdays: Reclining Gliders…

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Today’s rocking chairs are stylish and nothing like your grandmother’s. Some of them have hidden rockers so they look just like regular chairs. I created a list of some that are modern and some that are traditional to outfit your baby’s room.

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nursery rocking chair

{Images via Emerald Kate Spade Nursery, Black, White & Gold Nursery, Style Me Pretty & Gracie Blue}


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Tuesday’s Tips: keep living furniture interesting and avoid buying sets

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I know it’s more cost effective to buy a set of furniture as they tend to have better deals. However if you want to have a super interesting space, try to avoid sets. You can still have a cohesive look by keeping with the same design style or color scheme. You can also do a monochromatic palette and have slight variations of hues for the furniture. This living room above is fun even though the sofas are two completely different styles. They work because they bring out the burnt orange and ivory tones from the artwork and rug…

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These half donut shaped sofas and chairs are a good pairing even though they are different…

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The beige and camel sofas look wonderful together and really bring out the bronze and gold accents of the room. You have two different styles of seating with one armless and the other with armrests so they can appeal to all guests. You can always buy the same type of throw pillows to place on the different seating options as well to unify the look…

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If you stick with a neutral sofa that can transition over time with different color schemes, maybe select a bold hue for the chairs. I actually like when there are two matching chairs in replace of a loveseat. Using the same color as the accent chairs,  place a throw and pillows on the sofa to tie it all in…

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I love the look of the matching chairs…

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Consider using ottomans and benches for smaller scale conversation areas…

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My introduction to Arhaus…

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I meant to post about my first introduction to the Arhaus showroom a couple months ago but forgot. I was in Shaumburg, Illinois at the Woodfield Mall heading to another store when store windows captured my eye. Everything was so glamorous and dramatic. The lighting was moody and gave this deep glow everywhere. I felt like I was in furniture heaven.

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Then Jayson approached us. He was incredibly knowledgable about the products and even went as far as to rearrange some showroom pieces so I could get a better vision on what I had in mind.

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I think I even mentioned that the pieces were out of my price range and he could have easily left me alone to approach other customers, but he didn’t. Even when one rude lady interrupted us to ask him a question and even tried to take him toward the area she needed help in, he politely informed her that he would finish up with us first before helping her. I was stunned as I never get that quality of service. Unfortunately some salespeople assume what customers will spend money based on appearance and even race. I’m a designer and though I was looking for myself, I could have been shopping for a client. Often times my experience in a store determines where I spend my client’s money. In college, one of my instructors told us if we ever design or work in a showroom, to treat all people equally. You never know who is sitting on money! In his experience, the most casual dressers ended up being the ones to spend a lot. So I appreciated Jayson’s professionalism during that time.

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But the furniture….and the fabric….

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Everything there made me wish I was rich…

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You can browse digital online catalogues…
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Some of my favorite lighting by them…and a fab mirror!

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What I like about some of the pieces at Arhaus is the craftsmanship of the furniture. The distressing and carving in some of their furniture is all done by hand by Italian artisans to make each piece feel as if it has history.  They are having an annual storewide sale 20-40% off so you may want to check them out. No this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like what they have to offer and can’t wait to make my first purchase.

 


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Warren Barnett Local Home Furnishing Store…

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There is a showroom furniture store here in a Milwaukee suburb that I have to get to. Warren Barnett offers accessories, home furnishings and even interior designers to help you with selections. I always forget about them until I pass them up on the road. Here are some of what they have to offer..

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What is your favorite local home store?


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Since I have a cat…I really like elevated tripod planters…

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I know cats like to munch on plants but I really don’t want to see the remains of plants in my cats bodily fluids so I think an elevated plant stand is the way to go. My cat is trained not to go on my counters but I’d rather not put anything else on the countertops. I could put a cluster over my fridge but I don’t want to grab a step stool everytime I need to water them. Lazy, I know.

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I think a tall stand will prevent her from trying to snack on the leaves provided I place them away from the sofa. Decorating in 3’s makes this so much cooler but I may just do one to see how my green thumb is first.

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Then I came across this tomato cage diy which can’t possibly be any easier. I’m making a trip to a Home Depot this weekend to see if my location sells colorful ones…

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This one is super fun visually…

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The copper legs are really neat on this diy…

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They give height to smaller plants both inside and out.

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You can shop the above here.

{Images via remodelholic, the house that lars built, camille styles, 4 men 1 lady, KKDW, crate and barrel, & our gathered home, & amber interior designTessa Neustad}


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What are characteristics of your ideal bar stool?

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Some like ’em modern with clean lines or unique with odd interesting shapes, some prefer natural earthy wood materials while many like the industrial metal styles. Some love the cafe style while others need one with a back. I like them all from upholstered to masculine ones but lately I’ve really been wanting metals stools. There are so many fun styles and you don’t need a cocktail bar to use a stool. If you have a bar height dining table, you can use them on one side for a different loo,a breakfast bar, the laundry room counter, etc. I also like them used outside under a thin ledge for drinks or against a back wall for additional seating or to balance an entry vignette by filling space.

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Decorating with benches…

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I purchased a wood bench from TJ Maxx with every intention on using it for dining seating. I love the idea of a dining table with a casual bench side. Then I end up purchasing a bar height curved triangle dining table and 2 bar height curved benches. I was going to return the lower bench but decided to keep it. So now I’m debating where I want to put it and how I want to style it. I don’t need it in the entry way because I already have a console table for that but since moving into my condo last week, I don’t quite yet have a kitchen table or chairs. So to fill up the area in front of the patio doors, I thought it could go there with a furry sheepskin rug on top.

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My bench is a little long but there are so many areas you can squeeze a small bench into. If you don’t have a mudroom, you can always put hooks over a bench and create a resting stop for the entry way to take off shoes or drop your bags…

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