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Counter Stool Hunt

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

I’ve just completed my search for two counter stools for the kitchen remodel in Las Vegas, it was more difficult than I thought, there were so many considerations! Should they have a back or be backless? Should they swivel? Should they be wood or metal, upholstered or not… what color if so? It took me hours to finally settle on two that would look right in the space.

In my research I came across several favorites, at first I was thinking just a basic metal stool, these work in any style kitchen from farmhouse to industrial like this.

industrial style kitchen black metal stools wood countertops

industrial style counter stools

chester / ansley / metallic


You can’t go wrong with wood counter stools, they add warmth to a light or all white kitchen. How beautiful are these modern shapely counter stools and those Arteriors pendants are ridiculously cool too.

shapely wood counter stools

beth haley design

modern wood counter stools

grotto swivel / bay walnut / nuevo satine

Then I thought perhaps a pair with a contemporary shape?

contemporary barstools

adam fortner

modern white counter stools

kartell masters / akito set of two / vapor acrylic


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A Stylish Window Treatment for Sliding Doors

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

*This post in partnership with Smith and Noble window treatments.

Remember a year ago when I wrote about our sliding door window treatment dilemma? At last I finally found the perfect solution, and the most attractive I might add! I considered a DIY version but luckily Smith and Noble offered their assistance in the form of a Wave Fold Drapery treatment and I couldn’t be happier with the final result!

I’ve loved their treatments since I first ordered roman shades from Smith and Noble twelve years ago, last year we added their plantation shutters to this home, and today I’m delighted to be featuring another one of their quality custom treatments with you.

wave drapery window treatment


Here is a reminder of the yellowed vertical blinds and valance that hung in the same spot when we bought this house… ICK.

vertical blinds before

I’d describe my hatred of these vertical blinds much the same as Mrs. White’s reaction. “Flames… on the side of my face…” One of the first things I did was to tear them down but I was left with nothing in their place for a year, but having nothing was so much better than the before. We did replace the sliding door and windows last fall which helped dramatically with UV protection and temperature control but I was still left with the problem of penetrating morning sunlight and no privacy on this wall for months.

Enter these Wave Fold Drapery panels on a track, a modern stylish window treatment for a sliding door. That fabric you see is the Mod Zebra in the Spa color, I love this pattern and soft colorway. The system acts like a vertical blind in its ability to slide back and forth but has the beauty of fabric window panels, it is such a fresh solution to a decades old dilemma.

wave drapery behind sofa


The fabric blocks the light from the adjacent window on the left, but I wanted it that way since we never ever open it and I loved the look of one long panel that would just hang there and look gorgeous even when pulled back.

wave fold drapery side view


The fabric drapes were custom made, I measured the wall and then emailed this diagram to Smith and Noble.

slider wall


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