Bar Stools

So many people are opting for islands or peninsulas if space permits in their kitchens.  The open concept kitchen with space for a few cooks and guests who may want to be involved in the action is as popular as ever. Comfortable seating for casual dining, for kids doing homework while mom or dad is preparing the meal, and for those guests who want to be near is important, and there are numerous options that we love.  First of all, there is a difference between counter and bar stools.  Counter stools are 24” high while bar stools are 30” in height.  Some counters have a raised area for the seating and some even have a lower table-height section for the seating.  It is all about comfort, so it is entirely up to the homeowner to decide which height counter and stool they would prefer - for instance, some people may want to pull up a stool to the counter to cut vegetables while others may just want to stand and leave the higher or lower counter area for seating. The clear advantage of having a higher counter dividing the living space from the kitchen is that it will hide some of the mess!

At any rate, here are just a few examples of the many beautiful and functional stools we like.

Photo Credits:  Ballard Designs and Grandin Road

 

Swivel seats are a nice option, and the stylish Marcello from Ballard is very comfy with many fabric choices.

Swivel seats are a nice option, and the stylish Marcello from Ballard is very comfy with many fabric choices.

For those who like a vintage industrial style, we recommend Marian metal seating which comes in a backless stool or ones with backs in Brick Red, Distressed Cream, or Spa Green.

For those who like a vintage industrial style, we recommend Marian metal seating which comes in a backless stool or ones with backs in Brick Red, Distressed Cream, or Spa Green.

Morgan stools feature a graceful, contemporary style with a beautiful sculpted back. They are available in a number of colorful leather options.  These stools are super comfortable with a spacious 23” wide seat!

Morgan stools feature a graceful, contemporary style with a beautiful sculpted back. They are available in a number of colorful leather options.  These stools are super comfortable with a spacious 23” wide seat!

Finally, for those who may like a rustic farm look, there is the iconic Tractor Swivel Stool!  The hand-carved seat allows for extra comfort and it adjusts to various heights from 20”-28”.

Finally, for those who may like a rustic farm look, there is the iconic Tractor Swivel Stool!  The hand-carved seat allows for extra comfort and it adjusts to various heights from 20”-28”.

Nature Inspired Design

Well-known designer, Thom Felicia, has said that, “People think natural materials are about rusticity, but really they are about softening modern shapes and humanizing a room.”  (House Beautiful, June, 2015). We could not agree with him more. Homeowners have strived to bring nature into their homes over the centuries.  As a design aesthetic, our love of the natural and organic can make us feel calm and at peace in our surroundings.

Think of colors, materials, and textures.  Colors that are usually used in nature inspired interiors are the subtle ones - beiges, browns, grays, soft greens found in sand, stone, wood, and plant materials. Using various textures, such as rattan, wicker, driftwood, or seagrass, leather or coral, natural fabrics such as cotton and linen, and natural wood with its gorgeous imperfections of knots and grains in reclaimed wood for flooring and beams can all provide a good start at creating nature inspired interior. The curves and imperfections of all of these materials should be embraced. The wonderful tonal variations and different textures in all of these materials are what give a space greater depth and dimension.

We strongly believe that interior spaces should always inspire those who inhabit them. Nature continues to be a dominant source of inspiration, so we hope you will bring the outdoors into your home with these nature-inspired décor ideas.  We love the layered look and juxtaposition of rough and smooth, old and new, and rustic and refined that these design elements can help to create.

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This 1960’s vintage driftwood lamp is from 1stdibs and is very expensive at $5000!  But it is a perfect example of a natural element juxtaposed with a very modern lampshade.

We love the sculptural quality of this updated wing chair from Grandin Road.  It is hand-woven from seagrass and rattan in this beautiful herringbone pattern. It is priced at $399.

We think this Terra-Acqua Montecito Natural Stone Oval Vessel sink that can be found at Lowe’s for $612 is very cool.  It was cut from boulders found in riverbeds!ced at $399.

This coffee table with its reclaimed wood block top and contemporary stainless steel legs certainly offers the juxtaposition of styles we mentioned, and we think it would be a beautiful addition to a nature-inspired room.  It can be found at Woodland Creek Furniture.