Tag Archives: Restoration Hardware

Reader Question: Affordable Stools

I love getting questions from Spark! readers.  I recently received this one from Julie:

I need some help with finding some great stools for my entry way. Seen any lately that aren’t $500?

I am imagining Julie using stools in her front hall like this:

{Image from DecorPad via Simplified Bee}

Or like this:

{Image from Little Green Notebook}

Although I do not know much about Julie’s entry way or her design preferences,  I decided to give her a wide range of options and keep it under $200 per stool.  Shall we?

Bargain Stools: Under $100

{Hourglass Side Table, Urban Outfitters, $78}

 

{Cindy Crawford Trellis Foot Stool, JC Penney, $99.99; and check out this post
on painting and recovering this stool by the girls over at Matters of Style}

 

{Zebra Kilim Stool, World Market, $59.99}

{Black and White Printed Stool, World Market, $79.99}

Stools That Won’t Break Your Bank: Under $200

 

{X Bench, Ballard Designs, as low as $179 depending on specs}

{Julah Ottoman, Anthropologie, $198}

{Louis Stool, Restoration Hardware, as low as $170 depending on specs}

{Charles Ghost Stool (Small) by Philippe Starke for Kartell, Unica Home, $127.50}

{Courbe Ottoman, Ballard Designs, as low as $149 depending on specs}

{Seagrass Stool, Gumps, $195}

 

{Chinese Garden Stool, Wisteria, $129, and if you didn’t see my previous post, try $49  for something similar at Target, click here to read}

{Pod Table, Urban Outfitters, $110}

It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it?  Also, CB2 has some great options.  Their website was down when I was preparing this post, so definitely go check out their selection too. 

Julie, I hope that I have given you some inspiration for your entry hall.  Thanks so much for writing!

Do you have a question?  I would love to hear it!  Leave me a comment or drop me a line at needsparkblog@gmail.com.

 

 

Buy This, Not That — Home Office Edition!

Welcome to the 6th Edition of Buy This, Not That!  I am re-accessorizing my home office with a new chair, shelves and an inspiration board or two, and found some really great stuff out there for your bill-paying, thank-you-note-writing, internet-surfing haven.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

wshdesk 

[Mason Glass Top Desk, Williams Sonoma Home, $1,250 + $160 shipping = $1,410]

BUY THIS!

wedesk 

[Sawhorse Work Table, West Elm, $449]

OR THIS!

ikeadesk

[Vika Table, Ikea, $109.99]

LOVE THIS?

 

StudioOfficeChair

[Studio Office Chair, CB2, $189.99]

BUY THIS!

tcschair

[Bungee Office Chair, The Container Store, $139]

LOVE THIS WASTEBASKET?

wewate

[Iron Wire Wastebasket, West Elm,  $29]

BUY THIS!

cswaste 

[Masai Wire Wastebasket, Container Store, $12.99]

LOVE THIS?

rhbookends

[Eiffel Tower Bookends, Restoration Hardware, $69.99]

BUY THIS!

ballardbookend

[Eiffel Tower Doorstop & Bookend, Ballard Designs, $14.99 each]

LOVE THIS DESK?

weparsons 

[Parsons Desk with Drawers, West Elm, $329.99 (comes in white too)]

BUY THIS!

overstockdesk

[Student Desk, Overstock, $149.99]

LOVE THIS TALL BOOKCASE?

webookcase

[Rolling Storage, West Elm, $599]

BUY THIS!

ikeabookcase

[Expedit Bookcase, Ikea, $159]

LOVE THIS?

horchowboard

[Personalized Magnetic Bulletin Board, Horchow, $65]

BUY THIS!

TCSboard

[Brocade Magnetic Bulletin Board, Container Store, $39.99]

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Baking Up a Room from Scratch

The most common question that I receive is – how do I design or completely makeover a room?  Where do I begin?  I wanted to share my general “recipe” and rules of thumb when baking up a room from scratch.

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One of the most common search terms that leads people to my blog is Silver Sage Living Room (because of this post on a child’s room painted Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware).  This is a really popular and versatile paint color.  So, as an example, I will use a silver sage living room.

1. Take Inventory. What is already in the room?  Do you like the color of the walls?  What furniture do you have that you want to use?  What function will the room serve?  What is the decor of the surrounding rooms?

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2.  Choose your color scheme. I usually begin with the color of the walls and work from there.  If you have a fabric that you would like to use, beginning with the fabric works too.  I usually choose three colors — the wall color, the trim color and an accent color.

In this example, the walls will be painted silver sage from Restoration Hardware.  For trim, I usually use a white, off white, cream or gray high gloss paint.  In this example, I like the contrast of a high gloss white for the trim.  And for accent colors, well, let your personality shine through!  I, predictably, would probably choose orange these days!  The accent color is perfect for throw pillows and blankets, for use in your window treatments  and rug, and to tie the room together.

3. Choose a Furniture Finish. Although all of the furniture should not be matchy-matchy, I think a room looks much more pulled together when the wood finishes are in the same family (whites and creams, or varying shades of blonde or mahogany wood).

4.  Furniture Selection and Placement. I personally like to use furniture sparingly.  I try to select only pieces that have function and place them accordingly.  Give thought to the use and flow of the room.  Nothing is more jarring and suffocating to the eye than a room chock full of function-less furniture!

5. Fill In with Accents (with high editorial discretion!). Choose complementary window treatments, lighting, rugs, art and pillows.  Decorate with items that you really love and give them the respect they deserve.  Admiring eyes get lost in a sea of knick-knacks.  I love to rotate art and vases through the house (including a rest on closet shelves for a while).  It makes me love the piece even more when it’s displayed in a new place or new way.

6.  Enjoy and Perfect. Every room is a work in progress and tweaking may be necessary based on the everyday use of the room and the moving targets that comprise your life.

Voila! – check out the possibilities of our finished room:

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[Images Courtesy of: Decor PadDecor Pad, Simplified Bee, Western Interiors via Material Girls - Dallas]

Buy This, Not That — Bathroom Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Buy This, Not That.  This time we are visiting the bathroom and finding lots of fabulous bargains.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

anthro

 

[Samanid Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $98]

BUY THIS!

costore

[Blue/Green Print Shower Curtain, World Market, $29.99]

LOVE THIS?

ballard[Harlequin Rug, Ballard Designs, $89 for medium in khaki (23x39)]

BUY THIS!

garnet

[Cobblestone Bath Rug, Garnet Hill, 21x34 in Savannah Tan, $28]

LOVE THIS?

horchow

[Animal Parade Towels, Horchow, $34 for Bath Towel]

BUY THIS!

pottbarn2

[Giraffe Jacquard Bath Towels, Pottery Barn, $19 for Bath Towel]

LOVE THIS?

 

horchow

[Newport Striped Shower Curtain, Horchow, $198]

BUY THIS!

ballard

[Monogrammed Shower Curtain (with or without monogram), Ballard Designs, $42]

LOVE THIS?

crate[Hapao Tissue Cover and Wastebasket, Williams Sonoma Home, $68 & $48]

BUY THIS!

SedonaBathGroupS9[Sedona Wastebasket and Tissue Cover, Crate and Barrel, $19.95 & $16.95]

LOVE THIS?

lg

[Argyle Bath Mat, Layla Grace, $50]

BUY THIS!

target[Simply Shabby Chic Criss Cross Rug, Target, $24.99 + free shipping]

HAPPY BATHROOM BARGAIN HUNTING!

Decorating in a Pinch

I have a colleague and friend who is in the process of adopting three little girls.  The adoption process has been quick and I am so flattered that she asked for my help to decorate the girls’ bedrooms.  We began with a room for the 8 year old.   She was looking for functional and affordable pieces for the bedroom that could be in place in a matter of a couple weeks.  She preferred not to re-paint the room right away.  The room is painted Restoration Hardware‘s Silver Sage

silversage

My inspiration is a picture that I pulled out of a Land of Nod catalog when I was expecting – I love the clean and restful look of the blue walls with the white furniture:

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Below are my initial ideas.  I love the feminine white bed and the clean white linens with her name monogrammed on the sham.  We talked about the importance of making this space unique to this special little girl and making her feel loved and welcome. 

april

I adore this sweet, delicate vanity from Target.  I can already imagine her brushing her hair, painting fingernails and playing dress up in front of the mirror!  I would love to pair it with a brightly colored overstuffed pouf chair (channeling Little Miss Muffet’s tuffet!).

vanity

To add some visual interest and playfulness, I would hang 3 or 4 paper lanterns with clear fishing wire in different sizes and at varying heights around the room.  These will provide depth to the space and movement, as the air circulates through the room. 

lantern

My initial vision reflected above has been tweaked some through our collaboration and the lovely room is beginning to take shape.  I will keep you posted about our adventures in decorating for this very lucky little girl and her two sisters!