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Buy This, Not That: I Did!

I have been eyeing these modern dining chairs for a while.  So….

LOVE THIS?

{Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair, Design Within Reach, $499 for white}

AND LOVE THIS TOO?

{Scoop Back Chairs, West Elm, $99 for designed chairs, $79 for white chairs}

BUY THIS!

{Modern Stacking Chairs, 2 pack, Target, $59.99 for 2 (in stores), less than $30 per chair!}

I did a post a while back on the gray and white West Elm chairs above and have been thinking about those beauties ever since.  Earlier this week, I saw the Target chairs above on sale at my local store for $59.99 for 2!

We have the kitchen table and chairs that my family sat at throughout my childhood.  For sentimental reasons, I don’t think that I could ever get rid of the table, but the set looks really dated (uh hem, ’70s).  I wanted a little update without getting a new kitchen table set.  These chairs are perfect!

I snapped some impromptu, before-and-after pictures last night before dinner:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

I love the new sleeker look!  There is no longer a jumble of thick wooden spindles under the table. I was considering painting the table, but I really like the contrast of the wood table and white chairs.  The white chairs break up the color of the floor and the table.  I am really enjoying my $30 chairs!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope it’s fabulous.  xxoo!


A Toy Story

Hi there!  Sorry for the unexpected hiatus.  What beach rental these days does not have wifi?!  I got spotty reception while squatting on some other wireless network, but not enough to compose a coherent blog post.  Missed y’all!

Anyway, while on mini-vacay, I was pondering the storage of my recently-turned-two daughter’s new toy acquisitions.  You know, the beloved (but worse than kitschy) talking Elmo, garishly colored ride-on toys and neon stuffed animals?

Wouldn’t it be great if fun toys could double as aesthetically pleasing decor?

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Don’t you love this Giggle U Roll by giggle?  I don’t think that I would mind this stylish ride-on toy hanging around underfoot.  It almost looks like a modern side table, doesn’t it?

And I love this pared-down Tori Rocking Horse by Design Within Reach.  I know how great it looks in the living room because my sister gave it to my daughter for her birthday.  [Note to self: great gift for 18 month to 24 month olds!]

torirockinghorseI also really like the Rody, a hippity-hoppity ride-on toy, that I was introduced to at my fave kid-friendly coffee shop, Cartwheels and Coffee.  They come in all all sorts of fun colors, but I am partial to orange, of course.

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How cool would this retro, sleek Saab roadster from Unica Home look parallel parked in the family room (even after the wee ones outgrow it!)?

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Y’all know my partiality to swings, porch and otherwise.  I love indoor swings and think they add a touch of “not-taking-myself-too-seriously” and whimsy to any space.

teakswingI would love to suspend this Teak Swing from Design Within Reach in my daughter’s play room or bedroom.  It would require some space (and perhaps increased homeowners insurance!), but would look so fresh and unique.

I have been admiring this Red Flowers Indoor/Outdoor Swing for a while. I found this in Acacia Catalog.  I would love to hang this in the corner of the playroom as a reading and relaxing nook.

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I am coveting this fabulous, mod and comfy Bubble Chair!  It would look great just about anywhere – family room, living room, bedroom, sunroom, you name it!  I love the clear acrylic for letting the light in, and the cozy, “curled up with a Dr. Seuss book” shape.  Any kid would LOVE this hanging nest.

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I have mentioned these before, but I am still enjoying these indoor/outdoor swings from Penobscot Bay Porch Swings.  This is the Bar Harbor Swing and would be perfect for an indoor swing for kids.  I would love to add fun, colorful, complementary accent pillows, my daughter and a cup of hot chocolate!  It would look great hung in front of a windowed wall in a bedroom or playroom.

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A glimmer of hope exists that fun and whimsical kids’ toys can “play nice” with a chic, modern, and fresh home!

More Photos of My New Flame….

You all know about my recent passion for the bright, amber-hued color sandwiched between red and yellow on the color wheel.  Gorgeous orange has been catching my eye all over the place.  I just added two orange picture frames to my spartan mantle and they really pop!  Check out how this color has been striking my fancy lately….

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I am in LOVE!

1. Rattan Floor Screen, Layla Grace

2. Tie Dye Pillow, CB2

3. Moorish Chest, Wisteria

4. Printed Scroll Outdoor Pillow, Williams Sonoma Home

5. Orange Ovals Mug, Starbucks

6. Panton Junior (kids chair), Design Within Reach

7. Classical Symmetry Print, Crate and Barrel

8. Isola Bella Rug, Anthropologie

9. Apostrophe Chair and Ottoman, Urban Outfitters

10. Spiral Rimmed Plate, Crate and Barrel

11. Atlas Tapestry, Urban Outfitters

12. Chihuly Chandelier, Chihuly