I probably mentioned that I recently started curating product Ideabooks for Houzz. Yesterday I posted my newest Houzz Ideabook “Bye Bye Birdie, Hiya Birdie,” featuring a flock of feathered friend home furnishings. Playing off that, I added to the collection, with 31 bird-themed home furnishings and accessories, because really, spring will come soon. Meanwhile, add a bird pillow, bird figurine, bird bowl, bird rug, bird wallpaper, bird artwork, or even a bird toilet brush holder, to your decor.
As I mentioned yesterday, we chose the bar stools for Meredith + Daniel’s kitchen. Although we arrived at an obvious and eternally perfect classic (Bertoia!), I looked at a lot of examples of bar & counter stools. Lucky you, they’re detailed below.
First though, let’s have a lesson about rules for bar stools and counter stools:
What’s the difference between a bar stool & counter stool? If you’ve ever shopped for kitchen stools, you’ve noticed that they come in two heights. The standard height for a bar stool is 30″, while the average height for a counter stool is about 26″.
How to choose the right height bar & counter stool?
You’ll want 8″ to 12″ of leg room between the stool and the bottom of your counter/table.
Consider the overhang.
You might find that counters with a very deep overhang call for a slightly shorter stool.
How much space should you allot between stools?
For stools 16″-18″ wide, allow about 22″ of space between them. For stools 19″-22″ wide, allow about 24″ of breathing room. Leave even more space for swivel stools and stools with arms.
I didn’t even realize that the stools I use in Boston and Cape Cod are Last Minute bar stools by Patricia Urquiola.
S H O P P I N G
Shop bar stools and counter stools from StyleCarrot partners and others.
I’m trying to come up with a spot in my apartment where I could install one of these super long-armed wall lamps. I’m over the industrial factory look (for my own space anyway). I like the bare bones minimal ones and also the Italian vintage styles from the ’50s, though I fear they’re a bit on the whimsical side for me. I think #15 is my favorite. Maybe in the family room, over the sofa? That room could use a little architectural-like interest. It’s much more practical than an annoying floor lamp. Many of these are pricey; the style hasn’t been knocked off in a frenzy by the usual suspects yet, so I didn’t really find any truly “low” options.
Following up on yesterday’s Montage: 45 Rooms with Sideboards, I’ve sourced 53 mostly modern sideboards, credenzas, buffets, or whatever else you’d like to call them. Many are pricey (a sideboard is a hefty piece of furniture), but there are a few inexpensive finds. I’ve always loved the Dandelion by Iannone Design, but I’m in serious love with the Florence Knoll in gray with the carrera marble top. (The Concrete low dresser at CB2 is a decent sub, minus the fancy slab.)
S H O P P I N G
Cherner 4-Door Credenza, $3,549 at YLiving.
Bamboo Stagger Server by Brave Space Design, $3,995 at AllModern.
Punt Sussex Sideboard by Terence Woodgate, $4,305 at Nest.