Modern Bistro Kitchen Design with Chairish

Remember this post I did on spring decorating last year in partnership with I was challenged to design a room around one of the rugs found on their site. It was fun to create that design board, I remember being really inspired by pink and green at the time but wasn't sure about introducing that colour scheme into my home, so creating the board was the perfect outlet for that particular design urge. I still love the design I came up with - it turns out the folks at Chairish loved it too and reached out with another challenge to participate in, for which I was happy to oblige. This time around, I was asked to choose from a selection of barstools to design a room around. My inspiration for the room came to me as soon as I saw these Milo Baughman-style Plum Velvet Brass Frame Barstools: 
I know, gorgeous, right? So let me introduce you to my Modern Bistro kitchen design: I immediately decided these barstools would look perfect pulled up to a marble island and sitting on top of graphic, encaustic floor tiles. I then included a brass and lucite étagère, and intricate metal pendants to hang over the island. Next, I layered in accessories like the wooden cutting boards and wooden bowl to add some warmth to the space. I love spending time in the kitchen, it's where everyone ends up gathering during a party and I love to cook while I'm entertaining - I can see this kitchen being the perfect place for spending time with the girls, chatting over cocktails and wine, and nibbling on delicious appetizers fresh out of the oven.  

If you're decorating around your own home (and not just dream decorating like I'm doing here!), consider checking out Chairish for great deals on gorgeous furniture and decor. And if you love the barstools I've shown here, you'll love the rest of their collection, check out their vintage and used barstool boutique here. I like what they have going on - they are an online shop featuring curator-approved vintage items, and they make buying and selling fun and easy. 

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Entryway Inspirations

I'm thinking about my entryway again (I first posted about it here) and I'm really bummed that the white lacquer parsons console table from West Elm that I've had my eye on doesn't ship to Canada.  I've looked everywhere for something similar, in countless brick & mortar stores and what feels like every single online furniture retailer.  I found several runners up, but nothing as perfect for the space or for what I have in mind.  So until I find something great, instead of spending money on something temporary, I thought I'd just paint my existing dark wood-stained demi-lune table.  Here are some images from Pinterest that are inspiring me: 

This picture captures exactly what I have in mind for my space - white lacquer parsons console table, bench underneath, large mirror (except that my mirror will be hung above the table).

This picture is getting a little closer to my mirror is gold-framed.

I was thinking of painting my table white, but black looks so chic!  And a black console table would anchor my black marble-topped bar on the opposite wall...

Sigh...This is the West Elm table that I'm coveting but it won't ship to Canada!!!

This looks very similar to my demi-lune table (only difference is mine has a middle shelf).  This picture gives me an idea of how the table would look black...

...and then I see something like this and I think I might like to try giving my table a coat of chalk paint and distressing it, make it look French provincial.  It would look so darling since the demi-lune shape is already very traditional, but  because of that it just wouldn't be the right style for the room it's in.

All images via Pinterest except last image via

Welcome to the Boudoir

Things are finally getting done around here!  I've been really busy lately with school two nights a week and all the homework that comes with it, a full-time job, a part-time job, and having landlord duties to attend to.  But today I finally made progress on my master bedroom!  In fact, so much got done that it's finally starting to look less like a bedroom and more like a "boudoir."  I had to outsource some help for this, though.  This allowed me to not only get work done on my bedroom but also in a few other areas of the house as well.  A friend of a friend who builds homes came over to help me with a few things.  Today, he unclogged the drain in front of the tenant's entrance (which should once and for all stop the periodic flooding of my basement), wallpapered my bedroom wall, painted the wall going up the stairs, and put a medallion up on my ceiling then re-installed the chandelier.  After he left, I painted the fireplace in my bedroom black.  I'm so happy with how everything turned out!  Tomorrow he's coming back to remove a bit of wall from under the stairs and re-drywall so that I stop hitting my head on it when I walk down to the basement to do laundry.  He's also going to help me paint my kitchen and sand my stairs.  I'll be glad to start work on my stairs, it's been so long since I pulled the carpet up...remember this post?  

I'll post better pictures of my master bedroom once it is completely done, but for now, here are a couple of shots taken pre-cleanup:  

Black velvet damask wallpaper, on headboard wall only. 

Fireplace painted black, opposite wallpapered wall.