entryway design ideas: boho style

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Hey babies! Today we’re talking entryway design ideas. Have you thought about the first impression your home gives when you walk through the door? Paying particular attention to styling the entry is a great way to set the tone for the design scheme of your entire house.

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While I was researching this post I had a hard time zeroing in on one design style. There’s a lot of good stuff out there! So we’re going to do a series of entryway posts, and for this first one we’re focusing on bohemian style, with a minimalist flair.

You might have noticed in the pics above a few unifying elements. There are several low benches, a few Turkish runners, round mirrors (because obviously), and greenery everywhere (praise the almighty snake plant!).

Personally I’m digging those chairs as well, I think they add an element of coziness to a design style that might otherwise feel a little sterile. I also like the hooks for keys, purses, and whatever else. You could do hooks in addition to or in place of a mirror.

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We’ve done the dirty work for you and put together a shopping list for you to style your own bohemian entryway. No need to thank us, that’s the kind of friends we are.

  • Entryway bench

Stow your purse, stack some books, faux-casually drape your most beautiful throw over it.

// the low-profile slatted wooden bench:low wooden slatted dwrNelson Platform Bench, dwr.com

  • Modern-profile planter

You’ve got to have somewhere to put your obligatory snake plant or ill-advised cacti.

// the sleek white planter:

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Case Study Large Cylinder with Stand, Modernica

  • Entryway side chair

Let’s be honest, no one is *ever* going to sit on this thing. But it looks good, and that’s what’s important, right?

// the leather sling chair:

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Brown Leather Butterfly Chair, CB2

  • The runner rug

This is where you can add in some color and a bit of a busier design if you like.

// the Turkish runner:

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Traditional Runner Rug in Blush, NuLoom

  • The round mirror

The pièce de résistance of your (and by your, I mean my) entryway. You can’t legally call it boho without this, just trust me on this one.

// the (brass) round mirror:

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Infinity Brass Round Wall Mirror, CB2

 

What are your thoughts? Would you add (or take away anything) in designing a bohemian entryway? Let us know in the comments!

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weekend link fest – 08.13.17

If you’ve already watched Game of Thrones tonight, no spoilers!

Now that we got that out of the way. Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope your weekend has been relaxing and you’re all excited for Monday! Lol jk of course, I know you’re not excited for Monday, no one is. But have no fear, we’re back with another round of weekend link love, gathering the best from around the web to distract you from the drudgery of the week before you, probably.

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First up, a DIY marbled phone case from the talented gals at Lovely Indeed. Who among us couldn’t use a phone cover refresh now and again? This one is made from swirling nail polish in a dish with water and dipping a clear phone cover into the mixture. The color possibilities dazzle the mind.

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Some of us don’t need an excuse to buy a bottle of Prosecco, but for those who do, today is your lucky day. It turns out August 13th is National Prosecco Day (I don’t know who comes up with these days, but bless them). So get out there and pick up a bottle, then give it a summery twist like the Love Potion Cocktail, a blackberry & thyme Prosecco mixed drink from Jacquelyn at lark & linen.

This morning I stumbled across this post on 5 ways to prevent burnout in motherhood. If you’re a parent of small children, chances are good you’re familiar with the feeling of being burned out. I remember my mom more than once referring to motherhood as “the hardest job you’ll ever love,” and those words ring truer to me every year that I’m a mother. It is a hard job, mentally and emotionally as much (or more so) than physically. I appreciated how grace-filled the tone of the post was, with the emphasis on self-nourishment. But what truly stood out to me about the article was the fifth point, “Give yourself permission and a ‘budget’ for being unproductive.” This really piqued my interest because it’s something I’ve thought a lot about, and never (or rarely) heard others say. I think people are afraid they’ll be misunderstood as saying parents of small children are best served giving up their own interests — which is of course not the point. But I think there is a (welcome) measure of sanity, a relief, to hearing someone say, hey, it’s ok to acknowledge you might not be in your most world-killer stage of life right now. It is a stage, and maybe that time will come again…but if you’re someone who struggles with burnout, give yourself permission to expect less from yourself. Head over to The Grace Tales and check it out.

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A few posts back I mentioned Elsie Larson’s roundup of her beauty routine on A Beautiful Mess. Since then she has put up a post on her favorite skin care products. Like the first post, this one also skews toward clean, natural products. I’ve been increasingly concerned about the toxic ingredients in the skin care and beauty products I use, so a lot of these items are going straight onto the ol’ shopping list (especially the ones with the prettiest packaging [naturally]). Have you tried Herbivore’s skin care products? If so, tell me about it. Their Moon Fruit Night Treatment is at the top of my to-try list.

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My absolute BFF Bethany Riggs is the genius behind the new art shop indigo.and.absinthe. Lately she’s been working on these mind-blowing watercolor paintings overlaid with geometric line work. How gorgeous is that?! I find her pieces so evocative. She’s also been doing the coolest watercolor portraits of animals. She’s currently accepting commissions, so hurry over to Instagram and check her out.

That’s all for today. Enjoy Game of Thrones tonight everyone — I know I will.

 

7 Furniture Brands That Are Changing the Way You Will Buy Your Next Sofa


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Quite often a home’s design centers around the family room sofa. At least it does for me. Most of my design and decor-related thoughts these days have to do with picking out a couch. Maybe you feel differently, but for me the couch is the axis around which the rest of my design scheme spins. Once that’s decided I feel like the rest of it will fall into place pretty easily.

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Given these feelings, you might not be surprised to hear I’ve put a fair amount of time into sofa-related research lately. Initially I didn’t really know where to look. The only sofa we have ever purchased is from Pottery Barn. I wasn’t sure what style we were looking for exactly but I knew it wasn’t Pottery Barn this time. I checked out Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Ikea, CB2, World Market, even places like Haverty’s and La-Z-Boy. We looked at Room and Board, Overstock, Wayfair, Joss & MainMacy’s,…and many more places. I looked locally, and across the country. I looked at different ends of the price spectrum, and considered all types of different styles of sofas. I had moments where I focused on quality craftsmanship, and moments where the only requirement I had was either that the couch be (in my eyes) beautiful, or absolutely cozy, or both.

I felt like I started to notice some patterns:

  • a furniture retailer would offer sofas I thought were cute/stylish but they were out of my price range
  • a furniture retailer would offer sofas I thought were cute/stylish and they were affordable but the quality seemed likely to be poor
  • a furniture retailer had prices that were affordable but offered nothing I found cute/stylish

At some point in all of this Sofa Investigating (a job I’ve taken way more seriously than necessary), I stumbled on the Sven sofa by Article.

I don’t remember how I found it, but it was love at first sight. But what’s more – and more closely related to the point of this post – finding the Sven introduced me to a segment of the furniture industry that I wasn’t really aware existed up until that point. I don’t know how you might label them, but they have in common that they are more or less online-only, they tend to cater heavily to millennials, and they are disrupting the Way Things Are Done in the furniture industry.

 

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For some I know the idea of buying a couch without first sitting on it might sound scary or off-putting. But there are compelling reasons to consider it:

  • Not having to leave the house to shop for furniture. Let’s be honest — who among us wants to put on pants or (even worse) talk to people when they don’t have to?
  • Cost savings. No brick-and-mortar stores for the company equals better prices for the consumer.
  • Disruption factor. There are plenty of articles buzzing around on the internet about the (long overdue) change that is coming to the furniture industry. In April inc.com featured an article entitled 5 Industries That Are Prime Targets for Disruption and listed ‘Furniture’ first.  I’ll be honest, this appeals to me a lot. After all, what industry couldn’t stand to be revitalized now and again?

Without further ado, here are seven furniture retailers changing the way we shop for furniture.

1) Joybird

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Joybird started in 2014 when four former employees of the now-defunct Thrive left to create their own furniture startup.

Notable: Joybird’s sofas are handcrafted. Each sofa is made to order. Which leads me to the next point — customization. Sofas come in many different fabrics. Their website boasts over 1000 combinations of fabric and frames from which to choose.

Price range: Middle of the road. Sofas range from $1,199 to $2,649.

Return policy: a generous 365 days.

Due diligence: A quick internet search turns up plenty of mentions of how long it takes a customer to receive their Joybird order. It feels unfair to consider this too much of a negative though, given that each couch is made to order. Sofas are manufactured in Mexico.

Favorite: the Preston sofa, modern and elegant.prestonjoybird

2) Article
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According to Article’s About page, the company started in 2014 when four software engineers, very literally chilling out (GET IT??) north of the Arctic Circle, decided to go Silicon Valley on the furniture industry.

Notable: Quick turnaround time. Some online reviews mentioned receiving their sofa in the same week they placed their order. Shipping is a low flat rate of $49 regardless of order size.

Price range: Middle of the road. Sofas range from $699 to $2299.

Return policy: 30 days.

Due diligence: Most reviews I could find were positive, but some raised questions about quality. A bigger issue I saw was customer service complaints — although this is where I need to note that Article seems to be extremely responsive on social media channels and online forums — see this (crazy long, and still active) Houzz thread. Sofas are manufactured in Asia.

Favorites: the Sven in this leather is my number one contender for Family Room Sofa at this point.

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3) Benchmade Modern

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Benchmade Modern was started in 2015 by former Pottery Barn designer Edgar Blazona. He sought to engineer a solution to complaints he heard from friends about frustrating interactions with furniture companies, emphasizing faster delivery while retaining quality and customization.

Notable: Their website boasts “the easiest and fastest way to buy a custom sofa.” I can’t attest to that, but it’s true that Benchmade Modern does offer a fair amount of variety in the way of customization. Sofa size can by customized by the inch. Benchmade Modern offers “200 plus fabric, leather, and leg options.” Also, I love that they provide (at the customer’s request) free actual size sofa printouts to get a true-to-life feel for the size of your sofa before ordering. They provide free delivery on every order.

Price range: Middle of the road. $1,729 to $2,369

Return policy: 100 days.

Due diligence: Sofas are manufactured in the US.

Favorites: the Skinny Fat Sofa, Benchmark’s signature sofa. Check out those fluffy side cushions.

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4) Roger + Chris

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Roger + Chris is the brainchild of HGTV alum Roger Hazard and husband Chris Stout-Hazard. They launched a furniture company as a joint venture to utilize their talents and, according to the About page of their website, because it was fun. Can I repeat that? They started a furniture company because they thought it would be fun. I love them immediately.

Notable: Most winning Bios possible — just go read them yourself folks and see what I mean. (Yes, I am absolutely referring to the quotes from their mothers that they are “relatively likable.”) Also, I haven’t called them (yet), but the site says that if you call for a design consultation you will speak to Roger or Chris. I think that’s pretty darn cool, don’t you?

Price range: Middle of the road. $1374 to $2199.

Return policy: 5 days. Yikes. No pressure consumers…

Due diligence: I didn’t find any sofa reviews. Sofas are manufactured in the US.

Favorites: If we’re being honest here of course I love Roger + Chris’s Natalie sofa, which is mid-century modern in style and features a tufted single bench cushion with bolster pillows. Of course. But I honestly think many of their couches are absolutely beautiful, and for the sake of showing you something that isn’t quite so similar to Article’s Sven above, I’m going to put Bobby here, especially in this blue velvet fabric glory.

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5) Interior Define

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Interior Define was founded in 2014 by Rob Royer. According to this New York Times article, he was looking to fill the “yawning abyss in the furniture market between the inexpensive cookie-cutter couch and the luxury lounge.” To that we say, well spoken Rob, well spoken.

Notable: Interior Define really does offer beautiful sofa designs. Everything they do is elegant and stylish. They have free delivery on every order.

Price range: Higher, $1000 to $4200.

Return policy: 365 days.

Due diligence: Reviews seem postive overall. Sofas are manufactured in China.

Favorites: The Sloan is their signature couch, and it is beautiful, and I know the luxurious blue velvet is influencing my decision here, but I love the Caitlin.

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6) Campaign Living

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Started in 2015 by former Apple engineer Brad Sewell, Campaign Living markets furniture that “lives, moves, and grows with you.” Portability is emphasized, as the couch is designed not merely to be easily assembled but also easily disassembled. It fits neatly into two sleek boxes to facilitate pain-free moving.

Notable: Cute and unique website design (check it out and see what you think)…some (me) might call it *overly* cute and frustrating to navigate, but I can let that go. Campaign Living pays particular attention to quality — materials are sourced as sustainably as possible. Wooden legs, for instance, are solid hardwood from the Midwest.

Price range: Affordable, the sofa is $995.

Return policy: I couldn’t find any information on their return policy.

Due diligence: So far only three items are offered — a chair, a loveseat, and a sofa. And the collection is sold out at least into the summer. I wasn’t able to find any reviews. Sofas are manufactured in the US.

Favorites: Uhh…I guess in this case, it would have to be…Sofa?

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7) Capsule

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With their tagline of “Good design for all,” Capsule emphasizes making good design accessible to everyone.

Notable: Serious style and elegance. Free shipping on every order.

Price range: Affordable. $899 to $2199.

Return policy: Ah, there’s the rub. At merely 7 days, this short return period feels stifling compared to the more generous time frames offered by the other companies we talked about. It feels a bit paltry given that one is buying the sofa sight unseen.

Due diligence: The About section of their website mentions “long-term relationships built with factories across the US and Asia,” so take that to mean what you will.

Favorites: The Remissa Sofa — so cozy, but still elegant.

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All of these companies have great design in common. Most of the couches offered are modern in style, or cribbing off of mid-century modern. I don’t know about you, but as I said above, I feel like all too often we are forced to make the unsavory choice between affordability and style. It excites me to see companies attempting to fill this gap, and offer beautifully designed sofas at budget-friendly prices.

I also love the emphasis on using quality materials. Most of these companies at least appear to try to make an effort to source their materials responsibly. I have swatches in my home from five of the brands I listed, and I’m happy to report they are without fail beautiful.

Thanks for following along here! If these companies interest you, I’d encourage you to take the time to also check out Sixpenny, StemKardiel, Burrow, and Maiden Home.

If you own furniture from one of the companies mentioned in this post, please let us know in the comments below what you think!

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weekend link fest – 07.29.17

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Jess’s painted tile from Bright Green Door — isn’t it amazing?

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m just chilling over here, getting stuff done and taking a breath before next week hits hard.

Here are some of the things I’ve been loving this week:

Best drink: The frosé is *the* drink of the moment. It’s popping up everywhere right now. I have yet to try one but I’m pretty sure that’s going to have to change, and fast. Watch out for a featured recipe here on Napkin Soup soon. Until then, give this one from Kate La Vie a try.

Best DIY: Ever since I saw this project I can’t get it out of my head. Jess’s painted tile at Bright Green Door has to be the coolest diy project I have seen in awhile. It looks like it must have been a ton of work, but what a transformation. It changes her entryway completely. Great work Jess!

Best room makeover: Heidi’s new bedroom for her boys. I’m totally digging how she created a monochrome palette that still feels very kid-friendly. I know my boys would be thrilled with a space like that. It’s all good — the board and batten trim, the brick wallpaper, the chalkboard wall with the moon. But my favorite might be the sweet little details like decorating with Legos and Star Wars Tsum-Tsums. Also — I might have to copy those book racks on the sides of the dresser — what a great idea! Head on over to Honeybear Lane and check it out.

Best makeup review: I don’t know about you, but my makeup routine could use a serious reinvention. I’ve slipped into full Mom Mode and really phoned it in for years a long time now. But I’m over it, and feeling completely ready for renewal in that area. Elsie’s shakedown of her makeup routine at A Beautiful Mess might be just the inspiration I need to change things up. I hate thinking about the toxic stuff I paint my face with (so usually I just try not to think about it, haha). Her reviews are so thorough, and I love how she emphasizes trying to find cleaner products. I might just work through her list one item at a time.

Best dessert inspiration: This Boozy Mudslide Icebox Cake over at Sugar & Cloth. I’m seeing heavy cream, cream cheese, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Trader Joe’s Mocha Jo-Jo’s…I mean what is not to love here?? My birthday is on Monday…I’m just saying.

And that’s it for today. What are you drinking/eating/watching/reading/inspired by right now? Comment below to share! Until then, stay safe, stay hydrated, and use sunscreen.

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5 hot home decor items that are everywhere right now

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Do you ever feel like you’re seeing the same decor pieces over and over? Yeah, I do too. Some evenings I scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and get confused thinking I’m looking at the same picture repeatedly, only to realize that some of the homes I’m checking out are just decorated *that* similarly.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing — sometimes the item is so good it deserves its popularity. Here are five items that seem to keep popping up everywhere I turn:

1) That rug. That one Moroccan rug. 

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Oh you know the rug I’m talking about.

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It is absolutely ubiquitous. I say that with all possible respect — in fact I plan on buying it after we move.

 

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After all, as far as I can tell, it might be the only rug there is right now.

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Tuscan Wool Moroccan Shag Rug, rugsusa.com

2) The correct planter if you’re going to have a snake plant (and who are you kidding, of course you’re going to have a snake plant)

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Absolutely the correct choice for the hottest must-have plant (snake plant) in the hottest category of must-have plants (succulents).

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Case Study Cylinder, modernica.com

3) Replica Eames shell chairs.

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This one speaks for itself. Since their 1950 debut by American powerhouse designer couple Ray and Charles Eames, they’ve never really gone out of popularity. But right now they are *the* hot dining chair. And really, with a sleek and simple design like this, when is it ever a bad choice?

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Set of 4 replica Eames chairs from UrbanMod, amazon.com

4) Large round mirrors

Especially in entryways –


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or bathrooms –

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and sometimes family rooms –


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but wherever they are, they look great.

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Infinity Brass Round Wall Mirror, cb2.com

5) Hanging chairs

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I can’t help it, I’m admittedly in love with this one. I am scheming how many hanging chairs I’m allowed to have in my new house.

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We’ll see if I can get the husband on board with one, for starters. But seriously, can’t you just see your kids chilling and reading all day long in one of these?

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Hanging Rattan Chair, serenaandlily.com

Chime in in the comments section below and let me know what hot decor trends you feel like you’re seeing everywhere you turn!

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step aside, rustic barn door: 5 sliding doors for the modern home

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If you are as tired as I am of seeing the terms ‘distressed’ and ‘reclaimed’ slung around on Pinterest, this post is for you. The husband and I decided that we would like sliding doors attached to our media center in the new house to hide our TV when it’s not being used (I say “hide,”…if we’re being completely accurate I’d also have to add “protect from the children”). Casual searches turn up plenty of rustic, barn door-inspired variations. But, as our decor style is less vintage farmhouse and more modern bohemian, we have had to look a little harder to find ideas that we both feel like we like.

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This glass-paneled number is so sleek, but probably a little too stark to match up with our style.

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I love this one. The color and design are great. I’d probably add a large dramatic pull, either gold or brass.

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Also very pretty. Again, I’d go for larger pulls on the doors.

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And this one might be my favorite of them all. I’m completely smitten with natural-colored wood these days. I love how clean this design is while still being interesting. But, at the risk of becoming predictable…I’d still put a much bigger pull on this door to add drama. Probably a bar pull…something black, and sleek. What do you think? Chime in below in the comments!

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setting up house: the dining room

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Let’s talk about ideas for the dining room.

I haven’t been able to get the picture above out of my mind. It clicked for me so immediately that I decided I’m going to use it as the basis for my dining room decor. The table is gorgeous is it not? The whole photo makes me think of California beaches. It feels breezy and light to me in a decidedly West Coast way. The table is really the lynchpin of the decor here. It’s a live edge table from Los Angeles-based retailer HD Buttercup. I think it’s perfect (that exact one, and not one similar to it — here’s looking at you Husband), but as it is probably out of my budget at the moment I’ve been asking myself if it’s necessary in order to achieve the feel of this photo. And as much as I love it (and it pains me to say this), after a small period of grieving, I am finding inspiration for other looks that I could one day deem acceptable.

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And I know, you’re right, of course you’re right — I have a problem with the Eames style chairs. But no worries, that’s easily solved. They’re happening.

Here’s my board based on my dining room needs: bright, natural-wood colored table, a little color, some live greenery, a pretty but simple buffet, and of course, the white Eames chairs:

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sources: urbanmod eames side chairs / hdbuttercup live edge dining table / 2xhome eames armchairs / zgallerie print / westelm audrey dining buffet / lulu & georgia hudson jute rug

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