Styling the Breakfast Nook

The Tulip table was provided by Poly & Bark for review. All opinions are my own. 

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Coffee

 

Some months back, when I was planning out the design for our new house, I knew exactly what I wanted to do in the breakfast nook. I saw some great dining area photos of Saarinen Tulip tables, and separately, great pics of clear Ghost chairs, and I knew I wanted to pair them.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Tabletop

 

Historically I haven’t been a huge fan of either item. I think maybe because so often you see the Tulip table paired with Saarinen’s Tulip chairs and the whole thing just comes off space-agey to me. But as soon as I envisioned the table with different chairs…I felt that my eyes had been opened, and I had seen the light.

 

West Elm Sphere & Stem Pendant Light

 

The light fixture is the Sphere & Stem pendant by West Elm. I’ve had my eye on that for a long time. I think it worked out nicely in this area. We (the husband and I) did have some drama about making a decision regarding the hanging height of the pendant. He was in favor of the current height and I wondered if it would have looked better a little higher. What do you think? It’s a mostly moot point now, as it was kind of a pain to hang and neither one of us is eager to pull it back down and do the whole thing again.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Selfie

 

The artwork is from Urban Outfitters. I first saw it in Elsie Larson’s living room tour and immediately started trying to think of a place for it in our new house. I love the white, gold, and pink color scheme going on here. It feels very fresh and makes me think of candy, in the best way.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Side

 

And the table — the piece de resistance. It’s really beautiful. It’s the Daisy Dining Table from Poly & Bark. This one is fiberglass, and it has a super pretty glossy lacquer coat on top. Which means I’m soliciting tips on how to maintain a glossy lacquer coat, so, bring forth your best cleaning advice immediately if you would.

 

Poly & Bark Daisy Tulip Table Close-up

 

I initially found Poly & Bark when I was searching for the Ghost chairs. We bought those first, and were so pleased with the quality we decided to get our Tulip table from them. Poly & Bark kindly sent it to me in exchange for this review. And it’s as good as it looks on the website and better still. The table itself of remarkably good quality. So much so that the husband even remarked on it while setting it up (he’s not one to be impressed easily). It’s heavy, and solid. I hadn’t expected that from the pictures but it’s pleasing.

(I also purchased a Nelson-style platform bench for the entryway from Poly & Bark — you’ll see that in another post coming up soon!)

 

Poly & Bark Tulip Table Kids Eating

 

This table provides the perfect setting for the kids to eat breakfast and still see the tv — I mean, be together…(did I say that out loud? Ok, but seriously, how do you get anything done in the morning if your kids aren’t in front of the tv? I mean really. Sorry to be That Mom, but there you have it).

 

Poly & Bark Burton Ghost Chair

 

As I said earlier, the Ghost chairs are also from Poly & Bark. We’re loving these. They’re as durable as they are attractive. You parents know what I’m talking about. Our previous dining chairs were upholstered. What was I thinking, I mean actually? I’m pretty sure the kids tagged each other in some game hidden to us parents to make sure at least one of them got ketchup on a chair at every meal. Even meals where ketchup wasn’t being served. It just happens.

 

Poly & Bark Table in Cafe Area

 

I’m overall really pleased with how the breakfast nook has come together. It’s one of those rare occasions where it looks in real life exactly like the picture I had in my head. What do you think? What would you add or take away?

Next time we’ll visit the entryway as mentioned above. Until then, be well friends!

 

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Sofa Showdown: Article Sven (and Tan Leather) vs. Ikea Vimle (and Beige Polyester)

Friends, I’m calling on you. The husband and I are at a standstill over which sofa to buy for our family room. If you would, scroll through our thoughts on each of the contenders, check out the mood boards we put together, and weigh in with a comment about which choice you would vote for.

In his corner, Vimle by Ikea: Ikea Beige Vimle Sofa with Chaise

The Lowdown on Vimle:

  • Cost (in the configuration shown): $799
    • At this price, if it gets destroyed (by boys or dog or act of God) in the next couple of years, it’s not as big of a deal.
  • Material: machine washable slipcovered polyester.
    • I’m gonna be honest with you, I am absolutely NOT on top of getting dirty slipcovers (or anything else…) in the wash in a timely manner. This is a negative for the Vimle.
  • At around $200, a back-up cover is super affordable.
  • It could be hacked with some new legs to make it sleeker.
  • A color this neutral really would go with anything.
  • My husband: “It’s not very expensive. We have three small boys (a.k.a. Destroyers of Furniture, The Three Reasons Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, The Mess-Bringers) and are soon (apparently??) getting a puppy (!), who maybe will shred everything we own. And it’s cheap. Also you can store stuff in the chaise! Also, it doesn’t cost much.”

 

In my corner, Sven by Article:

article sven sofa.jpg

 

Arguments for Sven:

  • Cost: $2999
    • While this may not be a lot for a leather sofa of this quality, it’s still more than double anything we’ve paid for a sofa before. And certainly a lot if it gets ruined in the next couple of years and we have to replace it sooner than we’d like.
  • Material: Full grain Italian leather
    • Beautiful, soft, buttery, WIPEABLE leather.
  • Reviews say it’s dreamy and comfortable.
  • Me: “It’s so pretty. I just really like it. And in case you missed it when I mentioned it before, YOU CAN WIPE SPILLS (or whatever) OFF OF LEATHER. It makes me happy to look at it. It’s the correct choice for our family — wait, for my heart.”

 

So with that said, here are the mood boards I created as mock-ups of our family room.

 

With Ikea’s Vimle sofa:

 

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With Article’s Sven leather sofa:

 

family room leather sven sofa

 

So what do you think?? I promise not to try to get (too) upset if you don’t side with me. Give me your best thoughts and opinions — we’re moving in 10 days and I need to get this settled ASAP!

Sofa Showdown: Article vs. Ikea // Napkin Soup

HOUSE TOUR: A MOODY + BOHEMIAN ARTIST’S BEDROOM

HOUSE TOUR: A MOODY + BOHEMIAN ARTIST’S BEDROOM

I’m super excited about today’s post. We’re featuring a stunning bohemian bedroom that marries vibrancy and serenity. It’s dark, colorful, and moody, filled with global textiles, vintage furniture, and thrifted finds, as well as furniture and art made by the owners themselves. The lady of the house, Bethany Riggs, is an artist and creative genius, and I can say that with full confidence because she’s been my best friend for 20+ years now.

 
Boho Artist Bedroom Corner

House Tour: Moody Bohemian Artist's Bedroom

 

Part of Bethany’s goal in decorating this house is to create a sense of refuge. They’re new to this house — they only moved in late last year, after tragedy forced them out of their previous home.

In August of 2016 they were living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you were following the news last year, you may recall a catastrophic flood in Louisiana — and by catastrophic I mean Louisiana was hit with three times the amount of rain as it received from Hurricane Katrina. Bethany’s family were woken in the middle of the night by a neighbor who warned them to get out immediately, which they did. They scooped up their two kids and sweet dog, Leo, and anything they could take in their arms. They fled to a shelter, as floodwater surged up around the tires of their car.

Their home was lost, as well as nearly everything inside of it.

Boho Artist Bedroom Dresser and Art

This home is part of their process of rebuilding, literally and figuratively, physically and emotionally.
To me, Bethany is the embodiment of a vibrant human being. She is passionate about travel, art, good food & drink, and deep conversations with friends. I always know that if I pitch an idea to her, she’ll be up for trying it. I think her bedroom conveys this feeling, wouldn’t you agree?

So that you can get to know her as well as I do, I thought I’d interview her for you.

Napkin Soup (<-- psst, that's me): Hi! Pleasure to meet you. 

Bethany: And you as well? You’re being weird.

Napkin Soup: Naturally. Ok, so tell us about yourself in a few sentences.

Bethany: I’m an artist, mother, homeschool teacher, interior design junkie (seriously, it’s bordering on problematic at this point), and gin aficionado. How’s that for a start?

Napkin Soup: It’s excellent.

Bethany: I’ve been in love with nature, mermaids, magic, and gypsy/bohemian/tribal aesthetic since I was very young. I’m a firm believer that you can’t have too much color or pattern if you know how to use both.

Bohemian Artist's Dresser and Art

Napkin Soup: A bold philosophy. What inspired your bedroom’s decor scheme?

Bethany: It was the wall tapestry over the bed. After losing all our furniture and decor in the flood, I was doing a lot of online shopping and stumbled across The Jaipur Art Factory‘s page. Their line of woodblock-print fabrics is incredible. I fell in love with the one in the picture (I mean, c’mon, ORANGE ELEPHANTS, Y’ALL) and ordered it immediately. And it just kind of became the starting point that I built my room around.

Bohemian Artist Bedroom Tapestry

Napkin Soup: How long have you been interested in creating? Tell me about an early memory of art-making.

Bethany: I don’t remember the experience, but my parents took me to see The Little Mermaid when I was three. It was my first movie theater experience and apparently I was obsessed from the opening credits. My mom has file boxes filled with drawings of mermaids that I churned out over the next decade or so. I’ve always loved drawing but I didn’t start really experimenting with art techniques until college.

As for interior design, my parents were very open to creating beautiful bedrooms for all us kids. We could choose paint colors, bed sets, wall stencils, etc. So I have a wide variety of design phases I’ve gone through since I was about 7 years old.

Bohemian House Tour Art

Napkin Soup: How would you describe your work as an artist?

Bethany: At this moment? A chronicle of my descent into insomnia and madness.

But seriously, one continuing theme of my work since college is the interplay between rigid structure and fluid movement. I feel like my whole life is a constant struggle to maintain a balance between the two. So in my work I try to meld them. If I get too obsessive about the precision the geometry requires, I get stressed and lose my mind. If I just paint flowy abstracts I get bored and listless. I need both to keep me centered.

Bohemian House Tour Star Pendant Light

Napkin Soup: I love that observation. I think most of us can relate to that in some way. Tell me about your interior design style.

Bethany: Eclectic to the extreme. I never worry if something I like will work with everything else I already have. I just buy it if I love it. Lately though I’ve been leaning very heavily towards a moody bohemian aesthetic.

Napkin Soup: How do you make your eclectic pieces work together?

Bethany: I constantly move things around until I find an arrangement that suits. If I find a weird knickknack at a thrift store and it’s some hideous color but I like it anyway, I’ll spray paint it a color I like. I also tend to group different styles of things in different rooms. If I buy a throw pillow I love that doesn’t work in my living room, I’ll move it to the couch in my room or a bedroom where it fits better. Of course, the main benefit of being eclectic/bohemian is that nearly everything can work anywhere, since you’re not trying to maintain any one style or color scheme.

Bohemian House Tour Velvet Sofa

As an artist, I look for pieces that are solidly built with interesting details, and then I try my best to bring those details out in the refinishing process. I don’t worry too much about clashing styles, because a good coat of paint or stain can help tie anything together.

Napkin Soup: You’ve mentioned thrifting. I get easily frustrating when thrift shopping because I can never seem to find good stuff. What are some of your methods for thrifting successfully?

We’re a single-income household, and I’ve always had to live on a moderately tight budget, which means we thrift a lot of our big furniture pieces. Usually we refinish or reupholster items to suit our tastes, but with Craigslist and Goodwill, you only have so much to work with in terms of finding the perfect piece. It can be a lot of fun though, like a treasure hunt, and often we get incredibly well-made items for very little, simply because they’re outdated or in rough shape. Then the challenge becomes making them fit our space and style needs.

Boho House Tour Nightstand

Before we’re done here, I want to be sure to include the canine among us.

Meet Leo:

Bohemian Dog Leo

And Laila:

Bohemian Dog Laila

Aren’t they lovely?? (They are.) I want to send a big thank you to Bethany and her family for sharing their beautiful home with us!

What do you think of this bohemian bedroom? Would you go this dark and moody? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

SOURCE LIST FOR MOODY + BOHEMIAN ARTIST’S BEDROOM:

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the ultimate guide to modern rattan chairs

Modern Rattan Chair from The Citizenry
fact check: the above is *not* a rattan chair — it’s actually leather. BUT it did make me think of rattan chairs, so there you go

After seeing and instantly falling in love with this chair from The Citizenry, I’ve been fixating on modern-style rattan chairs.

I’ve never been a big fan of rattan. Historically I’ve associated it with the kind of wicker furniture you might associate with your grandparents’ patio.

Fun fact — it turns out wicker is a furniture-making technique, and wicker furniture can be made out of many different materials. Rattan, on the other hand, is a material — a vine, to be precise, closely related to the palm tree. Rattan is actually one of the strongest woods.

I’m happy to see rattan enjoying a comeback. Check out these photos for some examples of rattan done right — and inspiration for your very own rattan furniture that will fit in with your completely stylish modern bohemian home (right guys??):

Rattan Flynn Lounger Chair form World Market

 

Rattan Kids Chair Antoinette from The Land of Nod

Diamond Rattan Chair from Wend Studio

 

Rattan Hanging Chair from Anthropologie

 

Rattan Luna Chair from Article

 

Rattan Basket Chair from Modish

 

Rattan Chair from fabrikschick.de

 

Rattan Pari Chair from Anthropologie

 

What do you think? Are you ready to welcome rattan into your home?

The Ultimate Guide to Modern Rattan Chairs :: napkinsoup.com

weekend link fest – 08.26.17

weekend link fest – 08.26.17

Here’s what I’ve been loving around the internet this week:

Target Project 62 Midcentury Modern Collection

Domino had a great write-up about Target’s upcoming mid-century modern collection, Project 62. Have you heard about this?? If not, hold onto your wallets babies. Target is aiming to bring mid-century modern to the masses. The collection will hit the internet September 16th, and stores September 19th. Jesus take the wheel.

ikea catalog 2018

In further retail news: The design-loving part of the internet has been abuzz this month over Ikea’s 2018 catalog, which is said to be the best yet. Check it out for yourself here.

Paige Jones Bohemian Nursery

Yesterday I came across this nursery from Paige Jones, and I can’t. stop. looking. I mean, how perfect is that? And I don’t even mean just for a nursery, I mean for any room. I love literally every element of this room’s design. Now I’m setting out to DIY myself a hanging shelf, looking for a white chair like the one above, and trying to find the perfect vintage rug to go with all this boho love. Click through to see all the photos — seriously, the entire room is this good. This one’s getting bookmarked at the top of my list for design inspiration. Job well done Paige.

Kate La Vie Salted Passionfruit Margarita Cocktail

Well, as you no doubt know if you live on Earth, tonight is the season finale of Game of Thrones, the (objectively) best television show ever made. Dry your tears, it will be back next year for the (now you may cry) final four episodes. Tonight the husband and I will have a babysitter for the kiddos so we can join friends for a GoT finale party. We’ll be bringing these Salted Passionfruit Margaritas with us to win friends and influence people. Head over to Kate La Vie for the cocktail recipe.

Have a good one everybody, and don’t forget to turn off your curling iron before you leave the house.

Napkin Soup // Weekend Link Fest

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.

round mirror wooden slat bench entryway
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large round mirror entryway amber interors
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snake plant round mirror entryway
via stylemepretty.com
pretty boho entryway a pair & a spare
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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.

designsponge entry
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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:

case study planter modernica

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:

brown leather butterfly chair cb2

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:

vintage runner rug nuloom

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:

infinity brass round mirror cb2

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!

entryway design ideas

 

weekend link fest – 08.13.17

morning coffee mugs

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.

diy marbled phone case

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.

blackberry thyme prosecco cocktail

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.

herbivore moon fruit skincare

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.

geometric watercolor line art

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.