round up wednesday

#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Counter Height Stools

Jessica Davis here again.

I've been on the hunt for a pair of fun stools for the end of our kitchen island at the #hotlantamidmod.  Luckily for me there are lots of counter height stools out there on the market now.  However, I think a lot of people still get confused about what size stool to buy for a kitchen.  Here are a few guidelines:

A typical chair is about 18" high and it sits at a table that is about 30" high so usually the amount of space you have to tuck your legs under is somewhere around a foot or so (and tables and counters often have a 3-4" apron hanging below).

So a typical kitchen counter is about 36". Using that same math, a counter stool would be about 24-26"  If you buy a 30" stool your legs will be squished under the counter (or won't fit at all)

Similarly bar height is another 6" taller at 42".  So you want a 30" stool here. If you got a counter height stool for an actual bar height counter you would be sitting with your chin on the counter. 

Size aside, I also like stools to be wipeable and lots of times I prefer backless so I can slide into the bar without moving the stool far out from the counter. Here are my faves right now. 

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#Wednesday Round-Up: Dark Blue Rugs

I’ve had three recent projects that called for dark blue area rugs, so I thought it only appropriate to do a round up of some of them that are super great, but didn’t make it into my client’s home.

#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Bedside Sconces

Today Jessica Davis, founder and creative director of Nest Studio, is bringing you a thorough round-up of gorgeous and affordable bedside sconces.


from Griege Design

from Griege Design

Recently I've spent a lot of time looking at bedside sconces for our master bedroom and also for the kids' rooms. I really love a sconce at the bed. It offers directional lighting so one person can sleep while the other reads and it keeps our nightstand surface uncluttered which is key if you have a small nightstand.  Here are a few of my favorite bedside sconces right now (so many great affordable options).

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#Wednesday Round-Up: Memphis Inspired Interiors

design by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux, and photographed by Lisa Cohen

design by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux, and photographed by Lisa Cohen

If you are child of the 90’s like I am, you are probably familiar with Memphis-inspired design, from your trapper keeper to your attire in first grade. Or how about Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Saved by the Bell? These wacky brightly colored, shape-filled motifs were everywhere when I was a kid, so it might seem weird to see nods to them now, nearly 30 years later.

While I don’t have time to get into a total history lesson here, please note that Memphis-style actually began in Milan in 1981 spearheaded by Ettore Sottsass. You can learn a lot more here and here on your own time.

But I am really digging this new Memphis-inspired style that seems more appropriate for my minimalist loving contemporary designs. I think the key here is to do it subtly, that’s why I decided to do a low-key Memphis-inspired round up for this week. One thing that you can add anywhere, which I’m sure you know is very on-trend right now is terrazzo. This was a major inspiration of the Memphis movement, as it was once an unfashionable flooring material which they began using in furniture pieces such as tables. Terrazzo seems to be everywhere these days, and likely warrants a round up all of its own.

I think I’m much more enjoying this current re-boot of Memphis style as the focus is generally more on the shapes and the colors are more toned down that what they were in the 80’s and 90’s.

Dusen Dusen is a major player in this revival, with collaborations with West Elm a few years back, and currently Keds and Uniqlo. I’m loving everything they are doing, and yes, I just bought a pair of their Keds from the last place I could find them in my size, thanks ban.do!

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#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Having a Matisse Moment

Today’s post comes from an old colleague of mine from my first design job in LA nearly a decade ago. Jessica was a project manager at Wilson Associates in 2009 when I started. I often talk about how lucky I was to have found ANY job in the design and architecture world in 2009 and am so grateful to have not only had a paying job, but to work with some of the very best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Since then, Jessica has made major moves, literally and professionally. I’m delighted to share her fun round up on my blog today.

Jessica Davis is the Owner and Creative Director of Nest Studio - a boutique design firm specializing in luxury hardware, and residential and hospitality interiors. Jessica is based in Atlanta, Georgia and South Orange, New Jersey. Take it away, Jessica.

illustration by  Abbey Lossing

illustration by Abbey Lossing

I've been noticing a lot of Henri Matisse inspired items of late. I think it's sort of the more organic reaction to all of the colorful yet structured Memphis modern stuff going on.  In any case, I'm digging it and here are a few of my favorite iterations.

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Wednesday Round-Up: Round Coffee Tables

Sometimes a space calls for a rectangular coffee table, other times, it calls for a round one. My new space in Boston has a rather small living room of which a round coffee table was definitely called for. The first one in this round up from West Elm is one I wish had been around when I was purchasing for my new space as I would have definitely bought it! Instead, I bought this one. But I love all of these! Leave me a comment to let me know which is your favorite.

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Wednesday Round-Up: Go-To Pendants

I love a good, simple pendant. I think pendants are great over breakfast tables, kitchen islands, and powder rooms (the cedar and moss below is what I sourced for Midnight Midcentury. shhhh) And the west elm pendant shown here? It’s in my living room!

pendants for any room in the home

Wednesday Round -Up: Soft Statement Chairs

Just popping in really quickly to show you some statement lounge seating that I’m currently loving. These all have that that fat, soft look to them. Which one is your favorite?

statement chairs, modern, designed, style, soft, furniture, interior design