Rooms that Inspire

Bar Stool Mania

While I love the bar stools I have at my house, even though they are shorter than they should be for the height of the kitchen counter, I’ve found myself zooming in on bar stools in images lately.

 Here are my stools.  Like I said, way too short for the counter, but not bad for a T.J.Maxx find.


 I think my fascination may have something to do with the fact that I spend more time sitting on my bar stools than I do on my actual sofa.  It’s just so much easier to use a laptop, eat, and watch tv from the bar.  That and I feel like I’m giving up for the day if I get to comfortable on the couch.  Either way, I have to share with you some of the styles I’ve scoped out lately.

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I love anything that combines industrial and natural materials together and these bar stools do just that.

Great Neighborhood Homes transitional-home-bar

The Cliffs at Mountain Park: Private Residence rustic-kitchen

Robins Way contemporary-kitchen

Modern Farm House farmhouse-kitchen

Rustic Redux rustic-kitchen

I like that these stools can be used inside and outside and look great in both.  However, for $454 they better!

Lo-Hi Residence transitional-kitchen

Serota Home (For South Bay Magazine HOME Edition contemporary-deck

My Houzz: The Richards' Re-build contemporary-kitchen

As much as I use mine, I think I would like the higher back for comfort.

JAUREGUI Architecture mediterranean-kitchen

New Country French Cottage rustic-kitchen

ROMABIO Limewash used by Stanley Dixon and Betty Burgess in Atlanta Home transitional-kitchen

For the coastal side of me, I like the mix of wicker and wood too.

Jax Intracostal contemporary-home-bar

Kitchen Remodeling transitional-kitchen

But if you’re looking for something different, I think the barrel stools or cowhide really changes things up.

Coeur D’Alene Residence on Lake Coeur D’Alene contemporary-deck

Sag Harbor beach-style-kitchen

I can’t even tell you which ones are my favorite, because I want them all.  Actually, I could pass on the barrel stools.  Which ones do you like?  Click on any of the images for more information from Houzz on these designs.

Rooms that Inspire

Office Inspiration

Every now then I like to fantasize about what my office will look like when I’m finally able to have a dedicated work space. With offices like these, I may never want to come out.

I never imagined putting this much detail into designing my office.  The arched bookcase and detailing in the cabinets really sets the tone for this space.

Southampton Moroccan mediterranean-home-office

I love the idea of using laundry drying racks for fabric storage.  Plus this basket chandelier looks like it was made for this room.

The Tamarisk Plan at Villages at Val Vista | Phoenix, AZ traditional-home-office

Globus Builder contemporary-home-office

The amount of grey rooms that are piling up in my inspiration file is out of hand, but they look so elegant.  Especially paired up with earth tone tiles like these.  I swoon!

100108 traditional-home-office

 You can never have enough storage space.

Lisa Geisler Design traditional-home-office

I think I could put this wallpaper all over my house and I would die to have the famous Eames Chair in my office.

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Writing yourself notes on the back of the door with chalk, where no one will see them, is a great way to keep your desk clear of clutter.

Traditional Kids traditional-home-office

An added reading corner would be a great bonus for the office.  Though, I would probably end up napping on it between internet surfing.

Carriage House traditional-home-office

With this office I wouldn’t have to give up additional guest space, but again there would be napping going on.

Siena Collection White Home Office With Wall Bed by Valet Custom Cabinets & Clos traditional-home-office

Richmond Hill home contemporary-home-office

These DIY jars are too cute.

Craft Room traditional-home-office

I can’t get enough of these shelves.

Hollywood Regency Home Office/Study transitional-home-office

The yellow walls make this office a bright and happy room to work in.  Plus I would love to have a built-in window bench.  I do my best thinking sitting on the couch and looking out the window.

Craft Room traditional-home-office

This rug looks kind of like the one I have in my bedroom now.  That would be one less thing I would have to buy.

Coastal Living Holiday Home - Sunbury, GA traditional-home-office

If only I could be so lucky to find a house with dark wood floors, dark wood ceiling beams, and a fireplace.

Olympia Hills contemporary-home-office

These offices don’t have the space I’m dreaming about, but are still super cute.

Williams-Sonoma Home traditional-home-office

Library Wallpaper would be a cute accent wall.  Plus this is the style chair I have been hunting down for my desk.  I refuse to pay retail for it.

Olimpic Village Condo traditional-home-office

Adding a nail head trim even makes a cork board look more elegant.

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 Of course, I can’t leave out an office with the famous Louis Ghost Chair.  Personally they are not my favorite , but the design world loves these things.

A Enlightening Home Office traditional-home-office

I would love a pull down door to hide my office when I don’t want to look at it.

Colorful Mid Century Modern Residence midcentury-home-office

 Inspiration boards are a must.

Contemporary Home Office contemporary-home-office

Two Story Addition eclectic-home-office

After looking through these again, I think it’s clear I may have a minor obsession with white furniture, contrasting against a pop of color.  The funny thing is that I always steer away from white whenever I’m looking at furniture.

So, which office is your favorite?

 Office pictures are courtesy of  For more information on any of these spaces, click on the image to be redirected to Houzz.