Maybe the best thing about coming home from vacation, besides snuggling my pup in my own bed is coming home to a house full of packages from the UPS guy. I mentioned the other week I was waiting for a delivery and my breakfast nook navy chairs finally arrived. It made reentry into the real world not to mention the snow (why Michigan why?!) a little less painful.
I know a lot of you loved the Ikea wicker chairs that were here before, but they were just hanging out here on a pit stop until I found something I loved. The truth is they weren’t totally comfortable to eat in, because they sat so far back from the table.
I also felt like it was all very beige over here and I craved more color. Now that we are settling into the house more, it’s been fun to really hunt for the right pieces for each space. Some of our spaces just have things from the old house kind of forced into them while I take my time designing the space.
When I was looking for new chairs, I really wanted something a bit more transparent feeling. The wicker chairs blocked a lot of the pattern and texture that the pillows brought into the space and I like that these allow you to see the color more.
Also, since you only see the backside of these chairs 99 percent of the time, I wanted something with more visual interest on the back. These were perfect and I love the beachy vibe of the rattan. They photograph a bit more black, but they are a pretty navy in person.
So far, they are so much more comfortable than the old ones. I’m still kind of brainstorming in this space, as you can tell from my still un-styled empty glass cabinets. I’m thinking I might recover the cushions in a fun navy striped fabric if I can find my sewing machine in one of the many moving boxes I still haven’t unpacked 10 months later…
I’m also still on the fence about painting the table a light grey as well. I don’t love the finish on this table, but it is super practical for our family because we eat here every night and it cleans up really easily. So we will see if my practical side wins out or not!
Oh and a quick note on the lights above our island, I get a lot of questions about whether they are the black with chrome or oil rubbed bronze. They are the black, but I actually spray painted the chrome part with a matte black spray paint. They used to have all black available, but they don’t sell them anymore. So if you are looking for an all black option spray painting them is super easy.
Thank goodness for good ole Trader Joe’s $5 tulip bunches since snow is on the way again even though it is mid-April! I actually had a reader ask recently what I keep on our every day table (you know I love our herb baskets on our dining table) and I usually try to grab a grocery store bunch of flowers to get me through the winter. I use fresh cut flowers from the yard in the summer.
Something simple that’s easy to remove since we do eat here every night. I also put a bowl of fruit otherwise too, to try to trick my kids into grabbing one.
Here’s hoping spring has hit by you, and if it has, send some good sunshine vibes up here to the Mitten!
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Navy Chairs – Wayfair
Table – Wayfair
Pillows – Target no longer available
Blanket – Target
Pitcher – Ikea
Collander – flea market
Floors – BuildDirect
Tile – Lowe’s
Island light fixture – Wayfair
Bar stools – World Market no longer available