Pop a squat in our kitchen! We finally have all of our seating needs complete.
A couple months ago, I wrote a post about our dining chair dilemma. We sold our eight-top marble kitchen table and were trying really hard to stay within our budget for a new farmhouse table and seating for six. After building the table and semi-splurging on a World Market clearance settee (similar style here), we were left with around $240 to spend on four chairs. Yikes!
After writing that post I received some great suggestions for chairs, including one reader’s idea to buy unfinished chairs from Amazon and finish them in the same stain that I used for the table top. I was pretty set on that idea until my very internet-savvy aunt found this cross-back pair on Wayfair on clearance (here’s the set in black).
They were the exact style that I wanted, but buying four chairs at full-price was a bit over our budget. Since one of the sets was on the clearance I was able to buy the other set at full price and come in about $20 under budget. I found out that the only reason the one set was on clearance to begin with was because someone returned it, but I figured that Wayfair wouldn’t sell me an item that was anything less than perfect condition.
One concern I had about these chairs was the color. They’re noticeably lighter than my table top, but when I ordered them I was banking on the idea that the table and chairs would look more mismatch-y (in a good way) instead of like they clash. I figured if they clashed than I would just paint them white like my table legs.
We fell in love with these chairs as soon as we got them. They’re super wide, extremely comfortable, and very sturdy. They look and feel way more expensive than they actually are! And with that, our farmhouse table and chair set was complete! I had a little fun with my Christmas tablescape this year, so here’s a look!
Gold Chargers: Pier One (similar (here) / Napkin Rings: Pier One (similar here) / Napkins: Ralph Lauren from Marshalls (here) / Gold Table Runner: Marshalls / Poinsetta Table Runner: Home Goods / Ornament Wreath: Pier One
Now onto counter stools! I knew we didn’t need these immediately, so I’ve just been casually researching and window shopping hoping that I’d find some that I couldn’t pass up.
I stumbled upon a few types of twist swivel stool models on Pinterest, and I kept going back to them. My MIL suggested that she’d seen some similar ones at World Market (found here), and I loved that they matched the style of my table, were height-adjustable (in case our next house has a bar instead of a counter), and were backless. I decided early on that I wanted backless so that little Hadley can’t get up there in a year or so and rock back and forth like I know a lot of kids like to do.
After doing a head count and realizing that we’ll have eight people plus a really cute one year old around our table for Christmas this year (I’m so excited to host my family for the first time!), I knew I needed to get these stools by the holidays so that we’d have a seat for everybody. I finally bit the bullet on Cyber Monday and snagged two for 20% off and with free shipping. They arrived yesterday, and they are awesome. We are really, really pleased! I can’t get over how heavy they are! World Market for the win.
Shifting over to the living room, we finally got our tree up a couple days ago. All of our ornaments are half way up this year, and the bottom half of our tree is bare! Cracks me up. Poor Hadley definitely got on her tip toes to try and outsmart us by grabbing an ornament or two or three, so the ones she did get a hold of just went up even higher. Poor kid. She loves the tree though! Makes my little mama heart so happy.
And can we talk about the dog bowl? WHY are we SO OBSESSED with the dog’s bowl right now?
Two weeks until Christmas Eve! I hope your shopping is winding down and that you’re taking the time to squeeze in a few aspects of the season that you and your fam enjoy the most.
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo