How to buy the right size stools

There has been an increase in demand for apartments and homes featuring an open layout. Often the kitchen, dining area, living room and/ or family room are connected into a larger open space so homeowners can entertain guests. Connecting these spaces through renovation and redesign is also an effective way to increase the resale value of a residence, especially if the new floor plan generates more natural light throughout the space.

Invariably open floor plans will have a counter area either as a build in or as part of an island in the kitchen. If the layout incorporates stools, the first important distinction is between bar stools and counter stools. Bar height stools are generally 30” tall facing a bar area of 40-42”. Counter stools are lower, with a height between 24-26” at a counter height of 36”. The average height for kitchen islands is 36” and counter stools are usually the most appropriate option.

For outdoor spaces in residential environments bar stools with 40-42” tall tables can work. Bar stools can be a great option if you would like to be able to sit higher to see a view or or possibly be able to see beyond a window/ guardrail. Spacing between the stools will also determine how many you will be able to place, typically requiring 26-30” between the middle of the seat top. Additional space will be required if you purchase stools that swivel or feature arms.

Stools are not typically thought of as a centerpiece in the same way as a chandelier or dining room table. They are usually a substantial focal point and selecting stools that have the right combination of elegance, design and functionality is important. Here are several options we considered for a project in Soho. The first option features leather, wood and metal with a comfortable seat back. The second option is a leather seat with a lacquer wood finish. The third counter stool is stainless steel with a leather seat and the last option features leather, solid oak and metal.

tips on buying stools

tips on buying stools

Modern bedroom design

This a a modern bedroom designed by Jenny Dyer was featured in Elle Decor. They did a beautiful job on the design, color palette, space planning and furniture selection. Upholstered walls and upholstered panels in bedrooms are the key component in bringing warmth to the space, particularly if the ceilings are high. Gray tones can be tricky to get right, especially in a bedroom where you want to increase the feeling of warmth.

modern bedroom

By |2019-03-07T11:23:56-05:00March 5th, 2019|Bedroom Design, Wallcoverings|

Accent wall ideas

Ideas for accent walls can extend beyond simply a single painted side of a room. Fireplaces, framed or unframed large scale paintings, built ins and a host of other options can serve as an accent wall.

Where space is limited it is helpful to think outside the box, and in the case of this bedroom, the designer incorporated an accent wall, built in storage unit, banquette/ seating area, window and natural organic texture.  A multifunctional accent wall is the perfect example of getting the most out a space, a critical component of any renovation, where the price per sq ft is at a premium.

accent wall storage unit

By |2019-03-07T12:16:12-05:00March 2nd, 2019|Bedroom Design, DESIGN ADVICE|

Home office desk

There are three main factors  that need to be considered when designing a desk for a home office.  The first is to account for all of the items that will need to be stored and/or displayed.  One common mistake is to not properly measure for the items that will need to be integrated and then being stuck with a completed custom design that is not function.

The second  consideration is the location and size of the entire space where the workstation will be.  Once the sizing configuration for the workspace has been determined, it is key to see if it will fit in the accompanying space to scale.

The third factor to consider is what style and design you are looking for. In all likelihood you will be spending many hours at the desk and it is essential to have a comfortable, functional space.

For this project the client wanted a corner unit where they could display books and accessories.

By |2019-03-07T13:55:59-05:00February 28th, 2019|COLLECTION, Furniture, Office & workstation design|

Eclectic spaces

This eclectic space illustrates a nice example of integrating a more traditional piece of furniture like a regency bench, with a modern lacquer coffee table. The designer selected a warm color palette to tie everything together.  It’s helpful to create a sense of harmony between the pieces as well. In this case the fabric on the pillows and the weave on the bench matches with the rug and the natural wood accessory on the table.  The designer chose a warm grey with brownish hues to augment and integrate the earth tones while still keeping the feel fresh and modern. A delicate balancing act, too much grey (with blue hues) may not work as well with the eclectic mix of furniture, and too much brown on the walls may simply be overkill.

retro modern

By |2019-03-07T17:52:05-05:00February 1st, 2019|Color Palettes|

Kitchen and dining separator

Many apartments in New York City require innovative solutions for renovating due to size and often construction restraints (especially in co-op buildings).  If you have a kitchen which adjoins a dining area and you would like to open up the space more, and perhaps still need to shield the oven, utilizing a treated wood divider on one side which matches other components of the interior is a viable option.  In this space the divider looks more like a harmonious addition to the furniture set and flooring, rather than strictly a divider.  Dividers are tricky in that it’s important to achieve the proper balance between utility/ function and elegance. A utilitarian looking divider which is not properly integrated into the design scheme can disrupt the flow of the space.

kitchen dining separator

By |2019-03-07T18:19:06-05:00January 29th, 2019|Room dividers|
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