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Hello Home: Kitchen Counter Stools

My last post I chatted about starting the process of decorating our new home in LA and y’all seemed to love the idea of me sharing the process.  With that feedback, my newest series was born: Hello Home.  We were so inspired by the beautiful homes and interiors in 30A that we want to pull from those interiors as inspiration for our home.  I like to describe our style as “Coastal Americana.”  I love light, bright and airy spaces filled with beautiful neutral pieces.  I want our home to look bright and clean while feeling cozy and inviting.

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I figured why not kick off this series with the decision currently plaguing me: kitchen counter stools.  Seems like a not very big decision, I’m sure.  To us, it’s a big decision though.  I’m currently writing this blog post from my kitchen counter.  Our kitchen is the hot spot of our home.  We eat our meals at the bar, (obviously) work there and sometimes watch tv from there.  I want to choose quality counter stools that will endure the heavy use we put them through. But I also want them to be comfortable for long sit sessions while also looking beautiful.

If you remember this post, we had the Corrine Linen Counter Stools from Pier 1.  These natural colored stools are incredibly comfortable and were definitely a great purchase for our old house.  We brought them to the new house, and they look very out of place.  Our kitchen is primarily white with grey, so the dark legs and bronze hardware stick out like a sore thumb.  Not to mention, we only had two of these counter stools, and our new island calls for three.

I’ve been married to the idea of the Restoration Hardware Round Cane Back French Stools forever.  After spending tons of time scouring Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration, I’m now prepared to go another direction.  I wanted to share some of my favorite counter stools with you in case you too were in the market for some new furniture.

Before we hop into the current counter stool selection, I wanted to debunk a Restoration Hardware misconception.  Most people hear RH and think, “It’s sooo expensive.”  You are right in certain situations, like rugs.  However, my beloved round counter stools in the basic combo (Burnt Oak/ Sand Belgian Linen) are $243 each (Member pricing, which is a must do!).  If you look at the lookalikes I found online, they’re both higher priced at Wayfair and World Market.  Both of these retailers are found to be “cost effective” to most shoppers, yet their prices for RH inspired pieces tend to run even higher!  The quality of RH cannot be beat, I know that from experience.

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As you can see, I’ve been looking at multiple different styles of counter stools.  I like each of them for a different reason and each would look great.

Bistro:  I fell in love with bistro chairs when we visited Paris.  Every time I see a bistro chair, I smile and remember Paris.  I purchased bistro chairs for our outdoor dining area, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to also incorporate them indoors.

Wicker:  These chairs fit perfectly into the “Coastal Americana” feel.  Unfortunately, they don’t tend to be comfortable.  That can easily be remedied with cushions, but I’m not sure if I want cushions tied onto my counter stools.

Bench:  I first saw a bench counter stool in a home decor store on 30A and thought it was such an awesome piece.  The problem is that your bound to sit close to your bar mate whether you want to or not.

Round Back:  This style was where my design heart was all along.  I think round back upholstered chairs are so beautiful.  I do worry that they’re too formal of a design in a more casual, laid back space.

Farmhouse:  These chairs are a classic design and now even come with a padded seat.  I’m not sure if they’re too basic or if they’re just the right look.

I think I made a decision on which stools to buy!  Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite style or guess on which one I chose!

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Fresh New Life Goals for Spring

At this point, I’m as tired of apologizing for my absence from Hello Gorgeous as you probably are of hearing my “sorry’s”.  After a very transitional past two months (actually, more like past year) we are finally back home in LA and in our new home.  Here’s where the plot thickens…  We’re in a basically empty new home.  Someone had the bright idea of starting from scratch with the furniture since it was a new space.  Hint: it wasn’t Matt.

Anyways, I’ve been knee deep in wood, linen and rug samples, and quite honestly, I’m enjoying every second of it.  We’ve been in design mode since we arrived back home.  It’s really perfect timing when you think about it.  Personally, I associate Spring with fresh starts, new goals and clean slates.  Yes, that’s what New Years is all about, I know, but I never seem to really get motivated to start things up until the temperatures start to warm up.

I wanted to do a check in with my Gorgeous Girls about fresh, new goals for 2017.  Many of you set goals on January 1st, but many of your goals have changed in the past few months.  This is a great time to reassess what you realistically want to achieve over the course of this year.

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Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

What are my goals for 2017?  I’m so glad you asked!  I want to focus on our home.  I want to create a space that is warm, inviting and cozy.  With all of the traveling we do, I want our home to be our haven.  When we return to our house, I want to walk in the door, take a look around and uncontrollably sigh out of relief to be there.

I also want to make my health a priority.  I have barely exercised at all of the past year.  Honestly, it’s embarrassing.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family, so I can’t afford to not take care of myself.  I’ve been running with Matt the past couple of weeks and started doing yoga at home.  My goal isn’t to lose weight, but to be healthy and toned.

I try to make healthy choices about my diet pretty consistently (of course I like to splurge as well) but I want to buckle down even more this year.  I plan on including more fruits and veggies in our menu.  I share a lot of my recipes on Snapchat and Insta-Stories.  I recently posted a Healthy Breakfast Ideas YouTube video, so check that out if you missed it.  Let me know if you’d like to see a blog post or video about what I eat in a day or what’s in my fridge, as well as more recipes.

I plan to be more consistent with scheduling time for my daily devotions as well.  I have to remind myself that my body is my temple.  God gave me only one body and put me in charge of caring for it.

Let me know in the comments section what your goals are for the rest of 2017.  I’m considering sharing some of my home design process on my blog with y’all, so let me know if you’d like to see some of my design inspiration.

Photos by Kara Coleen.

What I’m Wearing:

Top: Sold Out; similar ruffle top here, here, here and here  //  White Jeans: Hudson

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Two BIG Spring Sales this Weekend!

Another weekend, another sale.  Hey, I’m not mad at it!  Two of my favorite stores/brands are currently having awesome sales, so of course I had to share.  First up, we have the Tory Burch Spring Event.  This sale will save you up to 30% OFF your purchase until Monday (4/24) night with promo code: SPRINGEVENT.

Tory Burch is one of my favorite places to buy handbags (midrange price point) and shoes.  Her Miller sandals are literally the only pair of shoes I wore all week last week on vacation.

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Tory Burch Sale Picks

1. Striped Miller Sandals (ordered these last week!)  //  2. Taylor Camera Bag  //  3. Serif Clutch  //  4. Espadrilles  //  5. Taylor Tote  //  6. Miller Wedges  //  7. Miller Blue Sandals  //  8. Kira Crossbody  //  9. Taylor Convertible Fold-Over Crossbody

Next up, we have the Sephora Insider Shopping Event.  This sales event offers up to 15% off site-wide depending whether you are a Beauty Insider or you are VIB/VIB Rouge Member.  For this sale, I’m rounding up my ride or die products.  Most of these picks you’ve heard me praise about a million times.  Now that they’re on sale, it’s the perfect time for you to check out a product (or few) for yourself!

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Sephora Insider Sales Event:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow:  My go-to for brows.  I love the texture and ease of application (with the right brush).  Watch my full brow tutorial here.
  2. tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara:  My holy grail mascara.  I’ve been using it for awhile now and love to combine it with Revlon or L’Oreal mascara for the perfect fringe.
  3. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder:  Perfect for waking and brightening up tired eyes.  I use this powder in basically every makeup tutorial I film.
  4. Becca Highlighter:  If you want the ultimate highlight that can legit be seen from outer space, then pick this up in “Champagne Pop.”  This highlighter layers beautifully.
  5. NARS Lipgloss:  I haven’t talked about this gloss in a while, but I always have a tube in my collection.  My favorite shade hands-down is “Turkish Delight.”
  6. Benefit Hoola Bronzer:  Another heavy hitter on my YouTube Channel is Hoola Bronzer.  It’s the perfect matte bronzer for contouring.
  7. beautyblender:  Because it’s essential.  Nothing gives a more flawless finish to your face than this magical little sponge.  Care for it properly and it will last you several months.  See my full video on how to use it here.
  8. Iluminage Sleep Mask:  I’ve become so spoiled by this mask because it truly keeps every bit of light out.  It’s essential for every night use, but my sleep life would crumble if I traveled without it!
  9. Clarisonic Mia 2:  I’ve sung the praises of this handy dandy facial brush too many times to count.  My skin depends on the deep clean it provides on my makeup days.
  10. Slip Silk Pillowcase:  This pillowcase is so lush, I bought two.  I swear that I wake up with much better hair because of this case!
  11. Makeup Eraser:  So amazing that I bought several and gave them as gifts.  It truly removes every trace of makeup without pulling or rubbing your skin.
  12. Kat Von D Concealer:  This full coverage concealer is incredible for covering up the darkest of undereye circles.

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