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Hello Home: Kitchen Counter Stools

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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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Christmas Home Tour // Merry Christmas!

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Today is the best day of the year.  The day we celebrate Christ’s birth with those we love.

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This is Matt & I’s 2016 Christmas photo.  I’m so very blessed with a talented hubby that can manage to singlehandedly take such an amazing photo on his own!  We shot this while in Whistler over our Thanksgiving vacation.  We had such a lovely long weekend there.

I’ve been back in LA since the second weekend in December and I’ve been a busy little bee prepping the house for Christmas.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been as active on my blog and socials as I normally am, and I apologize about that…  But I wanted to take a bit of a breather during our Christmas break at home, to just slow down and enjoy the season.

Once we get passed the holidays, and back into January, I’ll pick up with my normal posting schedule.  For now, I’m just enjoying my much needed time with my hubby.

We snapped a few photos of our holiday decor to share with you, and give you a sneak peak into our home during the Christmas holiday…

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Christmas Home Tour decor angela lanter hello Gorgeous

Christmas Home Tour decor angela lanter hello Gorgeous

My mom flew out to LA last week and helped me put the finishing touches on my Christmas decor, including the gorgeous ribbon on my tree.  You can’t see in the photos, but I finally found my off-white faux fur tree skirt that I’ve been looking for several years for!  The skirt sold out, but here’s the link in case you want to see it.

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I made this Noel sign 5 years ago after seeing a similar one on Pinterest.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations.

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Christmas Home Tour decor angela lanter hello Gorgeous

Christmas Home Tour decor angela lanter hello Gorgeous

Christmas Home Tour decor angela lanter hello Gorgeous

Our family room is my favorite room of the house.  Our Christmas decor is so beautiful in this room.  My mom bought me this mini flocked tree and garland two years ago and I love it so much.  My cousin, mom & I decorated my mantel and it’s such a beautiful space in our home.

Matt has been talking about retro bubble lights for years, so this year I found some online and surprised him!  We added them to the garland and they’re just such a fun festive touch.


Matt & I spent Christmas Eve doing our favorite traditions together.  We had a wonderful Christmas Day filled with presents and food in our cozy home.  I prepared our favorite Christmas dinner and now we’re getting ready to end the day by watching, “It’s a Wonderful Life.

I hope that you had a relaxing Christmas with your family and friends filled with lots of love, happiness and good food.  My hope is that you were able to cherish the moments with those you love and were able to remember the true reason why we celebrate this very special holiday.

I’m sending lots of love to my Gorgeous Fam on this Christmas Day!  I’m so thankful to have each and every one of you as a part of my virtual family.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite Christmas tradition is!  I love learning about other holiday traditions from around the country, and around the world.

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Hello Home – Decor Update

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I feel like owning a home is a never ending project.  Am I right?  The second I finish one project, I spot about 20 others that I want to tackle.  It can be fun, but if you’re like me and home decor isn’t your forte, then it can also be pretty stressful.  Here’s a updated look into a couple of my home projects I’ve been working on.  For reference, here is my last home decor blog post so you can see what exactly has changed and what I’ve been working on.

 

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"I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz wedding song artwork etsy angela lanter home decor living room hello gorgeous

My friend, Megan Runion, came for a visit a couple of months ago and suggested that I check out the etsy shop, House of Belonging, for artwork for my massive wall in my living room.  I did and immediately fell in love.  I reached out and asked if they would be able to create a sign with our wedding song, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz.  The finished project is absolutely incredible!  They created a 4′ x 4′ sign with a distressed white frame and charcoal lettering to pair with Matt’s handmade coffee table (see here for photos of our living room and coffee table).  I highly recommend House of Belonging for a special touch for your home!  Their pieces would make lovely gifts too.

“I Won’t Give Up” Sign from House of Belonging  c/o  //  Living Spaces Buffet (purchased approx. 3 years ago)  //  Mirrored Ampersand (old);  love this one  //  World Market Whitewashed Candle Pillars  //  Homegoods Floral Arrangement; similar here

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living room decor angela lanter hello gorgeous

living room decor angela lanter hello gorgeous

I am such a throw blanket and throw pillow fanatic.  Give me a bed or a sofa and I’ll try to fill it up completely with blankets and pillows.  I started to notice that every single chair, sofa and bed in my house had a throw blanket on it…  And I realized I needed to reel it in.  I love the idea of having guests over and them being able to get cozy on my sofa with a blanket next to the fire.  But my need for throw blankets was overtaking my home, so I took to Pinterest (follow me here!) and found the idea of putting all of my blankets into one basket.  It’s easy access to comfy blankets but it’s also a cozy accent piece to my living room.  I picked up the above basket last week at Homegoods and love the little addition to my home!

Homegoods basket; similar basket here  //  My Favorite White Throw Blanket  //  Pillows all from Homegoods  //  similar tan throw pillows  //  similar Moroccan style throw pillows  //  similar lumbar decorative throw pillow

Wearing:  Off-the-Shoulder Top  //  Hudson White Skinny Jeans  c/o

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As you know, my guestroom is a work in progress.  The walls were originally tan with a blue accent wall.  Matt painted the walls “Crushed Ice” from Sherwin Williams which I absolutely love.  Midday sun makes the walls look white, but in the evening they look a lovely shade of bluish-grey.

For bedding, I chose the most gorgeous throw blanket I’ve ever laid eyes on from Merrisson Wool (see details in this blog post).  I can’t say enough how stunning this blanket is in person!  Then I added the Georgina Duvet set that I’ve been eyeing forever from Anthro.  This set is on the pricier side, but I did find this set from Nordstrom that’s almost 1/2 the price and it’s so lovely.  I love the flower detail on this bedding set, but the bed skirt is what really did me in.

I also found this frayed rug at Rugs USA, and it’s such a cozy addition to the room.  The rug I chose is the larger (7’6″ x 9’6″) rectangle size and it fit perfectly into my guest room.

Next up is the furniture!  I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to paint the current pieces or if I’m going to start from scratch.  What do you think would look best?  My current furniture set painted white or grey and distressed or new furniture altogether?  Let me know in the comments!

Rugs USA Dolcina Embossed Frayed Diamond Trellis Rug  c/o  //  Merrisson Wool Chunky Knit Throw Blanket  c/o  //  Bed Sheet Set (similar)  //  Georgina Duvet Cover  //  Georgina Pillow Shams  //  Georgina Euro Pillow Shams  //  Georgina Bed Skirt  //  Bedside Lamps (old); similar here  //  Crate & Barrel Nightstands


Now that we’re up in Vancouver, my home projects will have to take a back burner.  We are finally in our rental home in Vancouver and now I’m busying myself with getting all moved in and situated.  When we move for projects, we rent furnished homes to allow less work, stress and moving for us.  The unit we moved into is very different than our home in LA.  Although it is fully furnished, I still like to put a few personal touches on the houses we temporarily live in to make it feel like home for Matt.  I’ll be adding bedding, decorative items (pillows, throws, etc.) and also a home office for me since I work primarily from home.

I’ve been on the hunt for a desk that won’t break the bank, but haven’t had much luck.  I was hoping to find a great option at Homesense, but nothing quite fit my needs.  I wanted to do something other than IKEA, but it’s looking like that’s probably our best option.  If you have any home decor store suggestions for the Vancouver area, please leave them in the comments!

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