When we moved into our Chicago condo almost three years ago, our living space doubled in size, we soon were expecting our second child and it was our first home purchased together since we were married. Read: We had lots of decor to plan and shopping to do. I was more than happy to take on the task.
I’m not an interior designer (I wish!), but with the beauty of Pinterest and my addiction to decor and lifestyle print magazines, I quickly picked out pieces to fit our vintage 1930’s home that also felt fresh and could stand up to little kids.
While not completely intentional, several indoor/outdoor furniture pieces made their way into our home and they look just as new as the day we bought them. Not only are indoor/outdoor furniture pieces made to withstand Mother Nature, they are so versatile and can be used in nearly every room inside or outside the house.
Here are my top three decor investments which also happened to be listed in House Beautiful’s “The Best of the Best” (from the January 2017 issue, I believe).
“In your living room. They say, at a glance, “I’m always up for a picnic and a G&T.” – House Beautiful
This stool has become just the right spot to nest a pile of new library books, a cup of coffee, a collection of toy cars, or a delicious Gin Gimlet during Happy Hour. I’ve also seen it used on Pinterest in nearly every room in the house from bathrooms and bedrooms to entryways or your home office.
“There is nothing like croissants along the Seine – or getting the same vibe in your kitchen.” – House Beautiful
These were on my decor wish list from the start. We started off with a couple chairs in our eat-in kitchen, and quickly outfitted our dining room table with them as well. At about $250 each, we considered these one of our splurge investments, but, to me, they’ve been worth every penny. I’ve used our two extra chairs throughout the home including in our bedroom draped with a sheepskin rug for added texture.
“Soft but sturdy stripes underfoot make for an ideal foundation in workhorse rooms like the kitchen.”
This rug, with both stripes and polka dots from Ballard Designs, was just what I needed for our dining room. It’s flat-weave provides a little padding for little ones playing and running around, as well as added eye appeal, but is extremely easy to clean. You could literally hose it down. It’s also the most reasonably priced rug you will find.
Do you have a favorite decor or furniture find?If so, please share!!
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