Sunday, January 29, 2012

Inspired by red stools

I was just minding my own business, catching up on what Sherry & John have been up to at Young House Love the past couple months when a trio of red stools from a Reader Redesign feature jumped off my screen and grabbed me!

I immediately had to go to the original blog, Odd Girl Out, to get the whole story.  I love the way the red stools bring a fun pop to an otherwise neutral kitchen!

When we first moved in our house, I was all about a coastal color scheme of soft browns, blues and whites. Over the past year I've been adding pops of color while still keeping a neutral background.  I'm a big fan of turquoise and red, as you can see from my necklace collection.

The artwork and pillows I have in my living room now incorporate both colors into that room, but I've been trying to figure out how/where to bring color into my very white kitchen, which is open to my living room (the photo below was taken from the living room, looking into the kitchen).

Why not do it with red stools?!  I immediately started researching red stools online after seeing how much color they brought to Odd Girl Out's kitchen.  The ones she used are from Overstock.  Never being satisfied with one option, I had to make sure there wasn't anything better.  Believe it or not, these were my favorite style, and they're even affordable!

Like I mentioned last week, I have "project ADD."  Normally I'd get all excited about red stools and immediately do some research about them, but then it would fizzle out for a while because I'd get caught up in something else before I found the PERFECT red stool at the best price.  However, this time I was able to do all the research I needed to do quickly, and I was ready to move on it!  The last test would be getting The Mr.'s approval.

I know many of you are like me, so you understand my need to constantly change things.  In many things in my life, I prefer consistency and predictability.  But in the decor of my home, I like to change things up often.  The Mr., on the other hand, doesn't understand the need to purchase new stools when our current stools are perfectly acceptable.  It's a man thing, I know.  He asked if I had thought about painting our current saddle stools, which I had not because I was so smitten with these metal stools.  Here's what the saddle stools would look like red (seen here from Target).

Ehh.  Seriously, I was smitten with these new metal stools.  There was no going back!  Luckily I won him over with the great price ($82.99 for a set of 2) and a reminder that I've been working for a few months now precisely so I can afford to buy things without a lot of drama.  I placed my order, after a quick check on RetailMeNot for a coupon code.  Not only was I able to find a coupon code for 10% off, Overstock's shipping is only $2.95 -- no matter how much you order or how large or heavy it is!  Double score!

The stools have already shipped, and I can't wait for them to arrive!



  1. I just love your blog! I have spent a lot of this month reading through many of your posts. I actually used one of your projects (the turquoise nightstand) as inspiration for my most recent project. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is a really fun idea. My stools are plain pine... This has got me thinking!!!


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