Kitchen Table Roundup

Mumbles and I moved into our new home over the weekend and one of the things I’m most excited about is the custom banquette/kitchen nook we had built in front of the windows in our new kitchen. I can’t wait to enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the view out back! In our first home, the kitchen, dining and living rooms were all pretty much the same space but now that our dining and living rooms are on the other side of the kitchen wall, it will be nice to have this area as a designated hangout spot while we cook dinner together.

I ordered this fabric to make cushions (and scored a huge slab of foam from Home Depot for $20!! That’s $45 cheaper than the cheapest foam I could find with a coupon at Joann’s Fabrics. Write that down, folks. The foam at Home Depot is near the huge rolls of carpet in the back of the store).  Now, just to find the perfect little kitchen nook table… For context, the built-in benches are 6 ft long on each side and our kitchen is mainly white and gray, with slate colored appliances, stainless accents and medium tone hardwood floors. Oh, and my pots and pans, coffee maker and stand mixer are cherry red.

Here are a few kitchen dining tables that I’m liking so far…

  1. Dylan Dining Table | CB2
  2. Peak Dining Table | CB2
  3. Blox Dining Table | CB2
  4. Simon X Table Base & Glass Top | Pier 1
  5. Melltorp Table | Ikea
  6. Parsons Concrete Top with Stainless Base | Crate & Barrel
  7. Saarinen Style Tulip Table | LexMod
  8. Parker Mid-century Round Dining Table | West Elm
  9. Rustic Kitchen Rectangular Dining Table | West Elm

Which one is your favorite?  Any other suggestions for me?


Cozy Up to Fur

There’s something about winter (though we don’t quite have winter in California, do we?) that just calls for fur, I think.  I found an awesome pillow at Home Goods the other day – a brownish gray fur on one side and velvet on the other. And I had to have it. Had to. It’s on my couch now in all its soft, cozy, calming awesomeness.  Baxter under one arm, my fur pillow under the other.  And, I realized (how crazy that sounds, yes) that I’ve got a bit of a thing for fur.  Mrs. Mercado and I swooned over the chic but casual fur throw from west elm, I’ve always loved the little white throw from Ikea that you see in nurseries and on at-home office chairs all over Pinterest and Apartment Therapy, and then Target Does It Again kept taking photos of a white faux fur coat that I just had to go out and buy despite the fact that I feel a bit Russian when wearing it (and Mumbles thinks I look like a pretty Chewbacca so sadly, I returned it).  Also, my mother has some gorgeous real fur coats (inherited from my Grammy) that I might someday have the gumption to wear and at the Long Beach Flea Market a few weeks ago I noticed a lot of sellers had vintage coats and stoles and wraps that lots of ladies were happily taking them home.  So yeah, I’ve got faux fur on the brain faux sure. (see what I did there?!)

From coats to hoodies to boots, throws and pillows…how do you feel about fur?

faux fur roundup

1. Sam Edelman Faux Fur Walking Coat – Nordstrom $200  |  2. City of Lights Faux Fur Wrap – Ruche $34.99  |  3. Wildcat Coat – JCrew Crewcuts $178  |  4. Mossimo Faux Fur Coat – Target $49.99  |  5. Faux Fur Vest – Banana Republic $125  |  6. Merona Single-Breasted Coat with Fur Collar – Target $79.99  | 7. Fox Grey Fur Decorative Pillow Set of 2 – Overstock $84.99  |  8. Tejn Faux Sheepskin – Ikea $9.99