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Need the perfect seating arrangement? I've got the solution for you ...

Versatile and FUNctional Floor plan

 I have an awesome new client with young kids.  She's so excited to freshen up her family room which is large and bright but long and narrow.

We're  going to make this space more functional for her kids so my number one priority is to make a comfortable cozy spot for the kids to watch TV and also provide additional seating for entertaining and adult conversation.
 
Since the room is so large I'm going to design two seating areas ... one for the kids to watch TV and one for the adults to hang out and chat and have a cocktail or two or six:)
 
All the while keeping in mind this could be a room that evolves and changes as her kids get older so I'm going to provide her with a very versatile floor plan.

My answer?  Four chairs and an ottoman. It's fun, fresh and modern and if she gets bored with the look someday she can move the chairs around the house!
check it below.




 
 
 
 
sarah richardson
 
otherwise noted all images via pinterest
 
Here's the  floor plan


You can see the room is long and rectangular but plenty big for two seating areas. 
 
When you walk into the room you will be greeted by the four funky fun chairs and a table that will immediately make you want to sit down, relax and stay awhile.
 
But if you want to catch up on the latest sponge-bob square pants episode the four chairs will not obstruct your race to the sofa. Perfect, right?

Here's a few chairs that may work in your home...

oomph

layla grace


z gallerie


layla grace


restoration hardware
 
west elm
serena & lily
overstock
target
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Do you have furniture placement issues in your home? Why not try four chairs and an ottoman?

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Just a sprinkling of modern

 
 
House of Turquoise

 
 
 
 
 
 
 








 
all images via pinterest
 

Did you notice a theme?
Did you pick up on what I was puttin' down?

Would you like to add just a touch of modern to your room without breaking the bank? Are you afraid to commit to this trendy look? Yep, me too.

Keeping that in mind, here's a roundup of reasonably priced peekaboo furniture pieces that you can add to your teens room,  traditional dining room/living room or stodgy old desk to make it a bit more funky get-down:)

Did you see in some pics above even just one piece of this furniture makes a HUGE impact:)


 
Amazon
$139
Amazon
$135



 
Amazon
$116

 

Amazon
$419
 
Amazon
coffee table
$299
 
Amazon
coffee table
$99
 





Wisteria
$899
    
CB2
coffee table
$279


Acrylic décor
$279


Advantages to ghost-like furniture

1) Pretty indestructible
2) Goes with every color scheme and can be used in every room
3) Can take your room from stodgy to funky in a matter of minutes

What do you think?? LOVE or just too trendy?
I'm kinda digging it ... you?

Linking up with Kim at Savvy SouthernStyle

Thanks for reading and if you need to make your home more funky fresh and modern.... contact me here kraussteph@yahoo.com
 
 

20+ essentials for your next outdoor party!

 
So your throwing a party!




images above via pinterest

No?
 
Well, you may think twice after I show you all the fun and  fabulous indoor/outdoor stuff available!

Get comfortable, sit back and relax with these
outdoor pillows


Frontgate



Schumacher here


Pottery Barn

Crate and Barrel


Etsy


Frontgate

Got a chill?
No sweat, I've got an outdoor throw made with 100% acrylic Sunbrella chenille fabric
 
Frontgate
Still Cold?
Well grab yourself a bag of marshmallows and settle in here
 
Restoration Hardware
 
 Buggin' out? 
No fear mosquito repellent is here. So, stop slapping yourself silly.
Frontgate

 
Lanterns and candles so you can light it up!
 
Restoration Hardware


Restoration Hardware


 
Take a seat...
These would be fun and stylish for extra seating



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Pour yourself a glass
 
Govino wine glasses are shatterproof and reusable. Best of all, they have a place for your thumb if it gets tired.


amazon

Not a wine drinker? How about some Sangria amigo?

Pottery Barn
 
No? How about an ice cold pop of iced tea?
Frontgate
Don't forget to put your dancing shoes on
Indoor/Outdoor wireless speaker

Amazon
Outdoor chalk table cloth, anyone?
 
oil chalk tablecloth available here
Or this one perhaps? This would look gorg with a pop of hot pink flowers!


etsy
 

For an easy breezy atmosphere
Indoor/Outdoor Curtains

Pottery Barn

Outdoor floor lamp? Yep, got that too.

Ballard Designs

One last thought, instead of buying all this stuff just bring all your indoor stuff outside for the night. Just be sure to bring it back in before it rains!!

Now back to biz...
What ever will you wear?
Self-tanner of course


here
And how about these?


Milly for Banana Republic
 
 
joie
Devon Baer
 
 

zara
gap
old navy


Lilly Pulizer

Do you have any party secrets you'd like to share? What say you?

P.S. If you missed my outdoor furniture, planter and rug round up check it out here, here and here!
Have a GREAT time at your party! xoxo



More Outdoor Fun ... can you stand it?


Errbody...
The sunny weekend weather has put me in a mood!

Is anyone else thinking about this ???
www.christianchaize.com
 or this??
here
I am. 
Not too long before we're beachin' it folks!!

OK, let's continue building our own outdoor oasis with some great planters I found to go with the loungey furniture you just bought.


Planter Round-up
love these planters in white don't you?


Warning: prices below range from reasonable to the ridiculous:)

Medium Planters 14"- 22" high


West Elm
14" height
$49


Home Depot
 14" height $39.00


Home Depot
 18" height $59.98




Lows
20" height $119

Lowes
21" height
$144


Frontgate
19" height
$199


Restoration Hardware
16" height
$220



Restoration Hardware
medium 18" height $505

Large Planters 23"


Target
Smith & Hawkin
$49.99
23" height

Grandin Road
what a color. totally bananas.
23" height
 $129

Crate and Barrel
24" medium jar
$159


Amazon
23" height
 $131



Restoration Hardware
 30" height
$180

Restoration Hardware
 28 1/2 " height
$160


Grandid Road
kinda crazy huh?
26 1/2" height
$169




Frontgate
24" height
$229



Frontgate
27" height
$1195



So once you have the planters, what do you do with them?

I don't know about you but I'm going simple this year with ...





Boxwoods and loads of creeping jenny


And, window boxes filled with white begonias and impatience.






Done.

Totally Random

Here's what I bought and am LOVING....

For the home

Suzanne Kasler
Circa Lighting


Bought for a client but am secretly hoping she hates it and I will have to keep.

Why allow a perfectly awesome lantern to go back to a cold, lonely, dark warehouse?

For myself...

Incredible skinny jeans
Anthroplogie
Pilco Jeans
$78 on sale. hello?
I have them in white. I didn't see them online in white but check the store in Wayne. So comfortable and flattering. Best fit ever and guess what? They won't strangle your poor ankles like other skinny jeans do.

And...these from Louella...

I bought it in this color ...

So wearing it to the beach this summer.

Have you been to Louella yet? If not "prep" yourself for some fun with these ladies. Incredible clothes and your guaranteed to leave there in style with some fun summer pieces!

And one last item on the agenda....

Have you ever seen this? Of course you have! Humor me and watch it again. I just L O V E  JT and JF together:)


 The latest History of Rap aired a few weeks ago.
The best is  History of Rap Part 1 -- go find it on youtube.

Looking to spruce up the inside or outside of your home? Contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com.