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Our Favorite Bar Stools by Sharon Blaustein

Finding the perfect stool is not an easy task! Whether you are looking to freshen up your seating options or you have just finished renovating your dream kitchen with that large beautiful island; you will inevitably arrive at the question of which bar stool will go best with your kitchen.

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Luckily, we're here to help! Here are a few parameters that you should keep in mind when selecting the best bar stool for you:

Height:

We will admit, we have made this mistake (and more than once…). We found the perfect bar stool at the perfect price, ordered it and waited (and waited some more) and finally the stool was there! We opened the box and… sure enough the stool was too high to fit under the counter (or too short). A typical counter height is 36” and will require a counter stool seat height will be around 25”. If your counter is high (usually 42”) you will need a bar stool with seat height around 30”. One thing to always remember is to measure your own counters and double check the dimensions! 

The Ventura from Poliform is one of our favorites. It has clean lines, it's modern and elegant.  

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Material:

Your stool should be functional just like the rest of your kitchen . When you are choosing a stool you need to consider who will be sitting on it. If you have young kids who love to smother their pancakes with Nutella, you should probably avoid fabric upholstered stools :) 

For a modern hip stool that is functional, easy to clean and comes in fun colors (you have ten to choose from!) check out the Nerd Bar Stool by Muuto.

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For a more luxe look, these steel, brass and leather bar stools by Gabriel Scott have an edgy, high-end feel.

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With or without back?

Backless stools are beautiful and sleek but can be less comfortable for young children and in instances where you will be spending a long time at the counter. We would recommend using a backless stool in rooms where space is limited since they can be tucked under the overhang and disappear when not in use.

The Gubi Beetle stool by the Future Perfect comes in all different configurations. It is a take on traditional Danish design with a modern twist.

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For this kitchen we chose a backless stool since there is only a small clearance between the island and the cabinets behind. When they are not in use, they are neatly tucked under.

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The most important thing to remember before you rush out to buy a stool is to make sure the height, shape and material works for your lifestyle and fit with your kitchen size and design. Good luck! 

Tips For Making a Small Space Look Bigger by Sharon Blaustein

So you finally found the home of your dreams in NYC! The location is great and the price was just right BUT the apartment is very small. So how do make your small space feel bigger?

Here are a few tips that will help you achieve just that:

Tip 1: Let there be light!

When decorating a small space, we always recommend using a light color palette. This applies to everything, from painting the walls and trims an off-white, to using light colored furniture and rugs. That will create a feeling of openness and will make the space appear bigger than it really is. We love the off whites from Benjamin Moore. They are soft whites that work well in every light. Try Calm OC-22 or White Wisp OC-54 , you can't go wrong with these subtle shades!

A white sofa and nesting coffee tables create a roomy and airy feel to the living room

A white sofa and nesting coffee tables create a roomy and airy feel to the living room

Tip 2: Use "apartment size" furniture

Make sure to use small scale furniture. You should measure the room and make sure the furniture you pick will fit comfortably in the room and will leave enough space to move around. Use a standard depth sofa rather than a deep one, for example.

Try to choose slim modern furniture rather than bulky heavy pieces. This will help keep your space to feel comfortable without being cramped. Vendors like CB2 offer a wide range of apartment size furniture.

 

Apartment size furniture and a light color palette makes add a spacious feel of this living room 

Apartment size furniture and a light color palette makes add a spacious feel of this living room 

Tip 3: Bring in oversized mirrors and art

An oversize mirror will reflect the light and create the illusion that the space is larger than it really is. Large wall art will create a visually clean look, and draw the eye around the space. Restoration Hardware has a great variety of oversize mirrors, or you can also take a look at Ballard Design .

 

Studios can present one of the biggest challenges for layouts. We maximized this Tribeca studio with brightly colored modern art and a mirror to give the space definition.

Studios can present one of the biggest challenges for layouts. We maximized this Tribeca studio with brightly colored modern art and a mirror to give the space definition.

Tip 4: Less is more!

To maintain a clean modern look of your apartment, consider saying goodbye to all the unnecessary tchotchkes and keep things minimal. It may seem like common sense, but small spaces fill up faster, and can feel even more claustrophobic when they are bursting with clutter. Keep surfaces clear of anything that isn't absolutely necessary and make the most of any closet space you have available(New Yorkers are masters of storage solutions!)

It's all about the views in this Park Ave apartment.

It's all about the views in this Park Ave apartment.

Hope that these tips will help make your apartment feel larger than life! Want to learn more? Read about how to transform your home with wallpaper or a great rug.