This post is in collaboration with Serena & Lily!
When Mike and I were searching for our home, having a great kitchen was pretty important to us. Mike loves to cook and entertain (and he’s rubbed off on me– now I love it too!) and every time we toured a new house, we’d dream up how it would be to have a house full of people over for a fancy party, a low-key dinner, or a family get together. I wasn’t super keen on doing a kitchen renovation, so we were hoping for a turn-key one and (!!!) we found the perfect one for us!
After sharing photos of our house, a reader sent me a congratulatory email and mentioned that “life happens at the kitchen island” and I couldn’t agree more! Mike and I eat dinner there, I work there during the day*, our friends gather there for dinner. It’s kind of the “heart” of our house.
* (I’m actually writing this post right now at the island!)
We spend so much time in our kitchen. And even though we have a dining room, everyone always ends up gathering around the island. We once had all of his siblings over for an impromptu dinner (everyone making their own stop on the way home to pick up drinks, food, appetizers, and desserts at various markets). Could we have set up the dining room table or even the outdoor patio? Yes. But we all naturally ended up at the island, the spread piled high on cutting boards, for hours.
The Serena & Lily stools were the very first things I ordered for the house. I had longingly pinned photos of them and saved ‘grams of them over the years, waiting until I was in a house to buy my own set!! It felt GLORIOUS to open the boxes (they shipped in their own boxes, completely assembled) and set them up right away.
Serena & Lily carry a range of bar and counter stools (and even kitchen chairs if you don’t have a countertop). I had a hard time choosing which style to go with, but ultimately decided on the Riveria (which I think is the most popular style) in the sunwashed natural colorway.
With coated, durable rattan mixed with a classic shape, the bar stools are a fresh take on casual dining.
Thank you Serena & Lily for partnering on this post!