Good morning! You may have seen on snapchat (meg.stokes) or on Instagram last week that I took a little trek to Columbia to purchase some chairs I found on Craigslist. I’ve been searching for years (literally) for chairs like these, but have only been able to find one here or there. And I was not about to pay $300 each for them brand new, which is the least I was able to find them. So when I found four all together as a set on Craigslist,  I was on it. Those are the chairs above. Don’t they look happy in their new home? 

You can see in the photo below how it used to look. I never had chairs to go with this table because I have been holding out for these bamboo chippendale chairs, so the ones we had were mismatched. After we painted, added drapes, and fixed up the rest of our space the way we wanted it, I didn’t hate the way the mismatched chairs looked, which is why it was pretty easy for me to hold out for what I really wanted. That’s what I’m learning these days—it’s normally always best to wait for what you really want! 

So yeah, here’s the before before. As in, when we first moved in and hadn’t painted or anything. 

Somehow I do not have one single before photo of these chairs with how this space looked most recently—before the new chairs. The big fiddle leaf fig tree was moved and replaced with a smaller one, we added drapes, etc. But here it is before those things were done. The only difference in the photo above and this one below is the paint, so that just shows how big of a difference paint can make! 

(Ignore the huge pumpkin on the table. This photo was taken last October right when we moved in, and I was painting it to reuse for Thanksgiving (remember?). I don’t normally keep pumpkins on the table, haha.)

…and here we are now. 

The fiddle leaf fig is no longer there because we thought it was too big for this space, so we moved it to the dining room and replaced it with a smaller one. Then all of our figs had a bit of an unfortunate turn for the worse (without getting into details because it’s a sensitive subject for Brandon, haha!) and  they are currently trying to regrow leaves outside. Anyway, I’m loving this palm here. It kind of sits up on a this gold/marble bench I have in the corner that matches the mirror I always take “selfies” in. 

In other news, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on! I’ve picked out a few more of my favorites. What makes this sale so great is it’s new stuff for fall, not old things that are about to be last season. That’s what makes this sale unique and so popular. 

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  1. July 20, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    I cannot get over how awesome those chairs are!!! I need you to help me with my Craigslist skills!!

    Annie Reeves

  2. July 20, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    I'm so mad! I live in Columbia and am constantly looking on Craigslist for chairs like that! You lucky B!

  3. July 20, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    The chairs look amazing! What a great find. FYI, fiddle leaf figs like a bright spot, but they do not like to be moved (although you can turn them in the same spot). If you move them too much, and sometimes only once, they will lose a lot of leaves.

  4. July 20, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Love those chairs! They look perfect with your table! xo

  5. July 21, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    i miss chicago's craigslist! we found the best stuff on it. loving your chairs! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  6. August 11, 2015 / 1:25 am

    What did you type in to find them?

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