Pretty Purple Chairs

One of my favorite things about my home is the pedestal bistro table that I picked up from West Elm a few years back. I have had it paired with the tan parsons chairs from my first house but never really liked the look. I wanted to find a cool gray chair with interesting details to match my couch and other chairs. But when I saw this pair of dark purple chairs at Target, I hoped they would be the perfect pop of color in my fairly neutral room.


As as you can tell from the lilacs in this picture, I’ve had these for a few months now. It’s hard to see the color, but they are a deep eggplant color. It has been fun to play with the purple tones in my paint color and they have worked with my holiday decorations surprisingly well. Have you made any bold color choices that have paid off?


Custom Cut Glass Table Top

A few weeks ago, I shared my new bistro table from West Elm. I am still loving my table and have not had to eat Chinese in bed in over a month. Life is good.


My table is made of Mango wood and the top has a beautiful variegated grain. The wood looks raw, untreated, and gorgeous. In order to preserve the beauty of my table and still be able to use it as my everyday dining table, I wanted to get a glass table top to protect it.

I looked several places online and didn’t have much luck finding a reasonably priced table top. This table is a 32″ diameter, an apparently uncommon size, which means that it needed to be special ordered. My mom was so kind and contacted a local glass company near my hometown and had glass custom cut for me. The Valley Glass Company of Saginaw is a family owned business that has been around since 1980. In addition to commercial glass projects, they also offer custom cut glass, mirrors, shower enclosures, and other services. The price was quite a bit more reasonable than what I was finding online and we didn’t have to pay for shipping since my mom brought it with her on her next visit. Seriously, my mom is the best. (THANKS, MOM!)

add a glass table top to protect the natural wood

In the photos the glass looks like it doesn’t quite reach the edge, but it’s an optical illusion and it’s actually a great fit. They did a fantastic job! I love the look of the shiny glass top in contract to the rougher wood. It’s wonderful to be able to eat at my table and not worry about damaging the surface. Cleanup is super easy with a little bit of glass cleaner!

custom cut glass table top

You can see that I also switched out my Halloween centerpiece to my default/fall option. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do for Thanksgiving!custom cut glass top to protect table surface

I love my table even more now and I can’t wait to pull together the rest of my living/dining room!!

My New Bistro Table

Remember when I said that I wanted this bistro table from West Elm? It was the table on my bucket list. My dream dining solution, if you will. When I saw that West Elm was having a sale on dining room furniture, I knew it was an opportunity I needed to jump on. So I bit the bullet and bought it.


The shipping was incredibly fast. I placed my order on Tuesday and it came on Friday afternoon. There was some minor assembly involved to attach the table top to the pedestal but it wasn’t very difficult. I needed a bit of help from my mom, who was in town, to stand it upright but it may be possible to do it alone. For being solid wood, I was surprised how lightweight it was. I could carry each piece separately. It is very sturdy and seems to be a great quality, I’m impressed and totally thrilled with my West Elm experience overall.

west elm bistro table

It is so pretty. I was only able to snag one picture before my camera battery died, but I’m sure this isn’t the last time you’ll see my new favorite piece of furniture. I want to get a glass table top to help protect it for the long haul. But I’m having a hard time finding a 32″ glass top for a reasonable price. If you see something let me know.

I have so many centerpiece ideas floating around in my head and I can’t wait to come up with something fun and festive for Halloween. I love how the table looks paired with my parson chairs, although I may swap them out for something a different color down the line. I haven’t decided for sure yet. Do you like the neutral beige chairs?

In the meantime, it’s so nice to eat at a table. No more Chinese food in bed. I feel so fancy.


The Friday Five: My Big Ticket Furniture Wish List

It is almost the end of August and I can’t believe it! This month flew by and we will be heading into fall before you know it. It really doesn’t seem like I have been in my house since June. It has been slow going as I settle into my new home. I have avoided any large purchases so far because I want to give some thought to the items I will look at and use every day. I have such great visions for Morning Joy but I am taking my time to gather items that I really love rather than rushing out to buy filler pieces all at once. Today I wanted to share five of the big ticket/furniture items that are on the wish list for my new home.

Friday Five

The first item on my wish list is this sweet bistro pedestal table from West Elm. I love everything about this table. Each one is carved from a Mango tree and it is such a unique and lovely piece. I think it would be so cute to have this table live in a dinning nook in the corner of my formal living room with a couple of sleek parson chairs and fresh flowers, of course.


I have been pining over this next item for a LONG time. I adore the large scale Devon Mirror from Z Gallerie and I think it would be such a gorgeous statement piece to hang above my bed. I love the chunky sunburst design and the combination of silver and gold detailing which totally mesh with my plan in my bedroom.


The painted bar stools from my first house are probably my favorite project to date. I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a killer pub table to make them pop in my new casa. I adore a rustic wood finish to contrast with the modern metal and industrial design of the stools. In my wildest home decor dreams I would want to make a special place in my house for the 1900s Boulangerie Counter Table from Restoration Hardware. We would live happily ever after. Le sigh. I seriously love everything about it.


On the more reasonably priced side of things, I have been on the lookout for a small scale white desk to go in my office space in the basement. I am loving this one from Target. The x slats on the side add a nice bit of character and it is the same design as my teal entry way table.  I think this desk would be so cute paired with one of these chairs, also from Target. The nailhead detail on the chair is fantastic! Since they would obviously be a set, this counts as one item. Just sayin’ … it is my list, I do what I want.



I would love to have a beautiful settee in my formal living room. I have a large picture window original to my 1920’s home and I think it is a shame to block the light with furniture. I think a low/no back settee is the perfect, “instant window seat” answer. I have been checking out  a few options at Target. However, if I’m going to be honest, my dream decor solution is the Clara Apartment Sofa from Pottery Barn. I love the low back/small foot print for my tiny space. The sculpted wooden legs and tufted back add an elegant touch. I also really enjoy the fabric customization options available through Pottery Barn.


So there you have it… my top five big ticket dream furniture items! I’m going to keep saving my pennies to fill my home with beautiful pieces that I love. In the meantime, what items would you love to have in your home if budget wasn’t an issue?