Every time I do a room makeover, or a One Room Challenge (bunk room, kitchen), there are usually a few standout products that get the most inquiries!

One of the products this time around was the vintage lucite stool at the built-in desk!

At a recent Chairish “Love It Or Hate It” panel at LCDQ, lucite was was a topic of discussion, and Jeremiah Brent was totally AGAINST it.

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY disagree with him! Lucite is one of the best ways to add another material to a room, without taking up too much visual space. If you already have a lot of wood, you don’t want another wood stool, right?

For example, in my kitchen… I had the dark wood built in, and the lighter wood ceiling. I didn’t want to add a wood stool, and I knew I wanted a vintage piece (I always add a few vintage pieces to every room I design).

The lucite stool I found was perfection (except that I had to cut two inches off of the bottom to allow it to fit correctly under the desk). The metal foot rest was a great mix (I already had enough gold), and the wood seat was just “enough” so as not to feel overwhelming.

The trick is to find a great piece! Either vintage (and not too scratched), or new and refined enough.

Here is a roundup of some of my favorites… and because I also really LOVE a beautiful wood stool in the right situation… I’m rounding up some of those too!

These stools are almost all vintage, because that’s the way my eye leans. They are expensive… but worth it when you can add something unique to your space (i.e. your stools don’t look like EVERYONE else’s on Pinterest). I chose to focus on pieces with a back, because I think they are more comfortable AND interesting.

Make sure you measure for your stools before buying!

A typical counter stool is 23 – 28 inches high from the floor to the seat, and a bar stool is 29 – 32 inches high from the floor to the seat. Try to get at least 10″ of leg room between the stool and counter/bar.

1. Scout Design Studio Atlanta Chair – This stool looks vintage but isn’t, and I almost used it for my makeover! If you love it… hurry… they are on sale and won’t be making more!

2.Charles Hollis Jones Lucite & Brass Stools – These are incredible. And expensive as heck. But if you can nab them… go for it!

3. Chairish Midcentury Lucite Stool – This is my exact stool, and the set of three is actually a better price than buying a single like I did. It was the saddle seat that sold me! You can also find it at 1st Dibs!

4. CB2 Antonio Stool – I am a big fan of CB2 and a big fan of this stool!!!

5. More Charles Hollis Jones, and even more expensive – We can at least stare and appreciate their beauty and history, no?

6. Swivel Lucite Bar Stools – I have a good friend who nabbed some of these stools for an AMAZING price, and they sit at her island in a very traditional home. The mix is awesome, and I applauded (and nudged) her to make that choice! I would reupholster the seat covers on these babies, though.

I picked out these stools because I love the artistry, details, and mix of materials.

1. Arteriors Hinkley Bar Stool – I love the simple seat and the lines of the base. This stool wouldn’t take up too much room if your space is a bit more cramped.

2. Meru Counter Stool – Love the color. Love that they are made in Indonesia. The Citizenry can do no wrong.

3. CB2 Woven Brown Suede Stool – I know it’s not wood, but I like the texture of the suede, and that it will age nicely over time!

4. Amber Interiors Ted Stool – Has a classic, but updated vibe. Love the back detail.

5. Nickey Kehoe T Stool – Great design. I almost bought the dining chair for a client.

6. Lostine Leather And Wood Stool – Great mix. Love the foot rest. It’s pricey, but has a payment plan!

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