Monday, March 8, 2010

Her Pick His Pick

One thing that surprised me when we renovated our old home is how much of an interest my husband would take in every little decision that was made. Coming from completely different backgrounds, sometimes it's not easy to find an item that we can both agree on. It didn't help that when we married, we had to join two completely furnished households and then decide what stayed and what went. Yep, most of mine went but luckily a lot of his stuff went with the ex-wife, yay!

So after finally picking through the furniture from both households, there is still one item left that we need to buy and yes, he wants his say. You see, neither of us had a kitchen island but after our remodel, this kitchen now has a 12" overhang on a 7' peninsula.  The perfect place for four counter stools. The perfect place to serve a quick lunch, snack or just a comfortable place to sit while talking on the phone or blogging on a laptop. Of course hubby and I have two completely different ideas on what looks best.

Since we live in a small, one-horse town, we don't have a heck of a lot of options for viewing furniture in person so we turned to the internet. I had already purchased from CSN Stores in the past so knowing they ship to Canada as well as the USA, we turned to their website. Trust me, the beauty of shopping online is it gives you the opportunity to argue at home instead of in the store showroom.

So after going back and forth with so many designs to chose from, I picked this as my favorite counter stool, pretty, sleek and would tuck nicely under the peninsula without competing with our nearby dining room set:


This is hubby's favorite, he prefers the more traditional look with a nice back support:

So we are asking for your input, which style gets your vote?

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63 comments:

Caution Flag said...

LOVE that line about shopping via the internet allows you to argue in private!!!

My vote is with the backless style. My sister has bar stools similar to your husband's choice and her kids have tipped backward on them several times trying to slide out from the counter.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

I'm with "Caution." I think the backless ones are much prettier!

blueviolet said...

I've had both of them and right now I have backless. I vote for backless!

mama-face said...

I vote for number 2...children fall off much less easily if there is a back on the stool.

Must check out that website.

:-)

June said...

I like your choice of the backless stool. Love the design of it.

Jules said...

I like the one with the back. Sorry....

Aging Mommy said...

Hi there - I also buy from CSN stores, they are great for nicely designed but affordable items. I would have to go with hubby on this one - only because I love being able to slouch in my chair!

Pink Haired Momma said...

Well if it was just you and hubbs i would say go with the backless one, but since you have a tot in tow i would say get the one with a back and the money you save over the years from NOT going to the ER buy backless ones when she goes off to college! :)

They are both divine! I am sure you will make an awesome choice!

SuziCate said...

I love your line about online shopping giving you the availability to argue at home instead of in the showroom. While I love the look of the stool, now that I've gotten older I like the idea of back support and that style is just as sleek as the stool. It also keeps small children from wanting to spin!

Amy said...

I so love the second choice. Then you can be comfy and not worry about falling off of the chair.. I would so fall..

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powachair said...

I am probably going to get shot by all the ladies, but here goes. The chair with a back is way more practical and they are equally "pretty". Must go with hubby's selection.

~J said...

LOVE CSN Stores! :)

Ironically, we have the barstools (almost identical) that your hubby chose...primarily because our 3 y.o. loves to sit at the counter and we figured he'd have too many oopsy moments with backless ones.

Both look great though!

Mary said...

The backless ones are prettier, and the little ones will learn balancing faster(ha, ha)! Your house sounds like our house: we have very different opinions of our household furnishings.

Frau said...

Okay our old house we had the one your hubby likes and I loved them spent alot of time at island. Now we have the kind you like and honestly it's hard on the back. So I gotta go with the hubs on this one!

Danielle said...

Wow. Hard choice. I think I would go with the one with the back. I agree it would be much safer for the little one.

Samantha said...

They are both beautiful, but I vote for the 2nd one. I must have the same sense of style as your hubby :)

Monique@Mommyhood Exposed said...

we have the same exact bar stools your husband picked out! They are around our pub table in our dining room. Either way-I think they both look good!

Buckeroomama said...

I think it's age talking here, but I'll have to say I prefer the one with the back. With children, I feel that would be my pick. Oh, and also, I would love to be able to lean back...

That said, I do love the look and the "idea" of the backless stool. :)

GunDiva said...

I'm liking the chair, but that could be because it brings back memories of when I was a kid sitting at our island.

My Mercurial Nature said...

I must say...Wahhh, I want a kitchen remodel to include adding a island! As for the chairs, I hate to say it, but I'd choose the chairs with backs for safety reasons re:kiddos.

MOMSWEB said...

Your hubby has my vote!

Frugal Vicki said...

I love your choice because it can be easily tucked out of the way and isn't as obvious, but the practicality of having back support would overrule that for me so I would go with hubby! So sorry.

Heather said...

I love both but I am going with the 2nd choice. I need to have back support.

VandyJ said...

I like the backless stools. THe ones with backs invite tipping and spinning and hitting the backs on the counter, something we did as kids inthe backed ones we had. Either way they both look great.

Melinda Arnold said...

Love the stools with the back support! Any pictures of your kitchen?

Debbie said...

I am going with the backless. If you have a smaller island they sit nicely underneath, and with kids it is a lot easier to slide on and off...I had the same dilemma and went with backless...for more form and function purposes with my boys!

yonca said...

They both look really nice. But if I need to choose, I'll go with the back support.Have a great week Deb!

raquel roysdon said...

I like the back stool.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

I love the hubby's choice with the back.

Connie K said...

I really like both but yes i have to agree with most the back support wins my vote ! but either way they are both very stylish :)

ZenMom said...

OK, I like the backless one, but being the old fogie I am, I'd have to go with the one with the back for sheer comfort and support.

Sammy K said...

I've had back and backless stools growing up. The one that I felt safest in was always the one with the back. It's easy to slide out of those backless ones if you've had one too many drinks too. I'm going with your hubs on this one.
=)

Laynee said...

I like them both, but my favorite is the second one. I have to say that I have fallen off backless barstools and it is not fun.

3LittleMonkeys said...

I like both...nice colours! However, I have to agree with your husband, go with the back support one! We have them and we love them! They are from Pier 1.

G-Zell said...

I like both but I am leaning towards the nice back.. cuz my kids fall all over the place and I need something to lean back on lol

Danielle said...

I hate to vote against you my friend. But I would go with the one with the back. Safer that way!

Mammatalk said...

I"m kinda digging the traditional look.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I'm all about comfort. I think the ones with the backs would suit ME better, but I won't be sitting in them. You just don't know what it does to your back until you've sat on something without one. Plus, the kid safety factor is important in your case.

Gropius said...

I'm lovin' hubbie's pick. You asked! :)

Rebecca S. said...

Definitely in agreement with you on this one. The ones with the backs look too, well, obvious or something. I like the idea of the stools slipping under the counter (like in my mom's kitchen).

HOA Mgr Lady said...

I think if you wnat people not too park too long in the bar stool go for the backless one.
Ruth

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

I'm for backless!!

Matty said...

From a "look" point of view, I like your stool. From a comfort approach, I like his. Big help, eh?

Tammy said...

Go with the backless. We have the backed kind and the kids swing themselves around on them and they have dings on the chairs from the counters now. That is my answer! :)

Respectfully Yours said...

I agree with backless. If they have backs people tend to hang coates, backpacks, towels, and shirts on them. Trust me, I had them. The other ones look very classy. Keep us posted.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

The backless ones are prettier, but I always like a place to lean...

And Happy Birthday!!
I'm born the same year, and have that same huge TV in my baby shots!

Nezzy said...

I voted and just had to drop down and wish you a very happy 49th birthday, sweetie.

Enjoy your day filled with blessings of celebrations! :o)

Alyssa said...

I love your argument for online shopping. That's the best!

TamsJewelry said...

Love your blog,I can totally relate.Tag your it:)

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Happy Birthday since I cant wish it on your other post!! Mine was Saturday!

JennyMac said...

Both! Not the answer you needed? lol.

The 2nd one. With the back.

And happy birthday! Your comments arent on today's post. :)

Aging Mommy said...

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful birthday - love the pictures of you as a little girl.

Too Many Hats said...

I'd go with his because I would want the back support. Happy Birthday!

Stephanie said...

Tag, you're it!

Happy birthday! I had to do it here as I couldn't put it anywhere else. I hope you enjoyed your cake!

Martha in PA said...

Happy Birthday!
I vote for the ones with the back!

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gayle said...

Oh Deb..I love you but I like hubbys choice....one of the reasons is because of your daughter being able to sit in it. My daughter has chairs with the backs and my 3 year old Grandson loves to sit in them and color and paint and also eat when it's just him and his mommy.

What is it with these younger men and wanting an input..my daughters husband is the same way.

Either way both are great! Now let me go read what everyone else said!

kathryn said...

(Don't hate me)

I like the IDEA (disclaimer noted, please) of a back. You'd be surprised how much you'd like to sit back on a stool (especially if you're under the age of, say, 50).

We need a compromise. I'm vetoing both. Sorry.

Iva said...

#2!! ;)

Anita said...

I liked your choice before I even scrolled down to his. But, I would get the chair with the back. Our island chairs have backs and I find myself leaning back sometimes.
Practicality is winning over pizazz. :)
Your husband sounds like mine. He is SO particular and SO conservative. I give in to many of his choices, but ONLY if it's a fairly good choice. I can't live with something ugly staring at me all day.

Lara said...

I like your husbands choice... sorry.. haha! I'm more of a traditionalist too!

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Erin said...

We have (and I prefer) the stools with the back support. I have terrible posture as it is, LOL! Plus, I actually feel like the back portion makes them safer for my little girls to sit on....but that's just me...

Heather said...

At our age, I would definately go for a stool with a back. I also think it might be safer for the youngin.