I have an obsession for Chinese garden stools. They’re all over our house, inside and out. They can be used for so many different things, mostly decorative but they’re fantastic for extra seating too. I have small collection that I started maybe about 8 or 10 years ago and to be honest if I could I’d have a room dedicated just my stool collection! Today, I thought I’d to share how I use them around our house. We have them in every room!
They’ve been around for centuries and were first used in China about 1000 years ago in the garden. Outdoor living was prominent in Chinese culture and homes were designed with a central courtyard. These stools were used for extra seating inside and out. Today you find them everywhere and the available options are amazing! I know I fell in love with them when I first discovered them and I love to find new beauties to add to my collection!
This is our entrance and this stool is one of my favorites of my whole collection. I think I paid about $32 for it at HomeSense. Can you believe that? I love it for the colors and textures bust mostly for it’s unique shape. I think it’s a great conversation piece.
Our dining room is tight on space so we keep the buffet here in the family room, facing the dining room, These stools are perfect for extra seating in the dining room – especially because I still don’t have enough chairs in there! I’m still on the hunt for my vintage Chinese Chippendales!
Honestly, I have stools in almost every corner – sometimes it’s tricky in an open concept home like ours – but this is an example to show you that you can pull it off!
A garden stool is a great alternative to a step stool, when you’re kids are a little bigger but still need to prop themselves up sometimes – my daughter will sit here when I braid her hair – it’s very convenient!
I love having my stool here – I use it when I do my nails, which is almost every day!
I love this stool that we put in my son’s room – it’s the perfect little side table for a small lamp and alarm clock.
These stools are really handy in our daughter’s room. They serve as chairs at her desk. Her room is small so they don’t take up the visual space that a chair would and I love how they look nestled under the desk.
I keep this stool here for decoration rather than function. It balances the gold mirror on the dresser.
In the summer I bring these outdoors onto the patio. In the winter the white ones go down in the basement and the red one travels around the house!
That’s a roundup of my collection…next will be some blue and white chinoiserie stools, which are available anywhere. If you don’t have any of these stools, I promise you that when you get one, you will most definitely want more! They’re beautiful, add interest and character to a room and most importantly, functional.
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