When Serena & Lily reached out and asked me to share some of my all-time favorite purchases from their collection, I knew I had to talk about their Riviera counter stools. I first ordered three of the blue and white counter stools when we moved to Dallas in 2015, brought them with us when we moved to Greenwich in 2017, and ordered a fourth stool when we renovated the kitchen in our current home in 2020. I originally fell in love with them for aesthetic reasons, but now I know they’re also incredibly durable, easy to clean (which will only become more important to us once Teddy’s sitting at our kitchen island instead of in his highchair), and versatile enough to work from one home to the next. There aren’t a ton of pieces of furniture I’ve owned for six years and found a perfect home for at four different addresses — if that’s not a testament to their durability, longevity, versatility, and classic style, I’m not sure what is! I actually love the Riviera style so much I ordered the outdoor version for our backyard and the kids’ version for our playroom, but today I’m going to show you each of the spaces where we’ve used these counter stools as well as many more kitchens that feature the same style so you can see just how versatile they are!
First, here are the Riviera counter stools in our current kitchen. I ordered a fourth stool to fill our nearly 10′ island which has really become the center of our home, especially as it backs up to the sectional in our family room. I like that we can sit here and chat facing the stove if someone’s cooking or turn and face the TV in the family room if we’re all bingeing a show together.
Here are the same stools in the kitchen of the house we rented in Greenwich before moving to Darien in 2019. Incidentally it’s the same layout with a kitchen island backing up to our sectional — I guess I like what I like! I wasn’t crazy about the contemporary fixtures or dark wood island in this house but the Riviera counter stools made the space feel much more classic and not so stark.
The house we rented in Greenwich before that didn’t have a kitchen island, so we had to get creative and order a tall freestanding table to find a home for the counter stools in the enclosed porch where I often worked from home during the day. I like to think that if you buy things you really love, you’ll always find a way to make them work, and that was certainly the case here!
The kitchen in our Dallas townhouse was the one I originally ordered the counter stools for. It’s fun to see them in each different space over the years! The crazy thing is that when I ordered a fourth stool for our new kitchen, you can’t even tell the difference between the ones above that we’ve owned since 2015 and the one I bought in 2020. I think it’s pretty rare to find furniture that’s as pretty as it is practical and that’s a big reason why I recommend the Riviera collection so wholeheartedly! Below are several more spaces from other bloggers/designers where you can see how they’ve styled the same counter stools in their homes — I love sourcing lots of inspiration photos before I make a big purchase so I hope this is helpful if any of you are on the fence about these counter stools for your own kitchen!
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