Downstairs Family Room Finally Coming Together!

Occasionally on The Culture Bite, I’ll write a house post to share how the furnishing is coming along. Today, I wanted to share our downstairs family room because it’s finally coming together. Slowly, but surely. K and I spend most of our time down here entertaining, watching movies and playing games. We wanted this room to be comfortable and cozy while still being stylish.

  1. Room and Board couch, $1399
  2. Persian rug from thefoundary.com, $350
  3. Organic chairs from thefoundary.com, $350
  4. Side table from Room Service (Hayes Valley), $145
  5. Hanging floor lamp, free!
  6. Wicker chest, free from my aunt when she moved to Washington DC.

My favorite part of this room is the hanging floor lamp. K and I found it on the sidewalk waiting to be picked up from the garbage man. Yes, K and I have dumpster diving lamp next to our Room and Board couch and we absolutely love it.

We’re still looking for a media console to go with our brand new 55″ TV we purchased after Thanksgiving. We’re currently in love with this one from BDI, but we’re waiting it out until we find something similar and more affordable. Stay tuned for more!

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The table to match the chairs – Axis Dining Table

Sam mentioned that we furnished our breakfast nook with the White Molded Plastic chairs.  We asked you for advice on which dining table we should get for it, the Axis Dining Table from Room and Board for $659 or the Becky Dining Table from Scandinavian Designs for $249.  We chose the Axis Dining Table from Room and Board. We figured that we needed the natural element to counterbalance the plastic chairs and chrome legs.

On Sunday night, we purchased the Axis Dining Table from Room and Board with the Solid Walnut table top.  The process was pretty simple at the Room and Board in San Francisco.  We usually love walking in there to look at all the cool contemporary modern furniture and leaving empty handed.  But not that day.  My sister had given us some gift credit for RnB and we were on a mission to spend it.  We walked straight through and met the nicest Design Associate, Trevor M.  He walked us through the purchase, making sure we knew how to care for the table.  And we left with an appointment to pick up the table next weekend from the warehouse in Brisbane.

The next day, we picked up our new dining table.  Wait, what? I thought you had to pick it up on the following weekend.  You are right! I did some sleuthing and found the Axis table being sold on Craigslist for $310.  I contacted the seller and boom we were checking it out that night.  The Axis table was like new but had a Cherry Butcherblock top.  That definitely wasn’t the top we were eyeing, but the seller lowered the price to $270!  We are saving ourselves $450 (the walnut top with tax was ~$720 after tax) just by getting this table from CL.  We also know that the table would still match the chairs, so we went for it!  I love getting a deal, especially when it is something that fits so well!

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Our first set of furniture – Plastic Molded Chairs

Plastic Molded Chairs

Construction has officially begun at the K+S household. Unfortunately, we discovered a few extra repairs that need to be done which breaks our budget. As much as I hate to do this, K and I will have to wait on our new couches and dining set for now and stick to some temporary furniture some family gave us.

However, I did manage to snag some white plastic molded chairs with the eiffel base for our breakfast nook! Yes, they’re knock offs. K and I originally wanted the original Eames version, but for the price of one, we got four of these babies from Advanced Interior Designs in SF. They’re pretty close to the real deal except for the fact that the base of the seat is a little smaller and the texturing on the seat is a little different. Unless the chair is side-by-side with an original, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Love the service, selection and price at AID and I’ll definitely come back when I’m ready to purchase more furniture.

Now, we have to find a table to match! We’ve been eying these 36″ tables from Room and Board and Scandinavian Designs, but we can’t decide! Anyone have any suggestions?


Axis Table $659 at Room and Board


Becky Dining Table, $249 at Scandinavian Designs.

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