A note first: This review is not sponsored in any way, it is just my own experiences with items we own from Serena & Lily. When I nervously ordered my first piece from the California based design shop (the teak dip-dyed stools!), I couldn’t find many reviews online. Their gorgeous catalogues have always given me guidance and inspiration in the way I want my own home to feel… but it’s scary to invest in something you’ve never seen or touched in real life. I hope you find this detailed review helpful!
*Edited July 2019 With New Favorites We Own and New Photos*
Their baskets are everything! Strong and sturdy. A bit of a worldly flair. Lidded to keep dirtly clothes out of sight. Hamper, toy or blanket basket, or just put it down in a room for extra cool factor. Measure first if they are going under something because they are big!
For us, they are hampers and toy baskets in almost every room, including the living room. My kids play rough with them no matter how many times I tell them not to sit in them (or fly down the stairs in them— true story), but so far they have held up well.
Used as a stuffed animal basket + a hamper in the girls room. (More photos of the girls’ shared room here)
In our bedroom as a pretty plant basket….
We use the blue printed basket as a hamper in Leo’s room. (More photos of Leo’s bedroom here.)
My 11 year old uses the Newport Lounger
in his room- it is like the modern version of the beanbag chair we all had in the 90s. It is updated in a cool way- this has a somewhat stiff back for sitting upright. I love the nautical rope on the back- its a cute touch. We have owned it for about 6 months and it’s sturdy enough for playrooms and kids’ areas.
I don’t know why I held off on buying this
this practical and pretty step stool
for so long. Right after we bought it and I saw how sturdy it was, we ordered a second for the kids upstairs! Again, it’s teak, so okay for kitchen and baths too. Unlike their pretty dip-dyed stools, this one is super sturdy- even my husband uses it to reach our upper cabinets.
As soon as I took these
Riviera counter stools
out of the box I knew they were the ones. Nevermind that I had already tried some Target stools (too plain), and some Overstock stools (not practical for family life). Obviously, my husband loved this stool ordeal. 🤪 I was just trying to save a little money since I needed 4 of these stools… but it just made more sense to invest in these since they were both practical for the kids and pretty for the eyeballs!
Edited With An Update – We owned these Riviera stools in navy for 4 months before we had major water damage in our home that required reconstruction and replacing furniture. When we were replacing items, we bought the identical stools but in the gray color (we had painted the island blue during our reconstruction phase, so I didn’t want to overdo it on the blue).
So far it has been six months now- still in great condition. I love how wipeble they are. Sometimes my 3 year old will shove food into the cracks of the woven material on the seat. I rub a brush with bristles over the top and they are clean again. I’ve also heard from other people that they actually take these stools outside and hose them down!
Our previous Riviera stools in navy:
The newer stools in gray:
If having no back rest concerns you, they also make the
Riviera Counter Stools with a back.
We ended up deciding to go with the backless because it’s easier for our kids to get in and out of, and I thought the stools with no back would give a cleaner look into the kitchen.
5. Shore Bench
Our bedroom was almost there, but I felt like it was missing that wow factor. The
from Serena and Lily pulled everything in the bedroom together. It took that big empty spot at the end of the bed and made it a centerpiece in the room.
When Jose and I get dressed in the morning we’ll sit here and put on shoes, etc. It’s the perfect spot to sit and chat for a minute with your partner. But not somewhere Jose is going to sit and watch a football game, ya know?
It’s a show stopper of a bench- it is large at 59”, commands attention and is perfect for the end of a king or queen size bed if your room is lacking that special something.
The one bummer about this bench is the cushion is a separate purchase. But you have a few different options on what kind of cushion they offer. We went with the Shore Bench Cushion in fog velvet. I like that it’s two sided – luxe gray velvet one one side, white (canvas?) on the other side with thin gray stripes. It is thick and comfortable.
These dip-dyed stools
are actually not stools, they are little tables. Not sure who would ever use this as a stool. Although adorable, they are tippy! I have stood on them before in a desperate moment to reach something- I don’t recommend! But they make adorable side pieces. Can I say that in reference to furniture? My side piece? 😉 I’m pretty sure you can’t just have one, you need both as a pair! Pull them up next to anything to give extra cool factor, and to hold your drink/magazine/whatever.
They are teak, (teak is naturally water resistant wood), so they are functional in bathrooms as well.
My favorite light source in our home, the Westerly Bone Inlay Table Lamp does not dissappoint. One thing I was suprised about when I received them was how bright the blue is (there is another natural color if that’s not your thing). I tried to capture the true color in this photo.
They are also LARGE. These are statement lights. The base is wide, the shade is wider. Measure carefully! We have two big spaces on top of our living room built ins that I couldn’t get quite right. No matter what I put on top of the cabinet, it looked cluttered. What the space called for was a pair of large oversized table lamps, and not much else. These lamps take up enough visual space so it doesn’t look too minimal, but I also don’t feel the need fill it with knick knacks.
We were looking for classic but understsated lamps on our nightstands. The Dauphine table lamp is just that. It’s also just about impossible to photograph in front of a bright window!
Note that the cord runs down the back. It’s not easily noticeable on the lamp, and it is attached tightly, but it is located on the outside- which might matter to some people understandably. Petite, understated and feminine, I love these lamps on our nightstands! They have a bright option and a dimmer option for the bulbs, too.
To me, this mirror is an heirloom piece. If you are looking for an extra special foyer or bedroom mirror, the Bar Harbor Bone Inlay Mirror is one to consider. The bone inlay makes this piece too pretty to put somewhere it won’t be seen!
It’s heavy- you will want it hanging from studs for sure if it’s going in a space with children. The intricate inlay bone pattern is beautiful – it gives it an elevated look. I went with the more subdued fog color so it wouldn’t clash with the navy grasscloth I have going on in there. I imagine the other option- the blue – to be more like the blue on their Bone Inlay Lamps I talked about.
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I am happy to answer any specific questions you might have on anything that I mentioned we have in our home. Have a great weekend!