A note first: This article started as a Serena & Lily Bar Stools Review and became so much more as we acquired other pieces over time. This is not sponsored, nor am I getting paid/compensated for my opinion. When I nervously ordered my first piece from the California based shop, (the Riviera Stools!), I couldn’t find many Serena & Lily reviews. It’s scary to invest in something you’ve never seen in real life. I hope you find this detailed review helpful!
A Review of Serena & Lily Bar Stools, Dip Dyed Stools, And Everything Else
I split this up into 4 sections: Decor / Furniture / Lighting / Bedding
Decor Items Reviewed
Their La Jolla 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 aren’t just in the kids bedrooms- we have them in our living room too. 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 they hold up well which is why I have them all over the house.
In the girls’ room I put two because they have so many little things. One holds dolls and stuffies, one serves as a hamper. The lidded top keeps the mess looking better.
(More photos of the girls’ shared room HERE)
As a hamper in Leo’s room. More photos of Leo’s bedroom found HERE)
I don’t know why I held off on buying this this practical and pretty step stool for so long. Right after 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. We have had them for a few years with no problems- no tightening screws or anything like that even.
Now they make them in different colors too!
These dip-dyed stools are actually not stools, they are little tables. They are going to tip over if you want this as a stool! 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!
They are teak, (teak is naturally water resistant wood), so they are functional in bathrooms as well. The dip dye stools is of my favorite pieces to use around the house.
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 often!
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.
Review of Serena & Lily Bar Stools & More Furniture Items
1. Review of Serena & Lily Riviera Stools Review
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). Obviously, my husband loved this ordeal. 🤪 I was just trying to save a little money since I needed 4 total. In the end, it just made more sense to invest in these Serena & Lily barstools since they were both practical for the kids and gosh, so pretty to look at!
Update – We owned the Riviera stools in navy first. Last winter we had major water damage in our home that required reconstruction and replacing furniture, etc. When we were replacing items, we bought the identical stools in the gray.
Our previous Serena & Lily bar stools in navy:
It’s been almost year now since buying these bar stools in gray. The entire stool is wipeable! You could actually just hose this entire stool off and it would be fine. Sometimes my 3 year old will shove food into the cracks of the woven material on the seat. I rub a brush with soft bristles over the top. What originally inspired me to write my Serena and Lily bar stools review was when I saw how well these high end stools were handling my 4 kids!
Our newer Serena & Lily bar stools in gray:
I think it’s personal preference if you need a back on your stools. I chose backless to make it easier for the kids to climb in and out of. Serena and Lily do make bar stools with a back, and bar stools with a back and arms.
My 11 year old uses the Newport Lounger in his room. It is like the modern version of the beanbag chair we all had. It is updated with a stiff back for sitting upright. I love the nautical rope on the back- its a cute touch. We have owned it for about 8 months, it hasn’t lost its shape at all.
Apologies if this is gross, but I feel like this information might be helpful to someone. Our dog threw up on the Lounger last week. He isn’t supposed to be upstairs, and why he was sitting on the Lounger I do not know. It was a LOT and left a huge mark! On the Serena & Lily website, this says “spot wash only” – but that puke was not coming out with a washcloth and water! I unzipped the cover and put it in the washing machine on delicate. I air dried it afterwards. It all came out and looked brand new again! No damage to the Lounger or the rope at all.
These Balboa rattan arm chairs will take your space to a 10! The cushion it comes with is a crisp white but its a heavy duty performance fabric and can zip off. For my own personal style, I think they look best matched with a white table over wood. The combo I have might just be too many wood tones. We started using one at our kitchen desk and I LOVE the way it looks there!
After moving in, I felt that our bedroom was missing that wow factor. The Shore Bench from Serena & Lily pulled everything together. It took that big empty spot at the end of the bed and made it a centerpiece in the room.
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. They offer a few different options. 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.
I figured if this was good enough to be out in the elements, the boonville coffee table could withstand my kids. It’s heavy and durable, but not so heavy I can’t move it myself. The top is pretty white, but remember it is supposed to be able to withstand being outdoors so I think it can handle dirt. I clean it with a damp rag. I love how pretty it looks! It’s a very unique table.
Serena & Lily Lighting Review
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.
These are statement lights. The base is wide, the shade is wider.
We have two big spaces on top of our living room built ins that always looked cluttered with my trinkets. 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.
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, feminine but classic, I love these lamps on our nightstands! They have a bright and dim option for the bulbs, too.
Serena & Lily Bedding Review
We put the Hammond duvet cover in my son’s room. It is so beautiful, and maybe a little much for a kid, but he’s a good type A kid who is pretty careful with his stuff. It is linen though, so ya need to be okay with that wrinkled on purpose look. I love when his bed is made. And that means for the one time I took this photo. We have washed it a few times and it stays bright white!
Used Riviera Counter Stool / Dupes
I have seen the Riviera counter stool dupe in Home Goods, and Target has the Riviera chair dupe here. It’s a fairly decent dupe, both are pretty! They are not identical, but both pretty and similar. The legs on Target’s chairs are shiny plastic. That being said, if you are on a budget this is a great way to get the look because they are very pretty and you can’t beat the savings! If we end up putting a little bistro set out back I want to take a better look at Target’s chairs – I wouldn’t want to put Serena and Lily’s chairs out in the elements getting heated up by the weather.
As far as finding second hand furniture off Cragislist, I haven’t had much luck from this particular retailer, but this could be because there aren’t any brick and mortar shops in my part of the United States. I have sold some myself online and it sold quickly, which makes me think it does get listed but goes fast.
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