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A review of our Serena & Lily Balboa Counter Stools, after using them daily for several months. How they’ve held up with 3 young boys and whether I consider them worth the money.

** I was lucky enough to be gifted these counter stools to include in my kitchen remodel **

serena and lily Balboa counter stools at kitchen island

My Initial Impressions

When designing any space, there’s usually one piece that you start with as your inspiration, and then you design around it. In the case of my kitchen remodel, I started with the Serena and Lily Balboa Counter Stools and white cabinets for a coastal look.

With numerous delays and set backs to our kitchen remodel, my Balboa Counter Stools actually arrived before demo had even started. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get a sneak peak of them and the white cushions (even if it meant putting them right back into the box). I just knew they’d look stunning next to my kitchen counter!

My initial impression was one of sheer joy. I spotted such a noticeable difference in these when compared to the chairs in my old kitchen. Is there anything better than new counter stools?!

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coastal style kitchen with blue island and white cabinets

The natural rattan is the perfect color and the brass end caps on the feet and cross bar are the perfect shade of gold for coastal vibes.

I chose the seat cushion in Perennials Basket Weave in White. It truly was the perfect color to pop against the warm wood tones. Wouldn’t they look fabulous with coastal blue accents?

Like all of Serena and Lily products, thought and care was put into the design. The best part is they look expensive and feel expensive. Which is good, because they are a higher price point!

But I have to say, if you have your heart set on them, they are worth a bit of an investment. There are no Serena and Lily dupes that compare exactly!

Serena & Lily also makes exquisite living room and dining room furniture if you’re doing a total home makeover! If you are concerned about the price of the item, sometimes you can find a great deal in the sale section or a popular sale item. I’ve always been impressed by their customer service, too.

How’s the Quality?

If you’ve ever owned anything from the great Serena and Lily online store, you’ll know that the quality of their products is excellent. The rattan counter stools are sturdy, and the rattan is wound tight. The cushion is very comfortable and with the high seat back, the chairs are comfortable to sit in for an extended period of time.

The brass over the cross bar protects the rattan from feet damaging, while the seat cushions have a non slip pad underneath that means they always stay in place. Lily counter stools are reliable and long lasting.

non slip padding under the seat cushions

How Do They Hold Up With Kids?

The material on the cushions is stain resistant, so they are easy to wipe down. However, with three young boys – ages 2, 4 and 6 sitting on these chairs multiple times a day during casual dining, it’s been a good idea to remove the cushion cover to wash monthly.

The great news — they wash like a dream and easily go back on the cushions!

I’ve caught my kids picking at the rattan on several occasions, but luckily everything has remained intact. I think this is a testament to how well they are made. They are definitely high-quality pieces.

The rattan itself wipes down easily, too, and doesn’t seem to accumulate crumbs like other similar furniture items we’ve owned in the past have. Especially if you have messy eaters, this is a huge win!

balboa counter stool pulled out from island to see the brass accents

Final Thoughts

In my opinion, the best Serena & Lily pieces are the ones with timeless style like these bar stools. They have a great look and will provide years of daily use.

The clean lines are modern and easy to incorporate with trendy patterns or colors. Enjoy a mix of coastal style with modern elegance.

I’m so excited for the memories we will make around this kitchen island as my kids grow up. From Sunday morning pancakes to holiday baking, this island and these counter stools are going to be a big part of our lives! And I couldn’t be happier with my decision to include them in this new kitchen remodel.

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  1. Lauren Bogan says:

    Can you please share the color stain on your floors and the type of wood you have? I love it!