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    January 30, 2015
    Can’t Wait to get Cooking

    German food gets a bad wrap. I think that, aside from British/Irish/Scottish cuisine, it is probably the most reviled. That’s why I was so happy to see this updated take on German food from Jeremy & Jessica Nolan. I got this in the mail earlier this week and can’t wait to try a few recipes this weekend. I’m especially impressed with the selection of vegetable recipes that definitely defy the old “potatoes and kraut” stereotype.

    New German Cooking, $25.80 at Amazon.


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    January 29, 2015
    House & Home

    Open edition Giclees prints by Chris Turnham, $30-40.

    Via Gems.


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    January 28, 2015
    Light, Bright

    Flipping through the West Elm spring catalog, this gorgeous pastel Ashik Rug caught my eye. It’s high pile, hand tufted and 100% wool. $899 for the 8×10′.


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    January 26, 2015
    Cactus Tin

    Super cute metal cactus tin from H&M Home, $12.95. Unfortunately, H&M has yet to offer online sales of their home goods, so you’ll have to find a store near you.


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    January 23, 2015
    Open House

    I love this open, airy wardrobe-alternative from the Luona Shop (€ 309.00). Unfortunately, their web site doesn’t appear to offer international shipping, but this piece is simple enough that you might be able to do it yourself. Via vosgesparis.


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    January 22, 2015
    Bohem Shag Diamond Rug

    Fantastic black and white 3×5 shag rug from Urban Outfitters. This is on sale for $150. And speaking of sale. Today is the last day of the UO Home Sweet Home sale, so be sure to check it out.


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    January 21, 2015
    Rattan-tastic

    I don’t love the color of this Rattan Wingback Chair from World Market (the site says it’s gray, but it looks more like a greenish tan to me), but the bones are great. The chair and ottoman are on sale for $299 for the both. With a little bit of spray paint it could be quite eye-catching.


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    January 20, 2015
    Dan Balgley Hoopla Print

    Framed limited edition print, $400 at Jonathan Adler.


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    January 16, 2015
    Friday Fun: Funky DIY Planter

    A sense of humor goes a long way – both in life and in decorating. That’s why I love this cute DIY planter with eyes. Too cute. Find this and a few more funky planter ideas here.


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    January 15, 2015
    Update Your Ikea with O’verlays

    I ran across this fantastic Ikea Rast makeover on Honey & Fitz and realized that I’m totally out of touch with the Ikea-hacking movement. The Gold overlays used to give the above Rast chest of drawers that vintage look are from a company called O’verlays that I had no idea existed. They make simple decorative add-ons that can be affixed with glue. Prices are totally reasonable and they also make decorative corners and frames for Ikea mirrors.


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