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    October 31, 2012
    Super Last Minute Halloween

    Just a couple of resources for those of us scrambling to put together a last-second costume, courtesy of Real Simple and The Huffington Post.

    And some recipes for all of that Halloween candy. Happy Halloween!

     


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    October 30, 2012
    Modern Furniture from White on White

    Surfing Pinterest, I found a nice resource for affordable Midcentury sofas from Retro Renovations. I would probably quibble about the affordability of some of the options listed, but White on White is a nice discovery. Unfortunately, their only locations are NYC and L.A. (coming soon).

    Above, New York Sofa, $1495.

    Peacock Credenza, $1895.

     


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    October 29, 2012
    Die-Orama DIY

    If you are getting tired of the same-old Jack O’ Lanterns, The Art of Doing Stuff has a great tutorial for making your own synthetic pumpkin diorama. Not only can you can reuse it every year, it’s super cool.

    Via Etsy on Pinterest.


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    October 26, 2012
    Paper Artist Nathalie Boutte

    This gorgeous piece of art seems like one of those things I might convince myself I could make at home. 14 wasted pads of Post Its later, I would realize that was absolutely not the case. I guess I’ll just have to settle for admiring it from afar. See more of Nathalie’s work here.

     

    Via Poppytalk.


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    October 25, 2012
    Well, That Clears It Up. Sort of.

    Wine charms are great if you’ve got stemware. But stems are a little to dainty (read: classy) for my house. I generally serve wine in tumbler glasses and keeping track of which one is yours is on you. Luckily, CB2 has a witty alternative: Who’s Wine Glasses. A set of four is $20.


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    October 24, 2012
    West Elm Market

    West Elm has just launched West Elm Market, selling beautifully-designed everyday items to help you organize, bake, repair, garden, and clean. I have to say, the site has been a tad glitchy over the last few days, but the products do not disappoint. The prices are mid-range, though there are some steals in there. I’m definitely looking forward to picking up some of their canisters and cooking utensils.

    Storage Canisters, $19-$39; Paper Bakeware (to make you feel like a pro), $9.95; Mango Wood Spice Rack with Recycled Glass Jars, a steal at $24; Terracotta Watering Can, ? (technical problems with site prevented me from getting  a price).


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    October 23, 2012
    More Halloween Awesomeness

    Apparently, when it comes to Halloween ideas, I should stop posting to this blog and just direct you to MarthaStewart.com. I get her Halloween issue every year, and yet I keep finding new ideas on her site. Example: this creepy centerpiece. Totally easy, and – bonus – you get an excuse to buy fresh flowers.


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    October 22, 2012
    Last-Minute Halloween Decor

    I just ran across a fantastic last-second Halloween idea from Martha Stewart. This spooky curtain is made out of plain old black garbage bags. So smart.


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    October 19, 2012
    Etsy Find: Lily’s Walls

    While searching Etsy for modern photography prints, I ran across Lily’s Walls, a shop run by working artist and professor, Lily Mayfield. Her works are striking. I particularly like her “details” series (which includes the top two photos) and her “Fem” series (bottom two). Her prints are available in multiple sizes, framed or unframed.


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    October 18, 2012
    Constellation Rocks

    Sometimes, I feel like having these sorts of table-top knick knacks just means more stuff to dust. And then I see something like these charming Constellation Rocks and I have to think the extra dusting might be worth it. $40 for the set of 12 … or you could do some research and DIY them with river rocks and a Sharpie.


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