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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 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 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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    January 8, 2015
    Geometrics from Nate Berkus’ 2015 Target Collection

    Target has a ton of new Nate Berkus decor and housewares up for 2015 and the emphasis is on geometry and neutrals. Above, Geo Print Pouf, $60.

    I especially like this Globe Light, also $60.

    Black Triangle Printed Pillow, $25.

    He’s also dabbling in crocheted and string wall art. Above, String Wall Art, $35. I have to say this one reminds me just a bit of Pac Man.

    I wish he made this Chevron Printed Accent Rug in a bigger size. 2′x3′, $25. Euclid eat your art out.

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    January 5, 2015
    It’s All in the Details

    For years I saw gorgeously styled bedrooms and had my eye drawn to a pair of Moroccan slippers “casually” abandoned next to the bed. For years, I searched for those slippers – I even went to the Sultan’s Market in Istanbul – with no luck. Today I ran across this photo on Poppytalk, and there were those magical shoes. On a whim, I googled them, expecting to get the usual ho-hum results of plain old slippers. But this time was different.

    I don’t know why these were so hard to find in the past, but I’m glad to have found them now. Above from Kouvy, $39.95.

    A more colorful option from Viva Terra, $59.

    And a vintage pair from the 80s, $62 on Etsy.

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    December 17, 2014
    Living with the Things You Love

    I just discovered Collected: Living With the Things You Love by Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson via Design Sponge and immediately added it to my wish list. The book showcases 16 collections ranging from, “dice to café au lait bowls to 19th-century-French sewing tools to sand from world travels,” and how they are displayed. As someone living in a small space, I usually try to avoid accumulating too much. That said, I have to admit I’m a total sucker for vintage Breyer Horses, taxidermy and mid-century ceramics. I’m hoping to gain some inspiration that will help me make room for more of the things I love.


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    December 10, 2014
    Creature Feature

    I’m a sucker for cute pots and these Forest Critter Garden Pots from Anthropologie definitely fit the bill. Plus, they’d make a lovely gift for your favorite green thumb. $18 each.

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    December 9, 2014
    Etsy Find: Vintage Putz Houses

    If you’ve never heard of a Putz House, you are not alone. I had no clue they existed until I picked up this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living and read her cover wreath how-to. Putz Houses are miniature houses – usually made from cardboard – used to set up a Christmas Village. I was instantly enamored. Lucky for me, I found a fairly large selection of the vintage houses on Etsy. Above, vintage white mica church, $10.95. Below, vintage brick house, $12.

    Of course, you can also make your own versions. Martha has some patterns here. And kits are available for around $10 per building.


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    December 8, 2014
    A Great Shag

    This Noor rug from Urban Outfitters looks like a dhurrie, but is actually a shag. It’s 5′x7′ and costs just $499. Certainly a more budget-friendly option than it’s $1k+ cousins.

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    December 3, 2014
    Frame Game

    I don’t live near a Target anymore, so I’ve been missing out on perusing their amazing housewares section. But today I stopped by their site and found these awesome frames from Nate Berkus. I know frames are sort of a holiday gifting cliche, but we all know those people who are impossible to buy for. At least you know they’ll use them. Above, inlaid black and white frame on sale for $14. Below, asymmetry frame on sale for $10.40.

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