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    April 14, 2014
    Flower Power

    Lovely Flower Tea Chimes from Anthropologie, $28-$68.

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    April 11, 2014
    Fer-tile Ground

    Awesome bathroom tile inspiration from Ikea’s Livet Hemma blog. I love the herringbone pattern and the occasional splashes of pastel.

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    April 8, 2014
    Cat’s Meow

    These cat puffs from Boramiri – a French seller on – have to be the cutest thing I’ve seen all year. They’re 15″ in diameter, so probably more sofa cushions than floor pouf. I can’t tell if they will deliver outside of France, but the poufs sell for €75.00 each.

    Via Elle Decor Sweden (I think).

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    April 3, 2014
    Late to the Party

    A few days ago, I found a post on Coco & Kelly (image above) about these gorgeous woven jute rugs. Of course, I was way too late and the prettiest and most affordable option from World Market had long since sold out. Luckily, a little googling turned up some reasonably priced alternatives.

    The 5′ diameter Serena & Lily rug pictured above is still available for $125.

    And so is this handwoven 5′ jute rug from Great Home, $269.

    This lovely, but smallish, 39″ version is available from Exotiflora for $95.

    Also on the smallish side, this 28″ rug from Camille Designs, $48. By the way, this store offers custom designs, so you might reach out if you are interested in a larger piece.

    And, finally, a 48″ Mandala rug from Twisted Thread & Hook for $200.

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    March 26, 2014
    Hang Me Out to Dry












    Most of us don’t hang our clothes out to dry anymore, but after finding these Glam on Wire clothespins - $12 at Mod Cloth – I kind of wish I did. Now excuse me while I go brainstorm alternate uses for adorable clothespins.


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    March 24, 2014
    No Closet Space? No Problem.

















    I recently moved into what is, with the exception of my Freshman dorm room, the smallest space I have ever lived in (I’m from Texas, land of the large apartment). My new place is about 500 square feet. As a result, I find myself extremely lacking in closet space. I have two tiny closets – one in the bedroom and one in the living room, in which I keep my vacuum and other cleaning supplies, tools, lightbulbs, etc. So how to cope? I’ve already sold or donated everything I haven’t worn in the last 6 months, added hooks to every door to hang coats, purses and bags, and stowed things under the bed. Still, I’ve got things I can’t find a place for. So, I was excited to find this idea at Imagination Breakfast. Not only is it a pretty way to display your favorite items or your outfit for the next day, it’s up and out of your way.

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    March 20, 2014
    DIY Leather Magazine Holder

    This simple Leather Magazine Holder DIY would be a great way to upcycle old belts. There’s not an office how-too, but it looks like a leather punch, leather strap and button are all that is needed.

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    March 12, 2014
    Bohemian Rhapsody

    I cannot get over this gorgeous photo I found on La Maison Boheme. I absolutely love the combination of cool blue-gray and blood red. So lovely.

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    March 6, 2014
    Trend: Half and Half

    I’ve been noticing quite a lot of half-painted walls on Pinterest and the trend is really starting to grow on me. I especially like the versions with the edge that shows the roller strokes. It lends a casual elegance. I also really like the way the above color treatment pulls double duty as a headboard anchoring the bed.

    I think the technique is particularly stunning with a contrasting dark gray. In this example, they have the color on the top half of the wall, which saves you painting your baseboards (which is a pain to do and undo).

    And including the door makes this version particularly striking.

    I’ve always been afraid to use pink in my home because I feel like it could get overwhelmingly girly. But the above example is lovely and subtle. Not to mention painting half the wall means half the work. Something to think about.


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    March 5, 2014
    Etsy Find: Hamchovy

    While on the hunt for real taxidermy, I stumbled across faux taxidermy purveyor Hamchovy. I love these whimsical hand-painted plaster bear and wolf heads, which are cast from 1960s-era molds ($25-$45). Check out the shop for more.


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