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    February 20, 2015
    On the Grid

    As a person with a massive collection of grid notebooks in her office cube, I really dig these SAIC origin cuatro platters from CB2′s Design Collab. They were created by School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Allison Rokusek, who based her design on – you got it –  grids. $3.50-$21.95.


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    February 18, 2015
    Animal Instincts

    I was browsing the new arrivals section of the Anthropologie web site and ran across two fantastic animal-shaped home decor items – one whimsical and one more realistic. Above, the adorably goofy Domesticated Trinket Dishes, $22 each. Below, the strange and elegant Archipelago Serveware, $168 for the set.


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    February 12, 2015
    The Golden Hour

    I just found this great post from Annabode featuring 10 Ikea hacks that require only a can of gold spray paint. I don’t know what it is, but gold paint really does elevate these simple, inexpensive pieces. Above, gold paint added to the inside of a $20 FOTO pendant lamp. Below, gold paint on the metal bases of TOBIAS chairs ($79 each).

     


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    February 6, 2015
    Rock On

    I’ve been seeing a lot of geodes in decor magazines lately. As a kids, my brother and I used to hunt for rocks with our dad and even had a rock tumbler. My point here is that geodes, aside from being lovely, have a lot of nostalgic appeal for me. Today, I ran across a few for sale over at Anthropologie. The above 8″x9″x7″ geode retails for $500. I instantly thought to myself, “I wonder if you can get geodes on Etsy?” Well, duh, of course you can. And for a lot less $$$.

    This 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2 x 6″ Uruguayan Amethyst Geode Cathedral is just $245 on Etsy.


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    February 5, 2015
    Face It

    I’m always on the lookout for cute trinket dishes Like this Tuesday Bassen dish from Urban Outfitters, $35. I keep at least one in every room. They’re a great way to leave your stuff all over the house without it looking like you leave your stuff all over the house.


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    February 4, 2015
    Zara Home Leather Rug

    I’ve seen leather rugs. But they either of the vaguely cow-shaped or vaguely sheep-shaped variety. This is the first geometric leather rug I’ve run across. I think it’s really quite elegant and I love the neutral gray. $799 from Zara Home.


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    February 2, 2015
    A Flashy Backsplash Alternative

    I ran across this bright, geometric backsplash alternative on Pinterest. I love the contrast of natural grays and browns with prismatic brights. Even better, this is a super cheap alternative to adding tile. You can get small sample cans of paint from Sherwin Williams for $7 a piece.


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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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