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    August 20, 2014
    Etsy Find: Stoneware Vases

    A striking pair of medium stoneware vases from by Sara Paloma. This particular set is marked down due to a hairline crack on the bottom of the smaller vase, $260.

     


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    August 8, 2014
    Frame Loom Weaving

    I’ve been seeing woven wall art all over the internet for the last month or so. It’s beautiful and potentially a nice hobby. I did a little research recently and found a few good resources. Image above via Brick House.

    DIY Decor Projects has this frame loom tutorial.

    A Beautiful Mess has this tutorial for a fast and easy wall hanging hack using a small woven rug as a base.

    And if you really want to dive in, you can pick up this well-rated and thorough tome over at Amazon.


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    August 5, 2014
    Ap-peeling

    I ran across this swallow removable wallpaper over at Urban Outfitters. I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more removable options and if removable paper works at all (according to some of the commenters on this Apartment Therapy thread, it does). Unfortunately, there are no product reviews on the site. $68 a roll here.


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    August 4, 2014
    Sophisticated Papier Mache

    I remember doing the occasional papier mache project as a kid – usually in art class. We made masks once and I know I made at least one piñata, but nothing so grown-up and lovely as some of the papier mache projects I’ve seen on Pinterest. Above, papier mache cactuses from Design Sponge. Get the tutorial here.

    I also love these mushrooms. You can get the PDF tutorial here.

    A mobile of papier mache nests from Poppy Talk.

    And if you prefer not to do it yourself, you can purchase these beautiful, quirky sculptures by Abigail Brown here.


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    July 31, 2014
    Bouquet Not Included

    Sculpted Artifact Vase from Anthropologie, $48.


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    July 29, 2014
    Taj My Wall

    Lovely Taj mirror from Urban Outfitters (online only), $79.


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    July 28, 2014
    Under the Bed Storage

    I’ve seen vintage luggage used as storage in the past, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me how well it would work under a bed without a bed skirt. You can just see a lovely vintage case peeking out on the left side above. It’s just a much crisper look than the fabric under-bed storage options I’ve been using for shoes and off season clothing. Below image via.

    I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled at garage and estate sales, but you can find tons of vintage luggage over at Etsy.


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    July 7, 2014
    Tied in Knots

    Perfect for bringing a pop of color to a kitchen window – or really any window. Magical Thinking Macramé Hanging Planter, $59.

     


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    June 24, 2014
    I Tried Photojojo’s Engineer Print Service

    You may have read about Photojojo’s new engineer prints. They’re 3′x4′ black and white prints on 20lb white paper that have a charming faded look. The style was made popular by photographer Debbie Carlos and have been popping up everywhere lately. In fact, I own one of her prints myself. Anyways, last week I decided to give Photojojo’s new prints a try. I love the idea of being able to display one of my own photos in such dramatic fashion, and since prints are just $25 I figured there was nothing to lose. I got the print yesterday and I have to say I’m blown away. I wasn’t able to safely flatten the print to photograph it, but here is the image I used.

    I plan to take it in to be framed this weekend. Having done this once before, I will tell you that the framing for a piece this big will run you $250-$300-ish – and that’s at a discount frame store. Personally, I think it’s totally worth it to have something so eye-catching on the wall.


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    June 23, 2014
    Etsy Find: All I Need is the Air that I Breathe

    These succulent / air plant hanging gardens from Kim Fisher Designs are absolutely stunning. They don’t come with plants or sand, so you have to do the arranging yourself. Personally, I wonder how easy it would be to keep anything alive in one of these. But my friend suggested they’d be equally stunning with tiny figurines in them. Not a bad idea.


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