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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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    November 20, 2014
    Bold, Patterned Floor Pillows

    Big, bold floor pillows can add a touch of the Bohemian to any room. But if you are shopping for something like the above, they can be a little hard to come by. Here are a few of my favorites from around the web. Above image via Family Living.

    Mud Cloth Floor Pillow, $179 at Urban Outfitters.

    17″ Vintage Sari Pillow Cover, $20 at Being Gypsy.

    24″ Pillow Cover, $39 from Live Love Smile.

    24″x24″ Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover, $95 from the Rugstore.

    Vintage Moroccan Pouf, $395 from Antevasins.

     


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    November 13, 2014
    Spotted: Leopard Tray & Dish

    This iconic leopard image was created by Waylande Gregory, who was – I just learned - one of the greatest modernists of the 20th century with work in the Metropolitan, The Whitney, and the Smithsonian. Above, a 6.5″ tray with 22K gold accents, $230. Below, a 4.25″ diameter small dish for $120.


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    November 7, 2014
    Simple Geometry

    This is a simple way to lend a little architectural interest to any room. 4040 Locust Copper Wire Mirror, $64 at Urban Outfitters.


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    November 4, 2014
    Mirror Mirror

    Sleek, industrial shelf mirror in copper, $158 at Anthropologie.


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    October 29, 2014
    No Hang Ups

    Renting typically means no painting and no wallpaper. Which is why I’m gradually warming up to the idea of wall tapestries. Urban Outfitters has been stocking them for a few years now, but lately they seem to have slightly more sophisticated options. Like this Phula Garden Tapestry from Plum & Bow. It’s 56″ x 84″ and I love the deep navy and plum. $59 each.


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