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    May 20, 2015
    Steal of the Week: Assembly Home Midcentury Vanity

    I love the unusual mirror on this Assembly Home Midcentury vanity. The mirror can also be hung on the wall, but I think the wooden support is what makes this piece so interesting. $230 at Urban Outfitters.


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    May 15, 2015
    Office Supplies

    Curbly has a great tutorial for updating an old metal filing cabinet. I run across these at garage sales all the time and they seem so handy, but they’re usually so ugly. It’s nice to see how one could be transformed with some paint and a little elbow grease.


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    April 30, 2015
    Valpo Daybed Mattress

    As someone who uses a daybed in place of a sofa to make room for guests in a tiny apartment, I’m always interested mattress options that are a little more sofa-like. I was super happy to run across this twin Valpo daybed mattress at Anthropologie. It’s got a really custom vintage look and the price is on-par with much less interesting options I’ve seen at Pottery Barn.


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    April 28, 2015
    Eggstra, Eggstra!

    PB Teen has an amazing take on the wicker egg chair. Instead of hanging, it has legs. They call it a Cave Chair, but let’s be real. This is an egg. $699.


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    April 24, 2015
    Rope Lace Tiara Chairs

    I noticed this fantastic Rope Lace Tiara Chair at Urban Outfitters yesterday only to find it had already sold out. Luckily, Wayfair.com has not only this piece, but every piece in the Rope Lace Tiara Line. You can get the above chair for $450 ($50 less than the UO price). Sure, some of this stuff is a little over-the-top, but I think that’s kind of the point. I especially love the two intricate chairs below ($470-$440).

     


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    April 21, 2015
    Shenadoah Wall Shelf

    I love the look of this shelf from Blake Avenue. It’s made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and industrial iron. I think if you’re handy with a blowtorch, this would be fairly simple to imitate. If, like me, you are worried about burning your eyebrows off you can get one  here for $395.


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    April 15, 2015
    A New Convertible

    It seems like there are never enough options when it comes to smaller-scale sleeper furniture. But today I stumbled across a new one, the Fresh Futon Figo. It lays flat to convert into a twin bed. $558.63 at Wayfair.com.


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    April 13, 2015
    Lay Lady, Lay

    A re-imagining of the traditional spindle bed in bright brass. $999 for the queen at West Elm.


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    March 31, 2015
    Etsy Find: Vintage Wicker

    I used to think that wicker didn’t fit in with modern decor. That idea was based on the overly ornate Victorian-inspired pieces I often saw in homes growing up and on what I saw in stores like Pier One. But after seeing beautiful, warm-but-sleek-pieces in European homes, I had to change my tune. Since then I’ve discovered that Etsy is a great source for some unexpected wicker pieces. Above, full-size 70s headboard, $185.

    Pieces range in price from the very affordable to the pricey. 70s wicker swivel chair and mushroom stool, $625.

    And come in some classic silhouettes more commonly associated with harder, sleeker materials. Vintage wicker tulip table, $100.

    And if you’re looking to start with a smaller, more manageable piece, you’ll find plenty of options. Vintage wicker wall pocket, $11. How pretty would this be with an arrangement of air plants or succulents?

     


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    March 26, 2015
    Seagrass Rug

    Ages ago I saw a post about a lacy seagrass rug from World Market. It was already sold out by the time I found it and I’ve been checking back ever since looking for something similar. I finally found it. They have this 5′ round seagrass rug for just $30. Now, was that so hard?


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