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    August 20, 2015
    Wanted: Brass Cabinet Latch

    I recently ran across this photo of a lovely modern cabinet with Asian-inspired brass hardware and became obsessed. I think something like that center latch would be the perfect way to dress up my Ikea Besta cabinet. So, I dove down a little rabbit hole and was surprised by how hard these were to find. I think I spent a lot of time searching the wrong terms, but here’s what I eventually found.

    This 6.3″ diameter¬†brass door latch from Ali Express was by far the cheapest at $26.

    I also found a 9.5″ version on ebay for $43.

    And if I want to get really fancy, I found a more elaborate vintage version on ebay for $69.

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    August 18, 2015
    Awesome West Elm Hacks

    Buzzfeed has compiled a very doable list of fantastic West Elm hacks for those of us who love the West Elm look, but throw some serious shade at West Elm prices. Above, industrial curtain rods very convincingly recreated with threaded pipe from the home improvement store. I’ve done a few projects with threaded pipe and I can tell you it is both affordable and fairly easy to work with. Just make sure to clean off the oil first. Check out the whole list here.

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    August 12, 2015
    Best of the Anthropologie Home Sale

    My favorite purveyor of expensive whimsy, Anthropologie, is having a Late-Season Spruce Up sale and has recently added a lot of new housewares. Above, the Folkthread Rabbit Rug, $398 for the 4′x’6.

    The Ikat Continental Sofa, now $1999.95.

    This Boucherouite Pouf is now just $99.

    And this Reina Chair I’ve had my eye on has moved into vaguely affordable territory at $499.95. They’ve also got a fairly large selection of bedding on sale that is worth checking out if you’re in the market for a bedroom makeover.

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    August 3, 2015
    A Stool in Sheep’s Clothing

    Authentic Icelandic sheepskin-covered stool from CB2, $349.

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    July 23, 2015
    Seen in the Ikea 2016 Catalog

    I just had a chance to click through Ikea’s 2016 catalog and was so impressed. Appropriately titled “It’s the Little Things that Matter,” it’s full of fantastic new decorative items with tons of style.

    In addition to new items, the catalog is a great source of decorating inspiration.

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    July 15, 2015
    Over the Rainbow

    I’m surprised by how much I like these multi-colored resin nesting tables from Antropologie. Maybe it’s the subtle hues that make them work for me. Available in small and large, $300-$750 each plus 20% off with code SALEAWAY.

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    July 13, 2015
    Man’s Best End Table

    Super cute end tables inspired by man’s best friend from Die MobelFreunde. Available in Labrador, Bulldog, Dachshund and Chihuahua.

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    July 10, 2015
    Ikea Brommo Chaise

    I ran across this Brommo Chaise from Ikea on Pinterest and was immediately smitten. It’s an outdoor chair, but I could totally see bringing a pair inside. Even better, they’re only $60 a piece. It’s not available for purchase online and I could only find it in stock in a handful of stores. Hopefully they’ll get more in stock soon.

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    July 8, 2015
    Cheap Ways to Make Stuff Look Expensive

    Buzzfeed has compiled a great list of Ikea hacks that make inexpensive pieces look like they cost a pretty penny. Above, an Ikea kitchen cabinet laid on its side and topped with wood from trendsender.

    A simple paint update for an inexpensive Ikea step stool from Bloglovin.

    My personal favorite is this jute cord update for the Foto pendent from design sponge. There are over 30 ideas on Buzzfeed’s list – many for pieces you may already have at home.

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    June 19, 2015
    Etsy Find: Type Tray Table

    I wonder if one of these cubbies would fit my remote? $480 from Xenasdad.

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