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    January 23, 2015
    Open House

    I love this open, airy wardrobe-alternative from the Luona Shop (€ 309.00). Unfortunately, their web site doesn’t appear to offer international shipping, but this piece is simple enough that you might be able to do it yourself. Via vosgesparis.


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    January 21, 2015
    Rattan-tastic

    I don’t love the color of this Rattan Wingback Chair from World Market (the site says it’s gray, but it looks more like a greenish tan to me), but the bones are great. The chair and ottoman are on sale for $299 for the both. With a little bit of spray paint it could be quite eye-catching.


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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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    January 13, 2015
    In the Fold

    Ikea’s got new items coming out in February – including this DALSHULT/SLÄHULT table, $189. It’s got a great modern look, and to top it off, you can fold it down if you need access to the space. This would be a very stylish solution if you want to have a dining area in a small space without losing the option of extra floor space if you, say, need to do a little yoga.

    Via Poppytalk.


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    January 12, 2015
    From Scratch

    After years of not having cats, I recently got a kitten. I had totally forgotten how very determined they are to scratch and claw everything you love into oblivion. I had also forgotten how much a cat can change your decorating priorities. Should I get a new sofa? Not unless you want to spend $1500 on a giant scratching post. Should I display my ceramics collection? Ha ha ha. You’ve got to be kidding. That’s why I’m thankful for Modernista Cat. They make this Cat Console that pulls double duty as both a landing strip for keys and such and a scratching post for kitty. $529 and available in 5 colors.


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    January 9, 2015
    New from CB2

    Last night, I found the always tempting CB2 catalog in my mailbox and ended up spending a good hour drooling over every page. By far my favorite new item is this Suspend Media Console ($899). It’s a fusion of marble and acacia wood and I just love the combo of modern lines classic acacia veneer.  This is definitely going on my wish list.


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    October 3, 2014
    U Make It

    These super cool modular storage units from Urban Outfitters are part of a project in which the company asked design students to create something amazing. Three designs were chosen. This one is from Gustavo Quintana-Kennedy of Guatemala City, Guatemala. $79 per module online only.


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    September 4, 2014
    Hot Off the Presses

    I’ve always had trouble parting with old magazines – especially cooking and decorating magazines. In fact, I still have an entire box of Domino Magazines wedged under my bed. That’s why I love the idea of repurposing a stack of magazines as the support for a picture ledge. It might just be time for me to dust off those back issues. Via Wit and Delight.


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    September 3, 2014
    Ikea Hack: Mid-Century Sideboard

    Most Ikea hacks are too complicated for me to tackle, but this simple change really makes all the difference. The folks at ikeahackers.net took a plain Expedit shelf and added 12mm plywood and mid-century legs. All it took was liquid nails, four table legs and some screws. Via Poppytalk.


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    August 25, 2014
    DIY Temptation

    This 4040 Locust industrial storage rack is the perfect candidate for a weekend DIY project. You could easily put the whole thing together with threaded pipe fittings and wood from Home Depot. Home Depot will cut wood for you, so you wouldn’t need anything more than a drill. If you like the copper accents (and who wouldn’t), I would recommend faking them with copper metallic paint from Rust-Oleum. But if you’re not up for a big project, you can buy this at Urban Outfitters for $498.


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