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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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    March 25, 2015
    Steal: Bryant Kitchen Cart

    Currently on sale at World Market for $399.


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    March 12, 2015
    Benched

    Love this Mid-Century Bench from West Elm. It’s currently marked down from $499 to $424.


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    March 4, 2015
    Storage Bed Round Up

    Considering how many of us live in small spaces, good storage beds are surprisingly hard to find. I’ve been searching for one myself, and here are a few of the better options I’ve dug up. I have to say, when it comes to price and design, Ikea wins hands down. Unfortunately, they only offer modern styles. Above, a more traditional option from West Elm, the Pivot Storage Frame in stone (full only) $1199.

    The Malm High Bed frame with 4 drawers, queen $439. My main gripe about this option is that you can’t swap out the headboard for something more interesting.

    PB Teen has a ton of options, though some of them have a huge footprint, which kinda defeats the purpose in my opinion. Above, the Oxford Captain’s Bed, $1999 for the queen base + headboard. Also available in medium brown wood.

    This is Ikea’s take on the pivot frame. My main issue with this option is the recommendation that it only be used with an Ikea mattress. I think it would be fine with a not-too-heavy regular mattress, but I worry about risking it. $499 for the queen.

    Finally, my favorite of the more traditional options, the Bowery Storage Bed from Crate and Barrel. $2399 for the queen.


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    February 26, 2015
    A Better Day Bed?

    As someone with a tiny apartment and frequent overnight visitors, I’m always looking for a daybed that looks more like a sofa. Right now I have a more tradition wood daybed frame from World Market in my living room. It’s pretty, but the short back support and taller legs make it not-so-comfortable to sit on. That’s why I was excited to see this Nailhead Trim Daybed in the new West Elm catalog. It looks much more like a sofa and that upholstered corner looks like it would be super comfortable to nestle into. $1099 at westelm.com. Mattress sold separately.


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    February 19, 2015
    Moss Green Velvet

    Looking at this gorgeous, rich moss-colored sofa from Anthropologie, I have to wonder why the song wasn’t about green velvet. $1400 + 25% off at Anthropologie’s limited-time sale-sale.


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