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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 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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    February 12, 2015
    The Golden Hour

    I just found this great post from Annabode featuring 10 Ikea hacks that require only a can of gold spray paint. I don’t know what it is, but gold paint really does elevate these simple, inexpensive pieces. Above, gold paint added to the inside of a $20 FOTO pendant lamp. Below, gold paint on the metal bases of TOBIAS chairs ($79 each).


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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

    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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