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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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    October 3, 2013
    Domino Magazine is Back!

    They’ve got a brand new Holiday issue hitting stands October 8th. But that’s not all. They’ve got a huge new  web site featuring old issues of the magazine (just in case you aren’t hoarding three boxes of them already), plus an online store with all of their featured products. If you register with their site, you can get $25 off of your first order. You can also buy the new issue of Domino on the site for $11.99.

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    February 25, 2013
    Melrose Trading Post: A Review

    I recently relocated to Los Angeles for a job and I’m just starting to explore the city. Coming from Texas, one of the things I’m most excited about is the flea markets. Flea markets in Austin were either sadly small or way, way out of town. So, my first weekend out was to the Melrose Trading Post. It’s a market that opens in a school parking lot on Melrose every Sunday at 9AM. Vendors were peddling vintage clothing, handmade purses and home furnishings.While I found the prices a bit high (and most vendors don’t have written tags, which bugs me), people were open to bargaining. But if you are really serious about finding furniture, this probably isn’t the best place to go. Most stalls specialized in smalls or clothing. On the other hand, if you need a really unique vintage purse (and are willing to pay retail), this is a great place to try. Vintage clothing was hit or miss (a lot of t-shirts and well worn button downs with the occasional dress or jacket).  Entry is a reasonable $2, which, in my opinion, is a small price to pay for a few hours of treasure hunting.



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    February 4, 2013
    Pottery Barn Lookalikes

    Browsing Pinterest, I just ran across a link to a Pottery Barn Lookalikes, a blog that specializes in finding less-expensive versions of Pottery Barn Products. Bookmark this blog – such a great resource. Above, PB’s entry way storage system, $649 each (two shown).

    Wayfair’s Hartland Utility Closet, $355.


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    November 9, 2012
    Free Fonts for the Holidays

    The holidays are sneaking up on us and that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts, crafts and holiday cards. Sites like Martha Stewart Living have tons of great ideas for homemade gifts like beautifully labeled homemade candies and jams. If you are looking to create your own labels, cards, or newsletters, you may be looking for some pretty fonts. Here are a few resources for freebies. Happy crafting.

    Ribbon, Wisdom Script and Nelma from Lost Type Co-op are for sale – but it’s name your own price and you can input $0.

    Learning Curve, Channel and Allura are via Nicole’s Classes.



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    January 11, 2011
    Etsy Find: West Elm?

    West Elm is doing something amazingly smart and cool. Not only are they featuring items from their favorite Etsy sellers in their catalogs, they have partnered with Etsy to curate their own collection of Etsy favorites. You can see their picks here. This is a great way to make handmade a little more accessible for those who don’t have the time or inclination to sort through the oodles of things out there.

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    : accessories, Art, Decor, decorating, design, Etsy, furnishing, handmade, home

    January 4, 2011
    Virtual Decorating

    A new iPhone app lets you try your new furniture before you buy. Simply take a photo of the space you plan to fill and use the app to superimpose a piece. The app features finds from Pier 1, CB2, Stacks & Stacks, CSN Stores, Crate & Barrel and more. Kind of brilliant.

    Photos via Curbly.

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    November 15, 2010
    Sweet Paul: Holiday Issue

    The new holiday issue of Sweet Paul magazine is up online. It includes some really fantastic, elegant wrapping ideas as well as recipes and tips for making the holidays painless.

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    : advice, Decor, decorating, DIY, holiday, home, magazines, recipes

    September 29, 2010
    I’m Dreaming of a White Halloween

    Two fantastic discoveries today:

    1) Sweet Paul. He’s got a blog and an online magazine with amazing decorating ideas and recipes.

    2) White Halloween! The googly eye photographs slay me.

    Via Shelterrific

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    October 21, 2009
    P.S. – I Made This

    If you’re looking for some inspiration for rainy-day crafting, this is the perfect blog for you. P.S. – I Made This features easy DIY projects, like the faux porcelain vases above (they’re made with puff paint). It also has a lot of fun, easy DIY fashion.

    Via @design_sponge

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    : blogs, crafting, DIY, home