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    August 10, 2009
    Wal-Mart Who?

    I am so confused. I think this is the second time in the last few months that I’ve found myself liking something from Wal-Mart. Actually more than something – several things. Several dirt-cheap things. Chic things you could actually put in a house, not just a dorm room.

    For example, this Parsons desk (above) is just $49 and comes in several colors. They also have Parsons side-tables, coffee tables and chairs at equally impressive prices.

    And even though I strongly suspect that this tractor chair will hurt my behind, I really, really want it. And for $38, I’m thinking I’ll take the risk.

    And this 60″x87″ zebra rug, in colors reminiscent of Jonathan Adler, is just $33!

    Inspiration via Bangs, a Beard and Ballyhoo.


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    August 7, 2009
    Blast from the Past

    All of your favorite children’s books in one fantastic print. I’d be tempted to just recreate the bookshelf at my local used book shop.


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    August 6, 2009
    Restoration Hardware Sale- Italian Framed Sateen Bedding

    Here’s what I’m digging- and it’s on sale too! Restoration Hardware has Italian Framed Sateen Bedding on sale for $29.99-$194.99. I’m already a huge fan of the feel of sateen, but the look of this bedding is really fabulous as well.


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    August 6, 2009
    Recycling Revolution

    I usually dump all of my recycling into a big trashcan and carry that out to my recycle bin in the driveway. That is, I did. I recently found out that my city does not actually recycle glass. It all ends up in the landfill. Boo.

    I did, however, find a local company that really recycles glass as well as aluminum, paper and stuff like batteries. So now I’ll need to separate by material. I’ve seen recycling stations for the home at places like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel. But they are way out of my price range. But, this Trofast storage system from Ikea is perfect – i.e. under $100 – and not too shabby in the looks department.

    Via Re-Nest.


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    August 5, 2009
    Fluff Piece

    I have been meaning to buy a couple of accent pillows for my sofa for years. Literally years. What’s stopping me? Price. I just have about a hundred ways I’d rather spend a hundred bucks than on two pieces of fluff I’ll end up using to prop up my feet. And yet, here’s another great-looking pillow ($39.99 from Target) that would look amazing in my living room. Maybe I’ll put it on my birthday list.


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    August 4, 2009
    Double Duty

    This is not only a fantastic side table, it could also double as an extra stool in a pinch. And, unlike most of the things I find at Ikea, it’s solid wood, which gives it a really warm vibe. I’d be tempted to use two or three in place of a coffee table. Or even two or three as low stools around a coffee table.


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    August 3, 2009
    Simple Swoop Lamp

    I’ve always found the PBTeen sale to be a good source for some lovely adult-worthy home decor items. I’m now including among them this chic swoop lamp. I’ve been searching for one for awhile and always find them cost-prohibitive. This one, however, is currently marked down to $199.


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    July 31, 2009
    Apollo Landing

    I have to be honest, the Apollo just does not look like a coffee table. It looks like a futuristic serving tray that would be the size of a cutting board and sit on the counter top. In reality, it’s 32″x21″28″. The double-decker storage space is certainly appealing – plenty of room for coffee, magazines, unopened mail, car keys, remotes and errant glasses of water leftover from three nights ago – and I like the airplane drink-cart vibe. No, seriously.


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    July 30, 2009
    Great Bookshelf On Craftgrrrl

    This is what I’m digging today: a bookshelf that mystic_knight made on craftgrrl on Livejournal. That’s a bit of nice inspiration.


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    July 30, 2009
    Perfectly Girly Mirror

    This mirror reminds me of something you’d find in a 1920s powder room. It’s surprisingly sophisticated, considering it’s from PB Teen, and only $149.

    Via Room Fu.


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