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Common Pattern

25 Jan

What do all these spaces have in common?

Hmmm, scroll down to find out.

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Home of Susan Becher via Lonny

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Nate Berkus

If you guessed this:

You be right!

The Ikea Stockholm Rand area rug has been on my radar for awhile.  It disappeared from the website for a time but now it is back and it begs to be in my office.  And at only $199 for a 5 x 7  I don’t have to sweat the price. Yes, I need it but my office floor needs it most of all. It has been decided!


Around The House

24 Jan

During my blogging absence some things were going down around our little split level.  It was not all doom and gloom, see this post.  Decisions were finalized, book shelves got ordered, walls were painted and nightstands were finished.  More in detail in later posts but lets take a look at what has been done.

West Elm came a knocking on Friday with back-ordered shelves for the office!  Holla, best boxes to come home to after a long work week.  Now they just need to be hung.

Calla Lamp from Furbish on…my….desk.  Sitting  oh so pretty and sculptural.   Perfect lamp to keep the Domino Book of Decorating company.  Speaking of books I received Katie Ridder Rooms for Christmas and it is even better than anticipated, just awesome!  Post and amazing pictures here on my LOVE of Miss Katie and her mad design skillz. 

That little digital art print in the background is by Puffed PeoniesCheck them out on Etsy, very cool computer generated illustrations. I’ve been eying up some of their zig-zag patterns, maybe for Tim’s office.  Mine so desperately needs to be framed.  Feeling an Ikea run soon they have a great frame department and excellent prices.  

Finally made a decision on choice of mirror for the dining room and I could not be happier!  Read my thoughts on our dining space here. Ended up going with what I really wanted instead of picking a   cheaper option.  That would have entailed many trips to Homegood, thrift stores and hours spent looking over Craigslist.  Belive me I enjoy all that but when you find exaclly what you want it is difficult to picture anything elise.

A special thank you to my sweet boyfriend Tim for going above and buying this for Christmas! So very unexpected and thoughtful.  If only we were as thoughtful to each other when we were trying to hang the mirror.  It was *#$&)ing brutal!

This is just a tiny space beside the bed in our guest bedroom.  Homegoods has been well…..good to me lately. The night stand, little vase and lamp came from them.  Naturally I forgot to take before pics but the night stand was a distressed black finish and not so good lookingMore on that process later but spray paint rules my face a little!  The vintage magazine ads are from a local antique mall and I have two more that I’m not sure yet what to do with yet.  Oh and the walls are to be painted a chocolate brown.


High Street Market

14 Nov

I am a HUGE fan of interior design blogs…actually blogging in general rocks!  It is what inspired me to go back to interior design after being away for awhile.  So when a blogger I love opens an awesome online store I have to post about it.  High Street Market has long been a favorite blog of mine.  Kelly, the author is an interior designer from Philadelphia by way of California, go local bloggers!  Well, local by an hour or so…by train.  I love reading her posts about the challenges of fixing up an 120 year old farmhouse.  In addition to her design business and home remodel projects she also runs an Etsy shop selling a carefully curated selection of vintage goods.  And they are soooo very good.  Well, this morning she launched her new online store which is like the original shop but kicked up a notch!  Let’s take a look shall we.

Go check it out!  Some of the items have already sold out such as the map print above. I have my little eye on the mirror below.  It is another consideration for above the sideboard but it may be to heavy a piece.  Hmmm, we shall see.

West Elm Here I Come…

6 Oct

It is always a joy when the new West Elm catalog lands in my mailbox.  But this time it is especially good because on the back page they announced a location in Towson, Maryland!   This is only a little over an hour away and across from the Towson Town Center.  Home to such shopping delights such as Anthropologie, J. Crew and Lush.  Good times for me due to the fact the closest West Elm is in Philadelphia near Rittenhouse Square.  Not exactly easy to get to and if I purchase anything I have to lug it around all day or pay for shipping.  You better believe I will be paying a visit after they open.  Till then enjoy some new goods they just came out with.  It is awesome as usual!

The look is definitely West Elm but with a more masculine edge and a neutral color pallet for Fall.  Seeing burlap, tweed and felt but a little bit of silver sparkle thrown in.  I like it…a lot and can’t wait to see it in person, hopefully soon!

Animal Print of the Month-September

25 Sep

I live on a very tight budget, most of us do.  It is just the reality of day to day life.  People like to fantasize what would happen if they did not have said budget.  Some think about trips to the Mediterranean or taking an African safari.  However I think about all the things that could be purchased for our home.  Such as this beauty from Jayson Home.

Yes, please I believe was my first thought.  This is the perfect piece if you are so inclined to add a bit of animal print to your space.  It has simple but sexy lines that have just a hint of curve to them.  Antiqued gold iron curved lines that is. I could see this fitting into a nook in a hallway or against a wall under a large abstract.  Or even better, at the foot of a bed, the headboard would have to be upholstered and tufted of coarse.  Lets have another look shall we.

Here is the unfortunate reality of this situation-it cost $2550. Not in the near future will I be able to afford this but a lady can dream.  On Overstock this a few zebra bench options check here or here.  It will not give you the exact same look as Hadley above but the price ($179-$210) is much more wallet friendly.

Thriftshop Finds

28 Aug

I’ve never met a thrift store I didn’t like.  Not for clothes you see, but for housewares.  I love combing the shelves just searching  for that one great deal.  Picking up plates, sorting through bins, and scouring through boxes of artwork. Sometimes I walk away empty handed, leaving defeated till next time.  Then other times I come upon just what I was looking for.


This lovely lamp came from the Goodwill store in Willow Street.  I stopped in just for a quick run through.  It is one of the smaller Goodwill stores in Lancaster County.  When I was about to leave I spied the lamp base on the very bottom shelf.  It would have been missed but other customers made me veer to the right so I had a clear view of the space.

The lamp is in good condition except for the finial which is bent somewhat.  A pliers should be able to bend it back.  All it needs now is a lampshade.  Most definitely leaning toward black.  Black would be a more daring choice and it would show off the details on the base. Yes, I think black wins.  Now where to put her.  The light carnation pink background color would work perfectly in my office. Which is painted pink and needs more lighting.

I will take more pictures once I find said lamp shade.  Anyone out there have any idea where to find a black lamp shade?  I’d rather shop local then have to go online.  Where I could find one with no issue but would have the hassle with shipping and shades are not so sturdy.  Want one that has a bit of style to it, not so plain. So pretty please let me know if you have a source!