April 15, 2014

Another House To Drool Over

found this beauty on houzz. (pardon the iphone screenshot)  so many things to love - the shutters, the front door, even the slate walkway. just pretty :)

lasley brahaney architechture, princeton nj.

April 14, 2014

Deal Of The Week

last week when i shared our new wing chair, you might have noticed that in the two pictures, the fiddle leaf fig was in two different baskets! after living with the homegoods one (see here) for a little while, i realized that it was just too small. wrong proportion. so i found a larger, less structured jute basket at pottery barn. the scale is perfect and it was on sale for $15.50!

are you in need of a little texture in your home? this one is soft and large and i love that it's floppy - texture without the rigidity of a traditional basket. it would look great in a modern space or more traditional one. also good for a kids room too because of how soft it is! had to pass it along!

p.s. chair pillow is from target

April 10, 2014

Destroyed Denim

torn up, ripped up jeans are a major trend for spring/summer and i'm happy to tell you that i found a pair that won't break your budget. have you heard of blank denim? they're one of my faves and always have stylish jeans for under $100.

these jeans are super stretchy so here's my recommendation - by your normal size and when you take them out of the box, don't panic because they look tiny. i was 100% sure there was no way i was getting them on but they ended up fitting! $88 at shopbop

April 9, 2014

Client Project: Kitchen Art

as i mentioned before, i've been helping a friend pull together some new art for her kitchen. it's been a really fun process and now that it's finally finished and up, we're in love! here was the process...

the before - her husband loved those wrought iron candle holders (isn't funny the things husbands fall in love with?) and she, rightfully so i will agree, hated them.

she set her budget between $350 - $400 which is reasonable but i wanted to get six pieces of art so that both sides of the window were balanced which works out to about $60 per item including framing. (p.s. if he husband asks, the whole thing cost $100, k?) her only requirement was to keep it low key.

for the art, i turned to etsy mostly with a couple of other sources thrown in too. we were going for a casual look - which by the way i couldn't have agreed with more for the kitchen and a young family - i sent her a bunch of ideas and here are the ones she picked:

clockwise from top left: family established print from rdk design (do you know how many of these there are on etsy? took a while to sift through!)  2. an oversized chalkboard letter (except an H)  3. coordinates from jenna sue design  4. a cute quote from a vintage poster  5&6. my fav silhouettes from blue clara

for the framing we wanted to again keep it simple so we went with white frames and mats. we ordered the frames on amazon (of all places!) from a store that had just about every size frame imaginable. then we took the frames and the art to a local frame shop and picked out the mat color (there are so many different whites - just like paint) and had them cut one specifically for each frame and the piece of art.

and now for the afters!

doesn't the whole wall look bigger? i hung the far left print high so she can fit a frame or two and the phone back on top of the radiator cover (isn't that a nice cover?).

best part of the whole project? when we started to hang everything, i needed a pencil to mark out measurements. she found a huge stack of brand new unsharpened pencils and no pencil sharpener! so she whipped out a giant knife and began filing it down. obviously! it was pretty awesome and it worked! she loved how it all looked. let me just say, a happy client is the best feeling ever! p.s. i hung everything with command velcro strips.

April 8, 2014

Simple Bath Tile

i saw this bathroom on a real estate listing (hence the weird bars on either side of the pic) and i loved the simple tile design. white subway with a border/frame of color. it's so easy to get carried away with tile because it's so pretty but i thought this was a really nice reminder of how keeping it simple really works.

April 7, 2014

Send Me A Picture!

in light of my big decision last week, i thought i'd share a picture that a reader sent me. this lovely lady happens to be our realtor but she has become a real friend! and she has a lovely home to boot. she read my post about the x benches at target and brought home a couple in apple green.

how cute? of course when i saw the pic i also had to know what that gorgeous wallpaper was. turns out it's gp & j baker's roses and hummingbird. she said she waited a long time to be able to buy the paper and have it installed and when she saw it up for the first time she cried. how awesome is that story?! waiting can be a very good thing :)

i'd love to see more snippets from your houses so send them my way! (contact info is in my profile)

April 4, 2014

Modern Wing Chair

thanks so much for the emails and texts in support of my decision! i hope you continue coming back here because i'm bound to break the rules at least once (just kidding. sort of. actually if i want to stay married then i'm definitely kidding!). but yeah, don't abandon me!

on to the good stuff and one of those things that was already "in the works." :) mention the words wing chair and people sometimes automatically think of their parents' or grandparents' gross old chair!

 left via spruce austin, right via all things thrifty

but today there are so many versions of wing chairs - modern and traditional - they are a must have in any house and so versatile. even the two above reupholstered and cleaned up would be great! we have three different style of wing chairs in our house. one traditional style in the guest room:

a pair of modern style from mitchell + gold:

and now a kind of in-between style from ballard designs (which you already saw a sneak peek of if you follow me on instagram!):

after we separated the boys' rooms, we needed a chair for the newly created bedroom. we have a pair of tan club chairs, one of which was in the original bedroom and the other was in our family room. so i stole the family room chair and moved it upstairs. for a replacement in the family room, i took advantage of a ballard 20% off sale and ordered the thurston wing back in navy twill with brass nailheads. love those nailheads!

the reviews were fantastic which made it easier to commit. and i'd say they're pretty accurate - the chair is insanely comfortable. it kind of wraps around you and holds you in. it's also deep and if i sit all the way back, my feet just barely touch the floor! (and i'm 5'5")  the only thing i wish is that it was little bit bigger. i think some of the reviews must have been from people with smaller spaces or apartments. it fits our space but we could have gone bigger. overall i'm really happy!

enjoy the weekend and email me some projects!!
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