Category: Household

you make me happy…

I moved into my house last week! I will post some pictures once I get settled in, but in the meantime – I found this print today and I thought it was so sweet. I’m not normally a big fan of primary colors in design but I like little pops of it around the house like this.

Print  //  $19

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twenty five

Today is my 25th birthday. Feeling so loved and cherished by so many of my family and friends made today truly wonderful. The thought of taking on so many new adventures this year is made exponentially easier knowing I have the care and support of my loved ones. Thank you for all your well wishes and I wish every one of you a lovely year!

Here are a few things I am loving right now, enjoy!

silk shutterbug top

vida lenta (slow life)

viva vena santa cruz dress

animal locomotion, plate 197 (couple dancing)

built by wendy banner tank

tiny bird

motel celeste dress

hey stranger

I’m sorry for disappearing for awhile. I close on my house on seven (SEVEN!!) days and between that and work, I haven’t had much time to scour the web for new things favorite and creative. However, with my entertainment budget dropping to zero here in a week, I’m sure I will have more time to peruse and post.

Design*Sponge posted about this Etsy shop – Little Things Studio – a few days ago and I keep coming back to the beautiful prints (priced $20 and below). Varying in style and featuring different literary quotes, they would make lovely wedding gifts or housewarming presents (hint, hint…).

 

Anne Shirley quote // Simon Dach quote // Laura Ingalls Wilder quote

nesting

All of this “buying my first house” business has suddenly put me in a major nesting mode. Money that was once spent on nights out with friends is put away for the bathroom remodel or a new kitchen table. Clothes that used to be purchased without a blink are now calculated into fractions of new appliances or gallons of paint. I’m trying not to get too crazy with flipping through design magazines and scouring the internet for the perfect finds but it’s getting increasingly more difficult. Granted, I’m buying the house alone so one income does not lend itself to actually purchasing much but one can wish, right?

Current wants for the new house:

I absolutely love anything mirrored, so this tiled floor mirror is my grown-up upgrade from the dorm-room version I’m still rocking in my bedroom.

Antique Tiled Floor Mirror  ::  $359

 

I’m trying to move away from storing food in plastic, so oven-to-table-to-fridge pieces like these are perfect. Most of my dishes are white and glass so having a pop of color in the cabinets would be a nice complement.

3-Piece Spring Potluck Baker Set  ::  $30

 

My new living room (fingers crossed that I get the house, although we are under contract) is too narrow for a traditional coffee table so I really want a pair of functional end tables like these that are big enough to hold everything a coffee table normally would. Plus I love the drawers for hiding remotes and other unsightly (but necessary) things.

Danish Modern End Tables  ::  $250

(This pair already sold on eBay, but I love the silver jack details so I want to find a pair similar to these.)

tea time

For some reason, I have a major aversion to heating water in the microwave. It doesn’t even have anything to do with the microwave, I just like going through the motions of boiling water in a kettle. Right now I use an old percolator (sans the percolator part) which works fine except that the kettle is tall and narrow, leaving very little surface area for the bottom to contact the flame. So here are a few alternatives to choose from when it’s time to replace the status quo.

 

Chantal Bridge ::  $40

Paula Deen  ::  $30

Le Creuset  ::  $70

Copco Fusion  ::  $40

holiday gift guide 2010

I cannot believe it is already December 1st.

 

For some, sundown tonight starts your holiday (in which case this gift guide probably won’t come in much use for you, sorry!) but for others, you have 24 shopping days left until crunch time approaches and something must go under the tree! So here are some of my favorite things to help you along this year.

1. Zinc Outdoor Thermometer // $38 2. Large Lantern // $45

3. Market & Fruit Picking Pack // $119 4. Undress, sewn print // $20

5. Elephant Wall Hook // $16 &  Umbrella Wall Hook // $18

6. Borosilicate Glass Measuring Cup // $10.60

 

1. Librarian Wool Jacket // $200 2. Birdcage Necklace // $22

3. Timex Men’s Analog Silver-Tone Watch // $45 4. Black Tie Sinner Shine // $22

5. Fabric Bow Hairclips // $8 6. Lavender Clary Sage Hair Powder // $30

7. Over-the-Knee Ribbed Socks // $16.50

 

1. Piggy Bank // $28 2. Short-sleeved Smocked Corduroy Dress // $92

3. Playful Foaming Body Wash // $8.99 4. The Original Tree Swing // $40

 

counting sheep

I am jonesing for this bed.

Steel Panel Bed  ||  $700

 

You see, I’ve been on a three year search for the perfect bed. It started when my boyfriend at the time and I decided to upgrade from a crowded double to a slightly more spacious queen. We were moving and it just made sense, right? Except for the fact that it meant we had to give up my mother’s antique cannonball bed in favor of a plain, steel bed frame. Bleh.

Problem two? We had just bought a set of modern, cherry-stained wooden dresser and side tables. Three pieces of matching furniture is about as matchy-matchy as I get so that immediately ruled out buying a wooden bed. Everything else has just always seemed too out of place with the rest of my style or too close to the other furniture but just not quite right.

I’m always hesitant to make such a big purchase without seeing it in person, so I probably won’t be getting this exact bed, but at least I’m a little bit closer to knowing what I want.