i chose a rug /// decorate

Monday, July 28, 2014

nuLoom ReMade Distressed Overdyed Turquoise Rug

hey guys! remember my post where i needed some advice on a rug for the foyer? guess what? I FINALLY CHOSE A RUG! woohoo! and i’m dancing like a giddy school girl and doing a jig! i seriously couldn’t be happier…it adds such a bright punch of color to the house.

nuLoom ReMade Distressed Overdyed Turquoise Rug

i bought the nuLoom remade overdyed turquoise rug from wayfair.com. i will have to say, when i received it, i was a bit nervous. the edging was more of a dull hunter gray green and my heart sunk. i thought oh great, i’ve just purchased a rug to match my gray barrister cabinet and gray/green haywood wakefield chair. epic online purchase fail, right? WRONG! i slowly and sadly unwrapped it, and to my surprise, it was EXACTLY what was pictured. the turquoise was perfection! the distressing was perfection! it was exactly what i wanted. YEAH! GIANT WIN!

i also had another wonderful surprise before i made the final decision. ok, bit of back story. see, the boy walked out of his office and said, so, we need a rug huh? awesome, he read the post, no explanation is needed…yes, yes, we need a rug (or two but that can be chatted about later dear). he sat down with me and we looked at them together, and we took in your collective comments. much to my surprise, he was drawn to the persians as well. and he said, “expensive? well, how much can a rug really cost?”

ok, i’m smart here guys, read and learn…

me: well honey, how much do you think an expensive vintage persian rug costs?
the boy: well, it’s used, so, probably about $500
me: bahahahaha, ummmmm, no (click on link to sample persian costing $2000)
the boy: holy shit! are you kidding me?
me: ok, so that’s a hard no on the persian
the boy: i mean, i just can’t believe a rug can be that expensive
me: well, there is a more inexpensive one, but i’m not sure how you will like the color
the boy: show it to me…mmmmm, ya, that’s bright, how big do you need it?
me: i think 9′ X 12′
the boy: oh, that’s only $500, that is way better then $2000…WAIT A SECOND! you just talked me into what i thought was the most expensive rug…$500…you crafty stinker

and that my readers, it how it’s done. the rug was on sale for $400 for the 9′ X 12′…but, this is when it gets better. see, i know not to eyeball it…i measured not once, not twice, but three times a lady. my stairs stuck out too far and only the 8′ X 10′ would fit…at the time, the 8′ X 10′ was also on sale, so this momma bought it for only $225…SURPRISE! which made the boy even happier and made room in my budget for those sweet red swedish hasbeens…also on sale (another story…i told the boy i was in need of a pair of swedish hasbeens, he turns, looks at me and says, you need to buy ABBA…ok, it was really funny at the time…guess you had to be there)

anyhoo, this is how it looks from above! and yes, i still need a plant for that planter…but i promise you that to-do list IS coming along.

nuLoom ReMade Distressed Overdyed Turquoise Rug


bags that don’t break the bank

Saturday, July 26, 2014

every other week, my sister-in-law and i text back and forth…it usually starts out as a quick question, but then we start to ramble about other rando things. the other night we started chatting about purses. see, the boy oddly understands my obsession with bags…her boy “understands the importance of a purse, but to him it could be a brown paper bag vs a vuitton” which is the normal guy reaction to spending money on a new purse…and i completely get that — purses are expensive — and vuittons are REALLY expensive unless you buy them used off ebay. also, when you have young children, you run the risk of dropping your new beautiful vuitton in pee or vomit…gross and sad face.


presently her current purse is from target, but it has a broken strap so she is in the market for a new bag that doesn’t break the bank. since she claims to be purse challenged, she gave me an idea for a post. see, recently i posted a backpack round up but didn’t necessarily keep budget in mind…i just picked purdy backpacks. in my sister-in-law’s case, i was not given a specific color or budget restriction to stay within but based off our conversations, knew louis vuitton was a no go for hubby. she said, okay, you do the work so i just have to send my boy a link…i’m down with that…spending other people’s money? sign me up!

so there were a few things i kept in mind:

she has young kids, so add in a couple faux leather bags to the mix
she will probably want both hands free, a crossbody would probably be best, but at least make sure it can go over the shoulder
i work in the city, so i personally like bags to have a zipper closure…just makes me feel more secure
she has one specific comment, it can’t be too small and she didn’t want to look like a homeless person (too big)
if you’re going to throw in a spendier bag, that’s fine, but be sure to keep it under $400…there is one spendier pick, it is $360, yikes

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so how did i do guys? why one do you think she will pick? do you have any favorites?

here are the links so you can get a closer look if you need:

fossil sydney satchel
topshop icon leather doctor’s tote bag
madewell dylan shoulder bag
zara perforated shopper bag
barneys new york medium duffel (seriously, this bag is on sale and it is a steal folks! it’s taking everything ounce of will power i have not to buy this one myself…that leather looks soooo buttery)
danielle nicole cari satchel bag in colbalt
ASOS faux leather padlock handheld bag
urban originals two-tone faux leather tote
deux lux karma bag this bag is also at barneys warehouse for $119 in black
need supply co rockland backpack
madewell the berkey tote
banana republic harper mixed media satchel
rebecca minkoff cherish coated patchwork tote
rebecca minkoff mini dylan tote bag

let’s talk about you

Friday, July 25, 2014

photobooth feet portrait

after writing this blog for almost a year now, i’ve realized i know nothing about you guys! every once in a while, i review my visitors stats, and i’m always so curious about you…who you are, how you found this little spot on the world wide web, where are you from? so i thought it might be fun to put together a little (quick) questionnaire to see who’s reading…and  you guys can get to know each other as well…i’ll try to remember to post this once every couple months for new readers and i’ll post new questions for existing readers…sound like fun? leave your answers in the comment section below

here are your questions:

what is your favorite season?

what was the last thing you put in your mouth?

if you could move anywhere, where would it be?

favorite item in your house is:

favorite item in your closet is:

purchase you’ll never regret is:

last song you listened to:


my answers are

what is your favorite season? FALL (love the leaves and the cooler weather)

what was the last thing you put in your mouth? WATER (boring, but healthy)

if you could move anywhere, where would it be? KAUAI

favorite item in your house is: THE VINE PENDANT

favorite item in your closet is: MOTHER BOYFRIEND JEANS

purchase you’ll never regret is: BLACK MACKAGE WOOL COAT

last song you listened to: in the air tonight by phil collins (i secretly love him)

10 under $100 – bargain buys

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

the boy always tells me i have champagne taste and yes, i will agree…it’s been that way since i was a kid. my mom would always tell me, “no one is going to know if you have $20 jeans or $200 jeans unless someone looks at the tag on your behind.” i beg to differ. while watching hgtv the other day, the host said, “with a little DIY, you’d never know this table was only $20.” ummm, yes. yes, i would…and the boy’s response to that was, “well that’s because you’re a snarky bitch momma.” bahahahahaha…this is also true (and he says that with love). but just because i have champagne taste, doesn’t mean i don’t have a budget.

so let’s do a little budget friendly shopping, shall we?

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1. this jules smith necklace from shopbop looks amazing…i love a layered look. it gives your outfit a bit more depth.

2. oh how i love the mini abacus lamp from west elm! the milky colored sphere against the brass just makes my heart sing!

3. this geo terrarium would look amazing with or without plants…and it just squeaks in under my $100 budget

budget friendly bargain buys

4. i’m in a white mood lately…i just purchased these hanging lanterns for the back patio. i think they will look spectacular at night if you pop in a tea light…and BTdubs, they are on sale right now for only $29.95

5. this limited edition, signed print features anthony burrill’s most famous mantra — work hard and be nice to people — unframed, i’m under budget

6. oh chairish.com, how do i love thee and your vintage world globes? this little hottie comes in at the bargain price of $65

7. pop one of these babies on each wrist and i’ll call you wonder woman…bam! bam!

budget friendly bargain buys

8. it can be difficult to find a glass cloche at a decent price…i know it’s the vessel to hold my most precious treasure, but i don’t want to break the bank on it. new stone age los angeles has 4 different sizes starting at $10 with the largest (most expensive) being $20…not too shabby

9.  i love this scent…like i absolutely adore it! i use to burn this candle from anthropologie all the time, but now with small children, candles are not always practical. i’m so happy to learn they now carry the capri blue volcano room spray (they also have an oil diffuser)

10. the artwork by kikiandpolly is so whimsical…this print has made it to the moodboard i’m building for the makeover of little maus’ bedroom

pretty little things — styling and decor

Monday, July 21, 2014

hello lovelies! it’s really late tonight, and i just can’t sleep…the boy is traveling on business which means momma bird stays up all night long making sure no masked bandits get in the house…i know, it’s super silly, but i have this fear that if i close my eyes, something horrible will happen, and i will sleep thru the entire ordeal. thank gawd the boy rarely travels, or i’d be walking around with bags under my eyes. but lucky for you, i’m bright eyed and bushy tailed…ready to share with you a new edition of pretty little things.

this time around, i decided to include a few things that i actually own…a select few of my most priced possessions. since i recently shared my most embarrassing to do list, i figured i needed to redeem some of my cool factor. i should also tell you, i have knocked out quite a few items off that list and this little momma is feeling quite proud herself . i think writing it down and publishing it for the world to read helped motivate me, and i can’t wait to share more of the happenings around the house…but until then, check out what’s in store for you today!

pretty little thingsbrass lotus lamp and white tulip saarinen round dining tablechesterfield green velvet sofa and caravan pacific lampFranco Albini Rattan Ottomanmirror with leather strap and brass sconcecowhide ottoman from room and boardz lounger chair by south of urbanthe perimeter tray brass and wood traywhite campaign dresser


in case you want to know where you can find one of these beauties, here are the sources
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inspiring spaces + places

Friday, July 18, 2014

errmergerrrrrd you guys! i’ve gone pinterest crazy with all these inspiring spaces i can’t even stand it! i’m out of my funk and in full on design mode…seriously, i think the UPS guy is having flashbacks to the first 10 months after we moved in, and my husband is about to have a heart attack with the copious amounts of cardboard boxes that are marching through the front door…but we are making progress people! just step aside and put the boxes next to those boxes!

each one of the photos below spoke to me in some way shape or form over the last couple of weeks. whether it be rugs, navy or turquoise, wooden boxes, the fig tree…i think i’ve incorporated (or will be incorporating) a snippet or element from each room in the house. i mean, things are cookin’ over here. i swear i want to take a month off from my real job and just focus on this creativity.

but back to the spaces below…if you guys thought the last inspiring spaces + places was a good one, just wait because i’m going to kill it with this one. i hope you guys find them as inspiring as i do…oh and hey, have a great weekend! do you have anything amazing planned? i’ll probably be moving things around in the house…LOL! and according to FedEx, the rug i just ordered should be arriving saturday…woot! woot! can’t wait to show you!

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i love, love, love everything about this navy exterior and the teak wood trim is to die for…ugh! be still my beating heart! honey, can we paint the house this weekend? PLEASE???

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so what do you think? are you as inspired as i am?

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the to do list

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

the neighbors have better stuff doormat

well, they probably don’t have better stuff, but their homes are probably more put together than mine. i think i have ADD…i start a project with good intentions…completely focused and then oh look, a chicken, something shiny and i’m on to the next project when ooooh look shinier, i wander around a bit, move something around and then my kiddos wake up from their rest time or it’s 9PM, i’m completely tired and i open pinterest…i swear that app can be such a time suck, an amazing pretty time suck, but a time suck all the same.

at the beginning of the year i said yes to apartment therapy’s the january cure…it’s kind of a challenge where apartment therapy sends you assignments via email, and if you put in the effort you will hopefully see a big, positive difference in your overall life. i didn’t even make it through the first step. see my german husband is very organized and neat. the boy needs order in his life…he balances out my chaos. we don’t have blown out light bulbs, or overcrowded bookshelves or wiggly door knobs or stacks of lose DVDs and games by the TV…those things would drive him to the brink of insanity.

to make a difference in MY overall life, i need to style and clutter (well, that is what the boy calls it…i call it adding knick-knacks and making a table pretty) i need to buy window treatments, i need to make a commitment to a rug, i need to add color, i need to style my mantle (or rip it out and build a new one because i have no idea where to begin and i think it’s super ugly), i need to buy pillows from different stores that have a cohesive look and add jazziness to a room with color and patterns

since i’ve started blogging more and more about my house and posting pictures, i’ve decided to put it all out there…today…my to do list, my REAL to do list…the things i don’t want to show you…i want to keep this blog real, so i decided to type up my list and post it with pictures [YIKES] for all the world to see, flaws and all…oh dear lord help me. i read a lot of blogs that usually contain before and afters, but they rarely just post a before and maybe there won’t be an after picture…so here’s to hoping there’s an after eventually…i present to you my overwhelming to do list:

1. you bought window treatments for the front room and the playroom, but they “just” fit width-wise…you need to buy an extra set for each window…and while you’re at it, just buy the rods your should have bought in the first place since the cheap $3 version sags and much to your dismay, you really can tell the difference

serena and lily striped window panels

2. buy a rug for the foyer already…make a decision…commit to color…BTdubs, i’m thinking it will be the turquoise rug since that is more in my price range even though the persians are too pretty

3. style both credenzas under the TVs…upstairs (chips and all) and downstairs…right now you have a bunch of random stuff, and it looks quite half-assed pardon my language…but it’s ok, you can say that because it’s your home =) and BTdubs, that orange tray really has to go to goodwill…it’s not good

unstyled credenza under tv

unstyled credenza under tv

4. buy new sheets for your bed…the sheets you sleep on every night have a large rip in the corner and you stole those from the guest bedroom because the original dwell draper striped sheets ripped…i know you can’t decide, but let’s get on this already…decide if you are going to buy the same sheets you had before or go with something completely different

5. little maus will be going into a toddler bed in 5 months…you might want to start a mood board to switch the nursery from baby to little lady

6. style the tall dresser in the guest room

unstyled dresser

7. spray paint the 2 large max wanger frames white…you thought black would look amazing…you chose poorly…you have made emily henderson sad…now go spray those puppies white and since i’m showing this picture, let’s also make a note to buy larger euro pillow inserts…this are too small and it makes the guest bed look sloppy

max wanger balloon print

8. decide if you want to paint the chair from three potato four black and if you choose to paint it please note, you will have to reupholster the seat…you keep stashing it away in the storage room…you shipped it from philly, let’s display it

9. dust behind the hairpin table…it’s just gross back there…i refuse to show a picture of this

10. caulk both showers (while i was typing, the boy said we have a nice gentleman coming to the house to take care of this project…woohoo, check one off the list!)

11. find pillows for the upstairs and downstairs sofas that you are happy with…challenge yourself to find them from different stores and don’t forget, you have 2 vintage kilm pillow covers that are pretty and full of color upstairs in the closet you need to purge…see #24 on list

12. find a new coffee table for the TV room, but if you do that, beware that you may need to buy a new credenza under the TV…this could get expensive, this may have to wait, you have spent a lot of money in your head with this list already…maybe if you actually style it, you won’t see all the chips in it

13. style the mantle…i know you hate how it looks, but just style the damn thing…maybe you will end up liking it a bit more (ya, probably not) and again, let’s spray paint that frame white so you don’t make emily henderson cry

max wanger tulum print

14. buy window treatments for the TV room, you have them picked out, pony up the dough and buy them already…or buy the rug…don’t buy them all at once, you will go broke

15. the patio out back is almost complete, buy a couple nice plants from home depot to pot in the vessels you purchase at terrain during a oooooh, shiny moment

16. speaking of plants, you have a large empty pot that has been sitting in the front room for almost a year…put a plant in it already…figure out what plant you want and put it in the pot…domino magazine just ran an article of easy to maintain indoor plants…circle back to that issue

this planter needs a plant

17. little maus needs a step stool for her bathroom since she claims she is a big girl now and is no longer a baby…she wants to stand at the sink and brush her teeth and spit, just like the little dude

18. you bought 2 day planners from poketo, pick which one you want to use and commit to it…save the other one for next year

19. i’m seeing a commitment problem here…don’t tell the boy…i’m also watching my bank account slowly dwindle…this list is going to take a long time to complete

20. decide if you want to tackle reupholstering the chair in the guest room, i know you’ve never done this before, but hey, it might make for a hilarious blog post…or just post it on craigslist and find a new one, this one is really comfy but you just aren’t sold on this chair for this room…gasp, do i move it again? and if so, where?

reupholster chair

21. the boy keeps promising to clean the garage…if you finish all of the above projects, clean the garage…and i know the boy reads this on occasion, hopefully this threat is the added push i needed for it to become clean

22. find and hang artwork for the TV room…this may entail rehanging the brass horns, that’s ok, the boy will live even though he said the brass horns will never move again

23. clean your office…it has become the catch all for discarded flea market finds…this includes the shelving behind the closet doors…omg, i cannot believe i’m actually showing you this!!!!!! and yes, that is a giant space heater…my office is always cold

messy office with vintage panoramic pictures

24. purge your closet…it’s atrocious

25. style the basement bathroom…it’s so sad that a room so cool is so sad and lifeless…any suggestions here? what do you put over the over the toilet? artwork? or should that go on the opposite wall?

how do i decorate a bathroom

26. you bought a pretty vintage bentwood shelf…find a home for it…maybe in the TV room? (after writing this, i ran upstairs and i think i found the perfect spot! yeah!)

27. you bought a cool brass horse head hook, find a home for it as well

28. remember that west elm lamp that you were married to during the desk restyle, find a home for that too because it’s really cute

29. style the guest bedroom night stand…maybe watch this video once as a refresher

30. remember how you were number 13 for the emily henderson night stand contest…ya, make both of those pretty again…and keep them that way, but make them functional as well…is that even possible? pretty and functional? give it a try

31. the hallway upstairs looks pretty bare…you might want to ponder what to do here

and before i get too overwhelmed by a list of 30+ fairly significant projects, i’m gonna stop. do you guys have a list like this? just even looking at this makes my head spin, and i have no idea what to start on first…maybe i should take requests! there’s an idea! anyone have a project listed above they’d like to see the after? maybe i need to hit up laura again for a collaboration? that desk restyle turned out nicely…can you believe i have not futzed with anything on that desk?


rug for the foyer /// interior design

Sunday, July 13, 2014

hipster foyer

hey guys! so i need your help…like i really need help…my foyer is finally no longer a merry-go-round of random tables, chairs, trunks and shelving…so yeah me! that in itself is winning. this has been a long 3 year process to finally get it where i feel satisfied with the look and feel. i really liked the idea of shelving in this space, but with small children, my precious knick-knacks seemed to wander off or [sad face] break into a million pieces…so no open shelving for this gal in this hipster home. however, the lightbulb shone brightly above my head when i found this barrister cabinet at the randolph flea market in chicago, il, and i thought the height would fit nicely under the stairs. (i will have to say it was a very squeaky ride home with this large metal cabinet and its hinges in the back of the SUV.) the glass doors protect my precious vintage SX-70 polaroid camera and deter sticky little fingers. the vintage paddles were found at oak street antiques and yarn in baraboo, wi…and the chair is a reupholstered vintage haywood wakefield that i found on craigslist…total and complete score!

so here is my dilemma…i know i need to add color…i love bold splashes of color when i see it in other homes but shy away from it when it comes to my own. color is a commitment…but i’m forcing myself to add a bit of commitment with a rug (and possibly some wallpaper…but let’s take baby step here…besides, that’s material for another post…coming soon!) let’s stay focused on the rug here. i need help. i don’t think i’ve ever purchased a real rug…oh sure, i have a jute rug by the front the door, but i’m talkin’ about a fancy rug…one with color, one with a pattern…one that i’m going to be committed to. i thought i found the perfect rug at lulu & georgia, only to find out it was out of stock. i would have cried in my soup had i been eating soup.

i’ve picked out a few below. but let’s refresh, this rug will live in the foyer, i will have people with dirty shoes coming thru the front door…so nothing can be too light or white (although i have picked one light rug with orchid…it’s gawjus!). i’ve looked at persian rugs, turkish rugs, vintage kilm rugs, trellis rugs, chevron rugs…my mind is spinning…i know i need a rug, but decisions, decisions…what do you think?  let’s go shopping, shall we? sources are listed below…also, the randolph flea is coming up july 26 + 27 of this month…seriously, it is one of my favorite fleas to attend…the finds there are so unique plus they have music and great food…you can’t go wrong. and who knows, maybe i can score an amazing rug find.

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salvaged lamps /// for your home interior

Friday, July 11, 2014

auxilium salvage lamp

designer and maker katie warren recently launched a brand called auxilium salvage…a new eco-minded company whose focus is to bring the mundane, the disused or the unloved to life again, injecting objects with new purpose and place…product is rescued from its resting place and lovingly restored, one by one back in her workshop. everything about this company makes me excited and tingly all over.

her latest line, the candy collection, consists of rescued old and disused lamps from a cable factory in cologne germany (one of my favorite places to visit and also home to the boy’s uncle), traveling 400 miles to london where katie’s team has transformed them for a second life, hence her tagline, “salvaged from germany, reconditioned with love in london”.

auxilium salvage lamp

these originally banged up old factory lamps undergo a major transformation to a simple, industrial and classic design that would look awesome in any home, office or cafe…the color palette is bright and modern and gives a gentle nod to the 1950s…the decade the lamps were originally manufactured. katie and her team inject a new modern edge from their original aesthetic. if one of the 13 standard colors isn’t quite perfect, you can customize it to your heart’s content inside and out. i personally am a fan of the diamond blue outer and creek blue matte finish on the inside…but the grey outer and hot pink inside is divine as well! decisions, decisions! i have been looking for a new pendant light in my mudroom, this one is a strong contender…something bright and fun to liven up that room…and maybe add in this wallpaper to the mix…a bit of nature and a nice bright pop of delicious candy fun!

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every lamp is masked and hand painted making each one unique and special. i love this reuse and recycle idea, but what i’m loving more is wondering what conversations these lamps heard over their many years and what will they be privy to next…in my house it would probably be me telling my kids put their shoes on and the buzz of a washer…but maybe in your house it would be a little more exciting! so what are you waiting for? go order one already!

auxilium salvage logo

katy skelton /// the zelda table

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

hello lovelies! while perusing the interwebs a month ago, i ran across the most adorable table i’ve ever laid eyes on. from the genius mind of brooklyn based designer katy skelton, please meet, the zelda table.

the zelda table by katy skelton

i mean, hairpin brass legs, a unique engineered concrete triangle top the is simple, classic, modern, smart and sexy (can a table be sexy?) all in the same breath! yowza! get in my shopping cart stat! and that is what happened…it was seriously love at first sight. in fact, i think i would put one in every room if i could. so i pre-ordered this puppy and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. and waited and waited and waited…until today…i might have peed a tiny bit when the ups man ran the doorbell…but that is probably tmi.

the zelda table by katy skelton

the zelda table by katy skelton

anyhoo, i was going to add this to my recent pretty little things post, the midas touch, but i really wanted to reveal it on its own…felt it needed it’s own space on house of hipsters. so what do you think? do you love it as much as i do?

the zelda table by katy skelton

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