Found & Foraged Linky Party #33

Happy 4th of July you guys! Well, I’m sure a lot of you won’t be linking up right at 8PM tonight because you’re watching a beautiful display of fireworks. In fact, you’re probably reading this, enjoying your coffee, and it’s actually July 5th. Don’t worry, I’m not holding it against ya! Besides, unless it’s Wednesday at noon, you’re never late to the Found & Foraged Linky Party.

This past week was a good one for me. I feel like I’m finally catching up. I showed off my recent vintage rattan finds, and I finally posted Part 2 of my Decorist guest bedroom makeover. I have only a few more things to accomplish on the to-do-list, and I’ll be posting the final reveal. The painter was here yesterday, and I just returned from Sherwin Williams. Swatches in hand. Who knew picking out the perfect white could be so difficult???

We had so many great projects last week, you all made it very difficult to pick features. Thanks for linking up and showing off your best recipe, DIYs and projects!

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TOMFO   ///   Espresso Martini



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Design Crush: Decorating With Rattan

While perusing Chairish’s outdoor furniture selection, I stumbled upon this fancy rattan chair. The Boy had just okayed purchasing patio furniture, so the search was on. I made an offer to the seller that was soon accepted and made an appointment to pick it up. I drove a hour, walked inside his home and my heart skipped a beat, then quickly sunk. Here was quite possibly the prettiest rattan chair I’ve ever seen. There was no way in H-E-double hockey sticks this chair would be sitting outside on my patio. But what to do with it??? I had already committed to purchasing. As you all know, I kinda have a love affair with chairs. An addiction one might call it…or at least that is what The Boy calls it…and decorating with rattan was never really my thing. I mean, I did have a Franco Albini ottoman, but that was it. How would this boho rattan look with my mid-century modern clean lines. Well, I was about to find out.

Decorating with Rattan


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My Decorist Makeover Part 2

It’s been a little while since we’ve checked in on my Decorist makeover. No, no I didn’t forget. Pinky swear. I’ve actually been working on it like a mad woman. The final board arrived in my inbox the day before I left for Germany. Since I was out of the country for 2 weeks, I couldn’t order anything until after I returned. Bob, my neighbor, would have had a lot of boxes to store in his garage for me. I apologize for the delayed update. In case you don’t remember, I was presented with 2 concepts designed by Ashley Redmond, my interior designer from Decorist, and I was taking a poll from you to see which y’all liked over all.

Concept 1 kept my existing bed and added two gorgeous brass nightstands. It was light and airy and the hints of brass would bounce the light around the room. I was also obsessing over that beautiful woven chair. Here’s a peek at the board to refresh your memory.

Decorist Bedroom Makeover

Concept 2 for my Decorist makeover had similar neutral tones yet a totally different style. Ashley went with a more natural, earthy feel but still pulled in clean lines and the mid-century modern look I adored. The leathers, jutes and natural woods gave it the touch of boho that recently has been making my heart swoon…thanks to Justina Blakeney’s new book.

Decorist Bedroom Makeover

So which concept did I chose? Click thru to find out! But before that, let’s have one last look at the horrendousness of what this room use to look like, shall we? Oh and don’t forget, if you’re thinking about purchasing a Decorist package for yourself, enter the code “HIPSTER” to receive $20 off your Classic Makeover…and nope, I’m not getting anything if you use that code. We just really like each other.

Decorist Before & After Guest Bedroom Makeover


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Found & Foraged Linky Party #32

It’s Saturday night! Welcome to the Found & Foraged Linky Party! As most of you know, having a really exciting blogger day is few and far between, but I had some serious excitement last Sunday afternoon. I had my first viral post…courtesy of Buzzfeed! My Champagne Smash cocktail recipe was #5 on the list. I was totally doing the Snoopy dance…and still am. I also took over the Chairish blog for the day to share my tips and tricks on styling your nightstand.

On the blog, I’m hosting a giveaway with Cellular Window Shades. If you’re in the market for window treatments or know anyone who is, go enter to win. I recently installed them in the house, and they are awesome. I also posted a new cocktail recipe called a Hugo over on Live Laugh Rowe. My mother-in-law introduced it to me while visiting Germany; it’s delicious! If you have the ingredients, I highly suggest you go make yourself one now.

Today, I went to the Randolph Flea Market in downtown Chicago and got to meet Canary Lane. Their kilim rugs from Turkey are swoon worthy, as is the handmade furniture. Incredibly sweet and wonderful people. Their site is being revamped, but you can check out their Facebook or Instagram. Just don’t buy the one twenty rugs that I’m lusting over. Anyhoo, back to the flea, I picked up some really great treasures and can’t wait to share them with you.

I also got a tweet from Summer Thornton Design yesterday about their 2-Day Moving Flea. Score of the century you guys! A gold faux bamboo etagere that is out or this world AND an almost matching bar cart. If you don’t know Summer, her designs have been recently featured in Lonny Magazine, Domino and Rue Magazine just to name a few. Ya, she’s kind of a big deal. I’ll be doing a post soon on the entire haul from today. Let’s start this party already!

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Lemon Thistle   ///   DIY Hand Stamped Baby Blanket

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Design Lesson: Window Shades & Giveaway

This past weekend I learned a valuable lesson about window shades and window treatments in general. You guys, they can transform a room! Such a simple thing can completely change the look and feel. Oh. Em. Gee. Who knew. They made me no longer want to take a sledgehammer to my mantle. I no longer think it’s necessary to paint the entire first floor white. I had no idea. Before I start to ramble on, there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post! WAAAAAAY down there. Be sure to enter to win before you take off.

Anyhoo, remember way back when I posted an I Make Emily Henderson Cry room reveal of my living room? There was a resounding distain for my old wooden blinds. I believe you called them country, 1990’s, and yishy. I was told, “Cover them up! They’re hideous!” and “1996 called. They want their blinds back.” Don’t worry. I ain’t mad at cha. In fact, I was right there with ya, but all in due time.

I Make Emily Henderson Cry Living Room Makeover West Elm


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