cole & sons — woods wallpaper

BirchTree

patterns, patterns, patterns…there are so many to chose from! and how do you narrow it down to one. or to make the decision more difficult, how do you pick more then one pattern that doesn’t make your home look like a crazy fruit bowl? how do you make them mesh; be fluid. if i thought picking a paint pallet was tough, adding in patterns and multiple colors can make my head spin. i thought pillows were difficult. seriously, how do interior designers do it? oh ya, that’s right, they go to school for that stuff.

since we moved to the new house, i’ve been contemplating wallpaper much to the boy’s dismay…but (i think) the reasoning behind it is because neither of us have ever plastered it to walls—wallpaper newbies. i always thought wallpaper was too much of a commitment, too 70’s and too much of a pain in the ass, but the mind changer was when i found ferm living a few years back. recently, i dipped my toes into wall decals in little maus’s bedroom. we, and when i say we, i mean the boy, stuck a tree decal into the corner of the room, and i love it. it is soft and subtle; however, i have not clue as to how to remove it…i guess i will learn years down the road when she is 15 and deal with it then. i digress.

while perusing design*sponge, I came across this blog post and fell in love with the cole & sons new contemporary two woods wallpaper. all i could think while viewing sonja rasula’s dining room was was, “hey there pretty little birch trees. you guys need to be living in my foyer along side the barrister shelving and the haywood wakefield chair”, omg, this pattern might just change my life. dramatic, maybe a touch, but seriously crushing on it all the same. the wallpaper pattern, designed by michael clark in 1959, features bold sketches of trees making a unique forest repeat. it would look fabu in my mcm cookie cutter home.

my love for birch trees stems from my childhood. my parents had this beautiful white paper birch in their front yard. i can remember sitting next to it, running my fingers over the trunk. the paper bark peeling off and feeling silky soft. the pattern clark created just makes me think warm and cozy thoughts. it brings the outside into the home which is the main idea i’ve tried to convey in the interior of our home. i guess all i have to say now is, “get on my walls!” let’s do this!

house of hipsters — front room

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blank slates can be exciting and overwhelming to a person who is not a professional interior designer such as myself. when we first moved into our home three years ago, the entire house was every shade of pink: rose, salmon, fuchsia…it was ugly folks! in fact, we almost didn’t look at it based off the way it showed online. thank god we did because now, i love our space. However, before moving, we knew that pink had to go. we hired a painter, picked a few random colors out of a swatch book and hoped for the best. the space we were moving into was much larger then our townhome, so it was rather empty on moving day. now, three years later, we finally feel we have a nicely edited space to call home that i’d like to share with you.

the artwork in the front room seems to be a revolving door, but i think we finally have something solid that we both love, love, love. i found these photos by lani lee at FAME Chicago’s private opening. being a lover of all things mug shots, these photos really stood out for me. i had them framed at April’s Seven in Wicker Park, and let me tell you, Martin (the shop’s owner) did some really fantastic work. i was like a giddy little school girl when i first opened them up…oh, who am i kidding, i still am over the moon with this purchase! these puppies are seriously badass.

the sofa is made by gus modern, and get this, i got it off of craigslist. find of the century! the coffee table and wooden box are also both vintage craigslist finds. the sofa came with a chair, but that is in a different room slated for a different blog post. the chairs were probably the most difficult purchase for me, and if i had it my way, i’d have a redo. i wanted authentic mcm furniture, but finding 2 matching chairs that i loved was taking too much time for me. i went online to south of urban and ordered 2 chairs with custom fabric swatches. this process at the time was convenient, but i really wish i would have found some fabu find with a story to tell. the floor lamp is from pottery barn, while the table lamp is from mod pieces. the side table is from room and board.

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after we moved in, i started watching hgtv like a mad woman. i fell in love with emily henderson’s tv show secrets from a stylist. she is really great at breaking down a room and explaining how to create a well edited space. you may recall reading my nightstand post where i expressed my love for all things emily henderson. if we ever met, we would seriously be best friends forever and shopping buddies for life. the woman has great style, is a flea market guru, and cute as a button.

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emily’s show taught me to wrangle my coffee table items onto a tray. i chose this one. i like the brass accent handles, wood and marble. the antlers are from yarn bombed antlers and the clock is vintage.

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the vase is target by nate berkus that i randomly found on clearance for $4 while grocery shopping…total and complete score! and the wishbone is from jayson home and garden.

so what do you guys think? is it ready to be submitted to apartment therapy, or do i have a ways to go? i personally think it needs a bit more styling help, but i am just at a loss. maybe i just need to hire emily. all my styling problems will be solved and my bff dreams will come true.

anthology magazine | issue 12

anthology

oh happy day! issue 12 of anthology just arrived. i cherish the time on the train when i get to sit down and quietly read this magazine. no screaming children, no husband interrupting, no phone calls, no work…this time only happens 4 times a year people. all i would need to make my life complete would be a cup of coffee and a cozy blanket, and my life would be complete…although fellow metra commuters tend to frown when one pulls out their favorite blankie, so i refrain. i guess a cramped seat in the quiet car will have to do. beggars can’t be choosers.

anthology is a new quarterly lifestyle print magazine covering home décor, travel, design, entertaining, and culture…yes, everything i love. each issue explores a theme; this quarter’s theme is art and artists. before an issue is mailed a visual tease is released and a video is made. i don’t exactly remember how i discovered it, but it has inspired so many rooms in my home.

after its arrival, i have a very particular way that i read anthology. first, i tear open the cellophane wrapper and run my hands over the front cover; a nice heavy satin stock that only a graphic designer can truly appreciate. the weave is tight and almost has a plastic-y type of feel. i carefully open the piece to the editor’s letter page to read about the theme and key features. i then leaf through and slowly scan the pages taking in gorgeous image after gorgeous image. most of the time there are pages that stop me in my tracks and i have to take in every detail. at that point, i go back to the beginning of the article and start my first read. this will continue until i reach the end. flipping back and forth, kind of  like a choose your own adventure, until i reach the end. at that point, i go back to my favorite article or image and absorb each detail yet again…only this time, i’m shopping, iPad in hand, wallet nearby. in the back of each issue is a reference guide detailing where items were purchased. once my shopping needs are satisfied, i usually remember an interesting person that was featured; commence blog reading…because everyone has a blog these days, am i right?

the issue will travel in my totebag for the next week or so until i truly feel i’ve seen every detail there needs to be seen. i never throw my issues away; that would be a travesty. they usually make their way to my nightstand or end table in my studio. until the next issue arrives, i will still go back, looking for inspiration, rereading each thoughtful features and absorbing its stunning photography over and over again.

a stylin’ nightstand you say?

nightStand

about 3 years ago i fell in love with emily henderson…like a huge girl crush people. we had just bought our home and i was watching hgtv for some inspiration. i caught a few episodes of secrets from a stylist and thought to myself, yes! she gets it!i i recorded every single one. i paused the television and took pictures of the screen to remember exactly how a table was dressed. i googled every store and spent way too much money. the ups man was not crushing on me, that’s for sure.

her blog became one of my daily ritual reads. you really should check it out. she posts these great how to videos. not too long ago she posted a how to style a nightstand video and held a contest. her fans were to style their nightstand, photograph it and promote it on facebook. facebook friends would vote and the winner would receive these fabu serena and lily nightstands. my nightstand was one of the lucky chosen ones, and although i did not win, i was seriously excited. like jumping up and down and squealing like a little girl excited.

i think my favorite part of it is my butch anthony artwork. of course practicality set in and my brain said, “hey lady, this nightstand is not conducive to small children.” so for only 20 minutes did my nightstand looked like this, but i took a picture and every time i look at it i think, ha, i made it to emily henderson’s top 15! by the way, if you want to master your own nightstand, be sure to watcher her how to video.

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