how to build a pipe shelf — DIY

Pipe Shelf

When we embarked on the adventure of refinishing our basement, I was pregnant with little maus. Being that my office was soon to become her nursery, I knew I had to move downstairs…which meant downsizing a bit. Being a graphic designer and a hoarder collector of vintage loveliness, I needed a lot of storage space, but I also wanted a pretty sumthin’ sumthin’ to display such loveliness. Shelving was on my mind.

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vintage shops in chicago

Sometimes people walk through my home and say, “OMG, where on earth do you find all this stuff?”, and I never really seem to have a good answer. My response is usually, “All over I guess, you just have to have patience to find unique items.”

Recently a friend of mine was explaining to me her way of designing a room. She goes to one store, grabs a clerk and orders the vignette in its entirety. Boom. One store, out the door. “Sweet Baby Jesus!” I gasped and exclaimed, “I can’t even comprehend the words coming out of your mouth right now!” Her answer, “Isn’t that what everyone does?” E-ghads girl! Absolutely not!!!! Do you really want to walk into your girlfriend’s home for the next wine book club meeting and see YOUR living room in HER living room? Where the ONLY difference might be a different shade of beige on the walls?

I’ve finally broken down. I’m going to share with you my favorite stores…my secret stores…the exact places where I find all these unique items in my home (in no particular order). BTdubs, in most of these places you will have to brace yourself for the ironically bearded with the I’m too-cool attitude (usually not the employees…they are sweet little souls). But we are House of Hipsters…we embrace you my fellow bearded brethren. So curl up those mustaches and buckle down the chin strap. Here we go!

Jayson Home and Garden

Photo Via Jayson Home and Garden

Jayson Home & Garden: I’m going to start off with JHG mainly because it’s one of my favorites. Everything item in this store is beautiful. Period. They are unique, edgy and elegant all wrapped up with a bow on top. A shopping mecca for the interior designer. I shop here for tabletop accessories, pillows and wall decor mainly because that is all I can afford. They always have a great selection of uniques trays and boxes. I usually walk away spending a zillion dollars, but it’s worth every penny. I rarely shop the flea items here because they are way out of my price range, but they sure are purdy to look at!

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freebies — printables

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like free stuff, do you? Well, House of Hipsters decided to design a few printable quotes especially for you my little kittens! A couple lovely little 5 X 7s with a few of our favorite quotes for you to do with as you wish.

All you have to do is:
1. Pick which quote you like (or pick them all because they’re awesome).
2. Click on the link below to download (or on the quote itself because I like to make things easy on ya!).
3. Right click with your mouse to save the image to your desktop or downloads folder.
4. I made them 5 X 7 and gave you crop marks.
5. Print at 100% on 8-1/2″ X 11″ (for best results, take them to FedEx Kinkos and have them print them for you).
6. Use a ruler and an X-ACTO to trim along crop marks.
7. Pin to bulletin board, mail them as a postcard, or if you’re extra fancy, place one in a frame.
8. Easy peasy. Enjoy!

Which one is your favorite? Do you have a favorite quote? Let us know, maybe we’ll design it!

 

Shake It Off Free Printable Quote

someone was listening to some Taylor Swift today I think

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last days of summer

OMG! Summer is almost over! With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, I’m in sudden panic mode. The dude is about to wrap up his days as a daycare toddler and enter full-time preschool. I haven’t nearly flea marketed enough. I need to sit on the back patio more often and relax by the fire. And most importantly, I really need to get to the beach. Lucky for me, I have an entire beach weekend slowly approaching (it can’t come soon enough) to Camp Wandawega. The boy and I rented a cabin, just the two of us to unplug and unwind. And yes, a trip to the Elkhorn Flea will be in order. I’m hoping to make fast friends with Tereasa Surratt and learn her wily ways to becoming one serious flea market professional. To make matters worse, right now Amanda Jane Jones is blowing up my Instagram with her week long stay at Camp Wandawega. Tick tock, tick tock! I’m quite impatient.

Amanda Jane Jones stays at Camp Wandawega

Photo by Amanda Jane Jones

But until my special weekend comes, I’m packing my beach bag in my head. Here are my 11 shore-side must haves for the end of my lazy summer days.

beach ready tote bag

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let’s follow each other on pinterest

You’re on Pinterest. I’m on Pinterest. So, why don’t we follow each other on Pinterest?

Leave a link to your profile in the comments section. I’ll follow you if you follow me…what do you say?

my pinterest profile

 

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