pretty little things — styling and decor

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 lamp

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inspiring spaces + places

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!

inspiring spaces and placesinspiring spaces and placesmore after the jump

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the to do list

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.

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rug for the foyer /// interior design

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!

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salvaged lamps for your home

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”.

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