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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katy skelton /// the zelda table

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.

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the midas touch — styling with gold

gold and brass…i heart it, vases, lamps, bowls, tables…pops here and there…reflecting light all around a room…the shiny surface can give an object more dimension and draws the eye in. even the smallest gold detail can have a big impact…it makes everything just sparkle, and lately, i can’t get enough of it…it’s in my house, on my wrists, around my neck, on my feet…yes, it can easily get gaudy if over done, but when used as an accessory here and there it looks so glam and lux.

got a vintage piece that needs a little sumthin’ sumthin’? DIY that sucka! give that puppy a new life by grabbing some metallic spray paint asap…get creative and stick that pretty little thing on a shelf already. it seriously could not be any easier…just tape it off, go outside, and spray to your heart’s content.

when you use gold or brass in unexpected ways it can be so much fun…spray just the legs of a table…spray the inside of a lamp shade…spray a third of the bottom of an old glass vase unevenly for a fresh dipped look…maybe just the hooks on an old coat rack.

decorate your home with gold

check out what didn’t make the blog on the house of hipsters pinterest board! in case you missed it, check out my last pretty little things for more shopping and styling ideas for your home!

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