Hooray! We got more snow last night. There is about two feet piled up on our window box and I love looking out at that huge mass of white fluffiness.
In the spirit of White Christmases, I decided to search for some white-walled rooms. During an insanely chaotic holiday season, I found these photos to be a breath of fresh air. Who knew white walls could be the backdrop to such beautiful decor? I love the simplicity of all these rooms and the little pops of color.
I’m hoping that while we are out of town, The White Beard (as my mom calls him) will stop by with Rudolph and decorate one of our rooms like these.
Interior Design by Deborah Lloyd
Interior Design by Frank Muytjens
Interior Design by Michelle Adams
Interior Design by Betsy Burnham
Interior Design by Rachel Ashwell
Interior Design by Lulu de Kwiatkowski
I went to check the mail last night and had received a postcard from our basement. That’s right, our basement. It misses me. And man, do I miss it. This week has been absolutely crazy-busy for me, so Jack, Fern and I have not had our usual downtime in our wonderfully cozy basement.
We were lucky enough to buy a home with a newly remodeled space down under, so all we had to do was hang a mongo flat screen and buy a comfy sofa. I haven’t done a whole lot of decorating down there but plan to once we win the lottery.
Anyway, like I said, I haven’t had my usual fix of laziness this week. I thought maybe I could make it up to our lonely basement with one or two new goodies to spruce the space up. Amongst my picks are some awesome Tim Burton playing cards, a somewhat pornographic serving tray, a crafty new coffee table book (to keep me occupied while Jack watches his boring-ass sports), and a gorilla/robot ashtray so cool that I might just have to take up smoking (ok, not really).
Here are mis favoritas:
Feist & Spoon Poster (sold out, but let’s pretend it’s not), Mother and Child Classic Tray, Mollaspace Rabbit Shot Glass, Readymade Book, Racing Car (for our cute nephew Nolan to play with), Richard Nixon Throw, Areaware Robotrilla, Tim Burton’s Playing Cards, Vintage Globe – I found this so long ago on Etsy and now it’s sold out… boohoo,Block Lamp, Cashmere Knit Pillow, Reynolds Floor Lamp
And lastly, what basement isn’t complete without a cuddly snuggle bug like our dear Fern? Here is her school picture taken at daycare a couple of weeks ago.
Photo by Modern Life Photography
Listen up people! If I come over to your place and don’t see any artwork on your walls after I’ve posted this, you are in big big trouble! Prettying up your walls is not that hard and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg.
Lately I’ve been making trips to Goodwill and stocking up on frames. I could not believe the selection when I went for the first time, and they continually replenish it. Buy a gently used pretty frame for $4.00, take out the creepy Jesus illustration, swap in a funky print and voila, you’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork! (If anyone asks, the frame isn’t from Goodwill, it’s “vintage.”)
So now that we’ve got the frame issue out of the way, on to the artwork. Etsy is a great source to find photography, illustrations, paintings and more. I’ve put together a quick collection of some prints I’d like to add to our house. After pulling these together I realized that about half of them are of animals. I like animals. You may not want to hang a picture of a kitty in your home, and that’s okay. Search for things you’re into… if you’re a number crunching finance-y type person (hi Bill!), you can search for vintage flash cards. If you are a salamander (hi Rusty!), search for lizard illustrations to hang in your aquarium. Anyway, you get it.
Here are my faves. Most of them are under $20. Cheap!
Lady and Dog Vintage Photo ($1.50!)
Woolly Sheep at Rest ($30.00) I love this one because it looks like Fernie.
Love Poster ($30.00)
Toast Print ($40.00)
Beach Wagon ($5.00)
Black Cat ($10.00)
10 mil besos ($20.00)
Shame on me. I have not put up a single Christmas decoration. I had Jack pick up some pine tree tops for our window box and they have been sitting in our garage for weeks. Yikes!
This is our third Christmas in our house, and each year I think to myself that I will get a pretty tree, do up the house with lights, and go hog wild with tasteful decorations… NEXT year. This time I mean it, though. Especially after peeking at all of the great holiday decorations offered by my favorite shops. I should really be collecting a few pieces each year and building up a nice little stash, but I guess I’m too preoccupied with our living room overhaul to start that right now.
Anyway, I’m gonna do it next year. For realz.
Felt Wreath, Beaded Silver Wreaths, Elf Candleholders, Owl Ornament, Sequin Party Ball, White Bottle Brush Trees, Angel Tree, Dog Bone Ornaments,Fuzzy Snowballs
I thought this day would never come, but our kitchen is finally complete!
It started this past spring when we decided to get new appliances. That was going to be it. Some nice new appliances to give our kitchen a little facelift.
Well of course once we got the appliances in our kitchen, I decided they did not match our cabinets. So we got the cabinets redone. Well geez, then our counters didn’t match! And with new counters comes a new sink and faucet, of course. And then you might as well tear out and redo the backsplash. And hey, why not repaint the walls and replace the pendant lighting too?
For the most part, it was a fun process… for me at least. I owe a big THANK YOU to Jack for learning how to hook up the new dishwasher and stove, taking a sledgehammer to the old counters and sink, installing the new pendant and putting up with a very indecisive, detail-obsessed wife. Also, thanks to my talented mom for making the window treatment!
Time to go make some ribs!
Ooh lala. Branch has lots of cute stuff right now. Of the many many sites I visit on a regular basis, Branch is one of my faves. I love how rustic and nature-y their stuff is. They’ve also got lots of great gifts at reasonable prices. They’re big on the whole ‘sustainable design’ thing, which I will admit is never really a big selling point for me. But if you have the chance to buy something that is environmentally friendly, I guess, hey… why not?
Anyhoo, here are some of the goods I wanna add to my Christmas list. I LOVE the plaid blanket and want to curl up under it and take a nap with Fern. Then we can romp around and play with Mavis the Monkey in the incredible winter wonderland outside!
Monroe Tea Towel,Velo Tea Towel,Isometric Chair,Tracks Plaid Blanket,Wood Salt and Pepper Shakers,Figure Pillow,Mavis the Monkey,Simus the Rhinoceros
So I’m sure I’ve mentioned this 100 times, but I’m redecorating our living room/dining room. I’ve purchased about half of the things on my wish list and still have a ways to go. Our living room is a disaster zone right now.
This week I have been looking for a dining room table and chairs. Bigger purchases like this usually take me a while. Also, we are trying to sell our current set on craigslist (which is turning out to be sketchy as hell), and I don’t want to buy a new set until we have the old one outta our house.
Anyway, as I was going about my search, I stumbled across a lamp. Which lead me to another lamp. And then another. And pretty soon I was no longer looking for chairs but lamps instead. This is okay because I found some real beauts and we’re going to need new lamps soon enough.
Santa? Are you reading this? I need two lamps and any of these will do, thanks!
Gorda Thyme Table Lamp,Rose Line Table Lamp,Rook Lamp,Chess Knight Lamp,Marine Magnolia Ceramic Lamp, Vessels d’Art Lamp,Hoopla Amber Table Lamp,Cindy Table Lamp, Owl Table Lamp,Cleo Table Lamp,Devo Oval Lamp
Hot diggity damn. For what has seemed like an eternity, I have been trying to figure out how to upload photos so they appear larger in my posts. I have finally cracked the code (literally) and from now on you should be able to enjoy posted photos in all of their high-res glory. Yes!
To celebrate, I thought I’d post some of my favorite items from my favorite store of all time: Anthropologie.
Yes, ever since the first time I laid eyes on their window display, I was hooked. I remember it clearly: I had just moved to Minneapolis upon graduating college. I had landed a VERY fancy job as a Media Analyst and needed some new threads. Wide-eyed and straight-haired, I set out to find this “Southdale Mall” I had been hearing about. I was barreling down France Avenue in my old green Jeep and remember spotting a very crafty window display full of unique clothing and home decor. I immediately pulled over and got lost inside. Their stock has been rising ever since.
I could go on forever about their clothing, but am going to restrain myself to their home stuff. While the spendy chairs, rugs and window panels keep me drooling on a regular basis, so do the more affordable doo-dads like their hardware, pillows and kitchen things. It is a great resource for little pieces that will give your place some character. I almost always leave their store with a new knob or dish towel.
Enjoy these pixel-packed photos of my favorites!
Ring of Light Lamp,Rhys Ottoman,Barking Dog Sketch, Bubbled Glass Doorknob, Enchanted Buck Measuring Cups,Lunet Chair
Redsmith Dining Chairs,Teapot Pendant,Calico Owl Knob,Driftwood Hurricane,Glass Melon Knob,Buttonwood Curtain
Twiggy Serving Set,Voice One Loudspeaker,Violette Knob,Savannah Story Bust,Marabou Boa Pillow,Josef Wingback Chair
Sooo… now I am on a wallpaper kick. It was bound to happen sooner or later. When I was working on my Itty-bitty Bathrooms post a while back, I came across this crafty pattern and couldn’t get it out of my head:
I ended up finding this wallpaper on Graham & Brown’s website and was surprised to see that it wasn’t very expensive at all. However, I didn’t know it is intended to be “interactive” and that you’re supposed to scribble on it with crayons and markers and whatnot. No thanks. Not a fan. If I end up getting this for our bathroom or hallway, I will leave it clean and untouched.
Unfortunately, most of the other wallpaper on my wish list isn’t as affordable. But here are my faves anyway:
Woods Wallpaper(My friend Peggy has this wallpaper in her daughter’s room. Her former writing partner GAVE her a roll of it. Why can’t I have a writing partner that gives me wallpaper??..eh hem, IAN!)
Mushroom Soup Wallpaper