Monday, October 6, 2014

bed side

So I was walking past West Elm a few months ago, just minding my own business when I saw this!


Yes my friends, the Parquetry nightstand, usually $349, was down to $99.99. NEW IN BOX! So naturally I scooped 2 up to replace the small tables on either side of our bed. Now, here's what we're working with!


Bowl/basket -TJ Maxx
Lamp - oldie but goodie from the TJ Maxx when I was still in college
Vase - IKEA
Branches - They are literally months old (Kroger's Manager's special)
Clock - Target
Bottle - IKEA

Honestly folks, this is how my bed side usually stays... sweet and simple. But can we talk about how amazing this nightstand is? And how I finally have a drawer! Which is pretty much empty because I've never had one to fill. 


Here's Brandon's side.
Tiki cup - was a present from B's late grandmother
Vase - a re purposed bottle of incense my brother-in law gave me for Christmas.
And for the curious ones, below is a close-up of the Mr. Lovenstein art!



It reads:
How to make friends as an adult
Step 1 Latch onto their leg firmly.
Step 2 NEVER LET GO.
sigh... wanna play Mario Kart? SUCCESS!

And as for the bottom sketch - if you can make it out, great! If not,  it's funny, but also inappropriate. :)

So what do you think about the new nightstands? They're kind of awesome...


Thursday, July 3, 2014

sweet spot

I know I've been  missing for a while, but today I thought I'd keep simple and talk about one of my favorite spaces in our little apartment. The star of this show is definitely our Eames chair. It's simply the coolest, most famous, and least expensive chair that I have ever scored, and it makes me so happy that I can't help but smile whenever I walk by!


You may remember a few years back when I scored this 100% authentic Eames chair for a mere $2.92 at Goodwill. It was the best find ever, and I'm still slightly convinced that my Goodwill "mega luck" ran out the day I found it. But you know what?  I think I'm totally okay with that. :)


Because it's white, I like to surround it with colorful accessories, and it serves as a nice canvas for my mild obsession with pillows. My favorite thing about the chair is its chrome base, which is incredibly intricate, yet so beautiful. I can't help but think of the Eiffel tower (of course) when I look at it straight on, and a pinball machine when I catch a glimpse from below.


A few of our guests have asked me, "How in the world did you recognize this chair, and how did you know that it was worth so much money?" Well, Mid-Century Modern was just one of many 20th Century furniture style groups that I had to study in school. But if you're ever in doubt (while you're out and about) check the bottom of the chair first to see if you can pin down a manufacturer. If it's origin is still a little fuzzy after a quick bottom glance, I came across A Complete Guide to Modern Chairs on One Kings Lane that's comprehensive enough to point any furniture enthusiast in the right direction!


Of course what's a little sweet spot without a little bar? Our decanter collection is growing and I'm loving it! At this point, half of what we own was acquired brand new, and the other half came from treasure hunts at Goodwill. Notice that most them are filled with brown liquor because my boo loves a good whiskey neat. He also likes a good Samurai sword!


So what's the sweetest little spot in your crib? Drop me a line... and link a cute pic! :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

goodwill art

Hey People! Long time no, see! Shame on me, I know. Anyhoo, I just wanted to stop by and show you that I finally hung up my Goodwill art - shortly after my last post actually, but I've neglected to take pictures and share. Check it out!



Pretty chic, huh? I was a little hesitant about hanging them (for fear of knocking too many holes in the wall) but it actually worked out quite nicely.


A sexy lady, a pensive grandpa, and woven basket... now that's what I call some intriguing art! 
All under $10? Yes please!


As you can see, our peace lily is thriving and has bloomed again! I'm a proud mama! My next goal is to do something about the Billy. It's starting to look a little haphazard, and the mail sorter isn't helping either. Brandon wants me to actually turn it into a real bookcase with books! Imagine that! I may just do that, and throw in some shelf styling bits along the way. 

Sidenote, does anyone know how to remove the Billy handles once they've been installed? Left to my own devices, I placed them too low when we first assembled the bookcase (and if I read the instructions this never would've happened) but I can't seem to take them off without fear of breaking the glass. Any ideas?


Sunday, February 23, 2014

happy home

I've been busy adding little touches to our home to make it more, well... happy. Adding accessories and rearranging furniture totally make the difference, and because I put myself on a furniture diet (I can't buy any more furniture because there is literally no more space) I living with what I have to transform our space into a truly happy place.



I took my grandmother's MCM chair out of the office where it had been wholly neglected and gave it a home in the living room. It definitely makes the space feel more eclectic with a vintage piece amongst all of our new pieces. It's actually the oldest piece of furniture I own and I love it. Eventually I would love to have it sanded down, restained, and reupholstered (perhaps a bright color like lime, hot pink, or orange tweed. You know me, I love color.) The pillow is part of the IKEA PS 2014 collection, and the new books were gifted to me by my lovely hubby for my birthday.


On Friday I went downstairs and bought two new house plants. This time I put rocks at the bottom for drainage! Check out my first attempt here. I also got rid of the orchid leaves in the first picture knowing that the plant was never going to re-bloom. No biggie though. I know how to cut it down next time. I replaced it with a cute, little leafy plant that should last for a while as long as I don't drown it. The combination of books on the coffee table were gifted to me by my Mother-in-law for my birthday, and my hubby for Valentine's day. Needless to say I have a lot of inspirational reading to do, and I'm truly excited about that! :)


If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a version of this photo already! :) I bought the woven basket and stand from Goodwill, and the print and frame came from IKEA. For once I really like how this dresser in our bedroom is styled. Brandon calls the print "little hipster deer".


I other news, I'm still playing around with Caesar! Everything on this tray (including the tray) came from Goodwill. I've decided to start keeping our wine corks in our apothecary jars because they've simply outgrown everything I've put them in so far. What can I say? We consume a lot of adult beverages.


I've been adding to our little tea light collection as well. The light bulb, hedgehog, and modern home came from CB2 (my favorite place). Below you'll see them all lit up. The star and the turtle came from Goodwill, and the links are IKEA PS tea light holders that I got a while back.


I've also been contemplating where to hang some of my Goodwill artwork. For some reason I always have anxiety about hanging things in our place. There's something about making holes in the wall that make me nervous, especially if things don't work out. I'll get over it soon enough though. These pieces have sitting in front of the tv stand for a week now. I should really get on that already... Perhaps next to the Billy?


Oh, and Kroger never disappoints when it comes to the flowers. I sure do love Valentine's Day because the days following are awesome for buying beautiful budget blooms at a heavy discount. This is only about 3/4 of my bounty. I sure do love a good manager's special!


Okay, I think that's good for now. That's what I've been up to. What have you been doing to make your home more happy?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

working girl - bath shop

Before our Markethall remodel could officially get underway, we had to remove a couple of things (i.e. furniture). The whole bath shop furniture area to be exact! Yes, crazy I know.

 A few weeks ago, I was called upon to create a floor plan for a temporary bath shop using the existing furniture from downstairs. Long story short, a week later we - Marianne, De'Airra, Nkosana, Amber, and myself were moving hundred-pound sinks and sink cabinets upstairs to condense within one room to form a mini studio. Yes, it was definitely as crazy and labor-intensive as it sounds. Here's how it turned out.



The mission was to show each style, width, and color of bathroom cabinet that we sell, as well as a sampling of each faucet and sink type.

Godmorgon - 5 widths, 5 colors
Lillangen - 4 of the 5 types, 3 colors
Hemnes - 3 widths, 2 colors
Ronnskar family
Fullen family

We also included the most popular high cabinets, mirrors, shelving units, and carts - a sprinkling if you will - in different finishes.








Loree and Sarah busted out this mirror wall so fast that it made my head spin! You ladies are so talented and wonderful!


Across the hallway from the mirror wall is where we planned the more traditional bathroom cabinetry - the Ronnskar and Hemnes families. I think it turned out great.


A HUGE thanks to everyone that was involved with this large undertaking. De' Airra and Marriane, thanks for being there with me down to the very end. Also extra thanks to De'Airra for helping me plan the mirror wall and Hemnes area. Thank you Amber for your giggles and for helping us out. Also thank you Nkosana for your building skills and muscles. David, thanks for all of the construction, and thank you to Loree and Sarah for the lovely mirror wall! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work!