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mr. cooper

So yesterday I was browsing west elm and I did a double take when I saw this sign:

I was like, "Whoa!" That's an amazing markdown! What exactly was on sale?
I almost fell over! I immediately asked an associate for the details and he told me that this was just the floor sample and that there was one NIB for the same price (this acronym actually just became part of my vocabulary recently, but that's a story for later). New in Box for $99? I could barely breathe! I immediately sent Brandon a photo, to which he replied, "That's cute."  So guess what guys? We got a new sofa! I took home a slip cover for it yesterday, and he's picking up the sofa today!  Not sure where we're gonna put it yet, but who can pass up a deal like that? 

Welcome home, Mr. Cooper. Very nice to meet you...

toasty toes

I came across these boots on the other day and I just HAD to share. I'd totally be happy with either pair (or all, if someone's feeling generous!)

They're all so unique and I'm sure that they would be a show stoppers all over town. (To be completed with a new pair of skinny jeans!)

daybed daydreams

So it's finally time to start turning my attention towards our beloved sunroom. Up until now, it's been primarily used for things that we've slowly been putting away. Now that we're almost done with the dining room (posting a picture of the new storage soon) I can finally think about how I would like the space to function. I was thinking that turning it into a restful place would be ideal. Then I thought, hey, why not a lounge area?
For the most amazing sunroom I've seen, check out Young House Love here.
How with that being said it looks that the most obvious place to start would be choosing the right daybed. After turning the net upside down, I was finally able to find some modern daybeds that really tickle my fancy.
Of course West Elm holds the top spot in the chic, modern daybed department. You'll see the overlapping square series almost everywhere. My only gripe, is that they are a little more than I would like to spend. The frame by itself is only $449, but…

wild cherry

Totally excited to share this with you! Today our new LG high efficiency front load washer and dryer set was delivered! Up until a few days ago we had been renting a set while we figured out the perfect pair for us. Originally the price for the washer was $899 and the dryer was $1099. We bought them online on Thanksgiving day for $499 each! Plus free shipping! Oh joy indeed! Did I mention that they are wild cherry?

We figured we'd save the pedestals for when we buy our first home (or we can always stack them). I've always wanted a red washer and dryer, but I could never justify spending the money for so many bells and whistles to do laundry. And thus concluded the story of the cute, little married couple with the beautiful new appliances! :)


Just something to lift my spirits! I've been holding on to these photos for a while. I've always wanted a cool, vintage tub. Not sure how comfortable it would be as a sofa, but these are so darling that I just had to share!
This one is adorable. I  love a rich lime green and a flokati rug!
How sweet are these? I love the upholstery and the colors are so happy. Check out the matching lamp!

This one is extra snazzy. You know I love a good red and aqua combo!

These chairs actually make me hungry for eggs, pancakes, and sausage. :)

And this... how divine is this bathroom? I love a sweet vintage tub. The ruffle shower curtain is so lovely and soft. I would be so stoked if I could actually fit a Mongstad into my bathroom. Maybe one day! But until then, can't a girl dream?

posted up

I totally forgot to give my boo props for the amazing job he did turning our tv into the coolest thing I've seen in a rental. Ladies and Jets - our Framsta and Besta Jagra hibrid!

Home to all of our gaming and cable needs, our creation turned out pretty awesome. Brandon put it up over Halloween weekend and I came home to a nice, little surprise. He also placed some led lights into the glass panels for a nice little glow during the night, but sadly the batteries died prematurely (thanks Walmart). Hopefully we can replace them soon!

 Oh, and I just had to share this one... lol!

the great storage debate pt. trois

I've never really thought of myself as a "china cabinet" sort of girl. The formality always appeared rather stuffy (i.e. having your "good stuff" behind glass and never using it unless you have "company"). I mean, I like the idea of storage - God knows we need it with of smaller than average kitchen wall cabinets - but I wanted to twist the idea up a bit by using our Billy and making everything easily accessible.

All of our cool wine, martini, and shot glasses are displayed on the top and the doors at the bottom conceal our light-weight dried foods like pasta and crackers. I love the look because it's laid-back, but you still get the glitz when the light shines on the glassware. I'm pretty happy with it.

As for our sideboard, we've finally made a decision! I can't wait to put it together!  See you on the other side!

stepping outside of the box

The older I get, the more the quintessential girly-girl inside of me begins to arise.  As a little girl, I was completely into handbags (mostly for their color coordination and utility) but the older I get, the more I find myself being infatuated by shoes. More specifically, the designer in me has become increasingly interested in how they can be stored. I did happen to get the walk-in closet in our bedroom all to myself, but alas cute shoes are hidden in boxes or casually lying on the floor. Hey, I know I'm not the only one with the dream of the perfect "Sex and the City" closet! Here are some cool shoe storage options that really have me wanting a closet makeover!

This one's more about presentation than idea, but I can say that it reminds me of a cool store display - Urban Outfitters even! Who wouldn't love to show off their assortment of colorful heels?

Now how awesome is this? It's called the Sole Mate which is a product created by Shannon Scovell. Remini…

making a happy holiday

It's our first Christmas as husband and wife and I couldn't be more excited! We went Christmas tree shopping and decided on a black pre-lit tree from Target! Now I know you're thinking, Rae, that sounds a little crazy, but you know us, we like to break the mold on a regular basis. Staying the with color scheme of the apartment - jewel tones, we wanted something chic and unexpected!  Here's a peek!

Please ignore the bookcase (settling in is such a slow and painful process). But here is the tree in our sunroom (perhaps the last room in our apartment to get some love).

Check out our ornaments. I swear I was like a kid in a candy store. I managed to find a perfect box of assorted ornaments for only $15.

We need to get an extension cord, but I think it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! We got the star from Target and the tree skirt from Walmart, but it call came together so well.

It's amazing how different things appear without my crazy flash! I hope you …

the great storage debate pt. duex

So I promised everyone some photos of our dining room! Here's what we have so far.

From left to right, meet our Billy Jader bookcase, our Bjursta dining table (not extended at the moment), our tufted white vinyl cubes - oh, and our trusty Bekvam step stool. Notice the track lighting... sooo not dining appropriate! 

In steps my infatuation with the PS Maskros!  My baby surprised me by having it already installed by the time I got home from work!

Here's a photo without the flash. How amazing is that? It casts such an awesome dandelion glow all over the room. Dinners will be so sweet! But alas, I still have the blank wall in the back just begging for a sideboard and some artwork (I'm thinking a collage of mirrors for a nice reflection of light back into the living room). Then we can purchase some dining chairs and start inviting our friends over! :)