So my hubby was such a busy bee yesterday! I came home to a living room that's really shaping up! 

Not only did he hang our tv, he also installed our hybrid light fixture!

Pretty awesome, huh? I loved the way it turned out.
Especially how you can see just a little sliver of the Knappa pendant from the side. Here's a close-up.

Yep, I'm the brainchild behind this masterpiece!

Some might wonder where I got the idea to stack our "Kartell" units. Enter inspiration photo.

How cute is that? Anyhoo, back to the living room.

Oh, and the awesome red lounge chair? Her name is Luna, I got her out of As-is.

She's corduroy, fabulous, and in pristine condition. Luna is now Brandon's favorite chair, which was a relief because she was totally another impulse buy (At $95, she was a steal). Wait, I think everything found in As-is is an impulse buy, but I digress...P.S. Luna's a much better alternative than the typical "Man chair", so we're both beyond happy. Hope our living room brought a smile your face. It totally made by Wednesday! :)

One of the challenges I faced since moving to our new place is finding a perfect spot for all the miscellaneous things we had in our old place. While frantically unpacking and putting things away, I came up with what I consider a pretty awesome space-saving idea. Check out these side tables.

I bought these green side tables during the '09 college sale at Target, and I must say - they've been nomads from the very beginning. We used them in our sun room, living room, and in the office at one time to hold our printer.  Because we no longer have room for them in our new place (we have a coffee table and end tables in our living room) I had to get creative about finding a space for them. Check out what I came up with.

Above are the night stands in our bedroom (Lack tables that I swore myself I'd get rid of). But how freakin' awesome is it that these little side tables are just small enough slide underneath? 

The best part is that my hubby (who is notorious for bringing all sorts of electronics to bed) can slide the little side table out, giving him an extra surface in which to work. After realizing how incredibly easy it is to jazz up a Lack table, I have been thinking about keeping ours for a little while longer. Initially I thought they were a pretty inexpensive and temporary route to go as far as night stands were concerned, but I'm starting to realize the value of re-working what you have. Call it my attempt at up-cycling. So, we'll see that kind of magic I can conjure up with our little Lacks. I'm thinking of possibly skirting them, or even using little decorative corners like this (possibly in a nickel finish) to dress them up. The possibilities are literally endless, and I'm well overdue for a new diy adventure!
As a blogger, I am constantly keeping up with other design blogs. Because after all, to be the best, it doesn't hurt to study the best. That's why I was soooo thrilled when I saw this sign while visiting West Elm two weeks ago.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Design*Sponge, let's just call it one of the most popular design blogs on Mother Earth. Seriously. The blog covers everything from interior and furniture design to awesome recipes and diy adventures. Anyhoo, I was totally excited to see that Grace Bonney was going to be here in Atlanta for a book signing. Her book, Design*Sponge at Home, has proved to be somewhat of a design bible for eager designers and bloggers like myself. 

For those of you who want fresh ideas for your home, I would definitely pick up a copy. I got mine at Barnes and Noble, but if you can wait a few days, I would say order it on Amazon and it'll save you at least 10 bucks.  But hey, I get "exclusive content" with my book, so who's complaining?

 Here I am with Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney for a quick pic.

Of course I had to invite my friend Jessica along for the ride. Here we are having a little too much fun at the smile booth for the event. Anyone who frequents West Elm also knows that it's nearly impossible to visit the store without being inspired by something! Here's my latest obsession - table settings.



The reason for the season

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I really want to spice things up a bit and dress the table. You know, try something a little different from the huge family get-together involving paper plates, disposable cutlery, and eating dinner in your lap (although that route does tend to be less fussy, more convenient, and filled with lots of loving family and friends).  Maybe this year we might try something a little more intimate. I'm hoping that a combination of dinner, drinks, and decor swag will prove to be completely awesome in our "city chic" apartment (Shout out to Jess for the naming our place). Besides, we still have wedding place settings that we haven't even opened yet. How exciting is that? Okay, maybe I'm the only one excited about it, but still...