Home and Garden

Design For Your Walls

My love of design all stems from my artist roots – and having that little something extra on your walls really makes a room feel like home. I’ve been in the market for something new since I rearranged our dining room into a home office (there is all this dead space above and between two lamps on my desk).

Here are some artists that I have been browsing through…

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Patricia Derks

These prints from Michelle Morin

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And I love this series from Danielle Kroll

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I want it all!

We’re Digging – Butterfly Chairs

I have been crushing hard on these leather covered iron butterfly chairs…

But I do not have an extra $300 lying around to purchase one of these bad boys! So I’ve been looking for an alternative…

You can purchase the chair from Pottery Barn Teen for $99 and then…

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Purchase a new cover such as this beauty off of Ebay for $150 – totaling $250… Or

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You could go for this option from Urban Outfitters at $179:

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Which is also a great deal! I’ll keep you posted if I find something better!

Classic Living Room Under $1,000

My friend Kara has moved into a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l apartment with her boyfriend – visualize high ceilings, hardwood floors, old school Bostonian moldings – its gorgeous! Lucky bastards…

Since moving into their home, they have made the style transition from ‘post college decor’ – to ‘we are grown ups living in this beautiful apartment- go us.’ And I love their style, which is comfortable classic  with a modern twist because we’re only 26, GAWD. Below I made a CLASSIC MOODY Board all under $1,000!

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Everything totaling out to be….drum roll please – $953  (and that’s if she got two side UO side tables and three sets of curtains!)

Ikea Bookshelf $135

Ikea Curtains, $15 per pair (Kara would need 3) $45

Overstock Coffee Table ,$177

Christmas Tree Shop Baskets, $6.99 (You can probably even find cheaper!)

Urban Outfitter Dip Dye Pillow, $34 (Let’s be serious 30 bucks is kinda of a lot to spend on pillows, you could probably find cheaper – but I just loved the shapes and simplicity of them).

Urban Outfitter Cute Circle Pillow, $29

Urban Outfitters Accordian Metal Table, $78 (Kara would need two each side of her couch)!

Sexy Safavieh Manchester Antiqued Brown Club Chair, $350

West Elm ‘Favorite Throw’ Bordered, $20

(This Moody board was based on things Kara already has in her home like, couch, neutral area rug, large TV, etc. If I factored needing those items I think the room would be around $2,000)

Wicked Wicker

Every time I go home to my parents, my boyfriend always says, “Don’t bring home anymore furniture or knick-knacks!” He knows me oh to well… On Sunday night I brought home this little gem, but he didn’t seem to notice it since I strategically placed it among the dinning room furniture.

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When I went to Brimfield a couple weeks ago with Mama Shea (read more about that here). We got the best deal… a $5 wicker bucket seat. So cute!  And on Sunday afternoon, (after our weekend in Chatham) I took it out back and cleaned it off.

wickerchairIt definitely needs some TLC – fresh paint and a cushion. I’ve never made a cushion before so that will be interesting. I was thinking of doing something with a ‘dipped’ paint effect, like these examples I found online:

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I gotta go to Home Depot and pick up some spray paint today and decide on a color scheme – then I can get started on my sweet-ass cushion!

What’s Mine is Yours

I got a couple emails asking (thanks for asking!!) about where I got some of my home accents in my living room – some pieces I inherited from my family – but others I picked up from Etsy, Ikea and all over! Below I’ve linked up to the items shops, or where to get something similar.

Home Accents, Home Decor, Interior Design

Bark Decor Fox Print, Saturated blue rug, Sheepskin, Rattan Chair, Yellow Ikat Pillow, Black and White pillow

Hide n’ Seeking

Ever since I posted my little, Man Mood Board, for my boyfriend’s imaginary man cave, I have been day dreaming about a cowhide rug… Especially after seeing all those beautiful pieces at Brimfield.

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But then a few problems pop up.

1. I have a guilty conscious about having something on the floor – which used to be alive.
2. I think Bruin would love it – she always rolls around when there are feather pillows – but I would be nervous if there were any puppy accidents on it – how does one even clean animal skin?
3. They are kinda expensive!
4. I might be allergic? My sister and I are allergic to everything.

So I have been seeking (in the title, get it?) for a cowhide alternative. Unfortunately a lot of ‘faux Cowhide’ look like this:

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A nice mocha/cream/black mixed piece would be beautiful! Pretty snazzy right? I was starting to get a little discouraged because I couldn’t find anything that I liked! But then this blog popped up: View Along the Way  which linked to an overstock webpage that – had faux cowhide rugs! VICTORY!

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And the price isn’t too bad – I don’t mind paying a little extra to not feel guilty! Acrylic all the way baby! Its definitely something I’ll have to wait to purchase. I have a family vacation coming up soon, gotta save those bills for the Christmas Tree Shop in Hyannis! ; )

In my research I found these two blogs in case you were in an DIY mood: Makemoore and Shoestring