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A Revamped Campaign Dresser

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I am SO excited to finally share this project with you all. I alluded to it in this post, but I wanted to wait until I had some nice pictures of the dresser on hand, and now I do!

Where do I begin…I’ve loved campaign furniture for a long time, and it was my most-commonly searched item on Craigslist. I was so bummed when I missed out on a gorgeous white dresser earlier this fall (it had actually belong to Shannon!). The post had only been up for 12 hours or so, but someone already claimed the piece! And I don’t blame them–it was only $50 and beautiful!

I kept searching throughout the fall, but nothing met my style or price point. Finally, while browsing Craigslist in December, I found a set that included a large white dresser with six drawers and a smaller, two drawer piece. They definitely needed some touching up, but the little piece looked like it was in better condition and would be more manageable to move anyway.

The seller said I could have the little chest for $50, so after lots of deliberation (like, I kept going back and forth with her via email…usually a major no-no) and deciding on a price of $45, I said I would pick it up that Saturday. But after corresponding a bit more, she then told me that she just really wanted to get rid of both pieces and asked if I knew of anyone who would want the dresser. Best of all, she would do both for $45?!?

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I mean, how could I pass up a deal like that when campaign dressers like this one and this one were selling for $800-1,000? I knew I had to take it, although it would need some cleaning up. Then, I remembered Julia and her amazing business, MODERNEST Home. Julia and I had been texting and emailing throughout the fall. She does the most amazing furniture refurbishing and is local in DC. Plus, she has a HUGE truck that she uses to transport her items to various shows and flea markets.

I asked Julia if she would be willing to help me pick up the dressers in Arlington and then refurbish the big one, and she not only gave me an amazing quote but was super helpful. We met that Saturday and she so kindly helped transport the dressers out of the seller’s house and into her van, and by the time I was back from holiday break, the dresser was all done and ready to move in to my apartment! I truly felt like Joanna Gaines minus any of the grunt work. Julia and her boyfriend honestly treated me like a queen and barely asked me to lift a finger– they drove the dresser over to me and did an amazing job bringing it inside and setting it up exactly where I wanted!

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I’m in love with my new, refurbished dresser as well as the cute little chest that I now use as a nightstand. Julia didn’t do a makeover on that one, but she painted the large one so that the colors would match, in case I do keep them in the same room. She also spray painted the hardware on the large dresser bright gold, fixed a few drawers, and filled a small crack that had been on the top.

I can’t recommend Julia and her business enough!

Photos by Hado Photo

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Get the Look for Less: Bamboo Tables

I spotted these tables on Craigslist (where else) the other day and while I’m (likely) not going to snag them myself due to space (I’ve gotta stop somewhere…), I was thinking about what an easy DIY project they’d make!

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Ok, obviously they’re not in great condition…but look at that bamboo shape! These would be super easy to spray paint and bring to life with minimal effort. I personally would likely paint them white, but they’d also look amazing in a bright green or another fun, peppy color.

I was doing some Googling and realized that there are lookalike (ish) versions of these tables that sell for $$$ (if you ever want to find the real “value” of something you snag on Craigslist, just go to Chairish and your mind will be blown, haha). I mean, look how similar the below tables are to these, and yet they retail for over $700.

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No, the ones on Craigslist don’t have the cool fretwork or the lower tray, but I’m sure they’d look just as cute with a new coat.

Would you take on this project or leave it for someone else? There are some times when I feel totally motivated to take on a DIY, but other times I’d rather just wait around for the completed product (although these would be so, so simple to refurbish!).

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What’s on my April Mood Board

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I love when other bloggers share their “mood boards” for the month/season. It’s so inspiring to see what other people are loving (I really enjoy following my fave bloggers on Pinterest for that reason) and thought I would take a hand at my own roundup. Here’s what I’m loving lately (aka pretty much the latest pins on my Pinterest page):

-Fun barware for at home happy hours (image

-Neutral decor with a pop of pink (image

-Open windows, fresh air, and lots of books (image

-A refreshing iced lavender chai latte (image)  

-A bit of boho (image

-Products that work in multiple ways around the house, like this shelf (image

…but all of the fun products aside, I’m really excited for relaxing on (and entertaining/reading/eating/sipping wine on) our roof deck. We’ve basically only lived in our apartment in cold weather months (we moved in this past October, and this spring has been pretty chilly so far), so I’m really excited to make the most of our outdoor space. The roof deck is accessible from the second floor, right outside my room, and we’re the only unit in our building that has access (if you live in DC, you know what a big perk this is!). I was actually reading and eating dinner (and drinking wine) out there last Wednesday evening when it was super nice out, and it was so peaceful getting some fresh air and unwinding from the work week before heading to NYC. I can’t wait to take advantage of this for a few more weeks before the weather becomes extremely humid…there’s nothing like a DC summer!

What are you loving and looking forward to this spring?

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Patagonia for Less

I was reading Mackenzie’s blog post the other day about how she has scored RL sweaters in kids sizes for a much lower price, and I was inspired to do some searching of my own. In the past, I’ve bought NorthFace/Patagonia pieces in kids sizes and it’s worked out just fine! Since I’m on the taller side (I’m 5’7″) I do have to be careful about arm length (my friends who are 5 feet tall and really little have many more options–kids Burberry, Barbour, and the like all fit on them!). I’ve found that fleeces generally are ok; I just probably would steer clear of more fitted pieces.

It turns out that Patagonia is currently having a great sale on tons of kids items! I picked up this girls XL sweater for only $39 plus shipping and can’t wait to wear it this spring (is anyone else ready to put away the heavy layers for good at this point?!). I love the blue and have another better sweater in gray that’s held up wonderfully over the years (I’ve had it since I studied abroad in 2012!).

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Here are some of my other favorite sale picks from the Web Specials section (just hurry, as quantities are limited!):

Girls snap-T:

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Boys snap-T:

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Girls lightweight jacket:

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Artist I Love: Juniper Briggs

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Have you heard of Juniper Briggs? I discovered her art last year and promptly ordered this print off of Minted, which made an appearance in my AT home tour (above). She’s also a local, working out of Bristow, VA. I’ve since wanted to expand my collection after seeing how gorgeous her work looks in so many different kinds of rooms, from offices to living rooms and more.

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Note that the work on her website is pretty expensive, so the best way to snag a piece of your own is going through Minted (unfortunately, the options are limited, but I’m loving this black and white face piece and may have to add it to my own cart…).

I love the below examples of how people have styled her art in their homes:

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Apolis Market Bags

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I posted on Instagram the other day about the famous Apolis market bags which are 100 percent functional but also a favorite among design-lovers. The odds are that you’ve spotted these bags before–they’ve been popular for a few years, and Revolve in DC carries them. When browsing there the other day, the salesperson told me that one store in each city sells that city’s themed bags, which is interesting. However, they’re also available online…and that’s where I’m letting you in on a little secret.

While I was lusting over the Washington, DC, bag and knew it would make a fun decorative item (not to mention a totally practical grocery bag, especially since I try to use reusable ones whenever possible), the $68 price tag had me feeling a little iffy (it’s essential just a straw market tote, after all). I decided to think about it, and later in the afternoon I did a quick search for the bags online, hoping to score a coupon code. However, I was shocked when I saw that Nordstrom was selling them for $38, and right then I decided to place an order.

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Upon further inspection, it looked like the $38 bags were slightly different cosmetically than those being sold for $68, but they’re still completely authentic and look very similar to the pricier version. Given that I won’t be using the bag everyday (I intend to keep it on display rather than lugging it with me to Trader Joe’s, haha), the cheaper version was perfect for my needs. I’ve since learned that the $38 bags are vegan while the more expensive ones are leather, if that influences your decision at all.

I’ll definitely take some photos of my tote when it arrives, but in the meantime, I’m loving the different ways people have used/styled theirs (how cute would they be for bridesmaids/groomsmen? Bookmarking that idea for the future!). There are tons of different phrases and designs available on the Apolis site, if you’re curious.

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Summer Bags

Happy Friday! What’s on everyone’s agenda for the weekend? I’m excited to take it easy and try a new brunch spot with a friend on Saturday before heading to a work conference on Sunday. It’s right nearby, so we’ll be commuting back and forth and it’ll be nice to be in a new environment for a few days in advance of what will be a busy second half of the week in the office!

Ok, maybe it’s just the 70-degree weather we had earlier this week, but it’s starting to feel like spring/summer really is right around the corner! Although, to be totally honest, I’m still kind of hoping for a snow day or two…ever since moving back to DC, I haven’t really experienced any real winter weather.

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I, like many other bloggers, have developed a total straw bag obsession over the past year or so. When I saw this cute Free People bag, was actually reminded of my amazing Amazon find last summer–they look pretty similar, don’t you think? The price point on the Free People bag isn’t awful, but for something that isn’t super practical (it doesn’t really hold a ton), I’ve loved my Amazon purchase!

I’m also a huge fan of Francesca’s for accessories. I always forget to look there and then go on their site and find so many great options! Below are a few I’m loving:

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Nordstrom BP always has super cute, affordable options as well, you just have to do a bit of digging through their massive site!

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Umm, this bag…obsessed with the straw AND the pom poms. And it’s under $30?! The only thing is that it looks a little big to tote around…sometimes clutches just seem too large

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Last but not least, the perfect splurge-worthy bag from 31 Bits is calling my name:

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A Few Things I’m Loving

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Happy Thursday! Who else is looking forward to a three-day weekend? My mom and I are thinking about possibly doing a day trip or something along those lines, destination TBD. I can’t believe it’s already mid-February, it feels like the month just started!

Short post today with a few random-ish things I’ve been loving lately:

Hart of Dixie. I mentioned this last Friday, but the obsession is still real. Before I started watching, I had been picturing it to be a Southern Grey’s Anatomy or something, but the medical component of the show is super minimal (making it a little more boring at times but it’s also kind of nice to not have to watch people being sliced in half every minute–I always joke that it took me two seasons of Grey’s to be able to eat while watching, haha). I’m also iffy on whether I love Rachel Bilson or not (I never watched the OC or anything, so I can’t really compare her in this show to any of her other roles), but I’m entertained for now (cheesy shows are addicting for a reason, right?).

This pillow. I found it on sale at Target the other week when I really needed a pick me up and it was just so soft that I couldn’t say no! It’s funny, though, because I keep walking into Target and browsing the home section and just not wanting to leave with anything (which is good for my wallet!). I love all of the new items but also kind of feel like I’d have to redecorate my entire room/apartment to make them work, if that makes sense. I don’t know.

Baking. Ok, by baking I really mean making, like, no-bake cookies because I have no talent in the kitchen whatsoever. However, I’ve been bookmarking a few recipes on Pinterest (mostly involving PB and chocolate) and made these over the weekend. I brought the extras in to work earlier this week and they were a hit (plus they’re SO easy to whip up).

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Hat walls. The other day I posted an Insta story asking what I should do on the wall above my desk, and while I got several great suggestions, my favorite was to do a hat wall! I love how the one above looks (and am also a fan of the one at the top of this post) and am hoping to recreate something similar if I can pull it off!

Half-Baked Harvest. Who else has been following Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard? Pretty incredible! If you didn’t know, Red’s sister Tiegan is a pretty famous food blogger/’grammer, and her recipes look amazing. Go follow her if you don’t already (pretty sure I was living under a rock until I read about her last week while stalking their family, haha. Talk about an accomplished group of siblings). Also, can I move into her barn?!

This apartment tour. I think Lauren and I could easily be BFFs…sorry, all, moving to NYC to watch SATC marathons in her cute living space. I don’t think I could ever personally deal with the lofted bed situation, though…walking up the spiral stairs to my room every day is complicated enough!

Oh, and one more thing, but because I’m nosy…this list shows how much people spend on engagement rings in each state.

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One Target Mirror, Endless Decor Possibilities

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When I purchased my gold Target mirror last year (which I actually sold before moving to my current apartment), I knew it was a gorgeous piece at a great price but had no idea it would become so popular! I loved it in my old bedroom but just couldn’t bring everything when I moved (slash I’m kind of a mirror addict and had to part with at least one after purchasing some new designs!). However, I’m almost considering buying it again at some point because it continues to be such a classic, stylish piece. The best part is that it can really be used in any room of the house. I kept mine over a small vanity table/nightstand next to my bed and it was super functional. Since it’s a large (and heavy!) piece, it does double duty–I could get a full body view of my outfit each morning but also use it while sitting at the table applying makeup.

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After awhile, I moved my vanity table across the room and set up a similar station with the mirror, some fun art, and basic beauty accessories. I love this shot that was included in my Apartment Therapy feature last spring!

Below are just some of my favorite ways that people have styled the mirror:

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How to Score Awesome Thrifted Furniture

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I’ve gotten some questions on Instagram about my thrifted furniture finds, so I thought I’d do a post on thrifting tips! I’m by no means a pro–there are literally tons of Instagram accounts run by people who buy thrifted furniture, fix it up, and sell it, and basically wish I was that talented–but I’ve had a lot of fun finding great pieces for low prices and sharing my redos via Insta stories. Here are a few pieces of advice!

1) Browse frequently. You’re not necessarily going to have luck every time you go looking for a piece of furniture (same goes when it comes to Craigslist–I’ve found that the selection on there can either be really blah or full of gems). However, if you go to the same places often enough, you’ll have a sense of their prices and what they carry. If a thrift store rarely carries any furniture or only sells extremely overpriced items, it’s time to move on and scope out somewhere else, even if it means driving a few miles further. Once you find a store that carries a good selection, check back often. My personal philosophy is that if you have luck somewhere once, you’ll have luck there again…just not necessarily on every trip.

2) Think outside the box. Just because something looks a certain way doesn’t mean it has to stay looking that way–as in, ugly colors are easy to paint over! This was a harder one for me because I had zero faith in my spray-painting skills until recently…so if I found something that didn’t match my color palate, it would have to stay that way until I could lug it home to my parents’ house and beg my mom to help me. However, spray painting–especially when it comes to smaller pieces–really isn’t that hard! When my mom and I redid some dressers a few summers ago, we did go through the whole process of sanding, priming, and then painting and painting again, but I definitely don’t do that with the smaller items I find. In my current apartment, I’m lucky enough to be able to paint on our roof, so all it takes is a quick trip to the hardware store for a can of spray paint or two (always buy extra–it’s better to have too much than have to run back to the hardware store mid-painting session), some plastic gloves, and a piece of tarp (you can also use an old sheet). I’m so glad that I decided to give spray painting a whirl because it really does transform a piece in a matter of hours.

3) Look for locals. As I mentioned earlier, there are tons of people who purchase vintage furniture and will fix it up for you. If you don’t have a ton of time to go browsing or don’t mind paying a bit more to have someone else take care of the painting and refurbishing process, do a quick Google or Instagram search for professionals in your area. I did this with my campaign dresser last year and am still very pleased with how the whole process worked out–working with a professional who had a large truck and highly skilled at painting was such a big help, as I never could’ve tackled such a large piece of furniture on my own! And if you’re really willing to spend some extra cash, you can look into out-of-state sources, as many people will not only refinish furniture, they’ll also ship it to you! One of a Find Charleston is one of my faves–I follow them for inspo and maybe will pull the trigger on one of their pieces at some point.

Happy shopping!

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