Turkish Rugs on Etsy

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Happy Monday! It’s been a slow blog week for me, so I’m trying to get back in action since I have today off. I wanted to share the details on the Turkish rug I ordered from Etsy last week, since I’ve gotten a few messages on Instagram and promised to reveal all of the details on here.

I’ve talked on here before about how much I love Turkish rugs, and a few months ago, I snagged one from a neighbor who runs a little flea market in his yard each weekend morning (seriously the best idea). I have it in the hallway outside my bedroom and considered putting it where the one I ordered is sitting now, but the colors were a little dark for me. I really wanted to get something with a feminine, muted look, for my bedroom (I’ve been mixing my decor up a bit!) and I came across my ideal piece after hours (I mean hours…) of browsing Etsy.

I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a small piece (mine is about 3 by 6) but I definitely got an amazing deal for the size. Turkish rugs can be super pricy, so that’s why I wanted to look on Etsy as opposed to a site like Lulu and Georgia or even a seller on Instagram, as I wasn’t willing to drop hundreds!

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I’m usually super impatient and order the first thing I see/like (great quality, I know…), but decided to be super thorough when shopping for a rug because of the one-of-a-kind nature of each item and the fact that I couldn’t exactly return my purchase (it shipped directly from Turkey!). I seriously scrolled through pages and pages of Etsy listings and couldn’t make up my mind, so I decided to narrow it down a bit. I found a seller who offered free shipping and had gotten great reviews and focused on all of his listings before deciding to grab this piece (also pictured above). It arrived in three days from Turkey (I placed the order on a Sunday and the rug came on Wednesday), which was super fast! Everything was in wonderful condition and looked just like the picture, and the seller even threw in a small pillow cover.

I’ll hopefully post some real pictures of the rug soon, but in the meantime, I’d highly recommend ordering from this shop if you’re in the market for something similar!

 

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One Kings Lane Home Tours + How to Recreate the Looks

You guys. I’m ridiculously obsessed with the home tours that One Kings Lane posts, and am more specifically in love with all of their makeovers. I wanted to share two of my favorites that continue to inspire me even though I’ve had them pinned for months, if not years!

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First up is Amy Stone’s home, which I fangirled over on Insta stories the other day. OKL went in and made over Amy’s new space (though her old apartment was beautiful as well) and it looks absolutely gorgeous. I loved it from the moment the feature came out! I’m a fan of how the space is a mix of classic and collected, and really just want my own place to look like hers. What’s particularly inspiring is how well-curated it is–nothing is out of place and there aren’t extra accessories lying around that make the space look cluttered. However, there’s just the right amount of stuff that it doesn’t look sparse, either.

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I also love how “grown up” Amy’s apartment looks, and I think that’s partly because it’s less “trendy” looking than many other spaces. Timeless pieces can truly work wonders, and Amy’s collection of ginger jars, classic jute carpet, and traditional-looking artwork help complete the look. Bookmarking this tour as inspiration as I prep for our Houzz shoot later this month!

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Next up is Cole Wilson’s space, which OKL redid awhile back. I. LOVE. IT. Leopard, a Turkish rug, and chinoiserie pieces? Sold! Again, I love how the space is minimalistic without being barren. It really makes me want to continue sorting through my stuff and display only the pieces that I truly love. What’s also great about this space is it proves that tiny NYC apartments doesn’t have to sacrifice style…I mean, there are pieces of nice art attached to Cole’s fridge! I also appreciate the stories behind several of the pieces. Oftentimes it’s all too easy to click “purchase” or scoop something up for no particular reason, but I think it’s much more fun to sift through fairs and flea markets to find an item that’s truly one of a kind.

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The best news? You can recreate these two looks easily on your own! I’ve rounded up a few pieces that reminded me of items featured in the tours, and they’re all super affordable.

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If you like the round mirror look shown above (I’m a big fan!)…this lookalike is under $25.

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Both Amy and Cole have chinoiserie garden stools in their apartments, and this one is under $70.

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If you’re lusting over Cole’s leopard pillows, look no further than Ballard Designs (they always have sales)!

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A few more hints…

Need an affordable Turkish rug? Etsy is a gold mine. I just ordered one for my own space, and I’ll share it on here when it arrives!

Jute rugs are featured in both homes. IKEA sells them for a steal!

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My 10 Favorite Books of 2017

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I was going through my book roundups on the blog the other day and wanted to re-feature some of my favorite titles that I read in 2017. No matter your favorite genre, you’re bound to like at least one of these!

In no particular order…

1) The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo 

Amazon summary: Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

My take: It seems like everyone loved this book this past year, and I don’t blame them. Both IRL friends and blog friends raved about this book, and once I got a copy, I tore through it in days. A lot of the situations that the main characters encountered reminded me of my own experiences, and you can bet I was sobbing by the end. I think everyone I know who read this could relate to it on some personal level, especially if they dated/met someone in college, lived in NYC, etc.

2) We Could Be Beautiful, by Swan Huntley 

Amazon summary: Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. After two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is worried that she’ll never have a family of her own.

Then at an art opening Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome banker who shares her impeccable taste and whose parents once moved in the same circles as Catherine’s. But as William and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs. Her mother, now suffering lapses in memory, seems to hate William on sight. Is William lying about his past? And if so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth?

My take: I still talk about this book with people because I thought it was so addicting! I was sucked in to the plot line right away and went back and forth between feeling bad for the main character and also wanting to mock her. When I picked it up I hadn’t necessarily thought it would be as intense as it was. If you like a good psychological thriller, this is for you.

3) Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris 

Amazon summary: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

My take: This is one that I talk about ALL the time and still get goosebumps thinking about. It was the perfect thriller in that it wasn’t too complicated to follow but still had tons of plot twists that surprised me every time. It’s one of those ones that you’ll feel bad about liking so much because it’s so dark and twisted, but you just can’t put it down because…omg.

4) After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Amazon summary: When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

My take: I’ve said this before, Taylor Jenkins Reid just rules. I’m always drawn into her work right away and was so curious what would happen between the couple profiled here. I started this book on a  plane ride and couldn’t put it down because I honestly felt like I knew the characters (and was definitely jealous of their cuteness but also intrigued about their “decision”).

5) Cancel the Wedding, by Carolyn Dingman 

Amazon summary: On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister Georgia are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?

Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her 14-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads South on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.

As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to finally question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?

My take: This was the best “rom com” type of book that I’d read in a long time. I feel like it’s hard to find a book that isn’t too cheesy or doesn’t lack essential/realistic details, but this book, which was part historical/mystery and part love story, didn’t disappoint. I recommended it to a friend who also loved it–it’s the perfect thing to curl up with when you just need to escape!

6) How to Murder Your Life, by Cat Marnell 

Amazon summary: From the New York Times bestselling author and former beauty editor Cat Marnell, a “vivid, maddening, heartbreaking, very funny, chaotic” (The New York Times) memoir of prescription drug addiction and self-sabotage, set in the glamorous world of fashion magazines and downtown nightclubs.

At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at Lucky, one of the top fashion magazines in America—and that’s all most people knew about her. But she hid a secret life. She was a prescription drug addict. She was also a “doctor shopper” who manipulated Upper East Side psychiatrists for pills, pills, and more pills; a lonely bulimic who spent hundreds of dollars a week on binge foods; a promiscuous party girl who danced barefoot on banquets; a weepy and hallucination-prone insomniac who would take anything—anything—to sleep.

This is a tale of self-loathing, self-sabotage, and yes, self-tanner. It begins at a posh New England prep school—and with a prescription for the Attention Deficit Disorder medication Ritalin. It continues to New York, where we follow Marnell’s amphetamine-fueled rise from intern to editor through the beauty departments of NYLON, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Lucky. We see her fight between ambition and addiction and how, inevitably, her disease threatens everything she worked so hard to achieve. From the Condé Nast building to seedy nightclubs, from doctors’ offices and mental hospitals, Marnell “treads a knife edge between glamorizing her own despair and rendering it with savage honesty.…with the skill of a pulp novelist” (The New York Times Book Review) what it is like to live in the wild, chaotic, often sinister world of a young female addict who can’t say no.

My take: I LOVED this one, and not just because Cat Marnell grew up in my hometown and talked a bit about that throughout the book. I was fascinated by the way her addiction shaped her life and how her relationships and career suffered as a result (particularly because I also have a magazine background). I would like to re-read it soon after I tackle some of the other books on my long list!

7) After Perfect, by Christina McDowell

Amazon summary: Selected as one of the year’s “Fifteen Books You Need to Read” by the Village Voice, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is “a tale of the American Dream upended.” Growing up in an affluent Washington, DC, suburb, Christina and her sisters were surrounded by the elite: summering on Nantucket Island, speeding down Capitol Hill’s rich back roads, flying in their father’s private plane. Their life of luxury was brutally stripped away after the FBI arrested Tom Prousalis on fraud charges. When he took a plea deal as he faced the notorious Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort’s testifying against him, the cars, homes, jewelry, clothes, and friends that defined the family disappeared before their eyes, including the one thing they could never get back: each other.

Christina writes with candid clarity about the dark years that followed and the devastation her father’s crimes wrought upon her family: the debt accumulated under her identity; her mother’s breakdown; her own spiral into addiction and promiscuity; and the delusion that enveloped them all. She shines a remarkable, uncomfortable light on a family’s disintegration and takes a searing look at a controversial financial time and also at herself, a child whose “normal” belonged only to the one percent. A rare, insider’s perspective on the collateral damage of a fall from grace, After Perfect is a poignant reflection on the astounding pace at which a life can change and how blind we can be to the ugly truth.

My take: I also cannot stop thinking about this one! I was amazed at how Christina’s life was turned upside down after her father’s arrest (she’s also a DC-area local, which made her story all the more interesting to me). Her writing is powerful and tells such an intense story of loss and betrayal. I also love how she wrapped up the book as she described a serendipitous trip back to her hometown.

8) Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance 

Amazon summary: From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

My take: An insightful take at an often overlooked population in the US, Hillbilly Elegy was by far one of my favorites this year. I sent a copy to a friend who grew up in the rural South and was curious about the book, and he–and his parents–greatly enjoyed it. This book raises a lot of important questions and perspectives at such a challenging time in our country–it’s truly a must-read for all. It would be a great one for a book club!

9) The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan 

Amazon summary: Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at TheNew Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

Marina left behind a rich, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Her short story “Cold Pastoral” was published on NewYorker.com. Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” was excerpted in the Financial Times, and her book was the focus of a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times. Millions of her contemporaries have responded to her work on social media.

As Marina wrote: “We can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over…We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” The Opposite of Loneliness is an unforgettable collection of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to impact the world. “How do you mourn the loss of a fiery talent that was barely a tendril before it was snuffed out? Answer: Read this book. A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan could take a clever idea…and make it something beautiful” (People).

My take: This is a hard one to summarize into a short blurb, but all I can say is that this was a powerful collection of stories by a talented young woman, and I wish I’d picked it up sooner. Marina’s insight and level of detail is amazing and inspiring, particularly for a college student.

10) Tie: The One that Got Away, by Leigh Himes, and A Window Opens 

Amazon summary: 

The One that Got Away: Meet Abbey Lahey . . .

Overworked mom. Underappreciated publicist. Frazzled wife of an out-of-work landscaper. A woman desperately in need of a vacation from life–and who is about to get one, thanks to an unexpected tumble down a Nordstrom escalator.

Meet Abbey van Holt . . .

The woman whose life Abbey suddenly finds herself inhabiting when she wakes up. Married to handsome congressional candidate Alex van Holt. Living in a lavish penthouse. Wearing ball gowns and being feted by the crème of Philadelphia society. Luxuriating in the kind of fourteen-karat lifestyle she’s only read about in the pages of Town & Country.

The woman Abbey might have been . . . if she had said yes to a date with Alex van Holt all those years ago.

In the tradition of the romantic comedy Sliding Doors and Lionel Shriver’s The Post-Birthday World, Leigh Himes’s irresistible debut novel tells the funny and touching story of an ordinary woman offered an extraordinary opportunity to reboot her life, explore the road not taken, and ultimately, find her true self–whoever that may be.

A Window Opens: “A winning, heartfelt debut” (Good Housekeeping), A Window Opens introduces Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a (mostly) happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading. The Holy Grail of working mothers―an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life―seems suddenly within reach.

Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn. In the midst of her second coming of age, Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all but, what does she really want the most?

My take: Both of these explore the challenges of family life while still being overall light reads. They’re probably more for women who are married with children, but as a single 20-something I still enjoyed both stories, which explore the paths we take in life and the never-ending question of whether we’re making the right decision. Again, they’re definitely more within the cute “rom com” category but lack the cheesiness and focus more on “real” things, at least in my opinion.

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The Latest on Sale at Nordstrom

Happppy Saturday! Popping in with a short post today, but I just had to share this roundup with everyone who’s doing a little online shopping today. Slash I should really just call this post “things you should spend your holiday gift money on” or “everything I want for 2018” because all of these items are too good. Nordstrom is always having amazing sales, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I think my favorite item here is the fuzzy white vest (probably because I’m writing this while hiding under layers of blankets).

 

What would you choose? Both of the ruffled sweaters on here are also calling my name!

 

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Creating a Cozy Living Space

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Happy Tuesday! I wanted to pop in with a few pictures of our living space and share some decorating tips in case your space needs a little refresh.

I’ll start by saying that I really, really appreciate all of the natural light that we get in our apartment. Getting plenty of sunlight has always been at the top of my list when apartment hunting, even when I’ve gone into the search knowing that wherever I lived would be temporary (like when I was in graduate school). In our current place, I was originally a bit nervous about taking the lofted room, but thanks to the skylights and windows up there, it’s all good. I’d been seriously considering some basement rooms before I began the apartment search with Carrie, and while they were pretty spacious and reasonably priced, I don’t think I personally would’ve been happy in the long run because of the lack of natural light (not to mention, most people living in basement rooms keep their blinds closed for privacy, so on top of having small windows, I wouldn’t have planned to keep them open much anyway).

We absolutely love how bright our living room gets during the day (at night, the odd placement of light switches in our apartment is a different story!). I brought a lot of my living room furniture from my old place, but Carrie ordered the above chairs on Wayfair, and I think they look fabulous! We paired them with a Target lamp and table that I scored for even cheaper via Craigslist (funny story, the table unknowingly came from a college friend’s girlfriend and I didn’t make the connection until after I’d left her house! Could DC be a smaller world? We’ve toyed with spray painting it gold, but I don’t know if/when that will happen!). The pouf adds a little bit of character to the space, as does my beloved CatStudio pillow and a cozy throw. Our unit is pretty high up, so we enjoy being able to look out the window and people watch.

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I think there’s something to be said for keeping this little nook pretty simple. The larger part of our living room houses a large rug, a tv (which sits on my campaign dresser), the couch, tons of books, and a console table. As much as I love accessories and throw pillows, adding more over here would’ve overwhelmed the space. Carrie and I like a lot of the same types of decorations which made it easy to put our common space together, but we still bounced purchases off one another to make sure the other person liked an item. Since we each have large bedrooms, we didn’t need to worry about cramming everything into the common space, which also made things easier.

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We love using this space to drink coffee and check our email before work (Carrie is better at doing this than I am–I always feel like I’m in a rush in the mornings!). It’s also a nice place to sit and read on the weekends. I’m sure once it starts snowing, this will be a beautiful spot to sit and look out the window, too.

Photos: forbetterdays4@gmail.com 

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Wicker Finds on Etsy

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It all started when I came across the above pin. I filed it away after recently purchasing a similar-looking cane and bamboo (!) mirror from Miss Pixie’s (y’all, it is so dangerous having this place right around the corner now!). However, I pulled up the image again the other night to get some styling inspiration and basically got sucked into an Etsy trap.

I had wanted to find a wicker ice bucket like the one in the picture, and Etsy had several cute options. I mean, look at these below:

Wayyyy classier than your average ice bucket.
This guy is wayyyy classier than your average ice bucket.
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A cute option without being over the top (can an ice bucket be over the top?).
Two words for this baby: tortoise. shell.
Two words for this baby: tortoise. shell.

Then I started searching for other wicker items and had to practice serious restraint, because how perfect are these?!

How fun would this be for entertaining?
How fun would this be for entertaining?
So cute but also totally useful!
So cute but also totally useful!

Score any great finds on Etsy lately? It’s always been a go-to for me in terms of prints and smaller jewelry pieces, but I always forget about the one-of-a-kind items on there, like the things shown above. Snag ’em while they’re still for sale (slash so that I can’t buy them all)!

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Bar Cart Design

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love bar carts and how I can’t keep my eyes off of them, so of course even when I wasn’t really even looking for a new one, I came across the perfect option at Miss Pixie’s. You all know how much I love all things gold and bamboo, so this piece basically had my name written all over it. It had only come in to the store that afternoon, but I could tell that I needed to act quickly or it would be sold before I knew it!

Fast forward a few weeks later and I got our cart all dolled up to be photographed. I love how it turned out! No, I don’t actually keep lemons and limes displayed on a daily basis, but I love the pop of color they add to the setup, so on the went for the shoot.

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A new obsession of mine has been finding vintage barware. Almost all of the glasses on the cart (minus the adorable Staffordshire dog cups from Anthropologie) came from thrift stores and the like. I absolutely love the cheeky sign on this scotch bottle (which I totally need to fill, oops!).

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I purchased the little pineapple shot glasses at TJ Maxx, but Nordstrom sells some identical ones online.

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I’m sure we’ll change up the cart from time to time, but I’m actually not big on making it ”seasonal.” I spend too much time getting everything to look the way I want that I don’t want to get too much into one “theme” only for it to be time to switch to something else. That said, I could totally get behind decorating a Valentine’s themed bar cart…just give me a few months 🙂

All photos by For Better Days Photography (forbetterdays@gmail.com). 

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Gifts for the Chinoiserie Lover

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These are just a few of the amazing gift options out there for those who have an affinity for all things blue and white and can appreciate Foo Dogs, Staffordshire Dogs, and a good old ginger jar.

1) Ginger jar: This is a super reasonably priced option considering that these can easily retail for hundreds of dollars (you just have to do some searching online or at HomeGoods to find one that won’t break the bank!).

2) Foo Dog ornaments: At $15 for the pair, these are also a great deal and will last for years to come!

3) Staffordshire Dog pillow: Furbish always has items that are the perfect mix of quirky and classic, and I’d say this pillow is one. Buy one or get two for a complete set.

4) Tabletop goods: If she loves to entertain, candlesticks or cocktail napkins are sure to please. Although the napkins almost look too pretty to use…better keep them away from the red wine! They’d honestly look adorable framed.

5) Chinoiserie Lamp: I featured this in my Black Friday post but couldn’t get enough. I love that it comes with such a pretty blue shade, too.

 

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Recreating a “One Room Challenge” Look

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Are you familiar with the One Room Challenge? It’s a “contest” where designers have six weeks to completely transform a room in their (or someone else’s) home and will chronicle progress each week to show what they’ve accomplished, what’s left to be done, and their vision for the new space.

I absolutely love how Michelle Gage’s room (which actually belongs to a friend of hers!) turned out. The picture above is my favorite shot…it’s boho without being overly so, looks incredibly cozy and girly, and has fun decor and accent pieces without looking junky, cheap, or cluttered. Doesn’t it look like it would be something that just belongs on Pinterest and isn’t actually real life?

Since I probably can’t have Michelle come down to DC and make me a similar-looking space, I took to the internet to find a few items that one could purchase to try to recreate this look.

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Rattan chair: This Anthro chair is actually a great deal at under $100! While it doesn’t have the unique detailing of the one in the picture, it’s still a pretty, affordable piece.

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Boho pillow: This Etsy option would look great on the Rattan chair and would make it a little cozier.

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Sunburst mirror: I actually own this mirror and have it over my bed–I’ve had it for a few years and love it! Plus, it’s insanely affordable (and on sale!).

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Rug: I reallllly want a Turkish/oriental rug and haven’t been able to find the right one for the right price. This one kind of reminds me of the option in the room but is teeny tiny (could work in a corner or beside the bed).

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Pouf: This pouf comes stuffed and ships super fast. It’s a steal given that stuffed poufs often retail for twice as much!

And while I’m swooning over Michelle’s work, here are a few more pictures of the room:

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Mari Andrew Art

Leave it to Craigslist (yet again!). Last weekend, I checked out a moving sale in my neighborhood and was able to pick up a number of adorable decorative items, including an awesome Mari Andrew print.

Now, I had no idea who Mari Andrew was prior to that morning, but I was immediately drawn to her hilarious illustrations (and apparently have been living under a rock, because everyone and their mother follows her, and she’s often featured on Cup of Jo!). That evening, I spent a solid hour or two scrolling through Mari’s amazing Instagram feed, and I can’t decide which of her pieces I like best! The one that I snagged is shown below:

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While Mari is no longer selling prints (which makes me feel extra lucky that I was able to scoop up a framed piece at an excellent price!), she does update her Instagram quite frequently and is the perfect person to follow if you need an extra dose of inspiration or just a good laugh.

Here are a few of her pieces that resonate with me or made me laugh/agree the most (though let’s be honest, most of them do!):

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