Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

I absolutely love Lauren Nelson’s style and was super, super excited when she revealed her new UES bedroom. It’s preppy and nautical and simple and just came together so well that I had to share it with you all! I’ve included some bits and pieces in this post, but click here to see the full tour on Lauren’s blog.

You all know how much I like finding adorable pieces for a bargain, so I decided to “recreate” Lauren’s look using a few decorative items I found online…

Via Lauren's Instagram
Via Lauren’s Instagram

If you like the above look, try this…

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This Target mirror is absolutely adorable and is much, MUCH cheaper than designer versions! I’m absolutely loving Lauren’s pick from Serena and Lily, though!


If you like the above look, try this…

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Lauren’s Wishbone chair is pretty affordable (and is on Amazon!), but if you’re interested in a slightly cheaper option, I like (and own!) this one.


Get the geometric pillow look with this and this option, below:

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Don’t you absolutely love her space?! All of the blue and white is so calming, and I love how clutter-free her room is without looking boring!

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My Home Picks on Amazon

One of my friends is in the process of redecorating her bedroom and actually ordered a ton of her furniture and accessories on Amazon Prime of all places! Of course, being the design fanatic I am, I wanted to get in on the redecorating action and ended up doing a little Amazon browsing of my own…dangerous, I tell you!

My friend can tell you that I became OBSESSED with this bench upon spotting it (and she also loved it and may end up ordering it for her new room!). It is now known as “THE bench” and I have been casually monitoring its pricing over the past few days…for some weird reason, it was $95 when I first spotted it, went up to $123 that night, and then went back down to $111 the next day…oh Amazon, why must you be so confusing and cruel?!

However, THE bench is just one of the items that I spotted on the site…scroll down for some of my other faves!

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This cute chair is much cheaper than its designer counterparts and will make your dining area look oh-so-Parisian!

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Who can say no to a good palm print? These babies will spice up even the plainest couch.

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You can’t forget about coffee table books, and Amazon is full of everything under the sun. I personally have my eye on the above!

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At $50, this bar/kitchen cart is a steal and is different from all of the gold variations that are so popular these days.

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This tray isn’t my usual style, but it’s so happy and whimsical and kind of reminds me of Anthropologie (at only a fraction of their price tag!).

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This gourd lamp looks like it would be much pricier, but at under $40 it’s quite affordable (honestly, finding an affordable shade can be half the battle sometimes, so why not take advantage of a 2-in-1 base/shade combo?).

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Moroccan poufs can be pretty pricy, but this one is affordable and while it comes unstuffed, you can just purchase this filling and do an easy DIY!

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I spend A LOT of time on Pinterest…but I mean, can anyone blame me? I end up feeling so inspired every time I go on and then get sucked into a black hole of DIYs and boards and blogs that I stumble upon after clicking through pin after pin. (Oh, and if you’re not following me already, I’m right here!).

I wanted to share a few of the pins that have been inspiring me lately…they’re a bit random, but isn’t that kind of the point of Pinterest? One minute you’re looking at bedroom decor and the next minute you’ve pinned several images of golden retriever puppies and a few delicious recipes (ok, maybe that’s just me). 😉


I’m in love with everything going on in this room–the neutrals, the stacks of books in the fireplace, the fun mirror, that chair…ahh!


Hoping to try this margarita recipe (and I even have the same pink tray from the Target dollar spot!).


Such a clean, collected look for a bathroom or vanity.


So much going on here, and I love all of it.

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Obsessed with this little nook.

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If you could name three or four of your favorite items of clothing, what would they be? For me, if I’ve had something for several years and still want wear it all the time, I know it’s a hit.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved anything patterned, so tops with any sort of print basically dominate my closet (Francesca’s is one of my favorite place to look for printed shirts, btw). But would I call these pieces classics? Nah. They experience too much wear and tear, and certain patterns go in and out of style reaaaal quick. Anyone remember the chevron craze of 2012? I basically owned everything in that pattern–pillows, storage boxes, tops…you name it!

One item that I’ve absolutely loved for the past four-plus years is my green J.Crew field jacket (and I also recently purchased the navy version on Poshmark–it’s equally adorable!). I ordered this jacket when I was a senior in college, and it’s held up amazingly throughout the years. It’s great for fall and spring alike (especially with this chilly May we’ve been having) and looks classic, preppy, and put-together. I know literally everyone and their mother owns this jacket, but it’s for good reason!

Another favorite purchase would have to be my Hunter boots. I started wearing fun patterned rainboots in high school and discovered Hunters in college. I’m not sure how “in” they are anymore, but most people I know are still wearing them. What’s great is that they’re both cute and functional, which, when it comes to shoes, can be somewhat rare.

At the risk of being overly basic, I’m also going to have to pay tribute to my navy Longchamp tote. I’ve loved Longchamps for the past 10-plus years and purchased a large bag in Navy before my junior year in college. I rotate my work bag a ton to switch things up, but I’m currently using the Longchamp and loving it. It holds a ton and is waterproof, which is key for commuting. It’s also trendy without being flashy and I don’t think Longchamps are done yet–I still see plenty of them everywhere!

Runners up? A good pair of skinny jeans will take you far, as will a good pair of running shoes. I loved my black Tory Burch flats for years but finally had to “retire” them after they became too torn up. I live in riding boots in the fall and winter, and they’re honestly perfect for work, a night at the bar, a football game, etc. Thankfully I am well stocked in that department–I just scored a new pair on major sale!

What are your faves?

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Popping in again with a few Memorial Day sales you can’t miss! You’ve certainly heard of the usual suspects (J.Crew, Lulu & Georgia, etc) by now, but here are some smaller companies with AMAZING weekend discounts…act fast!

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JAYES STUDIO (50 percent off all sale items): I ordered two of these caddies in different patterns–one is for my desk at work, and one is for my vanity  at home. With the extra 50 percent off discount, each only cost $8 (plus shipping)–talk about a deal! I also love this bamboo tray (but I definitely have enough trays at the moment, haha). However, at $28 PLUS an additional 50 percent off, it definitely is a score!

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JOANN (lots of great coupons + $1.99 shipping on all orders): I have these palm leaf hand towels and love them. They’d look super cute in the kitchen or hanging on a bar cart.

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SOCIETY 6 (20 percent off + free shipping): Society6 frequently offers deals, but this is a good one! I order most of my wall art from them, and I’ve never had a bad experience! The print shown above is one of my current favorites, #swoon.

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PBTEEN (various discounts + free shipping): Now could be the time to scoop up this perfect pillow or anything else from the adorable Emily + Meritt collection!

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KIRKLANDS (additional 25 percent off until 1 pm): Move quickly, y’all! I love this tray (again, don’t need!), and have purchased several of my table lamps from the site.

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City-Themed Prints: DC Edition

When I lived in New York, I remember one of my friends asking if I thought it was tacky to have NYC-themed decor hanging up in her apartment. I mean, the city was right outside her front door…did it make sense to also have a New York-themed poster? However, there are tons of tasteful ways to incorporate hometown-themed decor into your apartment without looking like a permanent tourist! 😉  I personally own several DC-themed prints and wanted to share a roundup of a few of my faves! Oh, and number 5 is only $5!


Happy decorating, DC friends!

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Get the Look: Classy and Classic

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Happpppy weekend! Did you catch the home tour I posted about on Thursday? This apartment is seriously the cutest thing ever, and I was inspired by several of the pieces featured. I’m all about finding home decor for less and decided to see if I could recreate the home’s classic look using pieces from one of my favorite stores…TJ Maxx, of course! Honestly, don’t knock TJ Maxx until you’ve tried it. I have friends who refuse to set foot in there but know others who swear by everything from their coffee mugs to their workout gear. In my experience, TJ Maxx is a great resource if you’re looking for home items that don’t break the bank, and their website makes it super easy (too easy, haha) to stock up on adorable decor without leaving the house! I am so, so pumped for TJX’s newest home store to open later this year…there better be one in or near DC!

Here are some of my favorites for those looking to create a calm, classic look at home.

Ginger jars: Option one and option two are both affordable and classic. Ginger jars will never go out of style, but they can certainly be costly! These are both great picks if you want to save some $.

Table lamps: Anyone who appreciates a good neutral will love these table lamps–and the price can’t be beat! Shades alone can be surprisingly costly, and two lamps for $6o is really a steal.

Storage basket: I have a similar basket that I use to store extra books (because let’s be real, my shelves are overflowing). Baskets are also a great method if you need to store throw blankets and extra pillows.

Candlesticks: Add some Hollywood Regency flair with these palm tree candlesticks. The gold adds a nice pop! Here’s a taller option.

Vase: Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about using ginger jars as vases, but this understated option would make a great addition to your living room (not to mention a nice hostess gift!).

Throw pillow: This white pillow would go with a bunch of room styles and looks super soft!

What are you up to today? I have a work event for part of the day and then am hoping to relax and watch the latest Kimmy Schmidt season…can’t believe they’re on Season 3 already! Here’s to a relaxing weekend and more warm weather.

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A Home Tour I LOVE


Busy week! Just wanted to pop in quickly to share a home tour I found the other day and absolutely love. I appreciate how this home is minimalist without being too boring. It has personality, looks grown up, and is definitely timeless with touches of blue and white and of course, a Chinese chippendale chair. Funkier elements, like the cowhide rug, make the home a bit more modern and eclectic, but not too much so. Basically, it’s perfect! It almost makes me want to move back into a studio just because the space flows so perfectly without looking crowded or cramped!


I love the artwork above the dresser and the fun, girly elements like the necklaces and perfume bottles. Everything is organized and in its place while still looking artsy and decorative. Fresh flowers are always a must in my book, and these are gorgeous, too!


What are your thoughts on this adorable abode? Click here for the full tour!

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The Best Places to Shop for Bar Cart Decor

Photo by Ryan Hicks/Hado Photo
Photo by Ryan Hicks/Hado Photo

Guys, I have way too much fun changing up my bar cart and decorating it with fun new items. I love stumbling upon something that I know will add the perfect amount of sass and color. (Also, as a side note, I never actually am on top of my game enough to have lemons and limes sitting out on the cart…this was just for a shoot! But they did make a good addition to the cocktails I made later that night!).

Some of my favorite places to pick up bar cart decor are…surprise…TJ Maxx and HomeGoods. Both stores have the cutest drinkware (the cups on my cart are from Homegoods and have fun sayings like, “Make Mine a Double” and “Bottoms Up.” They’re adorable, but the best part is that they were only $3.99 or so, so if they break or scratch, it isn’t the end of the world.

Anthropologie also has cute accessories, like the wire basket and Staffordshire dog cup pictured here. The Scalamandre napkins are actually from a little store in my neighborhood called A Mano, and I love the classic pattern (and the pop of color they add).

Additionally, the following stores also have great bar cart accessories…


Lulu and Georgia

Waiting on Martha

West Elm


…what else would you add to this list?

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Ginger Jar Goodness

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Like many other bloggers, I can’t get enough of ginger jars. They’re timeless, add a fun pop of blue and white to any room, and in general are a preppy favorite. While the actual jars can be pretty expensive (though I have seen them at HomeGoods and the like for cheap before), there are tons of other products that incorporate the design and I just can’t get enough! Shop my picks:

1. I’m borderline obsessed with trays, but I mean, how perfect is this one? I also love and have this adorable one (both are super affordable, too!).

2. Hobby Lobby is killin’ it with these prints. And they’re on sale for $6 right now, so it’s kind of a no brainer…

3. The Aestate has the cutest prints and this just happens to be one of them!

4. Another stylish find from Hobby Lobby.

5. This tote. I can’t. It’s too good.

And one more, not pictured…

I may or may not own this shower curtain, which I snagged at TJ Maxx for $15!

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