Home Decor at Gilt

 

If you use Gilt or similar sites, you may know that they have awesome city-wide deals and clothing sales, but did ya know Gilt also sells adorable furniture? They also frequently email out additional coupon codes (for an extra 20 or 30 percent off the site), which can make for a great deal. Prices can range from affordable to $$$ depending on the item and the brand, but overall, I’d say there are definitely some amazing finds!

Home Decor at Gilt

I’d love this Rifle Paper office set to use at work. I have a Rifle Paper notepad on my desk right now, and it’s perfect for my daily to do lists (but I also don’t want to use it up too quickly because it’s so cute!).

 

 

Home Decor at Gilt

This little box would be fun for jewelry or on a nightstand.

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Oh my goodness, how perfect is this business card holder??

Home Decor at GiltThis striped storage bench would be a perfect addition to an office, bedroom, or living room.

Home Decor at Gilt

A gorgeous bar cart.

 

 

Steals and Deals

I think spring is right around the corner. At least, I hope. But that doesn’t mean stocking up on off-season essentials is a bad idea. In fact, there are lots of great sales going on right now that make it super easy to grab some adorable items for next fall and winter. Here are a few of my faves…

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At $16 (yes, that’s right, SIXTEEN DOLLARS!), these adorable Nordstrom Rack booties are necessary for next fall. You can bet I snatched them up in brown!

Steals and Deals

Snakeskin is cute all year long, and I’m loving this adorable crossbody for nights out.

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Oh my goodness…be cuter, camel-colored peacoat. Perfect for next fall and under $40!

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These ballet flats would look perfect at work, at brunch, wherever!

A few other must haves…this time, for spring and summer:

1) Navy and scallops? Yes and yes. Also loving this scalloped work tote.

2) So I actually ordered this J.Crew scarf (it was only $3.90 with the coupon I posted the other day!) with the intention of framing it. I’ll have to see what I think when it arrives, and I know framing can be $$$, but how cute would it be as artwork?! I’ve been obsessed with the idea of framing scarves lately and would love to try it out!

3) Speaking of J.Crew, I also picked up this nautical sunhat which will be perfect for my upcoming Florida trip!

4) This anorak is super classic and will be perfect as the weather warms up a bit.

What’s in your shopping cart at the moment? I’ve been trying to really search for deals and purchase items that I know I can wear for both work and play. As much fun as it was to shop for going out shirts in college, I like to find items that I can wear to the bar and at my desk. Right now, I’m loving anything with lace (whether in shirt, tank, or dress form), so if you have any recs, send ’em my way!

An App for Home Goods?

An App for Home Goods?

It’s no secret I love decorating my apartment. I always stop in the home section of any department store before going remotely near the clothes and shoes. I love flea markets, Craigslist, and yard sales. I’ve even searched for home items on Poshmark before!

Yes, I like home items and I love deals. So can you imagine my surprise when I found out about an app that is just like Poshmark, but for the home?

The app is called Upflair, and I actually found out about it while browsing Poshmark. The only downside is the selection is pretty limited–there’s only a teeny tiny percentage of items available compared to what you’ll find on Poshmark. However, my hope is that the app will continue to grow, because let’s face it–it’s a genius idea! Why resort to selling random picture frames and throw pillows on Craigslist when you can just pop them in the mail and still make some money in return?

Have any of you heard of or tried out this app? I haven’t spotted anything that I need at the moment, but I’m keeping it on my phone to scroll through just in case!

A Revamped Campaign Dresser

A Revamped Campaign Dresser

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?!?

A Revamped Campaign Dresser

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

Winter Items That Don’t Say “Holidays”

Winter Items That Don’t Say “Holidays”

Ok, I hate to say it, but the holiday season is winding down. Sad face. However, we still have several months of winter upon us (depending on where you live, this may or may not be a cause for tears).

The good news is that there are plenty of post-holiday sales going on right now, and even though many “Christmas-y” items are discounted, there are many winter-themed products on sale that you can still use into January and February. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite picks below, and while they may be slightly more fun to use while getting into the Christmas spirit, they’re bound to make dreary winter days suck a bit less.

Nest candle//Pillow//Plate//Scarf//Cheers print

Headboards

HEADBOARDS

One of my friends moved to a new apartment this summer and has been looking for a queen-sized headboard. I honestly was shocked how expensive headboards were when I was first looking and was excited to find mine at Target. It was still expensive in my opinion, but compared to all of the $$$ ones out there, many people would consider it a good deal. It’s held up really well and matches with lots of different types of decor and color schemes (I would know since I redecorate all the time! But I’ve also seen it in many different rooms on various blogs and on Pinterest). I actually can’t find the link to the exact product, so it’s possible it’s been discontinued, but the image above is exactly what mine looks like.

Since I purchased mine about a year and a half ago, I’ve spotted several cute options both on Craigslist and other websites (World Market has some adorable–although expensive–options, for one). I thought I would do a little roundup below in case anyone else is looking for a cute headboard without breaking the bank. Let me know which one is your favorite or if you have any shopping tips. I know people who have made their own headboards with cute fabric, but from what I can tell, it sounds like a lot of work!

HEADBOARDS

One//Two//Three//Four//Five//Six (this last one is a splurge item, but I couldn’t resist!)

How to Crush it on Craigslist: A Q&A

How to Crush it on Craigslist: A Q&A

I’m a fan of Craigslist. A big, big fan. As someone who is super into interior design but has a tight budget, Craigslist has answered a lot of my prayers over the past few years (I even scored the adorable abstract painting pictured above!). While some of my friends do use the site (whether to buy, sell, find roommates, etc), a lot of people I know are totally put off by the idea. And for good reason. You have to feel safe and confident about picking up something from a stranger, first of all. And while I’ll certainly encourage you to use good judgment when buying and selling, I’m not going to get into that here. Instead, I’m going to answer a few questions I’ve gotten about my experience using Craigslist and share a few pieces of advice. (If you google this topic, you’ll find tons and tons of posts devoted to Craigslist tips. I’ve read a bunch of these and agree with a ton of the advice I’ve read, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to share my perspective with y’all).

Q: Who is using Craigslist? (Aka, it’s you and a bunch of old, scattered retirees, right?)

A: Most of the people I’ve bought from on Craigslist actually happen to be young women my age! This may have to do with the pieces I’m interested in buying and the style to which I’m drawn, but also when you think about it, a lot of girls in their 20s are moving around geographically, moving in with a significant other, trying to sell off stuff for extra cash…so it kinda makes perfect sense that they’d be prime Craigslist sellers. I honestly could picture myself being friends with several of the people I’ve met through Craigslist (in a 100 percent non-creepy way).

Q: Why would you buy something on Craigslist when you can just order a similar-looking, similarly-priced item online without the hassle?

A: This is a personal preference. For me, I like the feeling of finding a diamond in the rough and snagging something that’s on-trend but still slightly different than something you can acquire in an online shopping cart. That’s also why I like shopping at places like HomeGoods, thrift stores, etc. I like spotting something cool and slightly less common than what you’d see on the floor at Ikea or West Elm.

That said…

Q: Isn’t everything on Craigslist old and gross?

A: No! Definitely no! Craigslist is full of pieces from stores like West Elm, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, you name it. Sure, sometimes items aren’t in great condition after years of use, but you can also find practically-new pieces at steep discounts. Not everything on Craigslist looks like it’s a reject from your great aunt’s yard sale.

Other tips from my experience as a buyer and a seller:

-Be polite and grammatically correct in emails. If you sound like you’ll be difficult to communicate with (literally and figuratively), I’ll be less inclined to keep up a correspondence with you.

-Don’t ghost. Seriously. This sucks in the dating world, but when there’s money involved? Ouch! I recently had a woman call me the day before she planned to pick up an item. She seemed enthusiastic, took the initiative to call and confirm her pickup time after we had been emailing a bit, and we agreed that we’d meet the next day. Fast forward 24 hours later to our scheduled rendezvous and…there was no sign of her. Thankfully, I had countless other people interested in the item and was able to sell it quickly, but I was frustrated that I carved time out of my day to meet her and she was a no-show.

-Be creative. If an item looks less than perfect but you’re a good DIY-er, consider ways in which you can spruce it up. If you’re already getting a good deal, you can invest that extra bit of money into making something simple look great.

Do you agree with these tips? I’d love to hear any that you have to share!

Abstract Art

Abstract Art

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In high school, my friends and I would sit in the hallway and catch up for 10 minutes or so after our buses had arrived but before classes were set to start. I remember there was this one painting we would sit near every day that was one of those pieces of art that makes you go “Huh? I could’ve made that myself.” It was some abstract piece that looked like someone just dragged red paint across a canvas and called it a day. Yet it was stored in a glass box in the hallway along with other artwork that had been deemed “important” enough to show off. What?

Clearly, I didn’t appreciate abstract art at that time, but now the trend has really grown on me. Although I will say that I am a much bigger fan of pieces that incorporate tons of different colors and brushstrokes rather than something that looks like one big glob of paint!

I now have a few abstract pieces hanging up around my apartment, and I’ve been pinning tons of rooms featuring abstract art for further inspiration. Below are some rooms featuring amazing abstract paintings that totally pack a punch. It’s safe to say I’m more than a little obsessed with all of these looks!

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Leopard Chairs

I recently spotted (ha!) the most adorable leopard print chair on Craigslist for a pretty decent price. However, as much as I love the print, I didn’t know if something so bold would work in my apartment. I think I’ll stick to leopard pillows and accents for now! That’s not to say that animal print chairs don’t look absolutely amazing in other homes. I mean, how adorable are these looks I rounded up on Pinterest? (Yes, oftentimes if I’m thinking about incorporating a certain design into my apartment, I’ll do a quick Pinterest search first to see how other people have made it work — I recommend this if you’re on the fence about something!).

Leopard Chairs

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