Framing Wallpaper

 

I love changing up my gallery wall, so purchasing prints can become an expensive habit! When I lived in New York, I ordered a few wallpaper swatches that I ended up framing (although I can’t remember the company from which I ordered at the moment), and they looked super cute. I came across Spoonflower on Instagram (actually on one of my favorite accounts, @pineapplesandcoffeecups, to be specific!) and I loved the patterns that Adriana snapped. I decided to explore the site myself and realized that these designs would also be great for framing. First of all, there are tons of patterns to choose from, and second, an 8 x 8 swatch is only $5 (you can order larger sizes, too, but this is really all you’ll need for framing, especially if you have an 8 x 10 matted frame with a 5 x 7 opening). I am thinking about ordering a few of these once I get my gallery wall going in my new place! Here are some of my faves below, would love to know which ones you like!

Ginger jars

Scalamandre-esque zebras

Lips (like Lara Stone’s!)

Banana leaf

 

I think this one is my favorite!

 

Junk in the Trunk

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My mom keeps several old trunks in our house that were from her childhood home–one is used as a coffee table in our basement and I love the look. I purchased a greenish-brown trunk in Philly (it’s prettier than it sounds, promise!) and used it in my apartment there, but lately, my eye has been on classy, shiny trunks. Above are a few of my favorites. I LOVE the PBteen version (shown below) but the Target one (while still a splurge) seems a little more realistic, not to mention that it also looks easier to clean (I feel so adult taking that into consideration, haha). Which ones do you like?

 

 

Design Fangirling

Just a few things I’m obsessing over at the moment (the above chair/blanket situation included)…

HGTV Magazine. Love reading it, and the campaign dresser styling in the latest issue made me want to scream–in the best way (but I didn’t, because I was reading the issue on a plane and didn’t want to freak anyone out…).

Emily Schuman aka Cupcakes & Cashmere now has a home line for Lulu & Georgia (a site I absolutely LOVE). She also has a few items available at Nordstrom (oh my goodness, that marble lamp!).

I came across this ginger jar tray on Etsy and it’s the. cutest. thing. ever.

Speaking of ginger jars, how cute is this wrapping paper?!

Target has the best home decor. I spotted these insanely affordable lamps in Lauren Nelson’s home tour (which is giving me tons of inspiration as I plan out my new apartment decor) and think they’d make a great addition to any room!

Ahhh, I’m in love with this floor mirror and tray table. Ikea, people!

Any design finds you’d like to share? Have a happy weekend, all!

Ginger Jar Bar Cart

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I already mentioned the other day that I’m a bit of a furniture fanatic…let’s just say that when it comes to bar carts, my crazy tendencies are even more magnified!

In my first apartment in New York City, I used a small console table from Pier 1 as my “bar cart,” but honestly it never had any bottles on it and mostly just held cute cups, straws, coffee table books, and the like. When I moved to Philadelphia, a friend of mine told me she was selling her gold, vintage-looking bar cart for only 30 bucks, and you can bet I jumped on the subway to her place to take that baby home (don’t worry, I took an Uber for that part) the minute she was free! However, since that cart is pretty large, I ended up eventually using it as a side table next to my bed (I was inspired by the image below), and I used a different cart (also a secondhand score!) for the actual bar supplies. Whew, that’s a lot to keep track of, I kind of have furniture ADD at times! Let’s not talk about the other cart I purchased from Goodwill and then fixed up and sold…

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If you’re a normal person who only buys ONE bar cart and sticks with it (please teach me your ways), you may now be wondering how to style it. While there are a million posts floating around the internet on how to decorate a bar cart, I’ll have to say that coming across the above image on Pinterest definitely inspired me. Ginger jars have been and continue to be all the rage among bloggers and other interior decor-obsessed folks, and I love the idea of storing them on the bottom shelf of a cart.

I guess I would maybe worry about them getting knocked over by eager bar cart visitors (ha!), but otherwise I’m totally on board. Thoughts on this look?

Pink & Gray Bedroom Decor

Abstract art + cozy bedding + fun pillows...what more could I want?
Abstract art + cozy bedding + fun pillows…what more could I want? (Image from Adore Home Magazine)

These two images popped up on my Pinterest feed a few days ago and I saved them right away—while these aren’t the normal colors to which I gravitate when decorating, I absolutely love how the pink looks with the various shades of grey and wood accents.

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The colors and accessories are also giving me serious H&M home vibes—if you haven’t checked out their products before, hop right on over! I’ve ordered pillow covers from the site for less than $5 each, and the small décor items are super cute and affordable, too. Now if only this pillow was still available! I’ve rounded up a few items from the site that could easily be used to recreate the looks shown above.

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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…

 

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!

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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!

 

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!