Tuesday, November 27, 2012


In the coming months, I'm going to be making some changes to my living room. 
Here is a tentative plan for the space.

  • I already have a similar coffee table and a small arm chair upholstered in this green imperial trellis fabric. 
  • My current mantle. (Here's a close-up of the amazing artwork.)
  • I recently purchased a 9x6 Dash & Albert Diamond Rug from Zinc Door in light blue/ivory. 
  • When my hutch is refinished (soon!), it will have a similar look to this Layla Grayce hutch.
  • I'm saving to purchase this sofa in January. It's like a bed and the slipcover is easily removable/washable. 
  • I am hoping to purchase four pillows from this etsy seller Turquoise Tumbleweed.
For now my existing end tables and lamps will stay, so I didn't include those in my plan. 

My dining room, which opens into the living room via a large archway, is also in the planning stages. My existing furniture is a little darker, so the plan is to lighten up the space and have it tie-in nicely with the living room. 

What do you think?

Target Style

First of all, Target has a Tumblr. And it's good. Like, really good. I love it because - as if you had any trouble identifying fab things to purchase on your Target visits - it highlights the creme de la creme of Tar-get's goodies. 

So when I stumbled upon this gem last week (via my fab reader-friend, Em!), I was "oohing" and "ahhing" over several of the posts.

Then I saw this one and an "emergency" post-work run to Target became 100% necessary.

 I'm sure you can see why. It's the sparkle jacket number. It's saying "j.crew" but it's priced "Mossimo." You can't hate that.

FYI, he is real cute and sparkly and soft. And no less than three people gasped when I said it was from Target. I've been wearing him much like the above - black booties, dark skinnies. But rest assured, he is versatile. Over a pencil skirt for work? With cropped minnie pants, high heels and gold baubles for a holiday party? Yes, yes. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

It's Black Friday. I assume it's "black" because its akin to death for anyone in retail. I know for some people this day brings much excitement and great savings. For me, a normal-retail-loving-good-deal-seeking-working-girl, it's too much. I mean, I've just gorged myself on turkey, various starches, sugary carbs and red wine, so standing in the cold for hours and preparing to fight mobs of people is pretty unappealing. (By the way, can we talk about how this mayhem starts ON Thanksgiving this year!? Is nothing sacred!?!) That said, I can appreciate that some people have Black Friday traditions and some people are working to maximize their holiday budgets, purchase a new appliance, etc. To you, I say, "go get 'em. Don't get trampled! Don't be a trampler!"

So I am curious. Black Friday? No Black Friday? What are you up to today?

I'm at my parents house and will likely be in my pajamas for an unacceptable portion of the day. My morning will be spent reading the paper and sipping coffee and if I'm lucky my Dad will make me pancakes. 

This photo is from an interesting NYT op-ed, "Skipping the Stores on Black Friday," from 2010

Thursday, November 22, 2012


May your stomach be as big as your eyes!
Happy, happy thanksgiving reader-friends. 

I am so humbled on this day (and many days) by my countless blessings.
In case you're wondering, these five people top the list! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

America's Best Flea Markets

CNN did a little slideshow on America's Best Flea Markets a few weeks ago. Getting to the Brimfield Antiques Shows in Massachusetts has been a bucket list line item of mine for a while - many of my fave design bloggers have visit/rave about Brimfield annually. I also learned about the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market through this feature. I will definitely be going there.

Have you ever been to one of "America's Best Flea Markets?" 
Are there any local gems near you that should have made the list (or hey, at least the top 20)?

Rose Bowl Flea Market
Pasadena, California
Brimfield Antique Markets

Canton First Monday Trade Days
Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market
Springfield, Ohio

CNN says of Springfield, "Shoppers from as far as Japan descend on Springfield, Ohio, for its twice-yearly market of 19th-century antiques. But the event isn't stuck in the past. In 2012, it introduced live music, beer and wine stands, and trend-driven clothing and housewares.The effort is paying off in Springfield, where the May 2012 market drew a record-breaking weekend crowd of 21,000 shoppers, and flea markets across America are seeing a similar surge of interest." 

What. the. freak!? I am obviously living under a rock. People in JAPAN know about this, but little old me in Cincinnati doesn't!? Fail.

Scott Antique Markets
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago Antique Market
Chicago, Illinois 
 Almeda Point Antiques Faire
 Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn, New York
Raleigh Flea Market
Raleigh, North Carolina
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show
Portland, Oregon

Monday, November 19, 2012


Santa's little helper found this industrial and rather fab bookcase at the Ballard Design Outlet last week for a steal. A few phone calls/texts/online research later, I told Santa to load that baby on his sleigh! Sometimes knowing what your Christmas gifts are ahead of time can be a little anti-climatic, but I firmly believe in getting stuff you love (and hey, sometimes that means you picked it out yourself). In this case, it also gives you plenty of time to plan how you're going to style it up. :)

Shall I use it as a buffet? (this is very Anthro-esque, no?)

Or as a bookcase?

It is obviously imperative that I keep this piece from making my space look like I bought a page out of a Pottery Barn (or in this case, Ballard) catalog. This is where the styling (read: the magic) comes in. Here are some real-nice (say like this) examples on somewhat similar bookcases:

Yes, I want to be your twin and will copy you ASAP.

Pretty. Bonus points for elephants.

I like it. I like it a lot. Also, velvet sofa + grasscloth walls for the win.

One and three are totes my faves. I will copy cat those ASAP. Then I will show you.

Also, remember my hutch? It would be real pretty looking like this too. Am I right or am I right?

What are you go-to sources for styling a bookcase!? 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Call the Midwife

Have you been watching PBS' Call the Midwife? It's been called a "Downton placeholder" (for those of you also addicted to Downton) and it's British. Do I need to say anything else? 

I've only seen one ep so far but I'm already loving it, so I natch had to share with you all. 

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hutches 'n such

Happy Election Day! I hope you exercised your very important right to vote today. If you live in the state of Ohio and you have endured the endless (no really, ENDLESS) political ads for weeks on end, you are even MORE obligated to vote, if only to make up for your suffering. But on to happier and less controversial topics, such as my new hutch.

secret's out. she's in the garage.

When I saw this post for a china cabinet in my area that simply said, "china cabinet good condition make offer," I was a little weary. A blurry picture with no dimensions and no details didn't seem like a great sign. Nonetheless, I'd been semi-consciously hunting for a china cabinet after a refurbished one from Burlington earlier in the year had escaped me, so I was not be deterred. I few emails later (solid wood! would accept $70! perfect dimensions!) I had wrangled my boyfriend* and his SUV into a Saturday AM trip to check this piece out. 

The piece is a little dirty and has a few little blemishes (easily sanded out and painted over), so I talked the seller down to $60 and watched as my boyfriend and the seller carried it to the car. (I'm strong and helpful like that.) 

just barely fitting in the Jeep!

From there, we took it to my parent's house where I will store it until I can arrange to have it refinished. I am especially in love with the straight lines and the size of the piece. I'm still in the apartment phase of my life, so I wanted something that wasn't huge and could easily transition to a new space. I still have to get an  estimate, but based on past work I think it will be between $200-$300 to have it refinished. (I know I could refinish it myself for less, but I want it to look perfect. Less than $400 for a gorgeous hutch is still a deal at the end of the day!)

Here are my two inspiration images.

I mean, if my hutch ends up looking anything like that guy right here, I can die a happy lady. That is EXACTLY the look I am aiming for. And the color. I know I could go all bold (I feel like a sexy high-gloss navy hutch would be amaze), but again with my apartment-living phase going on, I want it to be uber versatile in the future.  

Along those lines, are you seeing that stenciling detail on the back of that hutch? Doesn't it make you just want to turn to the person next to you and say, "get. out!" ?  Since again, I'm aiming for versatility, I plan to achieve a similar look, but without the stencil. Enter inspiration number two.

This outrageously fab hutch very cleverly got a facelift with foam board and paper. This is my plan for my hutch. On the hunt for the perfect paper. Taking suggestions.

I can't wait to get her (the hutch) all gussied up and ready for her new home in my dining room! 

Of note, this is my first ever Craigslist purchase. I've been a little nervous to actually make inquiries/go check out pieces in the past. It was much easier/less of a hassle than I imagined. There are some great things (and a lot of junk too) on Craigslist, so don't count it out!

*useful not just for heavy lifting, but also for safety. Never agree to meet anyone from Craigslist without a buddy. You should also provide the address/email/phone number of the person you are meeting to a third party, just in case!