Tuesday, February 26, 2013

getting figgy with it

Yes, the title of this post is "getting figgy with it." Humor me, please. I had to do something more creative than my recent, uninspired posts titles like, "Spring Handbags" and "Dream Kitchens." (Riveting, I know.) But back to the topic at hand, the fiddle fig leaf plant. Or Ficus Lyrata, if you want to go all botanist on me. 

I have this corner of my dining room that is a little on the empty side. I don't need or want any extra furniture in the space and my soon-to-be-hung curtain panels will help fill it up a bit, so I was thinking of shoving some TBD accent chair over there and calling it day. My mother suggested getting a plant, and my first thought was something along the lines of:

"Decorating with plants gone awry," exhibit a & b:

As an aside, I feel like that picket fence headboard is straight from "Pinterest, you are drunk." 

See how these plants fill that corner up SO NICELY?

Don't get me wrong, I know you can accessorize with a good plant now and then, but this is what my gut reaction was. And aside from the odd orchid (which I have knack for killing) I was all, "No plants for me thankyouverymuch." I didn't give it another thought until I was perusing One Kings Lane for stuff I don't need when I saw this quote from Erinn Valencich in her Tastemaker Tag Sale

"My favorite decorating tricks? Hang your curtains close to the ceiling for drama. And I believe every home should have a living tree in the living room - Fiddle Fig Leafs are a personal favorite."

Curious, I immediately thought of the oft-seen Peter Dunham Fig Leaf fabricSome Google searching and some Pinterest stalking later and I realized I'd been missing out on the whole "stylish-plant-in-the-room" thing for a while. I'm so off-trend and not hip. Sigh.

Lonny, March 2012

Grant K. Gibson via

Ken Fulk via House Beautiful

unknown via

Emily Henderson (I think) via

Peter Dunham via House Beautiful

Gorge, no? 
Apparently you can get these from IKEA

Now there is just the matter of purchasing (and not killing) my own Fiddle Fig Leaf tree. 

Are you rethinking decorating with plants? (Or did you already subscribe to this train of thought?)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Handbags

TGIF reader-friends! Are these freshly colored handbags the very definition of eye arm candy or what!?! It looks like a pretty row of Easter eggs - which should get into my closet ASAP. 

Which bag is your  favorite?

I am just dying to get that mint Kate Spade Mercer Isle Sloan on my arm this spring! 
(there's just the minor problem of $400 extra dollars lying around...or not lying around, as luck would have it.)

Have a fun, safe weekend! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dream Kitchens

I think everyone (everyone, right?) has a pretty good idea of what their dream kitchen looks like. Mine is light and bright and classic and open.  And so while I'm stuck in rental-land and have to live with my (mini) kitchen, I'll keep on dreaming. In case you're wondering (aren't you always?) here's what my dream kitchens kind of look like...

Erin Gates' almost-done kitchen reno is pretty damn close to dreamy if you ask me! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Even though I dream of a kitchen like so, I loved this gallery of "creative" kitchens featured by Elle Decor. There are some fresh, bold choices in these kitchens that make them stand out. 

And just for fun - Bailey McCarthy's new hunter green kitch is super bold and super fab! (which is Bailey's standard MO, so not too surprising there)

Which unique design elements speak to you the most? For me, it is definitely the bold painted cabinetry! 

Would you make a BOLD choice in your dream kitchen? Do tell!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Healthy" "Cookies"

Guys. Two main ingredients. Oats + Bananas. Then add whatever you want. I added chocolate chips, obvi. 
"Healthy" is relative, ya know. So is "cookie." This is kinda more like a chewy, gooey bite of delight. 

I originally saw this recipe on Skinny Taste today, and modified it a little bit.

2 ripe bananas (mashed)
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup of ?? (walnuts, chocolate chips, coconut)

Mix together

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

Remove and enjoy! I thought they were best a few minutes out of the oven, when they were still warm.

No guilt. You are welcome.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hutch Transformation

My hutch has been at the shop for what seems like AGES (really just over month) and I am ab-so-lutely dying to get it back. Okay, maybe not dying, but like REALLY, REALLY wanting it to get inside my house ASAP! There is a blank wall in my living room just waiting for it, and boxes of books and other items (like these amazefest guys) waiting to be styled inside of it!.

When I saw this amazing craigslist hutch transformation this week, my excitement was renewed! This hutch is MUCH larger than my cute little guy, but I hope the result is just as fab.



Can you even believe this is the SAME hutch!? I love that she moved the doors from the center to the outside cabinets and got creative with the door backing - affordable punched aluminum vs. custom cut glass. Get all the transformation details here.

Seeing this hutch makes me think mine will be worth the wait! (The shop I use also uses Annie Sloan chalk paint and primer for all furniture - interesting.)

Thursday, February 14, 2013


In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my favorite LOVE quotes. Remember that today is not about what kind of love you have in your life, it's about how much love you have in your life. (romantic love doesn't trump family love or friendship love!) Today is a day to be grateful and humbled by the love you have received and a day to tell your loved ones just that - that they are loved! 

And above all else, remember these wise words from Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Colin Firth (coincidentally an excellent version of Mr. Darcy) and the whole Love Actually gang...

Thursday, February 7, 2013


It's been too long since I over-shared a million pictures of the stuff I didn't buy on my most recent thrifting adventure. So here is a photo dump from last weekend. This was my first time at Duck Creek Antique Mall - easily the closest and most accessible antique mall to my home - but it will not be my last! There were SO many amazing treasures. From furniture pieces to accessories - lots of fun finds! 

fun lime green lamp/side table. just switch that shade out for something more modern. (this was a less neon and more lime in person)

a little vintage Gucci anyone?

I love that it says "Auth. Vintage Gucci Suitcase...that has traveled the world."

Adorable vintage kitchen set in really great condition!

mod squad! there was an awesome selection of mid century modern furniture as well!

beautiful buffet + brass elephant

great bar tray and gold rimmed glasses

Uh-oh. Vintage BB guns.

really unique brass candle sticks & a 50's brass serving cart

technicolor dream books + painted end table

oh hi!

cutesy hutch + more brass candle sticks

some lovely bamboo pieces - this shelf and bar cart are just some TLC and a glossy coat of paint away from being fab!

several mid-century modern rockers were scattered throughout and I love the clean, simples lines of this bar cart (so many bar carts here too!)

orange moroccan side table, great mid-century coffee table

twinsies! two pairs of great  finds! Twin headboards and garden stools!

Ob-sessed with this set of polka dotted glassware. Ob-sessed. 

In fact, I think I might have to go back and get these bad boys. Don't beat me to it.

Wishbone chairs + an amazing pair of stage lights from the stages of victorian Cincinnati. So unique!

funky lighting, anyone?

crazy shelves and little something for you bacon lovers!

I loved these framed apples and this antique map of Cincinnati!

Cool brass-bottomed table + a little snap from a cute outdoorsy booth. Fun vintage fishing basket, eh?

pondering the goods...

One last two-tone bar cart. Such an awesome piece, but unusually wide (40")

So what do you think of Duck Creek's treasures? 

More importantly, should I go back for those polka dot glasses?