System Malfunction — Sorry!

25 Aug

Apparently all of my subscribers’ inboxes just flooded with images and posts from the Funky Bear. I am so sorry for this malfunction. Rest assured, everything is fixed now and it won’t happen again. Delete them all with gusto if you wish.

All I ask is that you pretty please with sugar on top forgive me and still get excited when you receive emails in the future. Okay??

And really, how can you say no to this face?

He is Puss. In boots.

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Shelf Yourself: Shelf Decor Inspiration

23 Aug

Nothing can throw off the game of a fabulous room like inadequate shelf decor.

I know from experience. Currently my shelf decor is absolutely nothing to write home about. It is the final resting place — a graveyard if you will — where all of my forgotten knick knacks go when I’ve lost interest in them. One of my next personal decorating projects will be to change that for the better.

I believe it is especially difficult for a younger person with a lack of personally significant doodads to fill up these empty spaces. Even if we do know exactly what we want to put in (like I have pictured in my head), it’s hard to want to buy a $30 vase over a $30 dinner and drinks with friends.

Bookcases are pesky because they either already take up a bunch of space (built-ins) or you want them to cover a large blank space. They are meant to draw the eye while acting as storage. But how do you combine both functions in a pleasing way?  I’m glad you asked. See below for these gorgeous shelving inspirations. Later this week, we’ll go through your shopping list to create interesting and functional shelves!

A somewhat nautical theme with blue back paneling and white ceramic, starfish, and coral pieces. Perfect casual look.

Inspired by: Crush Cul De Sac

A very organized shelving unit. Magazines and books are ordered according to color and/or date.

Inspired by: So Haute Style 

Another painted background. This decor combines books, knick knacks of different shapes and sizes, and prints.

Inspired by: Flickr

Turquoise! Love! White and brass create a vintage look to the fresh cabinetry. Think: flea market and resale shop finds.

Inspired by: Habitually Chic

All sorts of colors brighten these white shelves up. Vases, coral and stacked books seem to be the decor du jour.

Inspired by: 346 Living 

Try a simple build-it-yourself bookcase for extra storage. You've gotta commend the great use of file boxes and binders here that keep things organized without sacrificing the design factor.

Inspired by: Me Oh Mama

These shelves have a slightly Asian feel with the warrior masks and small shrubbery (sp?).

Inspired by: Meloz B

Color themed wallpaper. White and yellow is so clean for a kitchen area.

Inspired by: Porter House

Oversized ampersand and crowded bookshelves. Very home-y, yes?

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Themed Bookcase: Birds! Notice the various textures and types of birds (Figurine, painting, book covers).

Inspired by: With Two Cats

Elephant bookends and more coral -- that seems to be a trend. Organizing the books and magazines in a color code gives the bookcase a sense of purpose and planning. Not the haphazard mess like my own.

Inspired by: Pinterest

Obsession: Leaning and stacking pictures and prints for depth. The different sizes and textures are so attractive to me. Makes me so happy for an unexplainable reason.

Inspired by: West Elm

In this instance, the actual shelves are half of the draw. Using plain white and silver decor on the shelves highlights the funkadelic shape of the floating black shelves.

Inspired by: West Elm

Here's a close up of abstract yet antique design. These pieces are easy to find around your own house or attic and can give a shelf some attitude (i.e. ridiculously long eagle-esque feather).

Inspired by: West Elm

Take a colorful cue from this image and find pieces that really represent you: unique artwork, record covers, and pop art from movies.

Inspired by: Desire To Inspire

Suitcases and apothecary jars with bold ladder shelves. I could see this in a guy's apartment without seeming like you care too much or having to try too hard. How about it boys?

Inspired by: Pottery Barn

It's all about the wicker and natural look here. Dried butterflies included? That sort of makes me sad.

Inspired by: Pottery Barn

Another clean look almost lacking color. Album covers and oversized letters.

Inspired by: Little Blue Deer

Black and white. So industrial-chic and bold. I personally need a little more color but the modern feel inspires me to be simpler. Wish me luck!

Inspired by: Ffffound

Shopping: Horchow Sale TODAY!

18 Aug

I do not need to spend money during Horchow’s sale.

I do not need to spend money during Horchow’s sale.

I do not need to spend money during Horchow’s sale.

This is the mantra that I have been repeating in my head all day so I don’t buy something I do not need. Which I do not. My apartment is bursting with random furniture that I keep picking up as it is. Horchow is having a 25-30% off sale on all items online for one more day! The sale neds tomorrow morning, August 19, at 6:00am CST.

I used to think this was a store for “old people” but as it turns out, they have a great variety of both traditional, mature items as well as styles that I have been craving lately. This either A) means I am getting old or B) I was wrong…neither of which I care to admit to.

Go to www.horchow.com and remember to enter the code “TREASURE” when you check out.

Check out these loverlies I’ve been drooling over today:

“Bethany Scrolls” Chest

“Vivie” Mirrored Coffee Table

Golden “Greek Key” Mirror

“Infinity Scroll” Chest

Gray Basketweave Garden Seat

Silver Leather Pouf

French Laundry Home “Williamson” Striped Chair

Candlesticks

Orange and Ivory Pillows and Rug

Striped Chest

Alita Basketweave Lights

Dash & Albert Rug Company » Plain Tin Ivory Wool Micro Hooked

4 Aug

Dash & Albert Rug Company » Plain Tin Ivory Wool Micro Hooked

Dash & Albert Rug Company » Plain Tin Ivory Wool Micro Hooked (clipped to polyvore.com)

DIY: Fabulous Floorcloths

25 Jun

Stumbled across this today and it looks so fun! Turning fabric into a floorcloth/rug. 

All you need is fabric or a table cloth, floor finish, and a paint roller.

Let me know what you think!

Inspired by: Design Share

Obsession: Family Values Subway Art

11 Jun

New obsession of the week: Subway art.

Technically speaking “subway art” refers to the graffiti movement — particularly in New York City. Today, this creative expression, traditionally done in spray paint, manifests itself in wall art displaying various sized lettering.

I’m a little bit obsessed with typography and canvas paintings (in separate but equal ways) and I recently stumbled across these refreshing works of art that combine my loves.

And what’s really cool is the way in which modern families are using subway art. This art form has popped up all over blogs as ways for families to create an identity for themselves, while reaffirming their special memories and important values.

So feel free to peruse the following subway art featuring different family values and mantras. Click the different blog links as some contain instructions on how to do it yourself. This is definitely on my crafting to do list.

Inspired by: Shabby Nest

Inspired by: RedLetterWords on Etsy

Inspired by: Cupcake Cuppy

Inspired by: Art & Artifact

Inspired by: The V Spot Blog

Inspired by: WallBling on Etsy

Inspired by: Sassy Sanctuary

Inspired by: The Inspired Room

Inspired by: How Does She

Inspired by: Thoughtful Expressions Vinyls

Inspired by: CellarDesigns on Etsy

Inspired by: TerriColtynBaker on Etsy

Inspired by: Tara H. Lowry

Real Readers: Christina & Jodi

7 Jun

I have featured Christina & Jodi in my recent post about Etsy activists but today I want to share more about this creative roommate duo.

Christina is an accomplished jewelry designer (now taking it to the next level and moving to New York!) and Jodi is a Psychology graduate student and homemade card designer.

Now, take a deeper look into how their innovative minds worked together to decorate their chic and comfortable Houston apartment.

Christina & Jodi

CHRISTINA’S ROOM

How she came up with the feel of her room, in her own words:

“I love white brown and turquoise. I found the duvet from Target and the Headboard from Hayneedle. I love that the headboard is an ivory color with nailheads. I found the turquoise mirror from Marshall’s and think it adds a great touch and finish to my room. All the pillows are from Target. (Yes, I looove pillows) I’m really happy how my bedroom came out from the white base color to the brown and turquoise accents. It feels fresh and like me.”

Christina

The bedside tables are from Z Gallerie — a great store to find mirrored furniture for decent prices. The crystal lamps that are from Marshall’s complete the old Hollywood glam look that Christina loves.

This piece is from a furniture store in Fort Worth, Texas. Christina’s next move is changing out the drawer handles which is a perfect way to change the look without ruining a piece of perfectly good furniture.

Take a note from Christina’s book and hand paint a few plain wooden frames! This way she can match other painted pieces in her room (see below) and get the perfect pop of color she was going for. Ever the little artista, she decided to add the hanging caged candle holders to the corner to “add dimension” to her room.

In her own words:

“I painted the drawer turquoise to add a pop of color and then added a fun knob. This is my jewelry making table as you can see the various items already made. As you can see from my room, I love flowers and since I can’t afford to switch them out every week, I went with the fake ones. The cross was stolen from my parent’s house and I love it.”

– Christina

If you ever get the opportunity to travel, you must buy art from the cities you visit. It is a great way to relive a special vacation or memory from your life and adds such interest to your home. The art hanging above Christina’s toilet is a little piece she purchased in Paris while traveling abroad. Luckily it depicts the entire city AND the colors coordinate perfectly with her scheme. The two silver jewelry boxes below the mirror were handed down in her family from her Great Aunt Dorothy. So much history!

Here is another piece of decor from Marshall’s — Christina uses the silver vase here to pull silver from her bedroom and coordinate with the vintage metallic jewelry box given to her by her cousin.

Jewelry organization — clearly an obsession of every girl on the planet — is at its peak here in Christina’s bathroom. As I mentioned, she is just starting out in her jewelry making profession and has been enamored of jewelry as long as she can remember. Using these inexpensive square corkboards (from Target, Office Max, Hobby Lobby, etc), she added pushpins at the top so that her necklaces never tangle. Genius!

JODI’S ROOM

Beautiful Bella Notte bedding! This stuff is expensive but completely worth it. The softest assortment of textured fabrics you’ve ever felt, everything is dyed to order, and the best part is that it’s all washable. We sell it at the store that both Jodi and I work for, Nest & Cot. I have the same coverlet on my bed. Love!

Jodi’s mom picked up this gem of a chair and ottoman at the Dallas Market — a place for designers and vendors to come together and see all the goods at once. If you know anybody who is a designer or has a license of any kind in interior design, chances are they get great wholesale deals. You should ask them if they’ll help you make some nice purchases for a small fee or help you find discounts — it will still be less than retail pricing.

Sidenote: Jodi admits that her big weakness in life is trying to keep everything organized and she’s still looking for a way to keep all of her school books and gadget cords neat!

Jodi’s parents picked this gorgeous Hermes scarf on a special vacation. Jodi went to a custom framing shop to get it stretched and framed. It now serves as a focal point in her mature post-college apartment and an heirloom for the future.

Here’s a great tip: Look for furniture in the “damaged goods” or outlet section of a large store. Jodi found this huge and sturdy dresser in just such a section of Crate & Barrel. A simple scratch (that you wouldn’t even notice) brought the price down by over $1000.

Jodi’s sister, Jessica, followed in suit of her parents and returned from travels with this vintage Spain poster. Vibrant colors and a great story.

Love the shower curtain…it’s from Target!

Such a simple and chic way to decorate a blank wall: Framed cards bought on Etsy!

A neutral mirror bought at Marshall’s decorates this side of Jodi’s bathroom. Anthropologie can be an expensive store to outfit your entire house from, but try simply purchasing one vase or another small item for a punch of style. Jodi’s turquoise vase and cup for make up brushes do just that.

LIVING AREA & KITCHEN

A drop leaf table is an amazing way to utilize space in a small city apartment. This particular one was purchased at a  consignment store and extends to a full dining table. The fact that is it a beautiful antique only adds to its appeal.

A nice view of the kitchen. Christina had originally intended to use the trunk on its side as a nightstand but fell in love with the mirrored ones you saw above. Now it acts as extra seating and a place for the girls to stub their toes. Ouch!

The wine rack is a surprisingly functional and beautiful find…for $60 from Sears?! Christina got it in college from Sears’ online store because she loved one that a friend already owned. A self-admitted wino, it allows her to hold everything she wants and needs 🙂

The turquoise flower picture is another product of Christina’s artistic abilities, created for her college room and now an integral part of a wall collage in her and Jodi’s apartment. According to both girls, the wall is a “work in progress.”

Who says the word “vintage” has to mean from decades ago? This special little pink phone is from Jodi’s 6th grade room — a “vintage” Pottery Barn find.


The girls combined many of their extra decorations in the kitchen to make it home-y.

Their living area is both inviting and fashion-forward. The zebra chairs actually have a significant history being passed down from generation to generation (and being recovered along the way) in Christina’s family. Other pieces in the room such as the throws were gifts from friends. The cow hide rug was won at a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo auction. No home in Texas should be without one. Except mine is…I need to get on that.

Another antique piece that finds its way into the modern girl’s home. This vintage round table was once Christina’s grandmothers.

Another special hand-me-down item is this mirror which belonged to Christina’s late grandmother. She plans to keep it prominent in every future house she owns as a testament to her grandmother’s great taste and as an inspiration to her jewelry line.

The couch is from Pier One. Gotta love the nailhead look.


Thank you Christina and Jodi for letting us pick apart your lovely home!

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