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Blog Buzz: The Lovely Undergrad

25 Aug

YALL!! I cannot believe I get to say this but I was featured on one of my favorite blogs and one that I look up to very much…

The Lovely Undergrad

If you keep up with my blog and click through the links on my pictures, you know I admire Jessica (The Lovely Undergrad)’s work, style, and choices in decor that she posts about. I have tons of her pictures on my site and you should check out her blog for a great fresh persepctive as well.

Jessica recently asked a few of her fav bloggers to help her share insight on decorating the perfect room or apartment with her followers. I still can’t believe I am included in this circle 🙂 See what I chose here on her post.

I cannot thank you enough for all of the support everyone has given me on my quest for decoration inspiration. Please let me know if you have any feedback for me on how I can improve my blog or what types of posts you would like to see next.


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


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.”


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!


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.


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!

Real Readers: The Etsy Connection

20 May

As you all know by now even if you only look at the pictures on my blog, I am a huge fan of Etsy. This online marketplace for vintage and homemade goods is an amazing site to easily find one-of-a-kind pieces for your home at a reasonable price. It is a community where people support and encourage artists and craftsmen to keep creating by  buying and promoting your products. How fabulous is that?

I have been dabbling in the Etsy business myself thanks to my Craigslist fetish and the fact that I have no more room in my apartment to keep the things I make. It’s harder than it looks, people — but I’ve made my first two sales!

Inspired and humbled by this event, I would like to introduce to you a few other of my Etsy friends who are in my “circle” (it’s an Etsy term). Click their links to find out more about them and what they are creating.

Jodi,  Green Antler Card Company

Beautiful handemade cards and envelopes for any occasion.

You should also check out her insightful blog, The Real World is Weird.

Christina, Christina Greene Designs

Handmade jewelry inspired by vintage designs. What started out as an Etsy business has blossomed into a full-fledged website, brand and business as of this week. Congratulations, Christina!

Mollie, Come and Take It

Taking vintage Texas goods and turning them into fabulous modern treasures.

Visit her blog where you can read about her latest projects and request custom jobs: Come and Take It

If you are on Etsy, or know someone who is, send me an email to be featured! thefunkybear@gmail.com

Blog Buzz/Book Buzz: The Salvage Sisters

18 Apr

I may have found my true calling where I can utilize my creativity and my Craigslist habit — and it turns out it is a profession. Believe it. And I found out all of this thanks to a couple of sisters who share a love of upcycling old things and their book that explores the art.

Check out their book for amazing advice and inspiration on how to decorate your home using salvaged, resale, or just plain ugly furniture.

If my words of excitement about them hasn’t piqued your interest, I will let their work do the talking. Check out these hot trends that the Salvage Sisters recreated using bits and pieces from resale stores, garage sales, and attics.


Inspired by: Pine Cone Hill


Inspired by: Salvage Sisters


 Inspired by: lightshipsart on Etsy $895.00


Inspired by: Salvage Sisters


Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

SALVAGEDInspired by: Salvage Sisters

Blog Buzz: Tart House

11 Apr

I’m loving this new blog I have run across in my endless quest to makeover my own home (I really am turning into my mother…)

Tart House

Her style is serene and effortless, and the price point on most of her DIY and decorating projects is realistic. Browse through some of her latest posts or go straight to what moved me to post about Tart House today — an inspired master bedroom makeover, complete with before after pics.

Tart House – Before and After Master Bedroom



Just Sayin’: Blogs + Coffee = Fabulosity

26 Feb

Inspired by: Jennifer Ramos on Etsy

Happy Saturday! A perfect day to curl up, nurse that hangover, drink some Starbucks and read through your blogroll.

Check out all of mine on the right for more decoration inspiration, I’m adding a bunch of new ones today!

Just Sayin': Blogs + Coffee = Fabulosity

26 Feb

Inspired by: Jennifer Ramos on Etsy

Happy Saturday! A perfect day to curl up, nurse that hangover, drink some Starbucks and read through your blogroll.

Check out all of mine on the right for more decoration inspiration, I’m adding a bunch of new ones today!

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