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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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Copycat: Jonathan Adler

31 May

If you’ve never heard of the interior designer, Jonathan Adler before, don’t worry, you’re in good company.

Only recently have I stumbled across this design guru and all of his must-have-but-out-of-my-budget goodies for the home.

Some of my ultimate favs:

Kissing Giraffes Rug, $750.00

Peace/Love Pillow, $98.00

Utopia Elephant Lamp, $350.00

Leather Elephant, $650.00

Light Blue Nixon Full/Queen Duvet, $195.00

Slate Grasscloth Wallpaper, $135.00

One of the neat things about Jonathan Adler’s work is that every once in awhile, an entire room is priced out for you to buy together. Here is one such gem, Jonathan Adler’s “Modern Romantic” Bedroom:

And for a mere $16,668.25 plus shipping and handling, it can be yours.

Or not…

Try this on for size instead. I mixed n’ matched a bunch of my favorite retailers and online vendors on Polyvore (a free online design website) and came up with a similar styled room based on JA’s fab design. This room definitely has a more “romantic” than “modern” feel, since that is more my style anyways. And as everyone knows, I love yellow and gray rooms. All of this for only $4,436.95. Let me know what you think!

1. Robin Staak Lamp, Stray Dog Designs, $350.00

2. Gray Damascus Mirror, Serena & Lily, $545.00

3. Queen-sized Fillmore Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily, $2,150.00

4. April in Paris print, Z Gallerie, $89.95

5. Lulu Chair in Tweed, Urban Outfitters, $429.00

6. Queen Labyrinth Dove Duvet Set, Dwell Studio, $280.00

7. Queen Bark Gobi Embroidered Sheets and Pillowcases, Serena & Lily, $220.00

8. Matchbox Nightstand, CB2, $199.00

9. Thomas Paul Swallows Flatweave Dhurrie Rug, Layla Grace, $174.00

 

Color Me Happy: Yellow and Gray

6 Mar

I’ll admit it — I have been very skeptical about this gray trend. Gray…as an upbeat color? Hmm…

And yellow is a color that has never looked good on me. Therefore I have avoided it at all costs.

But now all of that has changed.

GRAY + YELLOW = AMAZEBALLS

Check it out!

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Decor Pad

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Inspired by: Architects For Life

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Inspired by: Chic Cheap Nursery

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Real Readers: Caroline, Taylor, and Sheridan

23 Jan

These days, I am obsessed with the chic, sophisticated and downright pretty house of these cute girls!

Names: Caroline, Taylor, Sheridan

Age: 24-ish

Current City: Houston, TX

Jobs:
Caroline – Event/Fundraiser Coordinator for a Non-Profit Organization
Taylor – Law Firm Recruiter
Sheridan – Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse

Decorating Styles:
Caroline – Traditional,  anything “anqituey” — she likes having a neutral base and then throwing in a splash of color.
Taylor – Shabby Chic, French Country…a self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” who gravitates towards creams, whites, and neutrals over bold and bright.
Sheridan – Likes coming home to a soft, calming atmosphere. She chooses any piece that makes her happy.

Right when you walk in, you are greeted with a quaint little set up. The antique-looking carte goes great with the wall sconces and framed artwork.

The streamers hanging down from the door frames are not a part of their usual decor. They were party decorations for Caroline’s 24th birthday! (Happy Birthday!) This is the visual you get in when you come out of the entry way. Believe it or not, all of these pieces of furniture are hand-me-downs from their various grandparents. The chairs were a completely different fabric and got recovered in simple white from the Design Center of Houston to match the house’s clean motif.

Cute crystal-looking lamps! Try Target, Marshalls’, West Elm or Pottery Barn for some inexpensive ones.

Taylor already had this zebra print pillow in her possession but lacked its matching partner. Thankfully, she found it at a cute boutique in Houston called, A Bientot. Don’t forget to try gift shop and jewelry boutiques for small home accents.

This pretty piece is perfect for holding all your knick-knacks. I even have the same painting they do at the top! Love!

Pretty little dining room set up. All antique hand-me-downs from the grandparents again…slipcovered in a softer linen fabric to protect the seats and cover up older fabric.

It’s all about the crystal and clear glass. Classic and easy to find at so many stores.

Islands in kitchens add SO much space and personality. Obviously not everyone has one built in but if you have the room, you can buy a stainless steel table/island and use it much in the same way. Here are all of Caroline’s birthday treats laid out!

The  curtains actually came with the house! Rather than spending a fortune on new Roman shades (that’s what they’re called) they added a few cute candlitas (little candles? si?) and made it their own.

The couches were covered in white by Sheridan and the unique end tables are from Nadeua in Highland Village in Houston. The glass lamps are from Marshall’s, and the pristine linen lampshades are from Pottery Barn. The pine wooden coffee table is from her parents’ house, but try Craigslist for other people’s old pieces.

 

These paintings are another great bi-product of Pinot’s Palette…the place in Houston where you get to BYOB and learn to paint a famous painting in a group. It’s only $35 for the canvas and a 3 hour class then you get beautiful art work to bring home.

CAROLINE’S ROOM

A beautiful 4 poster bed (handed down from her parents) with stunning white bedding from Kuhl-Linscomb make for a fresh combination or old and new. The walls came the pale seafoam color and Caroline used it to her advantage to keep it classy with the white linens and paisley euro shams (Pottery Barn). Although she is not the biggest fan of her room (she thinks the Pottery Barn pillows were a random impulse buy)…I think it is sooo much more sophisticated than I could ever hope to be. But then again I guess I am 2 years younger than her? Does that count? Let’s hope so.

Crystal knobs on the dresser are a fun add too! Pretty, pretty!

TAYLOR’S ROOM

All of Taylor’s gorgeous bed linens are from Pine Cone Hill. At the store I’m working at now, we sell this brand all the time. It has so many beautiful options for a VERY reasonable price. And it looks custom! Check out their website for more details (or come into Nest & Cot to order!).


BATHROOM

Even the bathroom is pretty! Baskets are an easy way to both hide and store all of your bathroom necessities. And wicker and white go so well together!

SHERIDAN’S ROOM

Coral, white and turquoise…oh my! This traditional bed belonged to her grandparents and she had it recovered by a local guy in a flax linen color. She then uses this linen again to create a romantic little vanity.

Cute knobs!

And she has a coral bowl! LOVE!

A plastic organizer for jewelry. It’s great for storage and being able to see exactly what you’re looking for.

In case you didn’t know…How To Be A Lady. I may actually need a copy of this?

A vanity is both romantic and practical. Every girl needs one! (I know all the guys are rolling their eyes at this point…if there is even one reading). The mirror is from Marshall’s. Further proof that you can always find something to fit your style for cheap there!

Caroline, Taylor and Sheridan’s house is proof that you can mix old and new, vintage and modern, inexpensive and expensive to create a comfortable and chic home. And despite all of their class and style, they say their favorite part is actually one of their more modern creature comforts: Speakers all over the house! This includes the backyard and the bathroom (I would know — I was listening to a football game while I was using it!). TMI?! Who cares.

Hope you enjoyed visiting their home as much as I did!

Spotlight On: The Apartment Registry

17 Sep

TODAY IS MOVE-IN DAY! I finally will get the keys to my brand new, freshly accent-wall-painted apartment and I could not be more excited. Can you tell? Well technically, I don’t move in until tomorrow when my mom and dad drive my UHAUL of junk down from Austin but still – So. Freaking. Pumped.

The only issue is that the cable guy is coming to install our TV stuff today while we are at work — oh just sometime between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. Hmm…hope my roomie will be there because I will be at work!

All of the excitement of moving on got me thinking about a few of the important things in life: Weddings…Babies…

And what they have in common: Gift Registries.

When people get married and/or have kids, it is common practice to go to certain stores and create product wish lists for their new lifestyle change. Usually these are household items or baby products. Common stores for registry include: Macy’s, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Babies R Us, Williams-Sonoma, Target, etc. — whatever you want, really!

I totally support that. As you phase into new stages of your life, certain needs and wants arise. That’s when your friends and family come in with the registries. You pick and choose what you need, then you hope that your crazy Aunt Erma springs for that pink George Forman grill you’ve secretly been dying for.

Who knew Barbie could grill?.

Here’s what  I don’t understand: If you get to register to stock up on gifts for these two big lifestyle changes, then why not for your first apartment as well? Hence the need for an “Apartment Registry.”

I know this may seem a little self-serving since I am moving into my first post-college apartment today and let’s be honest — it totally is.

I wish I could have a registry! And I’m not sorry about it. There are so many items I wish I could have to furnish, decorate, and complete my apartment. My thought is that in this alternate world I’m dreaming of, you could send out an apartment registry or wish lists to close family and friends or even include it on an invitation to a housewarming party. That way, if people decide to bring you gifts to your first housewarming get-together, they know what you are still lacking to round out your apartment.

What can I say, when I’m right…I’m right.

Alas, the Apartment Registry is not something we practice in the United States (or at least not in my neck of the woods — but please enlighten me if you do). However, just for giggles I’m going to show you what I would pick if I could register for the gifts, knick-knacks and necessities that I am envisioning for the big move.

Maybe if I’m very good, I’ll get some of these pressies at my next birthday (next July!) or Christmas. Either way, enjoy my random wish list of first apartment needs, at least I enjoyed creating it.

BATHROOM

Hello fluffy, ruffle-y loveliness.

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

YES! Animal print has to live somewhere in my house...

Gotta have the waffle robe to use while doing your make up and getting ready. I wish they had one in navy blue...

Inspired by: Houston Monogram Shop

BEDROOM

I just bought this duvet cover from West Elm. I'm so excited about the clean white and the ruched fabric!

Inspired by: West Elm

Any sort of mirrored furniture is so Hollywood glam -- I want it! Only downfall: sticky finger prints can ruin the drama.

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Every room needs a textured or furry pillow, don't you think? I've seen these pillows everywhere from West Elm to Crate and Barrel to Marshall's. Once I get settled, I'm going to stock up in some good colors.

Inspired by: Crate & Barrel

Note: My internet is not working right now for Etsy.com but there are at least 2 million pillows I want from there. If you are ever in need of any kind of pillow: fun, pastel, bohemian, plain, furry, long, short…Etsy is the place for you.

LIVING AREA

Ghost Furniture -- another fave. I love how this clear acrylic furniture can modernize any style room. I'll take it with a soft, furry rug any day.

Inspired by: The Decorista

A cute, upholstered chair in a fun fabric would be a great accent to any living room or even a bedroom.

Inspired by: Anthropologie

This West Elm Andalusia Rug looks a lot like designer Madeline Weinrib's rugs. But paying a fraction of the cost for something I most certainly will spill on and literally walk all over is something I'm down with.

Inspired by: West Elm

Inspired by: Helzani Designs

WALL ART

I would take one in every color but for now I'd settle for Pebble Gray or Soothing Seafoam. I know they're sort of "old news"-- but I still love them.

Inspired by: By Order of the Crown (Etsy)

I don't think this is an actual purchase someone could make for me, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a collection of vintage magazine covers or prints like these so I can create the ultimate picture cluster.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This is a mirror that was created locally in Houston but I bet given the right starting materials, anyone could lacquer a mirror up in a bright fun color. How fabulous would this look on the wall?

Inspired by: Scroggie Studio (Houston)

KITCHEN

Found these cute plates at Anthro one weekend -- I love the black and flowers! Too bad they are $16 a plates. Not sure I can justify that one when I have a perfectly good set of white dishes...

Inspired by: Anthropologie

They claim they mean "bitch" in a good way. I don't care -- this is such a funny cookbook to display in the kitchen even if you never open it!

Inspired by: Amazon.com (and you can find it at Paula Fridkin in Houston)

RANDOM

I don't care where, but I have GOT TO have a turquoise lamp somewhere in my apartment. Thankfully, I have 2 at home just begging to be placed in my bedroom. Yay!

Inspired by: The Decorista

Every room needs a gorgeous jewelry box -- this one from Urban Outfitters might just be the ticket.

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Um...I just like this 🙂

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

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Real Readers: Caroline

18 Aug

Today is a special day when I allow my first guest blogger to have her say here on my blog. Nepotism is alive and well, people… and hard at work here at the Funky Bear. The guest blogger is my sister, Caroline! (Sidenote: If you’d like to be a guest blogger on the Funky Bear or feel you have something to share in this creative space, please email me at thefunkybear@gmail.com)

Name: Caroline

Age: 20

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Town: College Station, Texas

Fun Fact: Besides being my one and only little sister, Caroline was born with 2 stuck together toes! Yes, as in webbed, like a duck. The nurse who helped deliver her proudly proclaimed: “Oh don’t worry, good for swim!”  TMI? Perhaps…

Decorating Style: Classy. Colorful. Chic.

But Caroline is qualified to talk decorating in other ways than her blood relation to me. Out of the two of us, she is the one more inclined towards home design. In fact, when I told her I was starting the Funky Bear, I’m pretty sure she shunned me for no less than 3 days because it’s more her forte than mine. She probably couldn’t understand how or why I was dabbling in her world. Hmmf…but now she is helping me provide creative inspiration to all of my followers. She has always been interested in home decorating and design since the ripe age of 6 when she started her very own design notebook. She pulled scraps out of magazines and wrote on sticky notes things such as “Nice curtains” and “Good lamp” so she wouldn’t forget when she was all grown and had her own place.

Well, now she does at her first house at Texas A&M University and she would like to share her tips of the trade with YOU. Keep in mind, she has just moved in in the past few weeks and the walls are still very bare. But you can definitely get some great ideas looking through the decorating mecca that is her house. I’m OBSESSED and I know you will be to.

So without further ado, here is Caroline’s point of view:

Hello Funky Bear followers! I’m excited to be able to share with ya’ll my new love affair – my very first house, and it has a red door! Love at first sight. I’ve always loved design & decorating, but am in a whole new arena now that I have my own house (and all the fun stuff inside is coming out of my wallet! Yikes.)  My 3 lovely roommates and I just moved in this Summer and have been having a ball putting it together. I can tell they’re true friends because they have completely let me take the reins decorating wise.

Our little red door house is a work in progress! One thing I’ve learned so far is that decorating (the right way) takes time and patience. It doesn’t happen all at once, no matter how much you want it to, and it turns out a whole lot better that way. I’m going to share a few tid bits on what’s been going on in my house thus far…

Welcome to my room! I took this old wrought iron bed from my room at my parent’s house and threw my freshman dorm Pottery Barn bedding on it. I’m a big fan of color, and love that the red comforter incorporates lots of fun, bright ones. The white on the bed adds a clean crisp vibe to the loud colors. Then for finish, I added a few accent pillows (thanks to Marshall’s and Stein Mart — awesome throw pillows at a great price.)

The lamps beside my bed were a Target purchase! I love the lining of the shades with that fun design so that when you turn the light on, it adds a little somethin’ extra.

My mom and I found this great old pine desk at a resale shop in Austin for $70! I’d been looking for so long, and this was hands down the best deal. I leaned this old mirror (another Mom find) up against the wall. At first it was out of the laziness that came from trying to hang it all by myself, but I’m really starting to kind of like the lean, laid-back, chic look.


I set on top of the mirror this little sign (with some wise words from Cinderella) found at Marshall’s.


On top of my desk sits this classy little lamp. Believe it or not, it was a Target find! It’s got the silver candlestick look and the shade is this soft blue that I love.

The jewelry box was an Urban Outfitters find ($40) and the little bird-earring holder was $7 from Marshall’s. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a huge Marshall’s fan and bargain shopper extraordinaire.

Touches of leopard print here and there never get old. My mom found this chair for me a long time ago at a resale shop in Houston (The Guild – for any of you Houstonians). Again, the throw pillow was a recent buy at Target!

And here we have my first painting project! My mom had this funky old wood table. Since it was just a practice/starter piece, I decided to go bold and put a coat of this hummingbird turquoise on it. It was way easier to paint and distress than I thought! New hobby? Possibly.

Here are some quick instructions to Do It Yourself if you’re interested:

Step 1: Find old piece of furniture – Craigslist, around the house, resale shops…you name it!

Step 2: If it’s already got a coat of paint on it or a stain, you’ll need to sand it off so that the paint and finish will stick (which is all I did). Or you can do a combination of sanding and priming. Priming is easy as well and anyone at Home Depot can help you find the right primer depending on the piece. Make sure to wipe the piece down to get off all the dust particles etc. off before you start applying paint!

Step 3: Now you get to paint! Turn on some music, lay out a old sheet or tarp, and go to work. You don’t need fancy paint brushes, but cheapy ones will just make your piece look cheap. Quality is better, even if it’s a few bucks more. Worth it. Ask someone at your local hardware store and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Step 4: Re-apply another coat to make the color rich and non-streaky! Let it dry overnight.

Step 5: To give it an antique, distressed look – you’ll need some sandpaper! Go over all the edges where a piece of furniture is prone to wear over time. Corners, lines, etc. – you can distress it however much or little you’d like.

Step 6: Once you’re done with this, you’ll want to wipe down with a damp cloth to get off all the dust and anything left over on it. Now you’ll put a clear, glossy sealer over it to help it resist stains and give it a nice finished look! It’s like putting on clear nail polish, you can’t really mess it up, but if you do it right, it makes a big difference. And voila! You’re done.

An old vase from a flower delivery a while back and some one dollar colorful daisies from Michael’s serve as our “centerpiece” for our kitchen table.

This one gets props from Funky Bear herself and my momma, the one who taught me everything I know! My mom painted and distressed this fun piece and my sister gets credit for the artwork. She was going to throw that away! Someone’s trash is another’s treasure…

Our cozy living room! All pieces from our old house mixed and matched together.

A little home-made artwork around the house! Me and my friends had a girls night one evening consisting of canvases, an array of acrylic paints, Alanis Morrisette setting the mood, and a little bit of wine. Artistic inspiration in a nutshell.

Here are some little touches around my room. Everyone knows it’s the little touches that make a house a home…

Found this little silver tray at a resale shop for $4! Put a candle on it and it sits right on one of my bed side tables.

I like filling shelves with all my books – the bindings bring in color and a homey feel.

I love trays of perfume, gives it a feminine feel, even if most of the bottles are basically empty.  I found the white oval plate the perfumes are sitting on at Marshall’s.

More homemade stuff. Here is a fun card I found at a boutique in Austin! I found some scrapbooking paper and matted it on that and stuck it in a 8 x 10 black frame.

This is in my roommate (Kristin’s) room and I’ve always wanted to do this! She found an old window pane at an antique store for $12. She cleaned up the glass a little and stuck some pictures in! She recently bought another one for our house that I’m sure we’ll do something fun with.

As you can tell, our house is still kind of empty feeling – but we’re trying to pace ourselves! That only means we get to prolong the fun of getting to decorate and add to the house. But for now, I’d say it’s a pretty good start. When it starts coming together even more, maybe Claire will let me update you guys on how it’s looking. Thanks, hope you enjoyed!

Obsession: Ikat

1 Aug

It’s not a brand new trend, but it’s definitely one of my favorites.

Ikat (pronounced “eee-kaht”) is a method of weaving and dying that has unknown origins, but it has been dated back to pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures. Besides being found there, many other countries have laid claim to the design in their own way especially Central Asian countries like Uzbekistan and Indonesia (Wikipedia).

Today in America, ikat can be found on all sorts of goods — from printed dresses and fashion, to pillows, to upholstery, the fabric has permeated everything design. You’ve probably seen it lately (even Gap has ikat dresses), but if not, here is a little sample:

Inspired by: HGTV

Inspired by: Lotus Haus

Inspired by: Company C

Recognize this little guy? I’m sure you’ve seen it around. Love it as much as I do yet? You will once you see all the different fun ways you can use it around the house. The best thing about it is that it can come in so many different forms. It can dress something up, dress something down, be fun and bold and loud, or a neutral way to add flair to a couch. Ch-ch-check it out!

This looks like an ikat Alison in Wonderland tea party gone berserk! Mama likee...

Inspired by: Absolutely Beautiful Things

Just a little touch of red ikat here looks fab.

Inspired by: Country Living

This room is full of ikat-esque fabrics: The light blue & white bed skirt and chair, and the red and white pillows.

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Or just buy a huge swatch of fabric and create a giant board on your wall. Fun!

Inspired by: Elle Decor

Here the black and beige ikat acts as a neutral.

Inspired by: Faith Sheridan’s Blog

Ikat + Turquoise = Perfection. What a serene room!

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

I love the designer Madeline Weinrib, these chairs are upholstered by her.

Inspired by: LA Design Concepts

A burst of ikat is a perfect way to spice up a white couch.

Inspired by: Material Girls Blog

A mellow green looks beautiful with this white couch too.

Want to buy some of your own ikat? A lot of what people do with ikat is buy fabric and then pay to get it re-upholstered onto a chair, couch, or ottoman. This can be a VERY expensive and time-consuming process. Especially for the young girl starting out who is short on income and prone to change her mind, it is better to invest in small ikat pieces.

Amazon, $50

Inspired by: Amazon

Anthropologie, $14

Inspired by: Anthropologie

Etsy, $35-$145

Inspired by: Etsy (If you just do an “Ikat” search on Etsy, you’ll come up with tons of amazing options)

Neiman Marcus, $160

Inspired by: Neiman Marcus

Etsy, $90

Inspired by: Etsy

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