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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

Craigslist: Houston Finds

1 Jun

1. Funky Blue Coffee and End Table, $25

2. Large White Sideboard/Buffet, $100

3. Black End Table, $20

4. Red Armless Suede Chair set, $100

5. Black Desk with 2 Drawers, $100

Craigslist: Houston Finds

11 Apr

Hi, my name is Claire. And I’m a Craigslister.

I understand the first step towards overcoming my problem is admitting I have one.

I have spent countless hours and money on finding pieces I can upcycle on Craigslist, only to find that there is no more room in my small apartment.

My roommate is ready to disown me. If she walks into our tiny living room one more time to the smell of paint and a half-primed dresser, she will most certainly not want to renew our lease.

But please, benefit from my obsession. As I dig through the trenches of Houston’s Craigslist (sorry — local only for now!), I will post the most promising couple of pieces for your gawking pleasure in it’s own “Craigslist Finds” tab at the top of the menu.

1. 4 Parsons Chairs – $25.00 each

2. Mirrored Accent Table – $125.00

3. 11-Drawer White Dresser – $240.00

4. Shabby Turquoise Vintage Buffet/Table/Dresser – $300.00

5. Vintage Refurbished School Locker for Storage – $159.00

These Houston Craigslist finds usually just need a little bit of refurbishing and voila! An interesting new piece for you home without breaking the bank.

Obsession: Mirrored Furniture

7 Apr

Inspired by the art deco style of the 1930’s, today’s mirrored furniture can bring old Hollywood glamour into your home.

Upsides:

Did I already mention old Hollywood glam?

Having many mirrors can make a room appear larger. Optical illusions and all of that.

Can go with practically any design scheme from funky to elegant.

Downsides:

Smudgy finger prints cannot be hidden. Cleaning with Windex or another glass cleaner is a must-do daily.

Can be pricey — you’ve gotta pay for all that glasswork. Scroll to the bottom of the article for some fair-priced alternatives to designer goods.

Advice:

The more divided, detailed, and mirrored the piece is, the more expensive it is. If you want the look for less, try to find simpler pieces. Thanks to the fact that they are stunning with or without heavy detailing, you don’t have to sacrifice any of the elegance for the lower cost.

Make sure you always inspect the ENTIRE piece for cracks and dings. Obviously when working with glass like mirrors, these things are bound to happen. If you are okay with where the crack is located, then you definitely need to negotiate a huge discount. If not, then walk away and wait for the next good deal.

Inspired by: West Elm

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Inspired by: My Sweet Prints

Inspired by: Studio Ten 25

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: The Lennoxx

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

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Inspired by: Decor Pad

To Shop:

Z Gallerie

Pier 1

Neiman Marcus

Horchow

Marshall’s

eBay

DIY: Weekend Project Fun

18 Feb

Happy Friday to all!

Lucky for me, I have no class on Friday’s so I get to spend all day being lazy (and funkybear posting) I have some fun house projects to share with y’all that I’ve done! Let me know what you think.

Project #1: Antique Wood Shutter

So, my roommates and I found an old wood shutter at a thrift store in College Station last semester. Although it was pretty rough-looking, it was only ten bucks. What a steal. We weren’t sure at the time what to do with it, but a coat of paint later, it came to us.

We simply spray painted the shutter a serene sage green. After we let it dry for an hour or so, we started to distress it using some sand paper. We lightly went over all the natural places an old item would have worn over time — corners and edges, mostly. After wiping all of the sanding dust off with a wet rag, we put a stain on it. This stain simply put a darker tint to the sage green, and on the areas that we had distressed, it brought that out even more – making a very rich and finished looking piece!

As you can see, we didn’t stop there. In order to make it a functional piece — we found some fun knobs at Hobby Lobby (also can be found at a local hardware store, or if you’re wanting to splurge a little, Anthropologie is your answer). We had some fun finding mix-n-match knobs and then got one with each of our initials! The hardest part about all of this was working the screw driver (we’re girls, give us a break) but once we figured that part out, the rest of it was smoothe sailing.

Here’s some more close up views of how it turned out!

While we don’t hang our keys or purses on it, we absolutely LOVE this in our house. Over Christmas time, we hung up our stockings on there and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Project #2: Old-timey Coat Rack

So, I’ve got lots of stuff whenever I walk in the door – umbrellas, jackets, scarfs, and so on. I tend to throw them on whatever chair I see first, or the floor if nothing else.
Over winter break when I was in Austin, my mom and I were just having a leisure day of Christmas shopping in the funky Hyde Park side of Austin (not only did we explore a lot of fun shops, but found a LOT of good food — let me know if you want any restaurant recommendations for that area. I love talking about food).
Any who, while browing an antique resale shop, we stumbled upon this old coat rack! Unfortunately, I did not take a before picture (rookie move I know, I’m still getting used to being a funkybear) — but I do have plenty of after pics! It was an old brass hat rack with lots of dings and scratches on it and looked like it belonged in my grandparents house (use your imagination).
Two coats of a bright NYC Big Apple-style RED later, and it was good to go. As you can see, I love spray paint. And the color red. Here are some shots of my new little baby:
And there you have it! Now go have some fun this weekend, relax, and if you got inspired by any of this, show me what you come up with!
Yours truly,
Caroline, the little FunkyBear

Spotlight On: Wine Racks

9 Jan

Caroline, the newest Funky Bear, is still on Christmas Break from school…so she won’t be posting for a few weeks. In the mean time, I have been busy renovating me home a little bit. Today for example, I found this mega-steal on Craigslist.

$25 for this solid wood wine rack!

The thing is seriously heavy, and has no dings or cracks to speak of. It is wobbly on one side but that is easily fixed with furniture buffers or a little piece of wood. And it holds 25 bottles of wine. I highly doubt I’ll ever have the need to hold that much wine — but you never know. I had planned on painting and antiquing the wood a fun color (turquoise, anyone?) but it turns out it is in great condition the way it is and the dark wood complements my other kitchen furniture. I think I’ll keep her just the way she is.

Wine racks are one of the many reminders of why I love being over 21. They make you feel totally mature and grown-up. But if you aren’t 21 yet, or don’t care for wine, try one of these other great ways to use a wine rack.

To hold your olive oils, soaps, or other non-refrigerated cooking items in the kitchen. A unique way to show off and organize your space, no?

A funky and fresh shoe rack for your closet. This one is a little tall to fit under my clothes, so just make sure to invest in one that fits your closet space. Great for flats and flip flops, maybe not the best or most convenient for heels.

Inspired by: The Trendy Home

A neat way to hold your bathroom or kitchen towels where they are easily within reach. This pictures shows a small wine rack used in a bathroom but a larger one like mine could look really cool if you antiqued the wood and had rows and rows of beautiful towels.

Let me know if anyone else has other great ideas for wine racks!

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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