August 22, 2012

Antelope Rugs




I'm having a thing for antelope print right now-- I love that it looks like nature and polka dots.


The real deal from Stark is probably expensive, but Karastan makes a carpet for $5.85/sq. ft. that  can be bound into a rug (the bottom picture is Karastan, I believe the top is Stark). I like.

August 20, 2012

Leopards and tigers and birds


I read somewhere once that the fastest way to make a new place feel like home is to put stuff on the walls. It's true! This weekend I went on a hanging-stuff spree and our place is looking so much better.

I had no intention of making this a jungle room, but so far I have tiger print, leopard print, feathers and birds on the walls and pillows. Ha ha!


 Before: so bare.


Amazing the difference a couple IKEA frames, free bird prints, and $17 curtain panels can make! Yes, 120" curtain panels for only $17. They're so great I'm putting them in my living room, too.


 The headboard was looking out of proportion with the height of the nightstands.


So I put these feather things (recycled from my mom's house, like half my stuff!) on either side and added a couple picture frames to fill the negative space. 


It's nice that one room in our place looks done-ish.
It still needs a more color. And some lamps. Maybe more art.
Like I said, done-ish.

August 16, 2012

10 Resources for Affordable Decor


The #1 question decorating question I'm asked is "where do you shop?"

I shop so many places that I can't keep track in my head, so I keep a list.  I could share the entire thing, but I figure most people don't have all day and want the options narrowed down. So here they are-- the ten (online) places I shop most.



I realize everyone has their own definition of "affordable." And each of these places definitely sells stuff I wouldn't put in that category, but they are generally pretty good.

Overstock is a great resource for furniture and rugs. I often find the exact same stuff sold at Restoration Hardware, Ballard, etc. for like half the price.

Urban Outfitters might seem like kind of an unusual place to shop unless you're decorating a dorm room. But they have funky, unusual, colorful things for cheap.

West Elm never fails to have something good in every category. Updated classics, love.

High Street Market has a traditional, Americana vibe and great lighting and accessories (lots of brass and vintage).

If you're familiar with my usual style, you might be surprised to see Furbish on this list. I love Furbish! They do the most interesting upholstery and have awesome accessories, art and pillows.

Home Decorators has a wide range of styles in every category, though I usually check there for inexpensive upholstery and case goods.

I love Etsy (and eBay, for that matter) because you can find vintage stuff at good prices. I think every room needs something with history.

Okay, nobody bash IKEA-- I adore it. I have a few quality standbys and they're always good for unfinished pieces to hack.


Those are my top 10, what are your favorites?

August 13, 2012

Breaking out the allen wrench.

 I put together FIVE Billy bookshelves and unloaded 20+ boxes of books this weekend. They take up an entire long wall in our bedroom. It literally took me two days! I'm obviously no prop stylist, but I am PROUD.


I didn't realize that the back of the bookshelves are folded in order to fit into the boxes, so they have 3 perforations running down the back. They looked cheap (they were cheap). Luckily Bryn's idea to cover the back in burlap saved my bacon. I like the depth and texture-- it's subtle and definitely worth $2.66 per yard. 


The rest of the room looks pretty much the same as our old place. I still heart my Nympheus pillows so much.

August 9, 2012

2012 Charlottesville Design House

Design houses are so fun. For me, this one was more about vignettes than whole rooms. Here are a couple of my favorites:


Calico Home (Calico Corners)



Andrea Gibson



Stedman House


You can check out the whole 2012 gallery here.
All photos by Robert Radifera.


P.S. I updated the sale page with some good stuff... Robert Allen & Chiang Mai!

August 8, 2012

surprising source: pb teen

Certain stores (like West Elm) can always be counted on to have great pieces. PB Teen probably isn't the first to come to mind, but is a surprisingly good source--especially for rugs and lighting. Aren't the trimmed mini-shades on the chandelier great?

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August 6, 2012

August 1, 2012

cheap chic: trellis chair

I saw these beautiful chairs on Pinterest-- they're custom upholstered in velvet Imperial Trellis from Chicago designer Danielle Rub. Without even guessing at the value of the chair or the custom workroom fees, the fabric alone retails for about $130 per yard and you'd need about 6 yards per chair... yeah. It's not Kelly Wearstler or velvet, but the Pier 1 Liliana Armchair is a steal in comparison!