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Living Room Update

Thank you all so much for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post.   You are all so sweet.  They made my week! 

Today, I am sharing recent updates to my living room.  This is a strange room in the front of our house that doesn’t get used much, but hopefully that will change.  When we first moved in, I used it as my office, but after Clare arrived and she spent half of the day downstairs with the baby-sitter, I knew this wasn’t going to work.

{I can’t believe I found this picture!  It’s c.2006 and way pre-blog.  Do you spy the old-school blue blackberry on the right side of the desk?} 

 Since Clare came along, it’s been a “living room” filled with a random assortment of orphan items that didn’t really flow together, including that fair isle rug.  I can’t find a picture of the living room set-up, and didn’t even want to take a “before” shot!  I am hoping to turn it into more of a “Mom Cave”  and use it for reading and chatting on the phone away from the hubbub of the rest of the house.  🙂  Sounds luxurious, right? 

For my birthday in May, my husband got me the gorgeous “Blues Comes Through” print by Alice Dalton Brown pictured below (that I have been coveting for a while and blogged about in August of last year).  The old decor clashed with my beloved print.

Based on what I already have, I am going with a color palate of light blue, yellow, white and seagrass.

So far, I have updated the room with Ballard Designs’ Seagrass Rug and replaced the old pillow covers with the light blue Jute Braid Pillow Covers from Pottery Barn.     

I like how the long, rectangular rug makes the room appear bigger.  The previous rug (a 5 foot circular rug above) made the room appear much smaller. 

I replaced a red/white/green framed Georgia O’Keefe poster with this framed illustration from our family room.  And I already had these pillows from Target (which are ubiquitous in the blog world!) and the throw blanket from West Elm, which was also in the family room.

In the short term, I would like to: 1. replace the dark blue pillows on the long couch with a pair of these:

ONE new 18x18 multi color, red, turquoise, green, gold, ikat, medallion, pillow cover, throw pillow,  decorative pillow SHIPS WITHIN 24 hrs

2. Purchase a small and light coffee table, preferably thrifted, but I also like the look of this one from CB2:

and 3. Style the bookcase with some interesting and fun pieces and books. 

Longer term, I would like to replace the end tables with some that add some  height to either side of the long couch.  I would also love to add a fun chandelier or lantern and some airy, flowy curtain panels. 

I am resisting the strong urge to make this room too beachy or coastal, which would be easy to do given its colors and current elements.  However, I don’t live at the beach or in a coastal town and that decor would NOT match with the rest of the house, so I am staying away from seashells, capiz, coral, etc.!

So what do you think?  Any good ideas for me?

Next up, I will share an update on one of my New Years Design Resolutions!

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{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 25 Days To Go!

One of my favorite gifts to give (and receive) at the holidays is a festively gorgeous set of dessert plates.  I can never have too many!  I love pulling them out and setting them next to appetizers or using them to serve cookies to an impromptu guest.

These are my absolute favorite:

{Boho Holiday Dessert Plates, Acacia Catalog, $54.95}

These would make a perfect prezzie for a couple who loves to entertain, a neighbor or an administrative assistant.

Or me.  (just sayin’)

Random Things I am Liking Lately

Happy Friday!  Tomorrow I am off on summer vacay, but if I get my act together, you will have a week of mini-posts next week.

Are you ready for my most recent set of randoms?

{As Rachel Zoe would say, “This is so major”; Phlox & Coral Coat, Anthropologie}

{This GORGEOUS oversized painting creates an ocean view wherever you live.  This is on my Christmas list.  If I don’t treat myself beforehand!  Blue Comes Through, Painting by Alice Dalton Brown, Acacia Catalog}

{I love these fun kids storage bins!  There are 7 different animal designs. 3 Sprout Organic Storage Bins, Amazon}

{These vintage map reproduction giclees are the brain child of the divine Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs.  There is something so comforting about the certainty of a map.  Suzanne Kasler World Map Giclee, Ballard Designs}

{I just bought this lovely and delicate bracelet and I absolutely love it layered with other bangles.  And the best part?  It’s only $29!  Clover Bangle, Stella & Dot}

{There are only a few hot soups good enough to make during the sizzling days of summer, and this is definitely one of them!  It’s so easy and super delicious.  Summer Corn and White Bean Soup, Cooking Light}

{This is such a great piece for the Fall, and it comes in 5 smashing colors. Ikat Print Scarf, Boden}

{I must admit that I am slightly obsessed with hiding tissue boxes.  I want one of these monogrammed tissue box covers for every room in our house.  At $14 and free shipping, why not?!  Tissue Box Cover, Pottery Barn}

Have a FABULOUS weekend!

Perfect Prezzies: 39 Days Until Christmas!

Wait, what??  39 days until Christmas??  How did that happen?? 

Welcome to the third installment of Perfect Prezzies (click here for the first edition or second edition).  I hope you find some affordable and fabulous inspiration for everyone on your holiday list!

For the Entertainer

I have given these chic and eclectic cocktail/appetizer/dessert plates as gifts in previous years, and received great feedback.  You can never have too many beautiful accent plates!  Aren’t they gorgeous?

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{Boho Holiday Dessert Plates, Acacia Catalog, $54}

For Him

As I have said before, I think that men are the toughest to buy for!  I love this vintage, retro, black, steel-cased clock.  It has a great masculine look that would complement any nightstand, desk or bureau.  The description says: “It even has an old-fashioned, rise-and-shine alarm bell.”  Charming! 

sundanceclock

{Time-tested Clock, Sundance Catalog, $38}

Speaking of retro, I really like this leather, vintage-looking dopp kit.  Men are always in need of an updated travel case and this one is masculine, sturdy, durable and affordable. 

fossildopp

{Redmond Shave Kit, Fossil, $60}

For the Gardener

I love to give little pint-sized bonsais!  Bonsais are interesting, pretty low maintenance and they last forever.  Plus, this Gardenia Bonsai flowers a few times a year and who wouldn’t want their house perfumed with the scent of fresh gardenias?  (Also, Red Envelope is very customer-service oriented — I sent a few jade bonsais to family members a few years ago, and they all came in great condition, except for my grandmother’s which arrived partially frozen.  RE returned it for a fresh plant the next day.) 

redenvbonsai

{Gardenia Bonsai, Red Envelope, $49.95}

For Her

I just added this sparkler to MY LIST!  Isn’t it so delicate and feminine?  And only $42?  Yes please.  It would look great tied close to your neck with a little black dress, or tied long and worn over a turtleneck or high-necked dress. 

anthronecklace

{Bougainvillea Necklace, Anthropologie, $42}

Check out this marketing genius — who wouldn’t love to receive the 5 very best products from Bliss Spa in a cute little package? 

bestbliss

{Best of Bliss Set 2009, Bliss, $45}

For Kids

In our family, my sister and I got new matching nightgowns each Christmas Eve.  I still love the idea of receiving new, warm, wintery (and maybe kinda matching!) night clothes for Christmas.  Check out these options:

girlsleep{Girls Plaid Sleep Set, Gap Kids, $29.50}

boysleep

{Boys Plaid Sleep Set, Gap Kids, $29.50}

hanightie

{Dreamy Nightgown, Hanna Anderrson, on sale for $28.80}

hajohns

{Unisex Organic Cotton Long Johns, Hanna Andersson, on sale for $33.60}

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!

 

Random Things That I am Liking Right Now

Below are a hodge podge of items that I am loving at the moment with no regard to order (or price tag in some cases):

anthrocoat

I.DIE.  Bananas.  OTT.  {Insert favorite Rachel Zoe saying here.This coat ($298) from Anthropologie is perfection.

greekkeytable

I love these greek key accent tables ($179) from Acacia.  I think they would also look great with a coat or two of white or navy blue paint.

cookiefamroom

I can’t stop looking at this family room featured in Cookie Magazine this month.  I absolutely love the symmetry and the dual living spaces created in the same room.  Somehow, the “wood cabin look” works without being to country or campy.  The contemporary drawings above the hearth are beautiful and understated.  Love.

mclampg

I would love to gentley place one of these beauties on my desk and stare all day.  At $625 a pop, I guess gazing at the Maine Cottage website will have to suffice.

gapjeans

The best affordable jean of the season — Gap’s Long and Lean ($59.50).  I love the higher-waisted, trouser feel of these jeans, and the long inseam options.  They are so comfy too.

unicatableunicatable2

Aren’t these tables from Unica Home ($263) museum-worthy?  I would love to use two or three of these jaw-droppers in front of a couch or love seat as a cocktail table.  Simply divine.

pbklamp

I think this table lamp ($69) would look great in a home office or study.  I would love a pair sitting on either end of a console in a hallway too.  Who knew that it was from Pottery Barn Kids?  Kids prices for fab lighting, nice!

So, what’s striking your fancy lately?

A Toy Story

Hi there!  Sorry for the unexpected hiatus.  What beach rental these days does not have wifi?!  I got spotty reception while squatting on some other wireless network, but not enough to compose a coherent blog post.  Missed y’all!

Anyway, while on mini-vacay, I was pondering the storage of my recently-turned-two daughter’s new toy acquisitions.  You know, the beloved (but worse than kitschy) talking Elmo, garishly colored ride-on toys and neon stuffed animals?

Wouldn’t it be great if fun toys could double as aesthetically pleasing decor?

giggleuroll

Don’t you love this Giggle U Roll by giggle?  I don’t think that I would mind this stylish ride-on toy hanging around underfoot.  It almost looks like a modern side table, doesn’t it?

And I love this pared-down Tori Rocking Horse by Design Within Reach.  I know how great it looks in the living room because my sister gave it to my daughter for her birthday.  [Note to self: great gift for 18 month to 24 month olds!]

torirockinghorseI also really like the Rody, a hippity-hoppity ride-on toy, that I was introduced to at my fave kid-friendly coffee shop, Cartwheels and Coffee.  They come in all all sorts of fun colors, but I am partial to orange, of course.

rody

How cool would this retro, sleek Saab roadster from Unica Home look parallel parked in the family room (even after the wee ones outgrow it!)?

saabroadster

Y’all know my partiality to swings, porch and otherwise.  I love indoor swings and think they add a touch of “not-taking-myself-too-seriously” and whimsy to any space.

teakswingI would love to suspend this Teak Swing from Design Within Reach in my daughter’s play room or bedroom.  It would require some space (and perhaps increased homeowners insurance!), but would look so fresh and unique.

I have been admiring this Red Flowers Indoor/Outdoor Swing for a while. I found this in Acacia Catalog.  I would love to hang this in the corner of the playroom as a reading and relaxing nook.

redflowersswing

I am coveting this fabulous, mod and comfy Bubble Chair!  It would look great just about anywhere – family room, living room, bedroom, sunroom, you name it!  I love the clear acrylic for letting the light in, and the cozy, “curled up with a Dr. Seuss book” shape.  Any kid would LOVE this hanging nest.

bubblechair

I have mentioned these before, but I am still enjoying these indoor/outdoor swings from Penobscot Bay Porch Swings.  This is the Bar Harbor Swing and would be perfect for an indoor swing for kids.  I would love to add fun, colorful, complementary accent pillows, my daughter and a cup of hot chocolate!  It would look great hung in front of a windowed wall in a bedroom or playroom.

penobscot

A glimmer of hope exists that fun and whimsical kids’ toys can “play nice” with a chic, modern, and fresh home!