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Buy This, Not That

I am sorry for the radio silence last week.  I was traveling for work and trying to catch the runaway train that has become my life!  I have about 1092841740 blog posts drafted, and none of them are finished, so that will be my goal for this week. 

In the meantime, I found a great summery BTNT gem for you all:

LOVE THIS?

{Flip Flop Buckets, RSH Boutique, $62}

BUY THIS!

{Flip Flop Pail, Jaye’s on One Kings Lane, $29!}

That’s almost 50% off!  Happy Monday, indeed.

P.S.  Need an invite to One Kings Lane?  Leave me a comment and I will email it to you. 

Bullseye!

A recent trip to Target introduced me to all of the new Dwell Studio for Target items they are offering this season.  What gorgeous stuff at great prices!

I bought two of these Lattice Decorative Pillows ($24.99 each) for our family room.  The reverse side has a powder blue background with brown lattice and white stiching. 

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I also bought two of these Blue Bird Decorative Pillows ($24.99) to complement the look.  They look great on our brown couches.  

targetbirdpillowIf my Target had these mod brown pillows ($19.99) in stock, I probably would have thrown a couple in the cart too.

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I also love this Peony Decorative Pillow ($24.99):

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And I am digging this woodsy Foliage Pillow (great for fall!) ($19.99).

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The Dwell kitchen sets are so lovely and affordable ($19.99).  They would make great hostess gifts.  The sets include two potholders and three tea towels, and come in black and rust.

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Check out this gorgeous green Garden Pattern Rug ($139.99 for 5×8).  This would look fabulous in an entry hall.

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In a similar vein, this Foliage Comforter Set is fun – it reminds me of Marimekko, but only $89.99 for shams and a queen sized comforter! 

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I love this unique black bedskirt with the grosgrain ribbon detailing ($38.48).  Instant modern drama to any room!

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Drooling over this adorable Bird in a Tree Duvet Set ($49.99 for twin with a sham, $59.99 for F/Q with two shams) for little girls.

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This Upholstered Storage Bench ($199.99) would look great with a tray on top as an impromptu end table, at the foot of a bed or in a play room. 

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And this Bath Rug ($24.99) is fab too.

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Check out this great Silver Lake Desk – perfect for small spaces – like tucked away in a hallway or a nook in the kitchen ($129.99).

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I hope you are grabbing your car keys and on the way out the door to Target!  Oh, and while you are there, pick up a pair (or two) of the most adorable and comfy PJ pants you can find ($16.99 by Nick & Nora).  I promise you won’t regret it! 

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Buy This, Not That — Mirrors!

LOVE THIS?

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[Argentum Mirror, Gumps, $1,495]

BUY THIS!

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[Sunburst Mirror, Horchow, $270 + $70 shipping = $340]

OR THIS!

targetsun[Gold Sunburst Mirror, Target, $69.99]

LOVE THIS?

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[Window Mirror, Horchow, $340]

BUY THIS!

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[Montego Mirror, Ballard Designs, $119]

LOVE THIS?

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[Essex Mirror, West Elm, $299]

BUY THIS!

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[Perspective Mirror, CB2, $149]

LOVE THIS?

vivremirror[Large Shell Mirror, Vivre, $1,250 + $150 shipping = $1,400]

BUY THIS!

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[Oyster Mirror, Wisteria, $339.15]

LOVE THIS?

anthromirror[Angels and Orbs Mirror, Anthropologie, $648]

BUY THIS!

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[Octagonal Border Mirror, Ballard Designs, $299]

OR THIS!

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[Clover Mirror, World Market, $39.99]

LOVE THIS?

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[Venetian Style Mirror, Horchow, $1,195 +$165 in shipping = $1,360]

BUY THIS!

slmirror[Venetian Mirror, Serena and Lily, $450 + $15 shipping = $465]

OR THIS!

wisteriavenetian[Venetian Glass Mirror, Wisteria, $189]

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Merry-Go-Books

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I L-O-V-E this space-saving and good-looking Revolving Boocase from PB Teen.  Although marketed to “tweens,” this would look great just about anywhere — bedroom, study, home office, family room, play room,  hallway…. 

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And, more than books, it’s an organized and attractive way to display those beloved tschotkes that clutter up tabletops, counters, nightstands and window sills, and distract the eye from your amazingly designed space.

Wouldn’t it be fun to play “spin the bookcase” to choose your next book (a la the “spin the globe” game to choose your next travel destination)?!

A Dainty Drink

uncommongoodWouldn’t a glass of sweet tea or lemonade taste even better on a hot day in these gorgeous, feminine, etched filigree glasses from Uncommon Goods?  They would also make a lovely hostess gift.  Or mini-splurge ($40 for 4) at the end of a long day….

{Mini posts for the rest of this week.  Posts will be back to normal sometime during the week of August 17th.  xxooxxoo!}

Buy This, Not That — Bathroom Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Buy This, Not That.  This time we are visiting the bathroom and finding lots of fabulous bargains.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

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[Samanid Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $98]

BUY THIS!

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[Blue/Green Print Shower Curtain, World Market, $29.99]

LOVE THIS?

ballard[Harlequin Rug, Ballard Designs, $89 for medium in khaki (23×39)]

BUY THIS!

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[Cobblestone Bath Rug, Garnet Hill, 21×34 in Savannah Tan, $28]

LOVE THIS?

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[Animal Parade Towels, Horchow, $34 for Bath Towel]

BUY THIS!

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[Giraffe Jacquard Bath Towels, Pottery Barn, $19 for Bath Towel]

LOVE THIS?

 

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[Newport Striped Shower Curtain, Horchow, $198]

BUY THIS!

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[Monogrammed Shower Curtain (with or without monogram), Ballard Designs, $42]

LOVE THIS?

crate[Hapao Tissue Cover and Wastebasket, Williams Sonoma Home, $68 & $48]

BUY THIS!

SedonaBathGroupS9[Sedona Wastebasket and Tissue Cover, Crate and Barrel, $19.95 & $16.95]

LOVE THIS?

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[Argyle Bath Mat, Layla Grace, $50]

BUY THIS!

target[Simply Shabby Chic Criss Cross Rug, Target, $24.99 + free shipping]

HAPPY BATHROOM BARGAIN HUNTING!

More Photos of My New Flame….

You all know about my recent passion for the bright, amber-hued color sandwiched between red and yellow on the color wheel.  Gorgeous orange has been catching my eye all over the place.  I just added two orange picture frames to my spartan mantle and they really pop!  Check out how this color has been striking my fancy lately….

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I am in LOVE!

1. Rattan Floor Screen, Layla Grace

2. Tie Dye Pillow, CB2

3. Moorish Chest, Wisteria

4. Printed Scroll Outdoor Pillow, Williams Sonoma Home

5. Orange Ovals Mug, Starbucks

6. Panton Junior (kids chair), Design Within Reach

7. Classical Symmetry Print, Crate and Barrel

8. Isola Bella Rug, Anthropologie

9. Apostrophe Chair and Ottoman, Urban Outfitters

10. Spiral Rimmed Plate, Crate and Barrel

11. Atlas Tapestry, Urban Outfitters

12. Chihuly Chandelier, Chihuly

Buy This, Not That — Beach House Edition

Back by popular demand!!  I got so many positive comments on the last edition of “Buy This, Not That,” that I decided to make it a recurring theme.

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I just finished The Beach House by Jane Green, which was set in a fabulous estate on Nantucket.  It was a yummy summer read and I was inspired to do a beach house edition of “Buy This, Not That.”  As always, most of these pieces would fit in with just about any decorating style – they are not limited to just a beach house.  Enjoy!

Love this?

2lovethis2[Bamboo Chairs, Layla Grace, $1,158 for a pair]

Buy this!

2buythis2[Bellerose Bench, Pier 1 Imports, $180]

Love this?

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[Natural Woven MirrorPottery Barn, on sale for $250 from $400]

Buy this!

2buythis[Square Woven MirrorTarget, $60]

Love these?

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[John Kuss Shell Prints, Williams Sonoma Home, $150 each, on sale from $295 each]

Buy these!

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[Sepia Shell Prints, Ballard Designs, $69 each]

Love this?

2lovewthis4[Virginia Wicker Side Table, Garnet Hill, $108]

Buy this!

2buythis4[Home Bryntry Accent Table, Target, $42]

Love this?

2lovethis7[Lauria Towel, Pottery Barn, $24 from $39]

Buy this!

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[Floral Beach Towels, World Market, $8.50 each on sale from $17]

Love this?

2lovethis6[Oyster Shell Candleholder, Wisteria, $49]

Buy this!

2buyit5[Flower Candle Coaster, Crate and Barrel, $0.95 from $3.95 (yes, that’s 95 cents!!)]

Love this?

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[Sea Urchin Lamp, Williams Sonoma Home, $450 on sale from $650]

Buy this!

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[Sea Urchin Lamp, Acacia Catalog, $63 (WOWEE, and I actually like this one a whole lot better!!)]

Stay tuned for the next edition.  Happy summer and happy bargain hunting!

Favorite Things Friday — An Interior Designer’s Happies

Welcome to another edition of Favorite Things Friday!  This week, I have enlisted an acclaimed and fabulous interior designer – Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors to share some of his favorite things.  Check out his cool blog!  Paul and I were good friends in high school and recently (and so luckily for me!) reconnected on Facebook.  Paul’s blog was a huge inspiration for spark!

A huge thanks to Paul, and without further ado, enjoy Paul Corrie’s Favorite Things:

It should go without saying that my loving partner, parents and family, and friends are the most favorite things in my life.  In an attempt not to embarrass them, however, I thought that I would focus on favorite things of mine that relate to, influence, and impact my everyday world of interior design.

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I almost always grab a small San Pellegrino water before leaving for any design appointment.  I came across the individual plastic bottles a couple of years ago, and it’s definitely my beverage of choice when on the go!  It’s fantastic in flavor, refreshing in taste, and stylistically fabulous for the workday.

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I absolutely love white hydrangeas, and they are my first flower of choice…I love to have a tight cluster of them on my dining table and in my office on a regular basis.  They’re so clean and classic, and add just a touch of softness and sophistication to any space.

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When I renovated my home a couple of years ago, I was very particular about how to make the best use out of all of the spaces…so selection of pieces was key!  Aesthetics always takes first priority for me as a designer, but functionality took a very close second.  I found this 18th Century Gustavian buffet in Los Angeles, and it has definitely become one of my favorite things.  I use it to store my TV and stereo components versus the typical media cabinet.  I just love its patina, rough finish and texture, and scale.  It’s so wonderfully versatile in that it can be used in so many spaces for so many different purposes.  I definitely think that this was one great find!

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When selecting fabrics for a particular project, I’m not only concerned about color, but also texture.  I’m a huge fan of using linens and velvets.  There is something so casual about linen and so elegant about velvet that when paired together in various manners, they can make a dramatic statement and be the perfect balance of texture and weight.

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Paris is one of my favorite places in the world…it’s so rich in history and architecture, and full of culture and life.  It’s also home to some of the most fabulous flea markets you could ever imagine.  I visited last year and came across what’s now one of my favorite hotels, the Relais Christine.  Formerly a 16th century mansion and located on the Left Bank, this hotel had the most gorgeous flower-filled cobblestone courtyard and charming rooms that you might ever encounter.

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Last but not least, I couldn’t list my favorite things without including our little girl, Cindy.  She’s a 10 lb. shih-poo that’s filled with so much life and love, and she brings so much joy to our lives.  We absolutely adore her!

Hello from Savannah

I am in Savannah for work and having way too much fun.  Last night, I enjoyed drinks and fried brie (only in Savannah!) at The Olde Pink House (picture below) and shared a delicious dinner with one of my best friends of caprese salad, orrechiette with smoked mozzarella and roasted chicken and a bottle of Rioja at Il Pasticcio.  De-lish.

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I have missed the unique shopping in this awesome city, and just fell in love with these bar stools from 24e:

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More to come from Savannah – stay tuned!