Tag Archives: Sundance Catalog

Preppy Meets Practical

I am beyond thrilled that plaid is back!  I was a Catholic school girl growing up (ok, just to be clear, more Mary Catherine Gallagher than Britney Spears) and couldn’t look at plaid for many years without the reminder of all of those terrible uniforms and peter pan collared blouses. 

But, my Pavlovian hatred of plaid has faded with the years and I am embracing plaid with a passion this season. 

I LOVE THESE WATERPROOF BOOTS!  Wouldn’t they be great in the rain or snow with skinnies or leggings or some warm tights and a cute skirt? 

{Pajar Highlander Plaid Boots, Sundance Catalog, $175}

Santa, are you listening?  These are at the top of my list this year!

Random Things I am Liking Lately

I can already tell that this is going to be a random-ish week.  BUT, tomorrow, I have a GREAT GIVEAWAY for you all.  Hint: It involves my favorite city in the whole wide world!

Ok, here’s what’s striking my fancy these days….

LOVES this summer handbag:

{Knotted Satchel, Anthropologie, $78}

Coveting this chic & affordable duvet:

{Links Duvet Cover, West Elm, $59 for full/queen}

In a similar vein, I would love to throw one of these tunics (only $49??) on over white jeans with a pair of silver flip flops:

{Chain Link Tunics, RSH Catalog, $49}

This is PERFECT (and so true, of course!) for my daughter’s new “big girl room”:

{The World is Amazing and So are You, The Love Shop, Etsy, $18 for 8×10}

Drooling over these two pairs of earrings:

{Andalusia Earrings, Sundance Catalog, $65}

{Copernicus Earrings, Sundance Catalog, $98}

Jill introduced me and now I can’t get stop thinking about these:

{Tretorn, Piperlime, $55}

And their mini-me:

{Tretorn Infant, Piperlime, $35}

Metallic wallpaper, need I say more?

{Image via Design Manifest}

{Image via Decor*Pad}

WHEW.  That was random!  Click back tomorrow for a great giveaway!

The Big Reveal: Hallway Update!

Thanks for bearing with me for the 5+ months it took to “complete” this upstairs hallway update.  It was my New Years Prezzie-lution.  I am so thrilled with the way it has turned out!  For your reference, here is the before shot with the terrible builder-grade light fixture, an old rug and my lonely mobile:

And here is the after, TAH DAH:

Now, for a few of the details.  I love the butterfly prints that hang on either side of the console table.  Thanks to a great post by Jenny at Little Green Notebook, I found these for free while searching the New York Public Library’s digital catalog.  I printed them on my little ole HP desktop and popped them into $20 Target gallery frames.

I found these adorable foo dogs at Homegoods for $7.99 each.  Love these guys! 

The tray holding my travel guides on the console was a $10.48 red-tag Target find!

I am madly in love with this artichoke table lamp from Shades of Light.  It’s perfectly framed by the long dormer and I adore looking at it each time I go down the stairs.

To be honest, the rug selection was the hardest part of this project.  I wanted something fabulously neutral, so it would not compete with the gallery wall, colorful lamps and bright foo dogs!  After a few tries, I settled on this seagrass rug from Ballard Designs. 

I like the way the color of the seagrass almost melts into the color of the hardwood floors and the green band complements the runner on the steps, as well as the rug in the front hall and the fabric on the pelmet box in the dormer.  Don’t be alarmed, the white ball of fur on the step is Annie, the sleeping dog!

Things I Learned During the Hallway Update :

1. While I love looking at perfectly styled tables and spaces in glossy pictures, for me, a clear tabletop is a clear mind.  I tried “styling up” the console and the little dormer table with items that I loved such as little vases with greenery or little picture frames, but it just didn’t feel like me.  It felt cluttered and suffocating.  The books and foo dogs were just right, and I didn’t want anything to detract from that lovely artichoke lamp!

2. Items with lots of contrast and texture are not neutrals.  I originally bought this jute rug from Ballard Designs for the hallway. 

I loved it and mistakenly thought that it would provide a great neutral feel to the space.  When I laid it down, the contrast and texture competed too much with the rest of the space.  Which leads me to my two next lessons:

3. Rugs do not have to “steal the show.”  I am a rug person and love for the rug to be the centerpiece of every space.  Due to the runner on the steps and the colorful composition of the space, the rug had to be neutral.  But neutral does not have to mean boring — the seagrass rug is perfect!

4. If you don’t love something, don’t keep it.  I almost just kept the jute rug because it was only $79, a pain to ship it back and an additional $8.95 in shipping to return.  But, the more I lived with the rug, I realized that it was not right for the space and I didn’t love it.  It “stole the show” from the items that I DID love.  So, back to Ballard it went.   And it was the right decision.

Source Info:

Paint — Benjamin Moore, American White
Console — Chloe Console Table, Pottery Barn, $299  
Stained Glass Lamps — Sundance Catalog, circa 2003
Artichoke Lamp — Shades of Light (similar), $175
Dormer Table — Antique
Ceiling Lights — Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture, Overstock, $74.99 each
Area Rug — Seagrass Rug, Ballard Designs, $89
Stairway Runner — Custom, Carey Burke
Foo Dogs — Homegoods, $7.99 each
Gallery Frames — Target, $15 – $30 each
Mobile — Gift, similar
Tray — Target, similar, $19.48

I love that the space can grow with me.  I will be adding to the gallery walls and may search for two chairs to paint and recover for each side of the console.  I would also love change out the gold door knobs throughout the upstairs to brushed nickel lever handles. 

Soooo, what do you think?

Stay tune for my next project: conversion from nursery to big girl room!

O Jewelry Tree!

These feminine and frivolous works of art have been popping up everywhere, haven’t they?  I was lucky enough to receive a jewelry tree as a gift last year for Christmas, and I love what an easy, convenient and beautiful addition it makes to my bedroom.

I have been eyeing these amazing jewelry trees handmade from antique tableware from Found Studio (artist is Caroline from Wanderings of a Wannabe!).  Each piece is one of a kind and she has them in all different color palates for ~$45.

I also love the simply and organic look of this (literal) jewelery tree from Sundance Catalog ($40).  It would look just right in any space.

I like the vintagey feel of this iron jewelry tree from PB Teen ($59), especially the glass finial at the top.

This whimsical fairy tale jewelry holder from Anthropologie ($128) would look good without bling!  I would love to set this on a shelf in baby spark!’s “big girl room.”

Urban Outfitters has a fabulous collection of jewelry trees:

{Spinning Bird Jewelry Stand, $32}

{Spirograph Jewelry Stand, $28}

{Lace Pedestal Jewelry Stand, $18}

I really think that a jewelry tree is a NEED, not a WANT, because afterall, where are you going to put all of that BLING that Santa is bringing you?!

Random Things That I am Loving Lately

Isn’t this bag from Sundance Catalog divine?

I am loving this lamp from Shades of Light.  It may just turn up in baby spark!’s “big girl room.”  

Speaking of the “big girl room,” I think this tu-tu-esque bedskirt from Pottery Barn Kids is so gorgeously whimsical.

This boyfriend watch from Fossil is on my list for Santa.

This delicious soup is my new go-to meal for a quick, yummy dinner.

I am coveting this sheet set from West Elm.   

Kinda along the same lines, doesn’t this coat from Patagonia look warm, cozy and comfy?

This is my new fave bargain shower gel (~$2) — found in most grocery stores and drug stores. 

I think this post reflects my current state of mind —
completely scatterbrained!  🙂

Buy This, Not That — Rugs!

Welcome to the RUG edition of Buy This, Not That!  I found some good match-ups — three pairs of the exact same rug!  Enjoy!


[Light Wheel Rug, Anthropologie, $298 (5′ round)]


[Fair Isle Wool Rug, Garnet Hill, $178 (5′ round)]


[Celia Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Ballard Designs, $289 (for 5×8)]


Same. Exact. Rug. $50 Less!

 [Chains Indoor/Outdoor Rug, World Market, $239 (for 5×8)]


[Spiral Vine Tufted Rug, Garnet Hill, $678 + $20 add’l shipping (for 5×8)]


Same. Exact. Rug. $64 less!

[Vine Tufted Wool Rug, Dash & Albert, $634 (for 5×8)]



[Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Dash & Albert, $288 (for 6×9)]


[Diamond Jute Rug, West Elm, $129 (for 5×8)]


[Vintage Box Hooked Rug, Sundance Catalog, $1,200 (for 8×10)]


Same. Exact. Rug. $155 less!

[Vintage Boxes Wool Hooked Rug, Dash & Albert, $1,045]


[Striped Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Ballard Designs, $299 (for 5×8)]



[Chic Indoor Outdoor Striped Rug, Shades of Light, $198 (for 5×7)]


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?


{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! 


{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. 


{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.) 


{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. 


{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? 


{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}


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


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


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



Perfect Prezzies: 58 Days

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Perfect Prezzies.  58 days until Christmas!  I hope these affordable ideas delight and inspire….


I love this darling necklace from Cambria Cove!  The larger monogrammed charm depicts the mother’s first initial and the “baby” silver charm represents the child’s first initial.  The curly cursive font used on the charms is adorable!  ($80 for chain, $60 for large charm, $35 for baby charm).



Men are such a challenge!  For cold-weather-climate guys, what do you think about this cool collapsible shovel ($29.50) to get themselves and others out of snowy situations?




My sister introduced me to the Gownie ($49.99) — the cute and chic hospital gown made from 100% cotton!  No more exposing yourself to everyone in the hospital with those horrible “tie up the back” neon green hospital rags.  Why didn’t we think of this long before now?! 



I just love these Garden of Eden Salt and Pepper Shakers from Jonathan Adler.  They are little cheeky works of art for your ktichen table!



This blanket ($26) found at Pokka Dots was one of my favorite baby gifts when my daughter was born.  It is so FUZZY and SOFT and makes a perfect stroller blanket.



Any gal on your list would be thrilled to receive this gorgeous silver Lotus In Bloom Ring ($98) from Sundance


So, have you started your shopping yet? 

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for the Lexy Lu hat, a perfect prezzie for any kid on  your list!


Buy This, Not That — Bedroom Edition

Welcome to the 3rd edition of “Buy This, Not That.”  Check out these great bargains for the bedroom!


LGbed[Bradley Kirchofer Beadboard Bed, Layla Grace, $1,819 for queen]



[Thomas Bed, Pottery Barn Kids, $959 for queen]



[Brighton Bed, Crate and Barrel, $669 for queen]



[Empire Iron Bed, Sundance Catalog, $1,695 + $325 shipping for queen]



[Iron Cameo Bed, Horchow, $569 +$74 additional shipping for queen]



[Crowned Crane Duvet, Anthropologie, $298 for full/queen, $88 for standard sham]



[Organic Cotton Pin-Tuck Duvet Cover, West Elm, $99 for full/queen, $19 for standard sham]



[White Solid Border Bedding Duvet, Williams Sonona Home, $348 for  full/queen, $98 for standard sham]



[Morgan 400 Thread Count Duvet, Pottery Barn, $199 for full/queen, $39 for standard sham]


wstable[Hampstead Nightstand, Williams Sonoma Home, $1,550 + $110 additional shipping]


p1table[Tapanga Nightstand, Pier 1 Imports, $199]


lgnightstand[Louis XV Side Chest, Layla Grace, $558]


p1sidetable[Spring in Paradise Nightstand, Pier 1 Imports, $129]

Happy Bedroom Bargain Hunting!

P.S. Be sure to click back tomorrow for an amazing guest blogger on her fave things!