Tag Archives: Wisteria

Random Things I am Liking Lately

Here are some random things on my “making-me-happy” radar screen lately:

Oversized Botanical Prints!  I love the idea of oversized botanical prints like these from Wisteria.  I can’t stop thinking about them.  They would be right at home in my dining room and already come framed….  Yesssssss.

Trader Joe’s (3 Minute!!) Steelcut Oatmeal!  As you can see, I hoard buy this in serious bulk.  I add a splash of milk, a dash of cinnamon and a banana…every morning and I never get tired of it! 

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Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and ConditionerI got a tip on this from one of my favorite bloggers (thanks, Jackie!) and can’t use anything else now.  My hair has never been softer or smoother.  You can find it at the grocery store or Target for as little as $4.99 a bottle.  A serious steal.

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Gascon Malbec!  This $12 bottle of yummy goodness can be found at most grocery stores — I have also seen it at Trader Joes and World Market.  I am no wine expert, but I love the hint of mocha in the background. 

Birch Box!  I just got a subscription for my birthday — I can’t  wait to get my first Birch Box.  Let me know if you want an invite!

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Did I miss anything?  What’s on your radar screen today?

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Reader Question: Affordable Stools

I love getting questions from Spark! readers.  I recently received this one from Julie:

I need some help with finding some great stools for my entry way. Seen any lately that aren’t $500?

I am imagining Julie using stools in her front hall like this:

{Image from DecorPad via Simplified Bee}

Or like this:

{Image from Little Green Notebook}

Although I do not know much about Julie’s entry way or her design preferences,  I decided to give her a wide range of options and keep it under $200 per stool.  Shall we?

Bargain Stools: Under $100

{Hourglass Side Table, Urban Outfitters, $78}

 

{Cindy Crawford Trellis Foot Stool, JC Penney, $99.99; and check out this post
on painting and recovering this stool by the girls over at Matters of Style}

 

{Zebra Kilim Stool, World Market, $59.99}

{Black and White Printed Stool, World Market, $79.99}

Stools That Won’t Break Your Bank: Under $200

 

{X Bench, Ballard Designs, as low as $179 depending on specs}

{Julah Ottoman, Anthropologie, $198}

{Louis Stool, Restoration Hardware, as low as $170 depending on specs}

{Charles Ghost Stool (Small) by Philippe Starke for Kartell, Unica Home, $127.50}

{Courbe Ottoman, Ballard Designs, as low as $149 depending on specs}

{Seagrass Stool, Gumps, $195}

 

{Chinese Garden Stool, Wisteria, $129, and if you didn’t see my previous post, try $49  for something similar at Target, click here to read}

{Pod Table, Urban Outfitters, $110}

It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it?  Also, CB2 has some great options.  Their website was down when I was preparing this post, so definitely go check out their selection too. 

Julie, I hope that I have given you some inspiration for your entry hall.  Thanks so much for writing!

Do you have a question?  I would love to hear it!  Leave me a comment or drop me a line at needsparkblog@gmail.com.

 

 

Random Things I Am Liking Lately

It’s been a while since my last random likings post, so here’s what’s on my radar these days:

The Lily Mirror from  Ballard Designs would look great above a dresser in a girl’s room (or my room, whatever!):

I am looking for any excuse to purchase one of these amazing Bogart Flat Weave Wool Rugs from Garnet Hill.  Using one of these as a runner in a hallway would be perfect.

Currently coveting this amazing Scallop Trim Coat from Boden for the transition to Spring.

I am head-over-heels in love with these Nest and Egg Prints from Wisteria.  I could design an entire nursery around these babies. 

This clean-lined Apex Bookcase from West Elm would fit perfectly against a short wall that would otherwise be wasted space.

These quatrefoil design Firenze Embroidered Panels from Ballard Designs are gorgeous.

Imagine the vignettes you could create on mantels, consoles and bookshelves with these adorable Hear No, See No, Speak No Owls from At West End.

These fresh and feminine desk accessories from PB Teen would look fabulous in both my daughter’s play room and my home office!

Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

 

Hallway Update: Console-ation

Happy New Year!  Thanks for all of your comments on my hallway update.  So, I have chosen the green color scheme! 

I luvvved the contrast of the red against the gray walls, but I decided that it didn’t have any “flow” with the rest of the house.  Also, the hallway doesn’t have very much natural light and the red may have been a little too dark for the space. 

Anyway, I found the most GORGEOUS console at Wisteria. 

{Insert SWOON!!}  Measure first, get excited later.  Lesson learned.  At 19.5 inches deep, it’s way too deep for the space.  {Insert gnashing of the teeth.}

To quote Chicago, “don’t look back, never look back.”  

Moving on.  I stumbled across this lovely console at Brocade Home, which is perfectly long (52 inches) and not too deep (17 inches).  At $499 + $50 shipping surcharge, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a fabulous, lifelong, investment piece.  I love the high gloss black finish.

I also love the Parsons console (pictured in my inspiration board above) from West Elm:

The dimensions work (54 inches long and 18 inches deep), and the price is about right ($349 + $30 shipping).  I love the simplicity of its lines and Parsons tables will always be a classic look. 

I also like the idea of the Parsons book shelf from West Elm.  The extra space would be nice for storage (books!) and fun to style.  It’s the same price as the console and the dimensions are still about right (48 inches long and 16 inches deep). 

In a similar vein, I have always liked the Chloe tables from Pottery Barn:

It is on sale ($299 with no shipping surcharge), and the dimensions work well (47.5 long and 17 deep).  My only concern is that I will get tired of this look over time.  These tables have been around for at least 6 years, maybe longer.  I am not sure that this console has a timeless, classic look that I will love for years to come.

The console will sit centered on a long wall in the hallway with black gallery frames hung above, and two lamps on each end. 

What do you think??  I would love to hear your opinions, thoughts and ideas!

Buy This, Not That — Accent Tables

Welcome to the Accent Table edition of Buy This, Not That!  I found some good bargains on almost identical tables — see if you can tell some of them apart! 

LOVE THIS?

gumpsgarden

[Garden Stool, Gumps, $275]

BUY THIS!

wistgardenstool

[Chinese Garden Stool, Wisteria, $129]

LOVE THIS?

cbacrylic

[Vista Console, Crate and Barrel, $599]

BUY THIS!

cb2console

[Peekaboo Clear Console, CB2, $349]

LOVE THIS?

napatable 

[Old Vine Round Side Table, Napa Style, $994]

BUY THIS!

 

cbwoodtable

[Driftwood End Table, Crate and Barrel, $399]

LOVE THIS?

wistconsole2[Treasured Sage Chinese Console, Wisteria, $849]

BUY THIS!

p1console

[Manet Console Table, Pier 1 Imports, $249]

LOVE THIS?

unica

[Alessi Blow Up Table, Unica Home, $399]

BUY THIS!

geotable

[Geo Side Table, West Elm, $199]

LOVE THIS?

wistside

[Venetian Bamboo Leg Table, Wisteria, $399]

BUY THIS!

wistside2

[Venetian Cigarette Table, Wisteria, $199]

LOVE THIS?

westump

[Natural Tree-Stump Side Table (19″), West Elm, $229]

BUY THIS!

pbstump

[Rustic Wood Accent Table (18″), Pottery Barn, $199]

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Buy This, Not That – Fab Fall Finds!

Enjoy this eclectic mix of Fall accessories to cozy up your home and your wardrobe….

LOVE THIS?

btntpillow

[Lost Garden Pillow, Anthropologie, $88]

BUY THIS!

btntpillow1 

[Linen Suzani Toss Pillow, World Market, $19.99]

LOVE THIS?

btntboot1

[Biviel Tall Boot, Nordstrom, $244.95]

BUY THIS!

btntboot

[Aerosoles Lasticity, Piperlime, $80]

LOVE THIS?

btntwreath

[Autumn Harvest Wreath, Crate and Barrel, $49.95]

BUY THIS!

btntwreath1

[Fall Berry Wreath, World Market, $19.99]

LOVE THIS?

btntdecanter

[Skull Decanter and Glasses, Gump’s, $98 for decanter, $48 for 2 glasses]

BUY THIS!

btnttray

 [Skull Tray, Pottery Barn, $24]

AND THIS!

btntplate

[Skull Plate, Pottery Barn, $7]

LOVE THIS?

btntthrow

[Haverhill Afghan, Garnet Hill, $348]

BUY THIS!

btntthrow1

[Pine Cone Hill Squares Crochet Throw Blanket, Layla Grace, $234]

OR THIS!

btntthrow2

[Granny Square Afghan, Etsy, $145]

LOVE THIS?

btntcoat

[Betsey Johnson Brushed Plaid Coat, Bloomingdales, $536]

BUY THIS!

btntcoat2

[Steve Madden Hooded Duffle Coat, Nordstrom, $99.90]

LOVE THIS?

btntmat

[Flying Witch Silhouette Doormat, Wisteria, $34]

BUY THIS!

btntmat1

[Halloween Skulls Mat, World Market, $12.99]

Happy Fall Bargain Hunting!

Buy This, Not That — Mirrors!

LOVE THIS?

gumpssun

[Argentum Mirror, Gumps, $1,495]

BUY THIS!

horchowsun

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

OR THIS!

targetsun[Gold Sunburst Mirror, Target, $69.99]

LOVE THIS?

horchowmirror

[Window Mirror, Horchow, $340]

BUY THIS!

ballardmirror

[Montego Mirror, Ballard Designs, $119]

LOVE THIS?

westelmmirror

[Essex Mirror, West Elm, $299]

BUY THIS!

cb2mirror

[Perspective Mirror, CB2, $149]

LOVE THIS?

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

BUY THIS!

wisteriamirror

[Oyster Mirror, Wisteria, $339.15]

LOVE THIS?

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

BUY THIS!

ballardmirror

[Octagonal Border Mirror, Ballard Designs, $299]

OR THIS!

wmmirror

[Clover Mirror, World Market, $39.99]

LOVE THIS?

horchowvenetian

[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!