January 28th, 2013
So we’ve had some pretty exciting news around our house! I have been dreaming of a new sofa for ages but everything I liked was out of our budget. But then I discovered Fashion for Home…a modern furniture company that aims to make designer furniture affordable for everyone. Each piece is made to order and guaranteed for quality. Perhaps the best part is that they have free shipping directly from manufacturers in the US! Fashion for Home has a wide selection and it was so hard to choose…we ended up choosing the Portobello Sofa and could not be happier with it! I’m so impressed by the quality and this new change has completely transformed our space.
I thought it would be fun to also give a little updated tour of our living room as well. This was a great excuse to spruce things up and I just love how everything has come together. As renters, our space isn’t perfect (I dream of hard wood floors!), but I still adore the charm in the details of our place and it feels like home. I think we’ve really made the most of our space…I’ve been very thrifty, purchasing many items secondhand…making our new sofa even more exciting! My style is continuously evolving but right now I think it looks pretty “vintage modern”…I love how the space feels cozy yet clean, and a little bohemian with all of our plants! I hope you enjoy the tour…I’ll share sources below!
So what do you think? I just love the textured fabric and clean lines. It’s my new favorite spot in our house and as you can see it’s perfectly bright for reading- something I’m trying to do a lot more of! (Also, sidenote, if you need a new book recommendation, I just finished The History of Love, and it was so good!
Creating a home is really about making the most of what you have, don’t you think? Hope you’re having a great Monday so far!
Credits: Portobello Sofa: Fashion for Home, Peacock Pillow: Caitlin Wilson Textiles, Herringbone Pillow and Grey Blanket: Ikea, Ampersand Pillow: Crate & Barrel (similar options: one and two), tables & bookcase: thrifted, blue chair: Craigslist, fireplace chalkboard: thrifted/DIY, art: see this post.
(Thank you to Fashion for Home for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.)
June 26th, 2012
Wall art is one of my favorite gifts to receive. It’s something that I can’t get enough of, and it’s fun to receive something that I wouldn’t have normally purchased for myself.
I thought I’d share some new art that I finally hung in our place. The three prints on the left are from Citizens for Optimism and as you know, I just adore them. The print that says ”Oh I’m sorry, I was just taking life seriously for a second there” cracks me up! And the beautiful, mysterious print on the right is by Lost in Jungle.
Nothing like a little fresh wall art to change a space and add some personality, especially if you’re a renter! In an ideal world, our walls would be a stark white to match the white paper, but oh well. :)
After I hung these prints, I read about a brilliant idea: hang simple white modern shelves around the house and use them as a way to move art around as your mood strikes. Don’t you just love that idea?! I’m definitely going to do that at our next place.
Oh, and by the way, “you don’t need to sleep to dream…”
P.S. The pillow is from Anthropologie and the succulent (one of my faves) is a burro’s tail. Oh, and that precious dog drawing in the corner? Nick drew it when he was eleven. ; )
March 12th, 2012
How was your weekend? Nick was gone fishin’ this weekend (literally). He went to visit his family and go fishing (catch and release:) in his favorite creeks. While he was gone, I admired the pretty flowers he gave me but I sure am glad to have him back. :)
I don’t know why I haven’t shared this piece of art before, but it was one of the sweetest wedding gifts we received. Nick’s cousin Carol used our engagement photos (above) and a night spent at our place drinking tea as inspiration to create this insanely accurate drawing of us. It’s a scene of us and our reflection in our tea kettle on the stovetop. Isn’t it unbelievable? I just know we’ll have it in our home forever and can remember what we looked like “back then”… :)
The reason I bring this up is because the extraordinary person that made this, Carol, is a film student at UW-Milwaukee near us and she’s creating her first narrative film! Carol is ambitious, inspiring, and so, so talented. Check out the Kickstarter page and sweet video about the film, called Things Found on the Ground, and follow on Twitter if you’d like! She is filming this summer and I’m so excited to help out. xo
(Engagement photos of us by Paper Antler)
December 6th, 2011
With all of the Christmas decor ideas everywhere on the Internet (OMG), I decided to keep things simple this year. A trip to the thrift store and the dollar store later, I was able to make our fireplace a little more festive…
And did I mention that Charlie Brown tree was $7 at the thrift store?! Major score. I started wrapping tinsel around the branches and I’ll admit I got a little carried away. We’re probably never going to be able to get it off, ha! I then added some length to the felt ball garland that I made last year and draped it on the tree. Behind the tree is the first DIY project that hubs and I ever did together when we were dating. We spray painted an old mirror and turned it into a chalkboard. I think I’ll always love it for sentimental reasons. As it got colder, hubs drew a fire on the chalkboard to make it feel extra cozy.
The jingle bell garland is from Terrain and it’s so much fun to jingle. Lastly, I took our small jar collection and filled the jars with more festive items like glitter ornaments and tinsel. So easy and cute!
Do you have holiday decorations up? Any fun projects? I’d love to hear!
November 14th, 2011
Inspired by this post from Elise and this inspiration from Joy, I just had to make my own pinwheel painting on canvas! I am obsessed! Plus, in addition to the file cabinet, our guest room/office is now just an explosion of color! It makes me happy.
So what do you think? It was pretty easy and just involved some time and patience. I used painter’s tape (my new best friend) to tape sections while working on opposite sides in order for the paint to dry. There’s tons of variations you could do to make this your own as well! It felt so good to get my hands dirty and mix paint colors. I really love how it turned out! It’s a happy DIY corner with my cloud mobile, too. : )
November 9th, 2011
YOU GUYS. I think this might be my favorite completed project to date. It started because we outgrew our tiny little file cabinet case and decided it might be time to graduate to full size (thanks, adulthood, for all your paperwork). So I thought really hard about getting this chic solution from CB2 (which I still love), but I just couldn’t get myself to spend the money on such a simple concept like a file cabinet. Then my parents reminded me of one of their many treasures and this file cabinet was just waiting for a redo. I came up with the idea and color palette after perusing my Design*Sponge at Home book…and I just love how it turned out! : ) And Hubs is becoming a spray paint pro around here!
Hope you’re inspired! xoxo