The Best Budget Friendly Hardware!

Am I the last person on earth to know about Martha Stewarts hardware collection at Home Depot?  I got wind of it last week and was FLOORED by how good it is… and cheap! At $4 a knob, you can afford to give your kitchen or bath vanity a fun little makeover! I am so happy she offered an antique brass and polished nickel– the two finishes we use almost exclusively!  I paired my favorite selections up below:

Pair 1. knob // pull  Pair 2. knob // pull  Pair 3. latch // pull  Pair 4. knob // pull  Pair 5. knob // pull   Pair 6. knob // pull

And also, randomly I came across this chair on Walmart of all places, and was in SHOCK. I had just quoted a chair almost identical to this from Mr. Brown for over $1,200 (right) and the Walmart version (left) is $394– and also comes in black.  CRAZY good find. I am obsessed with this chair for a desk or dining.

Another charming budget find, this 30″ laurel leaf mirror from Pier 1 for $75!

Just a few fun budget finds for your Wednesday! Have a good day everyone!

 

 



Round up: Mirrors of All Sizes

Mirrors are one of my favorite accessories.  They brighten up a space, add interest and texture in unexpected places and dimension to walls when you don’t want to use artwork.  A good mirror isn’t hard to find, but I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you in case you needed a little nudge in the right direction.

A few tips:

  • Always check and make sure the mirror can hang in the direction you want it to– not all mirrors can be hung vertically or horizontally. Some are made to only hang one way.
  • Round mirrors add a lot of nice soft movement to rooms with lots of angles.
  • If you need a very narrow mirror for a powder room or other small space look for vintage ones on Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs or similar. There aren’t a lot of small mirrors made these days!
  • For really tricky sizes and dimensions, go custom. Any frame shop can make you a mirror with a framing moulding of your choice! Or we like to make grasscloth wrapped mirrors from here which add texture.
  • Consider mirrors when light is an issue- when we had to close up one of the two mirrors in our dining area for our addition I placed three rectangular bistro frame style mirrors in it’s place to trick they eye and bounce light.  It worked wonders.
  • Horchow and Wisteria are having mirror sales today!

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Trends I’m Over (and What’s Replaced Them).

When you notice that every catalog and magazine and every other Pinterest pin has a specific trend shown over and over it’s probably time that trend rode off into the sunset.   Here are some of the looks I think need to be retired, and what you may try replacing them with.

OVER IT: BANANA/ PALM PRINTS

Done SOOOOO much and often badly, it’s time to find a new organic, botanical print to work with.

ALL ABOUT IT: VINTAGE FLORALS

Vintage inspired florals are BACK. Try mixing them with modern accents and graphic patterns for an “of the moment” look.

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Sourcing Secrets: Secondhand Scores!

I have been really excited by all the more accessible alternatives to 1st Dibs that have popped up online these days. Especially those that not only offer vintage and antique goods but also showroom floor samples as well. It’s a BRILLIANT was to score designer goods in awesome condition for a fraction of the price. All three of these sources have been go-to’s for us in my office and I wanted to share them in case you guys weren’t aware of the killer wares you can score with a little digging!

Viyet is the most high end, specializing in showroom samples but also selling some vintage goods as well.  The selection is amazing, and if you are lusting after a specific designer item I would check here before splurging to see if they have a sample that is for sale for much less than brand new.

Bungalow 5 panels // Stanley dining chairs // Visual Comfort chandelier //  Madeline Weinrib rug // Oly Studio bench // vintage leopard chair // antique sideboard

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Get Your Home Cozy For Fall

I got a little rage-y this weekend with it being late September and yet 87 degrees and humid out. But I know one of these days fall will come, and when it does I will be ready. The change of seasons always inspired me to freshen things up a bit and swap some things out that feel more seasonally appropriate (although you will never find any season-themed pillows on my sofa!) You can update your spaces for fall without going all “pumpkin spice latte explosion”. Here are some items that add texture and richness without color (and really- most work any time of year!)  I also like to go around and freshen up any dingy paint and get my rugs and upholstery cleaned.  It makes the house feel SO much nicer!

  1. I love the rough texture of this pot. Great with a fern or other simple plant in it–or empty!
  2.  I think we can all agree that the reign of the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is coming to an end.  Which I am thrilled about because I cannot keep one alive and the fake ones all look pretty fake. This tree is faux, but looks very natural (and is very tall) and I love the lighter feel of it.  Buy a very high quality faux tree once and save yourself the headache of the buy/kill/buy/kill cycle of real trees.  Just be sure to dust them. :)
  3. Adore the brass metal wheat wreath concept.  Fab indoors or on a bold colored front door.
  4. Buffalo check cozy blankets are a must.
  5. These simple black and white botanical drawings are SO pretty and modern, but with roots in traditional decor.
  6. Wood and brass napkin rings are great for fall holiday entertaining.
  7. Splattered enamelware fells more crisp and hip in black and white– and looks stunning filled with bright colored blooms.
  8. Adding texture (and insulating against drafts) is a must– cordless woven wood shades are something we use in almost every project for these reasons! Layered under drapes they add so much to a room.
  9. & 10.  New pillows help your space feel fresh for a new season. This modern leopard and linen/velvet stripe are great choices.
  10. See above.
  11. If you really want to make a change in your bedroom or living areas, swap out lighter drapes for velvet ones.  They really amp up the cozy mood (and also add a lot of light blocking and insulation!)
  12. Get ready for red wine season with new glassware– I adore these stemless ones.
  13. This broken stripe rug is awesome for adding some graphic pattern to your home– and the flatweave indoor/outdoor texture is hard wearing.
  14. Preserved moss in a modern vessel is PERFECT for a long-lasting touch of green on a dining table or coffee table (I’m all about low maintenance  greenery, can you tell?)
  15. My Sweet Smoke candle just SMELLS like fall.
  16. I love this big wood cheeseboard (and cheese for that matter)– it also adds a farmhouse touch to your kitchen when leaned up against your backsplash.
  17. A MUST for big fall gatherings– a big, but pretty, tub to fill with ice and beverages.  So glad I have one of these on hand!

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