A Last-Minute Christmas Wish List


  1. “Be Dazzling” Scented Candle, $40, Kate Spade
  2. Buzzed Cocktail Napkin, $32, August Morgan
  3. Decorative Leopard Pillow Cover 18×18 (other sizes available), $42, MakingFabulous
  4. Osito 2 Jacket, $99, North Face
  5. Gilded Portable Charger, $40, Nasty Gal
  6. Dali Llama Mug, $12, Urban Outfitters
  7. Dry Gin,  $15 (200-milliliter bottle), Koval Distillery

(Images: 1. Kate Spade, 2. August Morgan, 3. Etsy, 4. North Face, 5. NastyGal, 6. Urban Outfitters, 7. Chicago magazine)


I Want That Wednesday: Silver Ridge Studio Prints

I’ve coveted this print for, quite literally, years…


I can’t even remember where I first ran across it at this point, but I think it’s so beautiful. I love the colors and her freckles. And I’m crazy envious of her voluminous ‘do.  I guess I haven’t snatched it up only because I’m not sure where I’d put it right now. But you will be mine some day, Rosa. You will be mine.

And maybe some of your stylish friends can come too…

Watercolour prints by Silver Ridge Studio, $35-$250/each,

(Images: Etsy)

I Want That Wednesday: Snoogs & Wilde Prints

Yesterday I alluded to the fact that the newly painted living room isn’t really ready to be shown off yet, and part of that battle is replacing artwork. (I moved two large paintings that were originally in the living room to the dining room, so it’s pretty bare.)

I’ve start looking around on Etsy a bit, and I’m loving the watercolor art from Snoogs & Wilde:

44e514f8f362a4485e8aea99f74c7371With the new dark accent wall and my mostly mid-century furniture, I don’t want the room to feel too masculine (hello, Don Draper), so I appreciate prints that add softness without screaming Girl Power! The colors are beautiful.

And affordable is always good. Each of these prints are between $24 and $38. What’s your favorite source for art on a budget? Send me your suggestions!

il_570xN.560170194_eut0(Images: Etsy)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

Complete This Space: Entryway Vignette

Last week I posted the Before and After entryway bookcase reveal, but the thing I didn’t really mention is that the space is still a work in progress. The bookcase looks amazing, and I’m actually liking it more and more every day. But since it’s a shorter piece, the wall above it is barren… and that’s just sad. I thought about getting some kind of cool lamp to put on top, but there’s no outlet along that part of the wall, and runaway cords are just messy. I also thought about painting the wall in chalkboard paint, but then the chalk residue will get all over the bookcase, another messy option (not to mention, I’d need to run it by the management company). Wallpaper would be cool but expensive. There’s already a ton of artwork in that room.

IMG_1501_edit_?So that leaves… what? I want to go with something gold to match my awesome dining room pendant light (I forget to show you that Before and After?! My bad, I’ll take a pic this weekend), and I’m totally digging the gray/gold trend right now, so here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

starburstmirrorStarburst mirror. It’s iconic. It’d add a little touch of Hollywood Regency to the mid-century furnishings (though apparently the starburst mirror has been around since the 17th century? Who knew.) They come in all sizes and prices, and there’s even some DIY templates out there that I could try to tackle. It’s always good to have a mirror by the door, too, for last-minute primping.

wallurchins2Wall sea urchins. While it’s kind of in the same “family” as the starburst mirror (though less utilitarian), I love the idea of putting something 3-D in that space, and it’s always fun to throw in nautical elements without it being actual sailboats. (This is Chicago, not Nantucket. I take “nautical” where I can get it). They look amazing grouped (see Elle Decor’s 2012 Modern Life Concept House).

fauxtaxidermyFaux taxidermy. An ode to my upbringing? OK, I’ve never actually shot a gun in my life, but I did grow up in a wooded area with tons of deer (though I kind of like the elephant ones, too—an ode to my trip to Malaysia?). I like the lodge chic vibe to it, and again, it plays into my 3-D yearning. Faux taxidermy is hot now, but is it on it’s way out?

heyyallposterWelcome sign. This is going to be the first thing people see when they walk in the front door, so why not use the space in a Welcome-to-my-humble-abode sense? I’m drawn more to the gold foil typography than the Southern saying in this one (though I do say “y’all” a lot these days, more so in writing than in person). But then again, it’s just another framed piece hanging on the wall in a room with a ton of art already. Overkill?

DIYwallartDIY wall art. This is so hipster, but I kind of like it. Granted, it doesn’t really fit my “no art” rule, but is it better if it’s not framed like everything? And if it costs me about $5 to make?! That’d be a real score. I’d have to switch out the pink, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Or the accent color could change for the seasons! Cheesy? Maybe.

Now’s your time to chime in! Any of these strike your fancy?

(Images: Lonny, Number Four Eleven, White Faux Taxidermy, Etsy, Apartment Therapy)

I Want That Wednesday

Am I ever going to stop missing college? I know I’ve been out of it longer than I was in it at this point (so sad), but all this talk lately of “the kids” going back to school is making me nostalgic for fall in Bloomington. The changing leaves in Dunn Meadow, rocking my Hoosiers hoodie, tailgating at football games (I wouldn’t be caught dead in the stadium, natch). Can I go back?

Sadly, no. My bank account says so. But it might let me spend $25 on this tee from Etsy‘s I Miss My College:


I’m definitely of the belief that it takes losing something to really appreciate it, and I love IU more now than I did when I was there. Or maybe I’m just getting old and sappy. What can I say, I wear my heart on my sleeve. Or my chest rather.