On My Mind: July Edition

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 12.00.09 PM1. As much as I enjoyed hosting the Garden Party, it could’ve really been something special if I owned my own place—and especially if that place was THIS place. I am totally loving the entertaining possibilities with this fabulous layout (click through for more pics) by one of my favs, Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is for sale, but at $3.2 million it’s a little out of my price range. Well, and it’s in Houston. (Thanks to Tracy for passing along the link!)


2. We’re in full-on sweet corn season here in the Midwest, and I’ve been dying to try out an elotes/Mexican street corn recipe. Anybody have a go-to they’ll share?

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3. Speaking of the Midwest, I’m loving Buzzfeed’s 23 Facts All Midwestern Women Know To Be True. No. 21 hit especially close to home this week: “You know that people who hate on lakes just haven’t been properly introduced to your part of the country.” My parents and extended family are vacationing on a lake in Minnesota right now, and I’m very jealous.


4. Have you guys seen that tutorial bouncing around Pinterest about remaking lampshades out of leggings? Mandi over at Vintage Revivals is a genius! Who would have thought there’d be such an easy—and budget-friendly—fix for an ugly thrift store shade? Amazing.

img9o5. I need some polka dots in my life. I’ve been trying to figure out where I can incorporate them into my apartment, and I think maybe I’ve found my answer: In the bedroom! With all the effort I’ve been putting toward the living room revamp, I need to follow Gold and Williams’ advice and give some TLC to my nighttime retreat. New sheets could be a great jumping off point.

(Images: 1. Houston Chronicle, 2. A House in the Hills, 3. Buzzfeed, 4. Vintage Revivals, 5. West Elm)


Weekend Rewind: Mother’s Day

I hope all the moms out there had a great weekend! You’ve got one tough job.

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For as long as I can remember, Mother’s Day has been about gardening for my family—which is a strange choice because my mom isn’t really into yard work. I think it started as a way for my dad to keep my brother and I at bay when we were little so mom could sleep in; he’d take us to the nursery and let us pick out that year’s annuals for the flower beds.

We didn’t make it to the nursery this year (I was hoping we would because I caved and bought a ceramic hedgehog planter last week and need a plant for it), but we did do plenty of yard work… including grilling : )

What are your Mother’s Day traditions?

I Want That Wednesday: Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table

Mosaics seem like such a fun DIY project, but also one that could easily be passed over again and again because 1. it’s time consuming, 2. it requires quite a bit of dedicated space, and 3. it’s messy and can in turn be dangerous. (A former roommate of mine used to get high and mosaic, and there’d be little shards of glass everywhere… you know who you are!)

So as much as I like to think I could create a beautiful mosaic table, it’s probably not going to happen. If you’re in the same boat, take a look at West Elm’s Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table:

img84oNow, I think these are intended for outdoor use, and that’s great and all, but think about the color one of these puppies could bring to a breakfast nook. Or even maybe an office space or entryway. (There’s also a coffee table version.)


My problem would be picking which pattern to take home—I like them all! You also get to choose between a driftwood base and a white base.

West Elm Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table, $399 (on sale right now for $339!)


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.

(Images: West Elm)


I Want That Wednesday: Ceramic Hedgehog Planter

I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s actually starting to feel a bit like spring around here… which it damn well should be since it officially starts in ONE day! I really did start to questioned weather we’d break out of the polar vortex axis and ever see the sun again.

But as bits of grass and scrubs start to peek through the heaps of melting snow, I’m reminded how much I like flora. I really should try to incorporate more plants in my apartment. Right now I only have two air plants (whose container is in desperate need of cleaning, by the way). I used to have a cactus… but I killed it. Who kills a cactus?!

I know I don’t need anymore knick-knacks sitting around—and who knows if I could even keep another plant alive—but how adorable is this ceramic hedgehog planter from West Elm?


WANT. Real bad.

His little mouse buddy can come too…

mouseLet’s say I do decide to get him… any suggestions of what kind of plant I should put inside? Think low maintenance!


Souvenir Swag: Painted Bowls

I forgot to show you guys what I picked up in Mexico: artisan painted bowls!


mexicanbowls2Aren’t they beauties? It’s kind of hard to tell, but they’re painted on the inside and outside. I’d been crushing on these bowls from West Elm (left), but I feel like I scored the jackpot with these one-of-a-kind bowls (right). Plus, it warms up my otherwise completely BORING rental kitchen. More on that later…

Chiberia Warms Up—In a Sense

It’s amazing what two-plus days stuck in an apartment can do to a person. The polar vortex really had me down (though I really shouldn’t complain about “working” from home for two days) until I unearthed a gem in my linen closet.

OK, first off, I don’t actually have a linen closet. It’s really just a few shelves in the back of my clothes closet that hosts extra sheets, blankets, dated throw pillows, etc. Ha, I wish I had a dedicated linen closet, but who do you think I am?

Secondly, I haven’t given my bedroom much attention lately mostly because nobody ever really sees it, and it’s a bit overrun with, um, the other tenant’s “things” (cough, cough, hint, hint). Notice I did not include his nightstand in the picture…

But anywho, when I was hunting down a missing sock in the closet (also my laundry room, medicine cabinet and handbag holder—it’s really not that big), I rediscovered this handmade quilt from my Mimi. I thought it would be just thing to brighten my mood—and room—and help me ride out this bitter cold. What do we think?

BEDROOMfinalI know there’s a lot of pattern going on there, but I actually think it works really well. I’m kind of obsessed with it, but maybe just because it’s so terrible outside and turquoise makes me think of a tropical resort on the beach, where I should most definitely be right now.

Love it, hate it, have a different way of coping? Let me know!

(Sources: Lamp-Lamps Plus, Rug-Crate & Barrel, Paisley Quilt and Throw Pillow-West Elm)

So snuggly

Ah, new bedding just in time for fall. I couldn’t wait to hear if I’d won the West Elm contest, so I splurged on the quilt and matching shams. While I’m totally loving it, this is only the first step into the bedroom makeover, which makes me nervous. But it’s the next focus since the living room is, for the most part, done now.

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The bedroom wish list is huge: bedskirt, curtains, some kind of nightstand (if you notice, there’s not room for a traditional one, so it’ll have to be a headboard/ nightstand shelf thing I think), lighting, something to replace/cover up the hideous closet door… on and on.

But one decision needs to be made: What should my accent color be? Come winter, I’ll need a duvet cover for my down comforter, but I can’t decide what color to even start looking for. It can be textured, but I don’t want to add another pattern to the small room. My dressers are silver and kind of retro looking, so I have a modern Moroccan thing going on.

I need your help. WHAT SHOULD MY COLORS BE? I just want it to be really soothing, a good getaway from my hectic work life. White, navy, silver… Baby blue? Yellow? Turquoise? Hot pink?