Please excuse my absence lately…we arrived back from a week in Maui and then I needed another week to catch up to and get back in to the groove of regular life. Before you roll your eyes and not have pity on me after I mention being in Maui – just think, nine hours on a plane with three kiddos under 4 1/2 on a red eye holding a 7 month old the entire time and a four hour time change will do that to you. Trust me.
Although some projects around the home are on hold – I still do keep a little eye out for some great decor finds on a budget. Here are some of my recent purchases…
They say patience is a virtue…well, I have been eyeing this faux fur throw since last fall – originally $119 – now on sale for $46.99! From West Elm - this makes me about 2% happy that it was 6 degrees this morning…
One can never have too much storage. How amazing is this soft storage from H&M? I seem to forget often that H&M has a home line…well stumbling upon these beauties was a friendly reminder, especially at $9.95. Find them here and use them all around the house. I can picture them in a kids room, in a master bathroom, office…everywhere!
Oh Threshold for Target – how I have loved this bench for quite some time. I snagged this bench on clearance now – once $109.99 now $76.99. Another item that can be used around the house in multiple rooms. A great bench for a mud room or guest room – to rest luggage on. Sold out at your local store? You can still grab one online here.
And finally, this isn’t under the home decor category but when you drink as much water as I do and constantly have your water bottle on the counter I think it should still be chic…and that is when this purchase comes in to play.
I am really digging the color combo – and its glass. I haven’t been this excited to drink water in a while. These come in an array of colors – check them out here. And why you are there ordering your water bottle read about the company behind these bad boys – pretty cool story.
Ok – those are my recent purchases / finds / great deals lately. What have you snagged lately?
So a while ago I shared with you that I bought this table from iKea, and that I wanted to turn it into my desk in my bedroom.
I got it a couple months ago and painted the legs gold. You might be able to tell that I haven’t taken the plastic off the top of it yet.
Obvously I haven’t had a chance to move very quickly on this project. However, I’m fairly close to knowing how I want to finish everything up. I love the simplicity of the table. And I think it needs a big piece of art above it. When researching ideas, I kept coming back to abstracts I saw by an artist named Jen Ramos. Jill and I have come across her several times, and most recently her art was featured through the website we bought our new blog theme from – BluChic.
I also kept thinking of Kelly Wearstler because she actually does full abstract walls, like this.
I just love the way abstracts look against a plain white wall.
So that’s the route I’m going. I’m going to sit my 5-year-old artistic son in front of a really large canvas and let him go to town. It’ll be a couple weeks before I get to do this project, but I’ll take pics of the mess for you.
I also think the sitting room in which this table sits needs a rug to add a little life to it. I came across this one on iKea.com, and I’m thinking it would be fabulous! Not only is the print fun, but it’s an affordable large square rug, which pretty much means I need to buy it.
So we’ve been able to make progress on our friend Hilary’s house! We’re really excited to start to see things come together! The three of us (Jill, me, and Hilary) went on a shopping spree last week. And when I say spree, I mean it…we went to Target, Marshalls, World Market, and Pier One all in one evening after work. It was so fun, and exhausting, but we definitely scored!
These throw pillows that Hilary already had were our inspiration on colors.
When we were doing research leading up to this said spree, our goal was to find a leather, storage ottoman, such as this one from Overstock.com.
We also knew we wanted a rug that brought color into the family room. And Hilary really liked this pattern.
After hitting Target, she ended up with these adorable goodies. The rug was the perfect shade of blue, and was even in the exact pattern she loved. The ottoman was exactly what we were looking for, and it was on clearance! She decided she had to have this fabulous chair…and why wouldn’t she? We even ended up with a great new lamp shade that we’re not sure is going to fit her lamp quite yet. But, it had her colors, it had birds on it, and it’s super cute. So, we’ll figure out something to do with it!
We searched and searched for art but didn’t find anything that worked. So after brainstorming, we decided to reach out to the Etsy artist behind this gem.
Jill was so generous to give me this amazing art piece for Christmas. It’s a sketch of well-known Kansas City architecture. I am so in love with it and need to find the perfect spot in my house for it. Jill’s going to reach out to the artist and see if she can make a larger, similar print on canvas for us. It would be a great fit for Hilary’s space. Fingers crossed!
So as you can see, we’ve made some progress! We’ll keep you posted as more things come together! Happy Monday everyone!