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Fabulous Finds Friday - 1st Edition

October 29, 2010

Happy Friday everyone!

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I wanted to start a new segment on my blog which features 5 holiday gift ideas under $50 every Friday from now until the end of the season.

Not only will I be able to keep an ongoing list of potential gift ideas for my friends and family but hopefully I'll be able to introduce you to a gift you may not have thought of for that person in your life that has everything!

Let's start the first Fabulous Finds Friday off with this knitted Nantucket throw from Z Gallerie:

[ Image via Z Gallerie ]

I love the chunky knit and how warm and cozy it looks! It's on sale for $49.99 (from $69.95) and would be great to cuddle up with on the couch during the upcoming cooler months :)

Graham Moss

October 27, 2010

Has anyone else been introduced to the amazing portfolio of Graham Moss? I hadn't been until yesterday when a friend of mine e-mailed me the photo below noting how great the DIY pendant lamp I made would look in black if I were to make another.

Welcome to my Living Room

To Keep or Not To Keep

October 23, 2010

Last night I did what every bored 25-year-old aspiring interior decorator does: I went browsing around HomeGoods. While I was there, I stumbled upon a pair of lamps that I thought might work in my living room. I left them there but couldn't stop thinking about them throughout the night so I went back and got them this morning.



I like the height (32.5") and the overall shape of them but I'm not too wild about the cut-out (it's growing on me) and they have a lot of scratches and chips on them so I haven't decided if I'm going to keep them yet and I've left the tags on them in case I decide to return them.

If I do decide to keep them, I think they'd benefit greatly from a fresh coat of glossy black spray paint to help hide the damage. I showed my boyfriend and he says they look like a sewing needle ... what do you think? Should I keep them or keep looking around?

Kitchen Dilemma

October 22, 2010

Aside from new stainless steel appliances, my kitchen hasn't been updated since it was built 25 years ago. The countertops are a hideous mix of off-white colored laminate with some kind of wood looking trim.

The cabinets are solid oak and in great condition but all of the wood really darkens the already tiny room. I've repainted 4 times already and I'm still not happy with the color. I'm not sure if it's the lighting or if I just suck at choosing paint colors but whatever it is, I think it's time for some major updating.

Here's how my kitchen looked after I repainted it Martha Stewart's "Chinchilla":


It's OK but I don't love it, I'm just living with it. Oh, and don't mind the awful blue mini blinds, I have a white replacement shade I just haven't put up yet. 

It Always Seems Impossible...

October 20, 2010

How sweet is this print from The Love Shop?

[ Image courtesy of The Love Shop ]


The quote is a favorite of mine from Nelson Mandela and the print would look great in a bedroom or bathroom to inspire you when you wake up first thing in the morning!

DIY String Pendant Lamp

October 17, 2010

For this DIY project, I was inspired by the Random Light from DWR. Unfortunately, I don't have $1,100+ to spend on a pendant lamp but DWR's images made the light look fairly easy to make so I did a quick Google search for some instructions and stumbled upon this tutorial from Instructables.

I took notes of the materials needed and got the following (I already had the white bowl and the old paintbrush):

  • One 400 yard ball of white 100% mercerized crochet cotton string/yarn - $5
  • One 16 oz bottle of Stiffy fabric stiffener (any brand will work) - $7
  • One kids bouncy ball (about 18" in diameter) - $3.

I wanted a bouncy ball instead of a regular balloon because I knew it wouldn't lose its shape while drying like a balloon could. I had to switch to plan B (an exercise ball) though so this didn't end up being used.




Unfortunately, when I brought the blue ball home, I held it up next to the pendant lamp I already had (the KNAPPA from IKEA) and realized it was about the same size. This would've been fine except that I've been wanting a larger pendant lamp for a while so I started thinking of a plan B.

Welcome to my Desert DOOMicile...

October 15, 2010

I have a confession to make: in the two years I've lived at my desert domicile, I've never decorated for Halloween. It's not that I don't like Halloween, it's just that without a basement or an attic, I literally have no room to store any unnecessary decorations (like holiday ones).

I told myself I wasn't going to go crazy with decorations but after an all-day shopping spree last Friday, I found myself with more glittery skulls than I knew what to do with! Oh well, my boyfriend's birthday is on Halloween so I'm using that as my excuse for not sticking to my original plan!

Anyway, here's the console table all Halloweenified (I know it's not a word but let's just go with it, ok?):



Many, Many Thanks

October 7, 2010

Many, many thanks go out to the wonderful Leah for featuring my man cave/den makeover on her blog, The Way We Are! Some people had left comments asking where I got some of the items in the room and I thought I'd do a quick rundown of everything for those who were wondering.



  • The wall calendar is the Stendig wall calendar which can be purchased from Unica Home or Crate and Barrel.
  • The houndstooth pillows, the red box, and the buddha head are all HomeGoods finds.
  • The accent/end tables were purchased at my local Target but are also available online here.
  • Both black tufted chairs were T.J. Maxx finds from two years ago.

New Rug? Maybe...

October 6, 2010

I've talked about buying a new rug before but this time I *think* I may have found a new one for the living room and I honestly can't tell you how excited I am since Bentley (accidentally) ruined the existing one last night. He says "hi" by the way :)



Moving along ...

The rug is from CSN Stores and right now they're having a 20% off discount on select contemporary rugs. I had several bookmarked and it just so happens that one of the ones I had my heart set on is also one of the ones that's 20% off!



It's the Monemi Elements 20 rug in black and white (ivory?) and while it's a little more than what I was looking to spend, the 20% off discount + free shipping deal is almost too tempting to pass up. Hmmm, decisions, decisions...

Introducing: The Man Cave

October 4, 2010

Well the time has come for the big reveal of den/man cave I've been working on for the past couple of weeks! Let's start with a little back story before I reveal the eye candy so everyone knows where this room started.



I used to run a small Etsy shop out of my spare room but when I closed the shop a couple of months ago, there wasn't a need for the entire room to be devoted to my office anymore. Since the room wasn't being used, and since I don't have a basement or an attic, slowly but surely things started to pile up and the room ended up looking like a storage unit (and slightly Hoarder-ish, I'll admit).