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Moody Monday: Budget Bedroom

January 31, 2011

Happy Monday Everyone!

Welcome to the latest series, Moody Monday. Every Monday, I plan on featuring a mood board that anyone can apply towards their own rooms in hopes that some of my ideas will be able to help you complete the unfinished room (or rooms) in your house!

Over the weekend, I purchased the gorgeous four-poster Edland bed from IKEA and I absolutely love it! I had been sleeping like a college student with a mattress on the floor for the past 7 months so this was a nice (and very needed) change!

My new purchase inspired this series so today's Moody Monday is loosely based on my own bedroom (which I'll be revealing very soon):

1. The Mongstad mirror from IKEA is not only gorgeous but it's HUGE and it's only $99! It would make any room feel much larger whether it was hung horizontally or vertically and I love the punch of color the orange version adds to a room.

2. I've had my eye on the Beta Lamp from CB2 for a while now and recently found out it's on sale for $99. I'm a huge fan of the industrial looking shade and tripod base.

3. On my last trip to IKEA, I picked up two of these sleek and affordable Malm dressers that I placed side-to-side across from my bed to create a long 8-drawer dresser. For $99 each the price really can't be beat and everyone can use more storage!

4. To make the dressers look a little more expensive and custom, I added some nice, stainless steel drawer pulls to each drawer. It didn't take very long but it adds a lot of character to a big box store piece.

5. This tufted leather bench would look great at the foot of the bed. The square base mimics the square of the four-poster bed nicely without being too matchy-matchy.

6. These IKEA Ritva curtains come in a variety of colors and have a subtle linen pattern to them. I chose white because I wanted the accessories to pop more than the bed, dressers and window treatments but any color would look nice.

7. This green patterned pillow from Target isn't in stock anymore online but I saw a few of them at my local store the other day. They're reversible and would add some color and a fun pattern to the bed!

8. This velvet, pintuck pillow is gorgeous and is a steal at $32! It'll also add some color to the bed like the green pillow and the tufting in the middle plays off of the tufting on the leather bench.

9. These striped sheets from West Elm have been on my mind for a while. I'm a huge fan of stripes and I like how the stripes on the sheets mimic the stripes created from the handles on the dresser drawers.

10 and 11. These Mademoiselle cover reprints (June '36 and July '36) from Z Gallerie are on my wish list and would look great hanging together above the bed.

12. I love the shape of this end table and would buy two of them to flank each side of the bed. The shape is fun and the organic lines play off of the shape of the cowhide rug.

13. The Edland bed from IKEA ... what can I say? I love it! It's huge and sturdy and adds a lot of drama to my bedroom.

14. This faux cowhide rug used to be in the man cave and then it got moved to the living room and now it's in my bedroom. It's held up surprisingly well considering it was only $80 and I love the graphic touch it adds to our hardwood floors!

Phew, did you make it to the end?! If so, what did you think of this Monday's mood board? What room would you like to see next Monday?

Fabulous Finds Friday: Valentine's Day

January 28, 2011

Thank you to everyone that took a minute to take my reader poll in regards to whether or not you'd like me to bring back the Fabulous Finds Friday series!

Everyone voted YES so let's kick off this Valentine's Day edition with these yummy cookies from Harry & David:

[ Image via Harry & David ]

For just $29.95, you can order five heart-shaped vanilla sugar cookies plus with an envelope shaped cookie that can be personalized with a name or a message of your choice! I don't know about you but I'd love to get a box of these cookies especially if one had my name on it :)

Next on the list is the Gala Fondue Set from Crate and Barrel:

 [ Image via Crate & Barrel ]

The great thing about this porcelain fondue set is that after Valentine's day is over, it can be used for other parties you'll be having throughout the year! Unfortunately, it doesn't ship out until May but you can order it now and give your loved one some flowers, a nice card and some chocolate on the big day instead ;)

The third Valentine's Day fabulous find is the most adorable chalkboard heart from Z Gallerie:

[ Image via Z Gallerie ]

The chalkboard heart is the perfect blank slate to leave love notes and heartfelt reminders on. It's just $11.95 and is packaged in a sweet gift box so the wrapping is done for you! It'd make a perfect gift for that special someone in your life :)

Up next is the gorgeous Maganda Vase from Crate & Barrel:

 [ Image via Crate & Barrel ]

This vase is just $29.95 and is made of 100% acacia wood. It's generously sized at 11.75" high and would look great holding a fresh bouquet of red roses for your sweetheart!

Rounding out this Valentine's Day edition is this adorable set of 20 vouchers from Z Gallerie:

[ Image via Z Gallerie ]

How cute are these?! They're just $6.95 and prove that thoughtful gestures can be more fun than material gifts!

What did you think of the Valentine's Day edition of Fabulous Finds Friday? Which find was your favorite?

Do You Rue?

January 27, 2011

The January/February issue of Rue Magazine is now live and what can I say, it's beautiful! A few of my favorites include:

[ All images via Rue ]

I'm really loving the dark and moody rooms they've featured this time around, what about you?

Yes or No

January 25, 2011

Have you voted yet? Voting ends tomorrow!

Should I continue the Fabulous Finds Friday series?

Have no idea what you're voting for? Click here :)

Dining Room Update

January 21, 2011

For those of you that read about my dining room Christmas decor, you may remember seeing a small mirror hanging in front of the window:

Well that mirror has been taken down and a new, abstract painting has taken its place:

I'm a sucker for abstract art so when I spotted this bad boy at HomeGoods last weekend, I had to have it. I couldn't hang it on the drapery rod (where my mirror was hung) so I bought some cheap screw eye hooks at Lowe's, did a little measuring and some drilling and hung the painting from the ceiling.

Sure hanging art in front of a window is considered a design no-no but I wanted something dramatic above my sideboard and the mirror just wasn't cutting it for me so I broke the rules a little.

What do you think of the change? What's a design no-no you've broken?

Reader Poll

January 20, 2011

Over the holidays, I started a new segment on my blog which featured 5 holiday gift ideas under $50 every Friday until the season ended. I've been thinking about bringing the Fabulous Find Friday series back but instead of featuring holiday gift ideas, I'd feature 5 everyday gift ideas under $50.

I'm curious to know if this is something that would interest you so I'm asking for a little feedback on whether or not the series should return.

If you have a minute, please take the poll below by voting "yes" or "no" everyday until January 26th when voting ends.

Should I continue the Fabulous Finds Friday series?

If you've already voted but would like to voice your opinion, you can also leave a comment below :) I look forward to hearing your thoughts!


January 19, 2011

Apologies for the lack of posts lately, there hasn't been many "blog-worthy" projects happening at my place these days.

However, there are a ton of blog-worthy posts at Tina's place in Sweden. Some of my favorites include:

Customizing a basic IKEA media cabinet with nailhead trim

A DIY headboard

Those lamps, that wallpaper!

Her gorgeous chrome backsplash

 More gorgeous nailhead trim added to the bathroom cabinets

[ All images via Signed by Tina ]

I'm completely smitten, are you?

Bueller?... Bueller?...

January 13, 2011

For those of you that have seen the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off 100+ times like I have, now is your chance to own a piece of the movie's history.

Cameron Frye's parents house is up for sale for $1.65 million. For those that need a little refresher, his house was where Cameron's father's Ferrari is driven out the back of the glass garage (seen below):

[ All images via Sotheby's ]

The house was built in 1953 by architects A. James Speyer and David Haid. It's located in Highland Park, IL (a city close to my hometown) and features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 5,300 sq. ft. of modern goodness!

For more information, including a great photo gallery, visit the Sotheby's listing page.

New Year, New Lonny

January 11, 2011

A new year means a new Lonny magazine! The January/February is now live and a few of my favorites include:

[ All images via Lonny ]

As you can see by the multitude of pictures, this issue was easily my favorite :)

Have you had a chance to check out the new issue? What did you think?

DIY Decorative Trays

January 5, 2011

What do baking sheets, adhesive spray and fabric have in common? They can be combined to make awesome and completely custom DIY decorative trays!

[ Images via Martha Stewart ]

Martha Stewart Living's decorating editor, Rebecca Robertson, made the DIY chevron-patterned trays shown above by covering ordinary baking sheets with a bold-patterned fabric and topped them off with a piece of plexi-glass. She then placed the trays on top of an Army cot she found on eBay to make a completely custom (and completely awesome) coffee table.

You could even make this project using decorative paper or wallpaper and it'd make an excellent gift for a new homeowner!

Is the Wood Bendy?

January 4, 2011

[ Image via Lunchbreath ]

If you're anything like me, you probably frequent Craigslist time to time browsing through all of the furniture ads trying to find a bargain on something fabulous for your (insert-room-here) but sometimes the seller doesn't know how to describe the piece accurately so you end up viewing something entirely different than you thought.

I recently stumbled upon this illustration from Lunchbreath which parodies those types of listings that make you go "Huh? How would that be considered (insert-style-here)?" and wanted to share it with those that can relate :)

Change of Plans

January 3, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! How are those New Year's resolutions going?

One of my New Year's resolutions is to change up some of the decor in my house. I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again: I'm over my black, white and red phase and am planning on working with new colors as the months go on!

The first room I'm starting with is our living room since it's the most used room in our house. For those of you that are new to my blog (HIIIIIII!!!), here's a glimpse at my living room all decorated for Christmas:

A few weeks ago I had blogged about looking for a new ceiling fan for the room but I'm going a different route and here's why:

Our current ceiling fan is a dust magnet and when it's turned on, dust goes flying all over the room. No matter how many times a week (or month) I clean it, it's always looking dirty and it's an eye-sore. I have a feeling that the same thing is going to happen with a new ceiling fan and I don't want to take any chances.

My boyfriend and I had a lightbulb moment and decided to buy a really great pendant lamp that would make a statement and replace the fan with one of those sleek, thin fans that sits on the floor. Problem solved :)

So over the weekend we headed up north to IKEA in Tempe and picked up one of these pendant lamps I've been eyeing since they were released over a year ago:

[ Image via IKEA ]

We haven't had a chance to put it together yet since we need to have our maintenance man come take down our current fan but I can tell you that the Maskros Pendant lamp is HUGE - 32" in diameter to be exact! And it's going to be perfect, I can feel it :)
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