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Hello Beautiful

March 31, 2011

I've mentioned before how I wanted a new living room rug but my search hasn't been going very well for quite some time. I'd find rugs I liked but they weren't offered in the size I needed or I'd find rugs that were available in the size I wanted but were way out of my price range.

Also, I have three dogs that like to carry their food in their mouths from the kitchen into the living room where they proceed to drop it onto the rug to eat it there. If I close the door to the kitchen while they're eating, they stare at the door until it's opened again, refusing to eat. It's something I've learned to live with it but because of it, I need a rug that's durable and can stand up to constant vacuuming and cleaning.

Today, I found that rug :)

It's the modern trellis rug in charcoal from RugsUSA.com. It's made of 100% homespun, hand hooked wool and should be arriving in about a week or so.

Spice Rack

March 30, 2011

Over the weekend I hung an IKEA Ribba picture frame ledge above my oven to act as a spice rack/oven mitt/oil holder.

Now everything I use on a regular basis is just an arms reach away! Sometimes it's the smallest updates that make the biggest difference :)

Inspired By: Gallery Walls

March 29, 2011

I know I haven't posted any photos of my entryway hallway before because honestly, it's really long and really narrow (think bowling alley) and really hard to photograph.

I had a console table in the hallway but it was always hard to open the door to let anyone in or to go outside so I've moved it into my living room which has left my hallway empty. I've thought about painting the wall a fun color but let's be honest, black and white is kind of my thing :)

The next best option I thought of was a gallery wall for all of the art that hasn't found a home on one of my other walls yet.

[ Image via Houzz ]

Fabulous Finds Friday: 13th Edition

March 25, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the thirteenth edition of Fabulous Finds Friday!

Let's kick things off with the Brilliant Sconce from Z Gallerie:

[ Image via Z Gallerie ]

These sconces are on sale for $12.99 each. The faceted crystals reflect light for a dramatic effect and the overall sconce would bring an element of sophistication to any room. 

Don't Forget

March 23, 2011

Just a quick reminder to let you know that there's only one week left to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $25 credits to put towards your first purchase at the Foundary!

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is sign up to become a member of the Foundary via this link www.thefoundary.com/DesertDomicile.

If you're already a member, you can still be entered to win if you provide me with the e-mail address you signed up with so I can add it to the contest entrant list! On March 30th, the contest will end and 5 winners will be randomly chosen to win :)

Good luck!

Inspired By: Styling

March 22, 2011

I don't know about you but styling is my weakness. Whether it be a bookcase, a tablescape or a fireplace mantel, I can never seem to get things looking like they do in the magazines.

However ... I'm determined to tackle the built-in bookcase in my dining room since, aside from removing the holiday decor, I haven't done much to them since Christmas. Hopefully these inspiring photos will help!

[ Image via Flickr (although I think it's from Rue or Lonny) ]

Moody Monday: Rocklyn and Ryder's Playroom

March 21, 2011

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to take on the week :)

Today's mood board was created for my best friend Amber. Amber is in the process of converting her guestroom into a playroom for her two sons, Rocklyn and Ryder and came to me for some advice on how to create a room that would serve multiple functions including creating, playing and learning.

Here's what I came up with:

For Japan With Love

March 17, 2011

By now I'm sure you've seen the images and videos of the devastation from the earthquake and tsunamis that happened in Japan. Life changed instantly for so many people which made everyone else realize just how short life is.

In memory of the victims in Japan, I'll be joining many bloggers tomorrow, March 18th, for the bloggers day of silence. The fundraiser, For Japan With Love, was created by Lydia from Ever-Ours and Lucia and Henny from Utterly Engaged. All proceeds will be donated to ShelterBox.

If you would like to learn more about For Japan With Love, or to get involved, please click here. To donate, please click here.

Fabulous Finds Friday will resume next Friday, March 25th.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

The Foundary

March 16, 2011

Have you heard of the Foundary? If not, allow me to introduce you!

The Foundary is an exclusive, members-only daily sales site that offers items of substance for the home at prices up to 70% off retail! The website launched in October 2010 and features items from well-known brands as well as from up and coming designers like Marcia Prentice.

Inspired By: St. Patrick's Day

March 15, 2011

Spring has sprung and St. Patrick's day is right around the corner so let's celebrate both occasions with some gorgeous green interiors:

[ Image via Domino ]

Moody Monday: Modern Moroccan Living Room

March 14, 2011

Happy Monday everyone! Today's spring break mood board focuses on a modern Moroccan living room:

1. IKEA's Mongstad mirror comes in three different colors (black, white and orange) and is a bargain at just $99. It can be hung vertically or horizontally and would look great above a sofa as shown.

Fabulous Finds Friday: 12th Edition

March 11, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the twelfth edition of Fabulous Finds Friday!

Let's kick things off with the Michael Jackson Ensemble Print from Moxy Creative:

[ Image via Moxy Creative ]

I cannot get enough of these posters! I want to buy one of each of them and frame them all together to create a huge gallery piece in a long hallway! The Michael Jackson one is one of 21 prints, all of which are limited editions of 10.


March 10, 2011

I've always been a fan of inspiration boards but never started one of my own because I never knew what to put on it and always feared it'd become too cluttered for my taste. But not anymore thanks to Pinterest!

With Pinterest, I can virtually organize all of the things I find interesting (quotes, living room inspiration, wish list items, etc.) into different boards that I can categorize by topic.

I've been adding new pins to my boards over the past few weeks and it's been fun to watch my boards grow so quickly!

If you're on Pinterest too, leave me a comment so I can start following your boards :)

Inspired By: Quotes

Big Lots Lamp

March 4, 2011

Two posts in one day?! It's unusual, I know but there's a reason behind it :)

Two weeks ago when I was sourcing supplies for my DIY porcupine mirror, I went to Big Lots looking for cheap bamboo skewers and stumbled upon this lamp:

And thought that If I spray painted the base and replaced the shade (or recovered it in a new fabric), I could end up with a lamp that looks VERY similar to the Mariposa Lamp from Z Gallerie.

Fabulous Finds Friday: 11th Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

My weekend plans include trying to sell some of my unused furniture at a community garage sale, a trip to IKEA in Phoenix and a possible closet makeover. We'll see :)

But before all of that, let's start with the 11th edition of Fabulous Finds Friday with the Fizz Clock from Chiasso:

[ Image via Chiasso ]

The Fizz Clock is a steal at $38 and I love the contrast of the red hands against the white base. It would look great in any room and especially if it was mounted on a dark wall!


March 3, 2011

My amazing mom surprised me by sending this beautiful bouquet of flowers to my office today and I just had to share! They smell so good and I can't wait for the Lilies to open up! I just love her :)

PS: Anyone know how the florist got the lemons to stick to the sides of the vase while they filled it with flowers?!

New Fireplace Mantel

March 2, 2011

Over the weekend, I finally got around to staining and hanging my new fireplace mantel and I couldn't be happier with the results!

Before I show the after photos, let's go back to Halloween and re-visit the previous mantel's beginning:

Before my new mantel, I had mounted an IKEA Lack shelf above my fireplace as a temporary solution. It worked for a while but it was a few inches shy of the width of my fireplace and that bothered the perfectionist in me. Also, I wasn't a fan of the huge overhang and wanted something that didn't stick out as much (about 10").

Inspired By: Abstract Art

March 1, 2011

I think it's my design background that has me so intrigued by abstract artwork but maybe it's the fact that when I was growing up, I was always doodling on things and had plenty of crayons and markers nearby in case inspiration struck.

Whatever the reason, I've always been in love with abstract paintings and have recently purchased a 36" x 48" blank canvas that is hanging above my bed waiting for inspiration to strike and I think it just may have...

[ Image via Apartment Therapy ]

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