March 31, 2011

Hello Beautiful

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 It's made of 100% homespun, hand hooked wool and should be arriving in about a week or so.

March 30, 2011

Spice Rack

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 :)

March 21, 2011

Moody Monday: Rocklyn and Ryder's Playroom

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:

March 14, 2011

Moody Monday: Modern Moroccan Living Room

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.

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 :)

March 4, 2011

Big Lots Lamp

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.

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?!

March 2, 2011

New Fireplace Mantel

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").

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