Coffee table decor (& the lost West Elm lamp)

I don’t know how I missed this clear lamp the first time but aren’t you glad I shared?

I really like this paint color too.

Detailed View

Alyssa at SELF magazine suggests you style this lamp like such.



Not bad. That table may be too small for all that action though.

I would lose the art, move everything to a  larger coffee table in front of the couch instead and add  a pair of these gorgeous feathers.


West Elm, my unrequited love affair

I’ve been working on my wedding registry for a while, like a solid two months..
It’s really a fun experience. Really. Although it can get out of control.
Like adding 10 pillows all in the same color. Because I really need to be able to dive into my couch without a scratch.

I did manage to figure out how to incorporate my seemingly sea of blue house with my red dinning room chairs.

More PILLOWS! :) 

Fieldcrest® Luxury Molten Decorative Pillow - Lead Fieldcrest PillowThreshold™ Decorative Pillow with Red Piping Threshold Pillow

Fergano Toss Pillow Collection Fergano PillowChevron Toss Pillow Collection - Seaport  Chevron Pillow


Or maybe like adding a plate of every design. Ahem. Like my dear friend did in indecision. She was hoping it would fix itself by her gift-givers unanimously choosing to buy the same (best) set so that she wouldn’t have to.

Top left, clockwise: Love plates;Red squares;Kate Spade: white squares

Don’t worry! I’m on it. We’ll be having a registry cleaning party soon.

But, I love West Elm.
I chose my bedding from them. I’ve been musing over the whole bedroom set pictured for months.

Room View

Right? Right? If we could wrap up the bed, suitcase, lamp, and blanket, I would jump on that.

Ha, literally. This duvet is 100% organic cotton. Awesome.

I’m pretty committed to building the headboard myself.  Because I have a problem buying things I know I’m capable of.

They no longer carry the yellow and blue throw blanket but I found a semi-similar one at World Market.

Anyways, West Elm has some really fantastic stuff.

Embroidered Mar Pillow Cover

Right? I thought so.  You can find really pretty and often detailed pillows.

Check this joker out.

This piece would look really sharp by a couch with peg legs. Which by the way, would also be awesome to have. cough cough.

whew. I’m all over the place today! Is that something shiny……………..

I’m back. Ohhhh. Man. This blanket looks so comfortable and cute enough for the couch.

Gimme. Soon please?

Stripe Favorite Throw

Yup. That’s going on my registry.

It’s a sickness… :(

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Farmhouse trends


Over the past two years I’ve noticed a move towards the farmhouse style in the kitchen. Step aside sleek and modern. We’re looking towards coppers and beautiful wood grains.  I’m sure the famed stainless steel appliances will keep their place but light fixtures and stove hoods are looking more cottage influenced and I’m loving it.

This scalloped hood is perfect and it’s going on my wish list. It hits the modern cottage look without a hitch.  I’m actually starting to appreciate the white on white too.  I’ve been stubborn in accepting it but has shown me the way.

scalloped hood

I even got the white Kitchen-aid mixer for Christmas to start.

kitchenaid standing mixer

These industrial lights give this space a fresh look at a work space. They remind me of my Pappaw’s shed from when I was a little girl.  He was in there everyday fixing things– what he loved to do.  These kinds of lights give some well deserved direct lighting for working on what you love– baking for me.  Dark shadows in the kitchen irk me. I’ll have every light on in the house if it’ll make the kitchen brighter. I digress. ;) Also, notice the scalloping on the two fixtures in the mix? eh? eh? catching the trend??

industrial lighting

Ana White gives a wonderful tutorial on how to make your own farmhouse dining room table. Hit her up!

I’m saving this one for when I move.

farmhouse table

Back to the workbench.

Those who know me know I’m a bit of a chair snob. Not like I only appreciate super expensive chairs, only that I have an idea in my head of what I like and I’m quite particular about them. These lovelies take a nod to the industrial era as well. I love that they’re adjustable and their function is exaggerated in the screw top.

turn stools

One of my all time musts for my dream kitchen is the farmhouse sink, sometimes called an apron sink.  There’s something quite homey about it.  There is almost no comparison to the standard stainless steel compartmental sink. Plus it does away with that silly fake drawer typically installed below a sink. Pet peeve number 526: fake drawers.

farmhouse apron sink

apron sink pattern

And what better to complement with than butcher block counter tops? No more piles of cutting boards.

Just sanitize, chop, sweep excess into apron sink and sanitize again. Done.

Wood grain was become very popular as well.  I’m seeing it more stove top hoods, kitchen islands, chairs and back splashes  Along with working itself into the rest of the house.

chop block counter

Now, onto the fridge. I’m in love with Anthropologie‘s 6 egg carton. I’ll take the blue one and the white one, please.

Something like this will make me smile every time I open my fridge. :)

anthro egg carton

I can’t help but want the strawberry carton too! They’re just too adorable.

strawberry crate$14

crateandbarrel crate$20

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