Thursday, January 15, 2015

Design Board: A Cosy & Feminine Living Room

I'm picturing this cheery space as the compact but cosy living room of a new grad's first apartment; a sweet, girly space to come home to after long hours at your first job. Small but still good for lounging and entertaining.

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 In Review

We spent most of 2014 getting settled in the UK after immigrating from the States in late 2013. I didn't decorate much because we were in a short-term rental for most of the year, so I channeled my need to prettify mostly into design boards. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
{Aqua, Grey & Salmon Office}
{Bright Beachy Living Room}
{Teal & Orange Urban Patio}
{Rustic Modern Living Room}
I also got around to posting about the few remaining rooms from our Chicago loft...
{Eleanor's Nursery}
{Loft Living Room}
{Organising Sebastian's Room}
 And did a fair bit of virtual shopping, like in these posts (among others)...
{Target Picks}
{Etsy Picks}
For my one and only travel post, I recapped our family trip from Chicago to New Orleans on Amtrak.
In October, we moved into our new home in London. I'm still in clutter-control mode but hope to share some of our new spaces with you soon. Happy new year!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Design Board: A Cozy Combined Guest Room & Office

We're still unpacking, so this is about as festive as you can expect from me this year...a combined office and guest room. We've never had a dedicated room for either, so I'd be happy with a multipurpose space like this, especially over the holidays. As is, our desk is shoved in a corner of the living room and our poor guests are stuck sharing with the kids. Lucky they love us!

I'm digging the oak bookcase - perfect for binders and books, but if you left a drawer or two empty, it would give guests a place to store their stuff and feel more at home. And that lamp is just gorgeous...I might have to find a spot for one of those when we get our office area organized. I am having the hardest time finding a desk I like in the UK...I might resort to having one shipped from the States. Is that crazy? (Don't answer that.) Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guide Gift: Ladies

A lot of these lovelies are on my Christmas wish list. Also, a lot of them are gold. I think they speak for themselves, so I'll spare you the usual blurb.
1. iPhone Back Up Battery - £28 (Anthropologie)
2. Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife - from £12 (Amazon)
3. Gold Shears - $17 (Target)
4. Crystalline Hair Ties - £22 (Anthropologie)
5. Aigle Wellies - from £60 (Amazon)
6. Monogram Mug - £8 (Anthropologie)
7. Guilded State Map - from $32 (Minted)
8. Striped Throw - £15 (Ikea)
9. Gold Stapler - $16 (Target)
10. Plant Pot - £28 (Ikea)
11. Movado Watch - £334/$495 (Nordstrom)
12. Gilded Drop Earrings - £32 (Anthropologie)

You can check out my gift ideas for kids here and guys here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gift Guide: Men

I'm recycling a few of my man-gift ideas from last year (because they're that good), and adding a few new ones. Men are hard to buy for in my experience, but maybe you'll get an idea or two here. Or maybe they'll just be helpful and buy themselves something and ask you for the money, which is what usually happens in our house.
1. Swiss Army Farmer pocket knife - from £12 (Amazon) - I have one of these on my key chain and I use it on an almost daily basis, mainly for taking tags off stuff and fixing broken nails. I'm sure a man would find more manly uses for it too though.
2. Cashmere scarf - $110 / £110 (J Crew) - because maybe he'll let you borrow it too.
3. 52 New Things by Nick J Thorpe - a year spent trying one new thing every week, from breaking a world record to recording a Christmas single. An inspiring and entertaining read for everyone (not just men).
4. Leather wash bag - $110 / £110 (J Crew) - so your man can feel more distinguished when he travels.
5. Cashmere sweater - £80 (Uniqlo) simple, classic and a great price, as far as cashmere goes.
6. Storm proof umbrella - (Senz via Amazon) - these technical umbrellas won't turn inside out in winds less than 80 km/hr.
7. Socks - $14.50 / £14.50 (J Crew) - one of my default stocking stuffers, J Crew socks are so soft and comfy that I bagged some for myself last year too.
8. Titanium hip flask - $160 (Snow Peak) - super light and strong, titanium won't add metallic taste to this rather dashing flask's contents.
9. Steam gift card - a given for anyone who plays video games, which is 95% of the men I know.
10. Lightning bolt ankle reflectors - $16 - will make him go faster. Probably.
11. Seiko chronograph SNDA65 watch - $120 (Amazon) - great looking, very accurate, pretty much bomb-proof and not a bad price at all.
12. Petzl head torch - from $20 (Amazon) - I once lost my Petzl torch just before the first big snow storm one winter in Chicago. When the last manky pile of snow melted from the edge of the sidewalk, there it was, sitting right where I'd dropped it months earlier. It still worked, which I think says a lot about the engineering.