6.13.2012

Courtney's day out.

For the first time and what felt like months I headed out on a shopping trip to get inspired, look for a few things for a client and maybe a few items for myself.

I took some pictures along the way when I spotted some great finds so I figured I'd share the eye candy.

First stop the thrift store. Ahh I feel so at home riffling through what other people call "junk". I like hitting the thrift stores first before the "regular stores" because I usually find great items at a fraction of the cost so when I get to the regular shops I don't have to worry bout forking out the dough on an item.

I was rummaging through the baskets when I spotted this "gem". If you can get past the salmonish tone that looks like it is straight out of a Florida retirement community and look at it for it's size and shape then it as a good find at $2.99 and I have an easy DIY project I'll be sharing involving this guy.


On the back of the shelf this basket was hiding. Again $2.99, I thought it was a great low bowl type basket for a kitchen or coffee table.


 This wooden thing also came home with me.
I have no clue what it is. A fancy rolling pin? A wooden ab roller? Who knows but it makes a great decorative accessory.


Next stop Homegoods. I really can't say how much I love that place. It's always changing and you can find some great stuff that no one else will have!

I spotted the chevron from across the store. These lounge chair and bean bag sets screamed hip kids play room. They were $129/set.


This library table caught my eye because it had burlap printed fabric on the draw fronts. I think I may have to try something like that down the line.


I love anything with weathered wood. This console caught my attention because it was unique. I thought it would make a great piece in a kids room to store all those toys out of sight behind those bright flag drawers.


I rarely see dining tables in Homegoods, I wish they had them more often. This one had me running to it. I think it was some sort of steel with a patina finish to it. It would be a great conversation piece in a dining room...definitely not your average wood table and it would also look amazing outside and you wouldn't have to worry about it being exposed to the weather.
It was only $699 which I thought seemed like a great deal for something of this style.


I love inspiration shopping, it's my retail therapy.

Be back soon with a new piece of furniture. I'm doing a little reworking with the hardware. I thought I was going to keep the originals until I saw it all together and it totally wasn't what my style is about so I am switching around a few things. Stay tuned for the reveal.

6.04.2012

mood board monday.

It's mood board Monday over at my friend Sarah's at Pewter & Sage.

I love these design challenges it makes Mondays way more fun!
This weeks challenge was incorporating one of three totally different style chairs into a space plan. 

Here were the contenders:

a. Old Hickory Tannery Green Leather Chiar; Horchow

b. Cecilia Chair; Horchow


c. French Laundry Home Williamson Striped Chairs; Horchow


I actually started off my design board with other elements in mind and choose the chair a little further on instead of using it as my jumping off point. I decided on the blue & white ikat patterned chair...but you'll see the green leather could have easily been dropped into my mood board.

Gotta love versatility!

So here is the board I came up with. I feel like it has my style elements in mind but with a more grown up feel. Yes, I guess I'm a grown up. I am 30 now for goodness sakes but you catch my drift?



The room in mind is more of an after dinner sitting room where you relax with friends for some drinks. Wouldn't it be great to have an after dinner lounge in your house!

a. For the walls I didn't go the paint route. I opted for a warm neutral grasscloth wallpaper instead so you're surrounded by texture.

b. There is definitely a limestone fireplace in my after dinner lounge and to house the wood you'll need a vintage zinc bucket! (www.modern50.com)

c. One of my jumping off points were these Document Drawings from Ballard Design. I have been drooling over them since I peeled open the freshly inked pages of their new catalog. I blame the graphic artist in me. I love script and the simplicity of the drawings.

d. Hourglasses make simple yet practical decor. (www.restorationhardware.com

e. Window coverings are up next. I came across these awesome DIY Chevron Ombre curtains and fell in love with their casual yet structured feel. You can see a step by step process on her blog too! (Owen's Olivia Blog)

f. The Horchow Chair of course...but so you see how the green leather would have worked too!

g. A trunk side table. 2 functions and it looks great. (www.restorationhardware.com)

h. & i. Throw pillows. I love mixing and matching pillows. It gives you an excuse to add a little unexpected element to the space and they are easy to change up at any time.
blue circle: west elm

j. apothecary floor lamp for some ambient lighting

k. Navy sofa with nailhead trim and clean lines. Love everything about it. I think Navy could be a nice neutral in a room of you wanted to venture away from a white or natural colored sofa. (www.mgbwhome.com)

l. The rug! Another jumping off point for me. I have been dying over these (no pun intended) ever since I caught a glimpse of it on Dear Genevieve a while back. It is a collection from ABC Carpet called Color Reform. Basically they take vintage oriental rugs and pull all the original color from them and they are then hand dyed in vibrant hues. (ABC Carpet)

m. Vintage whiskey decanters for my lounge!

n. You can't hide that amazing rug under a solid coffee table! I choose a glass and metal table that resembles a bar cart. it is from Restoration Hardware however I don't think they make the glass one anymore but there is a similar one with a solid surface. (www.restorationhardware.com)

So there you have it, my after dinner retreat. Make sure to check out all the other mood board creations at Pewter & Sage too!

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