posted by on 2012.02.28, under Everything Else

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posted by on 2012.02.23, under Shopping Guide

Whether you’re craving a quick apartment makeover or just want to up the cozy factor, a good looking rug can transform a room in minutes. Fabulous rugs can cost a pretty penny, but we’ve found some gorgeous threads to satisfy every style and budget.

Throw a couple of freaky twins or a kid on a tricycle on one of these Castleberry honeycomb rugs and you’ll be living in one of the best scenes from The Shining.

Castleberry Area Rug, $23-359


A smart update to the gross shag rugs of yesteryear, the silken round shag rug is like putting a set of veneers on Austin Powers.

Hand-woven Silken Ivory Shag Rug (5' Round), $99.87

Perfect for small or irregular spaces, the Pier 1 Red Flower Rug has a sophisticated vintage feel to it.

Red Flower Rug, $149.95


I don’t know why the word ‘medallion’ has a nice ring to it, but it’s probably a good indicator that this Target Medallion rug will be an all-around crowd pleaser.

Target Homeâ„¢ Medallion Rug, $149.99-269.99


Think the cowhide trend is dead (pun intended)? Think again! This animal friendly version will win the hearts of your vegetarian buddies.

Rawhide Ivory Rug (6'2 x 8'), $167.44


posted by on 2012.02.17, under Friday Finds

Happy Presidents’ Day Weekend! This Friday, we found decor to fulfill all of your land, air and sea needs. All under forty bucks.
These stylish rubber luggage tags from MOMA make me want to slap one on a handbag and go on a staycation.

Rubber Luggage Tags, $12


Ooh la la! The Marché collection from the Container store is reminiscent of Parisian open air markets.

Marché Baskets, $16.99-$24.99


Dry your toes on this handsome Moby bathmat and call me Ishmael.

Moby Bath Mat in Ink by Thomas Paul, $40

Are you plant-retarded? Decorate your home with nature-like decor without the risk of killing anything, like these fabulous peacock feathers from ZGallerie.

Peacock Feathers - Set of 12, $23.40

The fluxglass shop on Etsy carries mirrors in clever shapes, like this darling bird perfect for stylish nurseries.

Bird Mirror No. 1, $34


posted by on 2012.02.16, under Shopping Guide

A large, billowy pendant can do wonders for a room in need of some soft lighting. These pretty pendants, in light whites and neutrals, would look stellar above a bed or couch, adding romantic ambience whether the lights are on or off.


This bulbous Chiasso pendant is a jumbled mass of aluminum and chrome that’s lit by eight small bulbs within. $118.

nuvola pendant lamp


Designed in 1969 and composed of 69 pieces, the Norma69 Shade is nothing if not shagadelic.$130 from The Conran Shop.



This classy tiered brass pendant from Urban Outfitters looks way more expensive than its $64 price tag, and is likely to develop a cool patina over time.

Brass Tiered Pendant Shade


Buttery capiz shells are trimmed with nickel and arranged like a lotus flower on this dreamy pendant from Pottery Barn. $199.

Capiz Pendant


Simple does it on this chic and cheap IKEA paper shade, which is a nice update to the round paper lanterns IKEA is known for. $5.00.



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