posted by on 2012.06.29, under Friday Finds

No plans for July 4th? No problem! Throw a last minute party with these cheap I-day essentials.

It’s not a party if there’s no snow cone maker in sight. Snow Cone maker from Target, $39.

Snow Cone Maker


Spike your snow cone syrups with a heavy dose of alcohol and your guests are sure to have fun figuring out how to put these down. At Crate & Barrel, $6.95.

Set of 50 Snowcone Papers, $6.95

Set of 50 Snowcone Papers


For fancy in a flash, ditch the Christmas lights for these grown-up string globe lights. $12.99 at Target.

Room Essentials Clear Globe Lights (25ct)

Room Essentials Clear Globe Lights (25ct)


Show your allegiance with these reusable earth friendly cloth napkins. $29.50 from Pottery Barn.

American Flag Napkins, set of 4


Americana never goes out of style. These patriotic pillows from ChooseMoose on Etsy add comfort to any gathering. $7.99.

Americana Accent Pillow, $7.99

Americana Accent Pillow


posted by on 2012.06.22, under Shopping Guide

Rope isn’t just the preferred material of sailors and hillbillies. In measured doses, it adds a charmed, rustic flair to any décor.  Here are our favorite rope pieces for your wall, floor and more.

Lighting you’ll want to lasso—the Riata Lamp from Anthropologie. $168.

Riata Lamp Ensemble

If you paid attention during rope tying lessons in your Scouts days, then you can probably fashion one of these knotted doorstops yourself. For the rest of us, there’s this version from Haus Interior. $50.

Rope Knot Doorstop

Terrain calls this the ‘Suspended Crate Shelf.’ I call it the ‘Poor Man’s Pot Rack.’ $38.

Suspended Crate Shelf

This easy-to-hang rope mirror from QVC would look great in a small bathroom or entryway. $59.46.

Home Reflections Handmade 16-1/2" x 25"H Rope Mirror

Home Reflections Handmade Rope Mirror


Rope door mats, like this woven one from Brook Farm General Store, can take a beating and still look tops. $35.

Rope Door Mat


As a child, I had a reoccurring dream that I married a lighthouse keeper. In this dream, there was most definitely a rope clock like this on the wall. $80.99 on Amazon.

Two's Company Know Your Rope Wall Clock

Two’s Company Know Your Rope Wall Clock


These loose-form rope handles would look right at home on a whitewashed dresser. $12 each from Anthropologie.

Pliant Rope Handle


posted by on 2012.06.07, under Shopping Guide

Double-sided and easy to perch in small spaces, vanity mirrors are the charming way to primp and preen. Here are our favorites, from classy bronze to punchy plastic.


The wee songbird perched on this Anthropologie mirror will keep you company as you agonize over the size of your pores. $148.

Winter's Perch Mirror


Pretty sure I had some version of this growing up, though mine was most certainly covered in glitter stickers. $16 from Plasticland.

Red Heart Shaped Vanity Mirror


The shallow bowl below the IKEA Lillholmen mirror is the perfect catchall for jewelry, coins and all those random tubes of ChapStick you find when doing laundry. $14.99.

LILLHOLMEN Table mirror


This golden duck mirror from Shop Ten 25 is further evidence that animal legs make everything cuter. $102.50.

Duck Leg Mirror


Rouge your lips and kohl your eyes in this old-timey model from Urban Outfitters. $49.00.

Vanity Mirror



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