posted by on 2011.09.19, under Shopping Guide

Looking to dress up your windows?

Sheer linen drapes have a way of making a room feel both elegant and casual at the same time. They filter the light so nicely and have the perfect balance of structure and flow. Below, some of my affordable favorites.

These Sheer Linen Drapes at Pottery Barn are on sale.

Linen Sheer Drape, $33-58


Window panels from West Elm come in a variety of lengths and neutral shades to fit no matter what.

Sheer Linen Window Panel, $9.99 - $43


From Crate and Barrel, another no-nonsense option.

Linen Sheer Natural Curtain Panel, from $29.95


The open weave on these Overstock drapes creates a more natural texture and look.

Linen Open Weave Natural Sheer Curtain Panel , $40.49



posted by on 2011.08.23, under Shopping Guide

Looking for an area rug? Here are three great natural fiber rugs for under 300 bucks!

This 100% Jute rug can fit into a traditional setting just as easily as a modern setting.  You can’t go wrong with this one for $279.00

Jewel Jute Rug

If you fancy a chic bold stripe then this the rug for you. 100% Cotton and only $299.00 bucks for an 8 x 10

Olin Rug

Clean and simple, this 100% Jute rug is available in 12 colors to match any room and style. $229.00

Company Hemmed Jute Rug



posted by on 2011.04.22, under Setting the Table

Happy Easter! I love setting the table for the holidays because it lets me to show off my playful side. I put together a colorful Easter table with an eclectic, antique appeal. Most of these items you probably have in your own cupboards but if you don’t we have provided affordable options to create the look.

Begin with this tablecloth, 100% Cotton. Eclectic elegance. $19.00.

Rhine Tablecloth


Plates. Subtle Elegance. $3.99.

ARV Plate


Cutlery. Classic Elegance. $39.99 for a 20 piece set.

SVIT 20-piece flatware set


Bunnies! These charming S+P shakers bring that Easter feeling to the table. I would buy two sets and put one on each end of the table. $12.88.

Bunny Salt & Pepper Shaker Set in Ceramic


Simple, versatile napkins with just the right amount of detailing. Come in a rainbow of colors. 4 for 15.60.

Now Designs Set of 4 Hemstitch Napkins


This gives the table a little color. Without these the table would be pretty but not nearly as fun. 6 for $29.49.

La Rochere 'Lyonnais' Amethyst 6-piece Tumber Set


Add some classic affordable everyday glasses. It is important that this glass is bigger than the decorative glass, it gives the table depth. 12 for $43.49.

Libbey Domaine 17.25-oz Iced Tea (Pack of 12)


These napkin rings are versatile enough for the holidays and for everyday use. $2.95.

Beaded Elegance Brushed Nickel Napkin Ring


Love! Always group in odd numbers. I would buy three of each and make two groups on each end of the table.
$8.99-10.99 each

SKIMMER Block candle holder

SKIMMER Candlestick

SKIMMER Candlestick


A basic tall glass vase is all you need for cherry blossom branches. They make a statement on their own but if you have a great ceramic piece that adds to this eclectic look then by all means use it! $5.99.

4" x 12" Clear Glass Cylinder Vase



posted by on 2011.04.18, under Get the Look

My friend Sarah is having a baby girl and received this vibrant Scandinavian Dala Horse Rug as a gift for the nursery. She loved it so much she asked me to help her design her baby room around it.

Dalahäst carpet


We painted the room in a medium, warm gray with crisp white trim to ground the energetic primary colors in the rug.


White linen sheer curtains from West Elm were added to soften and dress up the wooden blinds on the windows.

Sheer Linen Window Panel


To give the room a more feminine touch I chose to play up the gold in the rug and use it as my accent color. Auggie bedding is playful and has a wonderful vintage modern appeal. We paired it with a scalloped crib skirt in white from The Company Store for $29.00.

AUGGIE Fitted Crib Sheets, Baby & Toddler Quilts, Crib Bumpers, $45-150


Furnishing a baby room can get expensive so we went with pieces that have longevity and dual uses. This painted wood spindal crib has an antique look for only $169.00 AND it transforms into a toddler bed when the time comes.

Davinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib, $169


This low white dresser from Ikea has clean, simple lines that don’t compete with the crib and can double as a changing table with one of those nifty toppers they make.

HEMNES 8-drawer dresser, $299


The Womb Chair, one of my favorites and even though it doesn’t rock it has the right name. The real thing goes for $3,000 and up but this one looks pretty great and is a steal at $598.00. This piece will look just as good in her room now as it will when she is 16 or 35…. The dark gray is classic and neutral.

Eero Saarinen Womb Chair & Ottman In Dark Gray, $598


Don’t forget the accessories! This Ikea pendant adds a feminine touch to our non-frilly room and promises to project ‘decorative patterns onto the ceiling and on the wall.’ Install a dimmer switch for less harsh evening lighting. $89.

PS MASKROS Pendant lamp


These 6″ wood letters are made in the USA. We painted them in a lovely golden rod and sanded them away a bit to give them a vintage feel. Get cute with it by painting the baby’s initials a different color. $2.45 each.

Birch Wood Alphabet Letters, $2.45



posted by on 2011.04.11, under Setting the Table

Throwing a dinner party and need to set the table? FM will put together affordable table settings for any occasion. For the first installment, we take inspiration from the modern farmhouse. Farmhouses are simple, clean and pure. These are the guidelines you will want to follow to get the look.



The dining and salad plates I chose have beautiful muted, earthy tones…

Camden Sand Dinner Plate, $6.95


Camden Stone Salad Plate, $5.95

…and pair nicely with this simple matte flatware.

DATA 20-piece flatware set, $29.99


I like the idea of drinking wine out of these great pewter goblets, it makes me feel like a Viking.

Empire Goblets Set of 4 - Pewter, $49.99

Since the goblet makes a bold statement, it’s a good idea to choose a plain drinking glass to stand along side of it.

GODIS Glass $7.99 / 6 pack


Twine and a roll of brown paper is something we should all have in the closet. They’re great for wrapping gifts, dressing tables and a million other things.

United Facility Supply kraft 9 dia. wrapping paper roll, $34.26

Nursery Jute 3-Ply Ball - 10 lb, $16.49


Layer the earthy plates from Crate and Barrel and top them off with these striped organic cotton napkins and a homemade twine napkin ring. Use a piece of brown paper the length of the table as a runner.

Yarn Dyed Organic Napkin, 4 for $12


Pick up a couple of these water bottles, add lemon or cucumber slices…

SLOM Bottle with stopper, $3.99


…buy a bunch of unscented white pillar candles (all sizes) that you can bunch together in two groups on the table. Pick some wild flowers, put them in a recycled jar or can, and you are all set to entertain!

Unscented Round Pillar Candles, $4-9