throw pillow refresh.

A couple weeks ago I decided that I was tired of the throw pillows in my living room and that it was time for a refresh. Pillow covers can range from super cheap to incredibly expensive. Because I like to change mine out every couple years, I try to seek out a good bargain and wanted to share what I found.

As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’ve been really inspired by kilim style textiles that have recently come back en vogue. I wanted at least one of the pillow covers to be a kilim textile, but, they can be incredibly expensive. Last year I purchased a vintage area rug on Etsy and so I was aware of their vast inventory of vintage goods. I took my search to Etsy once again and was not disappointed. After scrolling through many options, I settled on a 20×20 inch Turkish Kilim pillow from¬†orcunshop. The price was very reasonable ($40) and the shipping was incredibly fast.

Because the Etsy cover was fairly ornate, I though the second pillow should probably feel a bit more neutral and understated. Last year H&M launched a home decor line and I’ve been really impressed by their overall aesthetic ‚ÄĒ plus their products are always extremely affordable. The pillow I bought their doesn’t appear to be on their website (perhaps it’s an in-store only item?) but it was very reasonably priced at $17.00.

I’ve shared a couple photos of both pillows below. If you’re ever looking for an affordable throw pillow refresh, Etsy and H&M are highly recommended resources ūüôā

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rooms with herringbone floors.

My latest interiors obsession is herringbone patterned floor design. This design element compliments both contemporary and traditional spaces and adds a dimension of texture and movement to every room it occupies. I think my favorite examples are those in hardwood flooring where the tone of floor boards vary throughout (see the first example below). That being said, herringbone patterns have also been popping up in tile and brick flooring and the results are really impressive.

Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite examples of rooms with herringbone flooring. Happy Friday and enjoy!

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my unfinished home


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apartment therapy


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Bo Bedre


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Carla Aston


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desire to inspire


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Design Meet Style


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Emily Henderson


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Fashion Squad


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Gravity Home


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Honestly WTF


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My Domaine


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My Domaine


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Small Design Ideas

bits of inspiration – #99.

I’m very fortunate to work for a company with a lot of employee benefits¬†– including¬†free daily lunch. For this reason I rarely feel any pangs of jealousy when hearing about other company’s office perks. However, seeing photos from DropBox’s San Fransisco headquarters and their beautiful cafeteria, I have to say, made me a little bit envious of the people that get to enjoy that space every day. The 5,000 sq. ft dining hall was designed by NYC firm, AvroKo. Here’s what they have to say about the project:

“Taking inspiration from one of the company‚Äôs mottos, ‘sweat the details,’ the design focuses on small features and individually crafted furniture and lighting to transform moods and create a flexible space.”

Check out some of my favorite images below.

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bits of inspiration – #97.

I¬†have this reoccurring issue where¬†every time I try to do my holiday shopping for friends and family, all I can seem to find are gifts that I would like to receive. I was searching the internet this week for some unconventional subscription services that might make good presents and came across Papirmass, a subscription model which delivers exclusive art prints by up-and-coming artists to its subscribers. I love how this business seeks to¬†lift up its artists while simulataneously enriching the homes of its subsribers. If I didn’t already¬†own more art than can fit on the walls of my apartment I would absolutely be enrolling myself in this service.

Papirmass also hosts a blog on its website where you can see more work from artists and read about new features to the subscription service. Below I’ve included some of my favorite pieces from Papirmass’ December featured artists, Matt Harrison Clough. You can read an interview with the artist¬†here.

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image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


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a few of my favorite things – Etsy gift guide.

You know it’s officially the pre-holiday season when Etsy releases their annual gift guides. These lists can be super helpful but also a little overwhelming because they have sooooo many sub-categories. It’s really easy to go deep into the rabbit hole of looking through suggested list after list around this time of year. From tea towels to tech accessories,¬†these Etsy collections literally include something for everyone on your list. Below I’ve selected some of my favorite items. Hope you enjoy!

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Gold Rimmed Agate Coasters
$115.00

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Kitchen Towels, set of 3
$34.00

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Letter Necklaces, set of 3
$20.50

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Minimalist Marble Notebook
11.43

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Gourmet popcorn and seasoning kit
$30.00

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Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
$5.00

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iPad mini leather folio
$123.00+

bits of inspiration – #93.

I’m going to be out of town during Halloween this year so I haven’t invested in any festive¬†decorating (save for a lone pumpkin on my mantle). Halloween has always seemed to me like the holiday where you have to just embrace campiness. I mean there can’t possibly be an elegant way to decorate with bats and skeletons right? Well after seeing styleathome.com’s¬†latest post on decorating for a Haute Hallows Eve I may have to reevaluate my stance. They’ve¬†managed to make¬†a chic Halloween dinner party a thing and I’m starting to really wish I were going to be around to celebrate this year. I especially love the simplicity of painting mini pumpkins to transform them into a more sophisticated table-top¬†accessory. Head over to their site to see all the DIY information you need to create this on your own and check out some of my favorite images from the post below.

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a few of my favorite things – cb2 kaleidoscope collection.

So I’ve been a fan of Crate & Barrel’s little sister, CB2, for a while but I’ve never considered it a store where I could have completely outfit a home. While I love their modernist style, their collection as a whole¬†often¬†felt¬†slightly too minimalist-industrial for my taste – the kind of place where I might shop a few items but wouldn’t be replicating their catalog layouts. Example below:

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That’s all recently changed though. CB2 recently debuted their Kaleidoscope Collection, in collaboration with British fashion designer, Matthew Williamson, and it’s blowing my mind. The Kaleidoscope Collection, which Williamson describes the collection as “controlled bohemia”, adds the perfect punch of vintage style and SO much color the¬†store’s signature modern aesthetic. I love to see a brand evolving in ways that enhance their collection¬†without abandoning their trademark style. I’ve listed a few of my favorite pieces from the Kaleidoscope Collection below.

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palm tree gold taper candle holder
$49.95


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rainbow snake pouf
$199.00


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bronze and atol bamboo bunching side tables
$329.00 – $349.00


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white teacup with rainbow snake saucer
$9.95


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avec apartment sofa with brass legs
$1,999.00

a few of my favorite things – the citizenry.

Home goods retailer,¬†The Citzenry, sources products from artisans around the world. I recently discovered this brand and was so impressed by their mission to¬†bring small-batch crafts to the online market and by the natural-yet-sophisticated¬†aesthetic of their pieces. Each season The Citizenry reveals a new collection featuring goods from just one country’s craftsmen (this season’s is Ireland). Below I’ve collected my favorite piece from each of their¬†existing collections. Head over to their site to see more beautiful products and read about their philosophy.

Argentina 

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Palermo Chair – Chrome & Grey Cowhide
$775


Ireland

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Halston Mugs – Sky
$35


Mexico

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Mercado Basket – Navy & Natural
$135


Peru

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Color Scale – Set of 3
$455


Uganda

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Kubwa Basket – Zig Zag
$195

bits of inspiration – #87.

Reading this Huffington Post article yesterday about a¬†home designed by Japanese architect, Issei Suma, I was struck by how the woodland structure seemed¬†so¬†simultaneously¬†modern and whimsical. While these styles seem in some ways at odds with one another, upon reading Suma’s biography on his own site it’s clear that these sort of contradictions are at the very heart of his approach. His “about” page reads like this:

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The home he has designed will serve an altruistic purpose as a cafe and guest house¬†for the elderly, run by a social worker and a cook who serve the surrounding community.¬†The structure, situated in the¬†mountain ridge in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, has an almost magical serene quality to it’s design. The¬†exterior form projects a kind of ethereal woodland¬†aesthetic, while the inside of the home has the feeling of a really modern spa or retreat space.¬†I’ve included some of my favorite images below. Definitely head over to the original article for more details and check out Suma’s¬†professional site to see more from his portfolio.

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photo courtesy of Takumi Ota Photography

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photo courtesy of Takumi Ota Photography