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 — 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 🙂

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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

bits of inspiration – #85.

Considering how flawless she looks at every red carpet event, it should be no surprise that Jessica Chastain has impeccable taste. Looking through photo’s from her home tour, posted on Architectural Digest earlier this month, I was so inspired and impressed by the sophistication and elegance of the NYC apartment she shares with her boyfriend (fashion executive, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo). In the corresponding interview, Chastain reveals that much of what drew her to purchase this particular apartment was the sentimental personal connection she felt to the unit’s history and previous owners. Head over to the original article to read the details and see some of my favorite rooms below.

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rooms with lucite furniture.

Lucite furniture seems to be having a moment. For a couple of years now I’ve noticed this modern material appearing all over design magazines and blogs. Though lucite furniture can be found in a variety of colors, it’s the clear glass-looking items that I’ve seen popping up in the portfolios of designers and stylists. In its transparent form, lucite reads as a neutral and can add a glamorous and modern feel to a space. Below, I’ve collected some of my favorite examples of lucite furniture from around the web. Enjoy!

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design chic


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Becki Owens


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Driven by Decor


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Homepolish


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Katie Klime


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Katie Klime


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My Domain


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One Kings Lane


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Rue Magazine


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style at home


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Design by Ceres | instagram


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The Everygirl

 

rooms with kilim rugs (including mine).

For a few months now I’ve noticed vintage kilim rugs popping up all over my favorite design sites and instagram accounts. I’ve written before about my love for vintage/modern collaborations and I’ve come to the conclusion that these textiles are the perfect item to add some vintage aesthetic to any space.

When I moved earlier this summer we had a space between our living area and kitchen that needed a little design love. I had read that Etsy was a great resource for finding vintage rugs and vendors who would ship overseas. Etsy turned out to be almost too great of a resource because I spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through page after page of rugs trying to decide on the perfect choice. I ultimately settled on a 50+ year old vintage rug from vendor SilkRoadRugs in Turkey. The rug arrived exactly as pictured and the shipping was remarkably fast. While I can’t vouch for every vendor on Etsy, I would certainly recommend this one. The rug I purchased is pictured below. Continue scrolling to see more of my favorite examples of rooms with kilim rugs from around the web.

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Please excuse the terrible lighting of this photo – my apartment windows cast very long shadows in the afternoon.


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Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


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Homepolish


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One Kings Lane


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One Kings Lane


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vtwonen


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Homepolish


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Homepolish


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Amber Interiors


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Amber Interiors


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Becki Owens


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Becki Owens


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Lonny


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Lonny


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Becki Owens

pairing modern chairs with vintage tables.

Last summer I upcycled a small table that my aunt had in storage. The table has two leaves that fold out so that it can comfortable seat 4 but can also be used as a buffet table when the leaves are down. Here’s a photo for reference:

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When I moved a month ago I had big plans for using this table (leaves out) as a little dining table in our new apartment. I spent a lot of time thinking about what chairs should accompany it and I was really excited for the opportunity to execute one of my favorite styles – pairing vintage and modern pieces. In the end, the table didn’t quite fit in the space the way I had hoped so this dream will have to be shelved for our next move. In the process of trying to decide on the right set of dining chairs I collected a bunch of images for inspiration that I thought I’d share anyway. Scroll down to see some of my favorite examples of modern chairs paired with vintage-style tables from around the web.

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Architectural Digest Russia


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Afflante


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Crush Cul de Sac


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The Decorista


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Design Sponge


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Design Sponge


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Indulgy


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Rue Magazine


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Rue Magazine


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Her New Tribe

rooms with ceiling medallions.

When you’re talking about vintage style in a home, crown molding gets a lot of attention. An element that I’ve been noticing a lot lately are vintage-style ceiling medallions which have a similar ornamental effect as a beautiful molding but carry a little more weight and can add a lot of drama and elegance to a space. Especially in a room with very high ceilings, these pieces can add depth to a space and lend some extra impact to a great light fixture. I’ve collected some of my favorite examples below. Enjoy!

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Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


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Afflante


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Bliss at Home


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CB2


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coco + kelley


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coco.kelly (instagram)


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SF Girl by Bay


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House & Home


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Luxe.com


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My Domaine


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One Kings Lane


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Apt. 34
Not sure if this last one really qualifies as a ceiling medallion – maybe more of a ceiling ornament. It’s so pretty that I had to include it either way.

rooms with illustrated wallpaper.

As a renter, the very idea of wallpapering a room is a far off dream for me. That hasn’t stopped me from from keeping an eye on the wallpaper trends that I’ve seen popping up around the design community as of late. One of my favorite trends of the moment is the use of illustrated wallpaper patterns. The hand-drawn feeling of these designs can really lend a more modern or whimsical feeling to a room. Check out some of my favorites below..

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Emily Hendersen


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Architectural Digest


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CB2


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coco + kelley


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Architectural Digest


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One Kings Lane


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One Kings Lane


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Rue Magazine


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Rue Magazine