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Guys, my latest obsession is paint by number.

Trend Spotting-

Okay, so technically paint-by-number was invented in the 1950s but for some reason it has always seemed so ’80s to me. BUT, all things come back into style at some point and it’s time for a paint-by-number revival!

I was at this antiques shop in the middle of nowhere a few weeks ago and I swooned over all of the paint by numbers they had. They were overpriced though (and let’s be honest, I don’t need anymore art) so I didn’t go for one of them. But I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for either a kit to make my own or a cheap vintage one.

What do you think? Are into the trend?

 

Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is my dining room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser

All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

I’m a sucker for a cool light fixture, but I’m also not wealthy so my lighting budget is under $50 per light. When I first moved in I changed four out of seven light fixtures in here. (There was a ceiling fan in the dining room. How gross is that? Dust blowin’ all over your food!) I bought three lights at IKEA and one on craigslist (more on those here, here, and here) but there are still three that I want to change so I’m always on the lookout for cool and inexpensive light fixtures. Here is a list of some super cool ones I wish I had space for.

I love this cagey pendant from Urban Outfitters (here) for $49.00. It would look cool in a kitchen or bathroom. My favorite part is that cheeky red cord.
Sometimes you just need a basic light and I love this globe light from Lowe’s for $49.50 (here). Perfect for a hallway or closet.
I think I like this weird acorn/pinecone light from Lowe’s for $39.98 (here). It reminds me of my all time favorite light from IKEA (here) that is hanging in my bedroom (here).
My favorite bloggers just released their own line of light fixtures at Shades of Light. My favorite is this small orb light for $69.95 (here) which is a little over my $50 cap but they have a 10% off code on their blog which brings down the price. All their lighting is under $99 which is awesome!
I’m kind of obsessed with this light. I remember seeing it a while back on CB2.com and thinking it was cool but I couldn’t justify the $149 price tag. Well, it is now on sale for $49.95 (here)! I’m seriously thinking about getting it for my bathroom. It would add the perfect amount of edge that my bathroom desperately needs…. hmmm this may be happening.
I love this IKEA light, not because it super cool but because it is the perfect alternative to a builder’s grade “boob” light. And for only $29.99 (here) it is the perfect light for hallways, closets, and other areas where you want an upgrade without the price tag.
There isn’t a place in my current house for pendants but these are awesome and the price isn’t bad either. They’re West Elm ranging between $6.99 – $34.99 (here).
I don’t know how functional these pendants are but they are wooden and that’s cool. They are West Elm on sale for $34.99 (here). I like them grouped in a cluster like they are in this picture. I can see them in a nook with a reading chair (although I don’t know how you do light clusters… I always see them in magazines but I can’t help thinking, did they run extra wiring over there or what?).
This is another good light that is functional, pretty, and innocuous. IKEA for $29.99 (here).
I love vintage lighting. Some people may worry about wiring but I just worry about the way it looks and get a good smoke detector (just kidding). This light from Era Vintage is only $38 (here).
This light from Target also reminds me of my bedroom light fixture (here). This just happens to be extremely cheap at $15.99 (here).
Are you always on the lookout for a good light fixture like me? Or are you satisfied with your current lights? The three lights I haven’t changed are so simple that they blend in and are unnoticeable. I haven’t rushed to change them for that reason, but now I want to because I found so many good options.

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I grew up in a house without lamps. I know that’s a weird statement to make but it’s true. Homes built in the 80s – 90s have overhead lights in each room so there was never a need for lamps. But now that I live in an older home not all my rooms have overhead lighting plus I just really love lamps now (there’s an Anchorman joke in there but I’m too lazy to write it well). Of the eight lamps I have four are from IKEA, two are from Target, and two are from thrift shops. What I love most about lamps is that they make rooms feel more intimate than a harsh overhead light. They also are a great way to create a vignette in any corner. If you have a side table, a lamps, a stack of books, and ceramic animal you have an instant design moment.

Here is a roundup of some cool and inexpensive lamps from around the interwebs.

Vintage lamp from Era for $40. Vintage lamps are pretty easy to find at thrift shops and garage sales. Buying vintage lamps is great because you can find them for pretty cheap and since they are unique they will add interest to any design.

Owl lamp from Target for $33.99. I chose this lamp to typify the ‘animal’ trend in home decor. Owls, birds, elephants… you name it I’ve seen a lamp with it. Animal lamps are a fun way to add personality to a side table or nightstand without being too crazy.

Copper lamp from Walmart for $64.00. This lamp is blowing my mind because it is cool and also because it’s from Walmart… ???

Tall white lamp from Walmart for $48.00. I love how tall this lamp is at 25″ and also because this is the perfect kind of lamp to jazz up the lampshade.

Ada white table lamp from CB2 for $59.95. I love this lamp! In fact, I think it just went on my Christmas list. So mod, so Saarinen, and decently priced too.

Kulla lamp by IKEA for $49.99. I love this lamp! Mostly because I love black lampshades. Just image if you had two of these on a credenza… perfection. Also, hot tip: lamps are always better in pairs.

So are you into lamps or are you happy with overhead lighting only?

Vintage Weekend

September 5, 2012 — 1 Comment

This weekend I made it out to the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace. I love shopping at flea markets, but I try not to get too excited because you just never know what to expect. The way this flea market was marketed I knew it would be really cool which made me think it would be fun to look around but that everything would be overpriced. Thankfully, my theory was partially wrong. It was very cool and most booths were priced just right! I had a little budget set aside for this event and I am happy to say that I got several cool things and I came in way under budget! #win

These are my purchases. The very first booth I looked at I saw this Buddha lamp and I just had to have it. I was literally shocked when the price tag said $10… such a great price for a unique working lamp with a decent shade! I bought it immediately. I’m not a Buddhist but I like this iconic image and in that faux gold/brass it’s right on trend. I stuck him on the credenza in my dining room for now. Not sure where he will end up permanently. The shade is in great condition but I do not like the shape. I’d like to get a tall drum shade for it in either black or white… haven’t decided yet.

The second and third items I purchased were these sweet little film reels. They were two for $1. I’ve mentioned before that I have miniatures problem but I couldn’t pass these up. I hung them on my living room gallery wall.

The last item I got was this huge red number 5. It’s hard to explain why I like the things I do but for some reason this caught my eye. It was listed at $18 but I got it for $15. Not a bad price for a 3’x 1′ piece of art. I hung it by my DIYed art work.

Believe it or not I got all that for $26! Not bad at all. Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!