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Bargain priced and stylish too

Summer Patio Dreams…

Well, for a few days it seemed like Spring was making its entrance and then the weekend was a wash out with lots of rain and heavy winds and alas my hopes were dashed. To console myself however, I have been browsing all of the lovely patio furniture and accessories that the stores are already heaving with. Now, while we don’t all have views like this….

Laguna Beach, CA (May 09)

or

Beach access path, Laguna Beach, CA (May 09)

I still see nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness and creating your own little garden sanctuary with some comfy and cool furniture, delicate lanterns, pretty string lights and some luscious flowers.

I was drooling over the Restoration Hardware Garden catalog with all of its gorgeous lanterns and carved furniture:

Amalfi Square Lanterns $19-$129

Avignon Light String $59

Kingston Lounge Chair $870 (!)

Unfortunately, my dreams do not match my pay! Luckily I found some similar loveliness that is more affordable:

Smith & Hawken Marlton Wood Chair $189

Lantern 10 Bulb String Lights in Bronze $53.99

Borrby Lantern $6.99

I really cannot wait to   a. Move into our first house and  b. Enjoy our first summer by the lake (the house overlooks one!)

I hope for a lot of lovely summer evenings with warm breezes, yummy food, pretty lighting and friends ❤

Live Creating Yourself…

Chicago based designer Alaina K has a pretty awesome blog LiveCreatingYourself that she uses to show off her wonderful hand at design, the decorative process of making her apartment a home and musings on travel, art, fashion and photography. I couldn’t help but wonder where she got the fabulous sketch illustrations of famous landmarks featured in her new living room until she revealed that she created them herself AND she has just this week opened her own Etsy store selling the simple but alluring prints!


There is a “European Series” that includes Big Ben, The Eiffel Tower and The Coliseum for a mere $40! Some simple black frames from ikea and I will be on my way to having a new art scene for the new house! Hurrah!

New Years Resolutions…

I have a love-hate relationship with new years resolutions. I love them because with the new year comes that strong feeling of a fresh start and the potential that the year holds. I hate them because most people make resolutions that they cannot keep or they are half-hearted about them. I have never really been one to make too many resolutions but this year I think i will make instead a short list of things to aspire to.

Whilst thinking about this, I was browsing etsy and i stumbled upon LivingstonandPorters shop which sells, amongst other things, these simple but lovely painted canvas pieces. I especially like this one and think it may be a good way of reminding yourself of a positive affirmation to have for the year in lieu of a resolution. $42

Happy New Year all! What are your resolutions?

To the Birds…

I have found myself enjoying obsessed with birds lately. I chose a bird theme to decorate the Christmas tree this year with these fabulous gold glittery bird ornaments from Michael’s craft store and then I used some other gold sequined birds that have real feathers for their tails that were actually floral arrangement decorations but they had crocodile clips on them so I just clipped them on to the branches.

Etsy store StyleyWalls has wonderful wall decals that add a funky but cool look to your plain old walls. I particularly love the bird themed decals so I chose a few that I think would be a wonderful touch to any room.


Instant style for $30-$40! Fabulous!

Sunshine for wintery days…

I have been stalking these fun “Last Dance with Mary-Jane” shoes for weeks on http://www.modcloth.com!

They are a really fun bright yellow with a huge buckle and I think they would wonderfully fabulous with opaque tights and a cute dress and scarf. Great for bundling up in the winter and they add a nice splash of summer to the dreary days of snow and sleet! Bargain price too! $37.99

Winter is no excuse for looking dreary! Get these now!  ❤