Window Shopping Wednesday – Wisteria (Furniture only)

Ready to do some shopping?  Let’s do this thing!

This weeks featured shop: Wisteria (furniture only)

I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this French Country Dining Table.  It comes with FIVE leaves and can be small enough for a family of four or extended out to encompass your extended family and then some!  We have a huge family and this table would be absolutely PERFECT!

French Country Dining Table with Leaves

This Colonial Column Side Table is so much fun.  I love the cheery teal color (although it comes in other colors if you’re not a fan).  This would be perfect in a bathroom or as a side table by a reading chair.

Colonial Column Side Table

How cute are these Nature Nesting Tables?  I love the texture that the wood adds to the room and the space they take up is minimal.  Great for a small spot!

Nature's Nesting Tables

This Mid-Century Modern Console Table has fabulous sleek lines.  I think this would look lovely in any entry way.

Mid-Century Modern Console Table - Black

Sexy.  That’s the word that comes to mind when I see this Spanish Travertine-Top Coffee Table.  I just adore the turned legs, the black and white color scheme, and the travertine top.  What a wonderfully thought out piece.

Spanish Travertine-Top Coffee Table

Have kids?  This Time Out Timer Stool might be just the thing you need.  I don’t have kids and I still think it’s funny.

Time Out Timer Stool

If you’ve got some dough and are really looking for a statement piece you’ll find it in this Moorish Bone Bench.  Talk about exquisite!

Moorish Bone Bench

Moorish Bone Bench Detail

The Kilim Bench in Anatole would add a fun pop of color and pattern to any room.

Kilim Bench - Anatole

This Versailles Chest of Drawers is so feminine and dainty.  I love the bowed legs and the white detailing.  So pretty!

Versailles Chest of Drawers

I love the classic look of this properly named Classical Bookcase.  It would be fantastic for showing off display pieces, storing china in your dining room, or actually working as a bookcase.

Classical Bookcase

Oh my.  My oh my!  This Reclaimed Pine Bookcase needs to come live in my kitchen.  What wonderful storage and display space wrapped up in such a fine package.

Reclaimed Pine Bookcase

If you like the more industrial look, this Handy Basket Shelf might be right up your alley.  Really snazzy.

Handy Basket Shelves

Thanks for shopping with me today!

Window Shopping Wednesday – West Elm (Furniture only)

I love spring.  I love decorating for spring.  I want my house to be finished so that I can decorate for spring.  Lots of wishful thinking going on around here, haha.  I’ve been eyeing some goodies from West Elm for a while now and I dedcided to do a Window Shopping Wednesday tour of West Elm for the next few weeks just like I did with Z Gallerie a while back.  Ready to get this party started?

This weeks featured shop:  West Elm Furniture

I’m kinda loving this Oliver Chair.  I even love this tropical print although if you’re not digging it, it also comes in several other (tamer) fabrics.

oliver chair

This Sutton Sofette is the perfect size for small apartment or even for the end of the bed if you have a really large bedroom.  Those clean lines are just yummy.

Sutton Sofette

This Carved Wood Side Table would make a great addition to any room.  It’s neutral enough to go practically anywhere and it’s slightly Moroccan look adds an international flair!

Carved Wood Side Table

In case you’ve been living under a rock let me clue you in… the industrial look is all the rage right now.  What I love most about it is that it looks good AND it’s functional.  What a concept!  This rolling cart (which comes in several different sizes) is a great looking storage option.  I can just see this in a kitchen loaded down with labeled glass jars showcasing items like flour, sugar, rice, etc.

Design Workshop Rolling Carts

Bone inlay + a herringbone pattern… COME TO MAMA!  This wall mirror would look exquisite if you had two side-by-side over a long bathroom vanity.  Oooo!  I want!!

Parsons Wall Mirror - Bone Inlay

These dining chairs are so posh.  I think they could glam up any space in no time.  Don’t you just love them?

Willoughby Dining Chair

This wood-tiled dresser just screams ‘nursery’ to me.  It could be used for a boy or girl and then be used later on down the line once they’re all grown up.

Wood Tiled 6-Drawer Dresser

Thanks for shopping with me today!

Thrift Store Marathon – What I Found and Where To Go!

Hi friends!

As some of you know, I’m a big fan of garage sales and thrift stores.  1, amazing deals (most of the time at least) 2, it’s fun to see the stuff that other people have at some point owned and then given up and 3, I love finding a diamond in the rough.  In addition to all that, my friend G is OBSESSED with garage sale/thrift stores and I think she’d drag me along with her every weekend if I’d let her.  Unfortunately, I’m too poor for that.  I did text my husband at one point during this last trip and say ‘we need to be rich so I can buy other peoples stuff’!!  I will say this – for the FIRST TIME EVER I went thrifting with a BUDGET and STUCK TO IT!  Whoo hoo!  Granted, I could have spent a ton more money if I’d let myself.  🙂

First off, I think I should start with giving you the names and addresses of some of the places we went (all of these are in Houston)…

GoodwillRiver Oaks
2030 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX77098-1507US 

Charity Guild of Catholic Women
1233 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX77006-3857US 

Women’s Home
811 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX77006-3917US

Blue Bird Circle
615 W Alabama St, Houston, TX77006-5003US 

Houston Re-market
2850 Fannin St, Houston, TX77002-9220US 

Houston Junior League
1815 Rutland St, Houston, TX77008-4013US 

Assistance League
1902 Commonwealth St, Houston, TX77006-1836US 

Now, I thought I’d show you some of the treasures I came home with…

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Anyone know what these are?  10 points if you get it right!

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They’re individual butter dishes!  Aren’t the ADORABLE???  I’m dying to get started on remodeling our dining room so that I have an excuse to host a dinner party and can whip out these babies.  I’m in love!

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I purchase every Scrabble game I come across because I have lots and lots of craft projects in mind for the tiles as well as for the ‘seats’ that you put the tiles in when you actually play the game. 

I was also thrilled to come across this huge bag of wine corks.  They’re the real thing, not those horrible rubber synthetic jobbies that are in wine bottles now days.  I have been eyeing a project for our wetbar area for a while now and kept wondering how I was ever going to get enough corks for it since we’re not big drinkers.  Problem solved!

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I found this baby at the first store we went to and just had to pick her up.  She needs a bit of a paint job and some minor repairs.  For starters, the casters have to be replaced.  In addition, one of the handles is missing (did you notice that?  I totally didn’t until much later).  I have zero intention of trying to replace the handle – for one, it’d be nearly impossible and for two, I don’t think it needs a second handle.  Instead, we plan to just plug the holes where the handle goes and paint it.  I doubt anyone will ever know (except you guys, because you’re reading about it here). 

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So my husband has a thing for perfume bottles (he’s straight, I swear).  He thinks they’re beautiful.  I’m not a big fan myself but when I saw this one I was intrigued because of the very masculine ‘stopper.’  Usually they’re very flowery.  So, in my cart it went.  Hubby was pleased. 

I have no clue what I’m going to do with this teeny tiny watering pot but I have some other stoneware (I think that’s what it’s called?) that was my moms and it sort of looks like it belongs in the collection.  It’d be cute as a flower pot on my kitchen window sill.  We’ll see. 

And then there’s this knobby green glass votive holder.  There were two… but sadly, one met a tragic end when it was rudely introduced to my tile floor while I was unpacking from the day.  *sniff*  RIP little guy. 

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You guys know my husband has a thing for turtles right?  If not, you can read this post here.  

Well a while back I found this lovely piece at Steinmart.  That’s right kids, it’s a turtle footstool. 

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As you can see from his seriously happy face, my husband LOVES this guy.  His name is Fred. 

 Well, we needed somebody to keep Fred company so I brought home these babies.

The larger one at the top is actually a light.  We’ll probably use it as a very manly night light in hubby’s office once we finally get around to putting that space together.  Oh, and you want to know the first thing Hubs said when I showed him this lamp?  He said ‘what are we gonna name him?’  We’re dorks.  But, we’re also dorks who are totally stuck on naming him!  Any ideas?

 As for the two little turtles in front they’re both made out of some sort of stone.  The one on the right is just a sculpture but the one on the left has a removable ‘shell’ on top.  It’s just big enough for hubby’s wedding ring.  Cute huh?

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Lastly, but certainly not least… we found a wingback chair for my hunny.  He’s been dying for one since my mom moved out and took hers with her.  We’d been looking at this one from Pottery Barn for the living room but what he really wanted was a ‘reading chair’ so that he could read in his office.  The one from PB is nearly $1000.  This baby was a lot cheaper AND the upholstery is brand new.  I realize the color scheme is a little ‘welcome to the 70s’ but Hubs is going for a very old world/English pub/nautical theme in his office and this chair will go just perfectly.  He’s thrilled.  And Fred will have a place to live permanently (he’s currently in the living room, but he’ll go in the office with this chair). 

What good thrift store/garage sale finds have you brought home lately?

Window Shopping Wednesday – The Divine Chair

So the husband and I have been searching and searching for a wingback chair for him.  As I mentioned previously, we think we like this one.  It’s expensive though so we’re looking for alternatives.  This weekend, we went to Ikea to pick up a few goodies for Christmas and we came across their new wingback chairs.  It’s grey, which we wanted, but it’s really low to the ground which makes it a no-go for the hubby.  Sigh.  $279 was looking much better than $1000.

Anyheezie… after our little Ikea trip we were driving to dinner and we passed by a thrift store that had this super nifty chair sitting outside – it looked like it was something straight out of Alice in Wonderland

alice in wonderland chair

(like this one above except I’m fairly certain it was tufted brown leather).  My friend L who was with us freaked.  I thought she might crawl out my cars passenger window.  She loved that chair and said if there was any way she could get it back to Dallas then she would!  (I’m sad to say – we didn’t actually stop to buy the chair).

This got me thinking about chairs in general; they can be plain and functional but they can also be statement pieces.  This brings me to this weeks Window Shopping Wednesday where we’re featuring a shop that specializes in statement chairs.  These babies are works of art.

This weeks featured shop:  The Divine Chair and they are divine!

This Andi chair would be fabulous in a modern bachelorettes pad.  I just love the funky shape of this chair!

andi chair

If you like things a little more muted then these Beba chairs would be right up your alley.  I can definitely see these in a bedroom sitting area or even as dining room chairs.

Beba

These Tina chairs just make me happy.  These would be absolutely stunning as the ‘head’ chairs at a dining room table.

tina

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m really into the peacock trend.  If this Donal chair had either turquoise, royal blue, or a deep purple instead of the red/orange/yellow then this baby would be coming to live at my house.  Even with the red/orange/yellow, this chair is fab.

donal

And speaking of trends, if chevron is your thing then this Apple chair is for you.

apple

Make sure you go check out The Divine Chair today!!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Zara Home

Have you ever heard of a shop called Zara Home?  Nope?  Well I hadn’t either until the other day.  Turns out, they’re very similar to Anthropologie just without the insane price tag.

This weeks featured shop:  Zara Home

If you know me, you know that I love throw blankets.  This Hugo Throw is perfect for fall.  It should come live at my house (although if I’m honest, this is still out of my price range).

I like this Flag Decorative Quilt as well.  It looks great in this photo of what I assume is a teenage boys room but I also think it’d look amazing as the pop of color in a neutral room.

Man they have a selection of pillows to suit just about everyone.  I couldn’t pick just one so here are a few of my favorites.

Alhambra Pillow Cover

Everton Pillow

Minty Pillow

Ramio-Velvet Pillow (several colors available)

This New Leopold Bath Mat happens to match perfectly with my new master bedroom goodies.  I’m thinking he might need to come live in my master bath if his dimensions are right.

We love a little kitsch in our house and we have a goofy sense of humor.  We’d totally throw in this Duck Pitcher just to keep people guessing.

I’m not sure which set of servers I love more.

Cetus Servers

Or the Bernard Servers.  I do love me some mother of pearl.

OMG.  Speaking of kitsch and keeping people on their toes.  How freaking cute would it be to set a formal table and use these Bassotto Cutlery Rests?

These Swan Napkin Rings would be exquisite for a formal dining table.

This Asarta Stool is just wicked.  The texture is incredible!  Me amo!

I’ve never seen a frame quite like this Day Frame.  Gotta say, I’m a fan.

Man I think that’s probably my longest Window Shopping Wednesday EVER but there’s just so much cool stuff to find at Zara Home!  What would you buy?

Window Shopping Wednesday – Z Gallerie (odds and ends)

Hi friends.  I’m back for another installment of Window Shopping Wednesday.  Today we will pick up with our last stop at Z Gallerie.  As I’m sure you remember, we already found several fabulous pieces of furniture as well as some amazing art and mirrors.  This week, we’re going to take a look at all the other goodies that Z Gallerie has to offer.

This weeks featured shop:  Z Gallerie

I’m sure this would be an absolute nightmare to keep clean but I really want to rest my feet on this totally snuggleable Ludlow Pouf in Winter White.

Speaking of incredibly snuggleable things, I’m dying for this Lazo Throw!  It comes in several colors: Steel, Aquamarine, Aubergine, Charcoal, Peacock (pictured), Platinum, Sunset, and Winter White.  If you’re wondering what I want for Christmas, I’ll take one in every color please!

I love this Ciambella Table!  It’s a little quirky, a little modern, but it’s a great piece.

This Cloud Stool in White is such a wonderfully soft and feminine piece.  I can definitely see this in a bachelorette pad or in a master bathroom.

How great are these Parker Lanterns?  Wouldn’t these be just fab hanging on your patio?  AND they’re on sale!  SCORE!  (sold individually)

I think I have a love for herringbone pattern (as detailed here) .  I definitely have a love for these Midas Votive Cups.  Can you believe these suckers are created by hand?  Craziness!

These Bling Tealight Lamps would make amazing statement pieces in a formal dining room.  They need to come live at my house.

So if you don’t know that Chevron is all the rage in home decorating right now then you’ve probably been living under a rock.  However, if you’re not one who really ascribes to trends or if you like the idea but don’t want your entire house to look like a slightly askew jailhouse uniform then these Zig Zag Candles (available in black and teal) are a great way to incorporate the trend.

How sweet is this Notting Hill Table Clock?  I think she needs a place on my office desk, STAT!

If you have a man in your life or you ascribe to a slightly more masculine aesthetic then this Moving Gear Wall Clock is for you.  It’s pretty bad ass if I do say so myself.  This big guy might just find his way under my Christmas tree for the Hubs.

So if you’ve read my blog for a while you know that I’m an avid reader.  Being such, we have a lot of books in our house.  A lot.  Like we kinda look like a library.  Anyway, I’m loving me these White Owl Bookends because they’re understated but still fun.  It’s a great way to get in on the owl trend without it being overwhelming or cutesy.

I love the Moroccan feel of these Mimosa Frames (available in Mango, Indigo and Aquamarine).  These would be such a fun seasonal add for spring and summer.  And now I kinda want to book a vacation to Morocco…

So the goofball in me really likes this Wine Monkey.  I wouldn’t actually want him in my house but I’d totally give him as a hostess gift.  Would you be thrilled or mortified to receive this?

Yet again my love of quirk has led me to this Spoon Dish.  What a cute way to display and serve little nibbles at a dinner party.

This Casablanca Dhurrie Rug in Fog is soooo me.  Great color, interesting pattern, and all without being completely overwhelming.  L-O-V-E (it also comes in Indigo, Lemon, and Steel)

So I’ve had the luxurious privilege of walking on and scrunching my toes through this super-soft Indochine Rug in Platinum.  Truthfully I just wanted to roll around on it.  Seriously people, it’s like sex for your feet.  (also available in Peacock and Aubergine)

Thanks for shopping with me again!  We’ll be on to a new store next week so make sure you come back!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Z Gallerie (art and mirrors)

So last week we looked at Z Gallerie’s furniture department and if you remember, we found lots of lovely goodies.  This week I thought we’d peruse the extensive art & mirror department of Z Gallerie.  You with me?

This weeks featured shop:  Z Gallerie (art and mirrors)

How could you not love this Love Eye Chart?  I mean, what girl wouldn’t love getting this as a gift from her hunny?  Guys if you’re in need of a gift for your girl, this is it!

I’m really into blues and teals right now and I think this piece entitled Dynamic 4 is just stunning.

I grew up with a love of horses.  It runs in the family actually.  All of the females on my dad’s side of the family are horse obsessed.  This amazing Winter Stallion giclee is just exquisite.

I think this little pair of paintings (Little Wren 1  and Little Wren 2) is just precious.  I’d love to have these for my office.

Speaking of pairs of prints, what do you think of this pair (Purple Dahlia 1  and Purple Dahlia 2)?  I love jewel tones so these really speak to me.  I think these would be amazing in a master bedroom or dining room.  They’re definitely statement pieces in my book.

I think this Conserve Water print is adorable.  I’d definitely put this in a guest bathroom.  Perhaps I love it because of my swimming background?  Who knows.  It’s super cute.

Talk about a statement piece!  This Sienna Mirror  would catch just about anyone’s eye.  Personally I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to look at your fantastic self in a mirror then the mirror should be just as fantastic as you are.  This piece totally rocks!  At an impressive 45” square (that’s nearly 4’ people!) I’d loooove to have this in a grand entry way.  Just stunning!

If you’re into the whole Greek Key design then this Mykonos Mirror is totally for you.  It’ll definitely draw you in visually but it’s not super feminine so it’d go well in just about any décor.

I loooooove this Montclair Mirror!  A mirror made to look like a window?  Heck yeah!  If you had a dark dining room with no windows I would line three of these beauties up in a row along one long wall – it’d lighten the space and give the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is.

This Timber Mirror has a very masculine look to it but I still think it’s super sexy.  If I had a big walk in closet I’d definitely put this big boy in there.  Or if you had a room that you really needed to add some height to, you could definitely set this guy up!

Thanks for window shopping with me today!  What’s your favorite piece?