Sometimes, I swear I’m insane. I thoroughly enjoy taking on way too much at once. I mean, it’s a great idea to be two weeks away from a major release at work, working on a final project for grad school, and planning a vacation – then casually decide to BUY A HOUSE, right?!
Whether or not it’s a good idea, The Boy has officially bought his first house, and I’m the house guest who will never leave 🙂 While I love our apartment, I’m very ready to have multiple floors and more than one bathroom. (Can I get an amen?)
So now the big question is…how do I decorate? If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen sneak peeks at my décor, but this place is over twice the size, so I need to do some serious shopping. I’m a huge fan of One Kings Lane (invite here) and Joss & Main (invite here) for getting a designer look without the crazy price tags. Where are your favorite places?
Like every girl who has ever tried them, I’m in love with Ladurée macarons. While I was in Paris, I literally ate them every single day. Not at all an exaggeration. Whilst avoiding the 8 degree weather this weekend, I found myself growing Pinterest and noticed these adorable Macaron Trinket Boxes from Urban Outfitters, $10.
They’re perfect for storing earrings and rings on your nightstand in a super chic way. Plus, they’re running a special right now where they’re 2 for $16, so buy a couple for an extra cute display, or give one to your bff who’s also trying to channel her inner Blair Waldorf!
As you can probably tell from my blog’s background, I have an obsession with the quatrefoil/trellis/clover pattern. I think it’s super chic and love scooping up everything I can find (cell phone covers, rugs, frames). So when I saw Target had a gold mirror for $24.99, I obviously had to jump! Plus, with code NEWHOME, you can score an additional 20% off for 48 hours. Win win.
If you aren’t already following CatholicGrlProb on Twitter,
you must be living under a rock you’re seriously missing out. Her account has had me cracking up for years. I’m not one to go to church every Sunday, but I did grow up Catholic, so I can relate to all of her hysterical tweets. But she doesn’t stop there.
You’ve probably already seen her wine koozies (genius!), but now she’s also offering several sassy gold foil prints. “That’s What Confession is For” is literally perfection (and “Rosaries over Bro-saries” makes me laugh every time I see it). I’m trying to get enough energy to brave the crowds at the mall so I can get it framed and hang it directly above my bar. How cute would that look? She also has a great nativity scene that I’m definitely framing for my mother next year for Christmas, and she even made one for my blog!
I love the idea of buying these, framing them, and wrapping them up for your friends – especially for housewarming gifts. They’re inexpensive + perfect for dressing up an empty wall. Which print is your favorite?
I have a confession to make. Until the Lilly sale (which then led to splurging for work attire at J.Crew, Loft, Banana, and The Limited), I really haven’t been buying a lot of clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still just as in love with shopping, but I’ve been focusing my purchases elsewhere: on preppy home decor. The Boy and I moved into an apartment at the end of November, and I’ve been slowly curating to make it home.
Recently, I’ve been posting pictures of the summer decor (all-American versus fall/winter, which is tartan) to Instagram, and a lot of people are wondering where I find things. I’ll begin by saying I’m no stranger to scouring flea markets and even ebay once I’ve decided I wanted something (think vintage oars, wooden tennis rackets). I’ve also raided my grandmother’s basement, where I found some amazing silver serving trays and old golf clubs. But the majority of my collection has come from three sites: One Kings Lane, Joss & Main, and Zulily. (If you need invites to any of them, please click here: OKL, J&M, Z.)
They have everything from vintage goodies and modern art to kitchen necessities and furniture. Seriously. If you can think of it, they have it. One Kings Lane is my personal favorite because of their curated collections. There’s one right now called Country Club, and, once you’ll look, you’ll understand where I get a lot of my inspiration.
Where do you find style inspiration?
As you may know (because I’ve been obsessing over it like a crazy person since we found the place), the boy and I are moved in together this weekend. While I’m, of course, excited about living with him/getting out of Roomie Dad’s house, I’m really just in it for the decorating. Kidding but not. Hopefully, you read my post about bathroom décor. If not, please check it out and let me know what you think! The other room that’s super important for me is the living room. I want it to be one of those classic, well-curated rooms you’d see in New England (think Vital’s Preppy Guidebook or anything from Sarah Vicker’s/Kiel James Patrick’s Instagram accounts).
This is the hardest sell with Josh, because he thinks it’s all a little tacky. His German heritage just can’t appreciate the nod to classic Scottish culture. Sorry, bro. It will obviously take quite some time to acquire everything I’d like, but we do have a good start.
The hardest part of this is finding some of the vintage pieces. While some of it was in my grandmother’s basement (perks of having WASPy grandparents), and I did hunt at some flea markets, I found a lot of great stuff online at places like Gilt, One Kings Lane, and Joss and Main.
One Kings Lane – Legitimately the BEST place for finding vintage decor. I love this place with my whole heart.
Gilt – This is my go-to for great books. The ‘Merica books seen above are always on sale there, as well as a bunch of other really neat sets from Juniper Books – at a fraction of the cost!
Joss and Main – An amazing place for decor, I also found
my Christmas present to myself an amazing bar cabinet here. Plus, every time I mention that I’m moving into a new apartment, every female I know tells me to get on Joss and Main for furniture. That speaks volumes.