Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Two of my latest and favorite budget finds ...

So we recently upgraded my son Braden to a full-size bed and I've been on the hunt for bedside tables and lamps to flank it.

I'm pretty excited by what I settled on ... not only for how they look, but also the price!
The rope lamps I snagged at Home Goods for $29.99 each.  They remind me of these versions that I've always liked ....
Pottery Barn Rope Table Lamp (Base only)  $150

Land of Nod Tug O Lamp $99
The nightstands are from Target and I love the campaign style hardware.
At $79 it's similar to these pricier versions ...

Pottery Barn Devon Campaign Bedside Table $249
Bungalow 5 Tansu 2-Drawer Navy Side Table $990 
I always love being able to pull of a Look-For-Less, don't you? 
(Especially in a 7 year old boy's room!)
We still haven't found quite the right headboard ... but in the meantime, I hung this vintage flag I found on Etsy over his bed.  What do you think?
Be sure to share you Look-For-Less finds with me! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Living Joyfully

That's the motto behind Pirch, the new store opening next week at Oakbrook Center in the old Bloomingdale's Home building.

And, after our "Sneak Peek" tour last night, I think Kristy and I would both agree that we could live joyfully with many of the things we feasted our eyes on.

Like this for example ...

A Tiffany Blue La Cornue range ... are you kidding me?
Pirch is definitely not your average kitchen and bath store.
Upon entering the store you will be offered a "hand-crafted beverage" from the Bliss Café.

This is to put you in just the right frame of mind to Dream, Play and Choose.  The showroom is loosely divided into these 3 concepts.
For example, these vignettes might get you dreaming ...

We were swooning over this Zebrawood vanity ...

Loved this countertop steamer ... makes eating healthy a little easier in this kitchen!

Definitely still dreaming about this new Sub-Zero ...

But this could be just plain dangerous ...

And then there are the "Play" areas ...
If you like the look of these shower heads, but want to see what they feel like ...
no problem! You can bring your swimsuit, (or not) pull the curtain to this room and shower away!
Same goes for this tub where the water comes out of the ceiling.

Pirch also has it's own chefs on staff, so if you're thinking of the La Cornue range, but want to see how it cooks your family's favorite recipe ... just call ahead and they can have the ingredients on hand. (Their philosophy ... you wouldn't buy a Mercedes without giving it test drive, would you?)
Of course, after the dreaming, and the playing ... if you are so lucky as to be ready to choose ... well, get ready. The choices in each category are endless ...

All of those faucets are working faucets by the way! (Not sure if I want to bring my kids here.)
There is also an area dedicated to outdoor kitchens ... (still prepping for next week.)

All in all, a showroom like you have never seen before.  We are super excited for the Grand Opening Party next week!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Catching up ... and a new addiction

Happy New Year! (Um, 22 days late .... sorry!)  Where has this month gone?  Buried is the catchphrase for this month ... I feel like we've been buried in snow and buried in work.  Lots of new client deliveries that have come in after the lull of the holidays and lots of new projects too. This is the time of year when we've all been inside so much that we can't help but look around our homes and get an itch to make some changes, right?

One thing we finally got up and running is a Swoon Interiors Instagram account! We are still in the process of working on a new website design (if we could ever find the extra hours to focus more time on it ... ) and this will be a cool part of the site. But for now, if you're curious about the little day to day things we do and things that inspire us, be sure to follow swooninteriors.


So have you heard of the newly launched Hunter's Alley? Just in case you don't already spend enough time on Pinterest, Houzz, Keep, and One Kings Lane ... here is a new place to spend all your extra time (and $$$)! (Don't say I didn't warn you.)

Hunter's Alley is from the team behind One Kings Lane  ... think Craigslist's fun, worldly and glamorous little sister.  Hunter’s Alley features a great selection of one-of-a-kind, pre-owned decor, some vintage, some handmade and some contemporary.  And unlike sites like Craigslist, where buying and selling your things can be a pain and you have to sift through a lot of junk to find the good stuff, every item on Hunters Alley is vetted, ensuring that you’re seeing only the best items.
 I like how the site also showcases the sellers ... you get a little peek into their personalities and sometimes a good story on their items for sale. Shoppers can comment, “heart” the items they love, and see what other people are obsessing over.
Here are a few of my "hearts" ...

Can you tell I am loving brass lately?
Have a good rest of the week and weekend everyone! I promise not to be such a stranger!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday decor made simple ...

Wow, I realize it's been a while since my last blog post! Where has the last month gone?

I thought it was time to check in with a few pictures from my own home of some easy holiday updates.  This year I decided to go with a more neutral color scheme ... instead of the typical reds and greens. It stills feels festive, just a little more light and fresh.

I've found that some of my favorite holiday decorations are places where I've taken something I already have and just added a little greenery or sparkle.

A simple wreath hung on the vintage bread board in my kitchen.  The bow is made from ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby.
A little fresh mistletoe adorns my chalkboard ... along with a tribute to our favorite reindeer.
A simple boxwood garland wrapped in these tiny lights from Restoration Hardware that come on at night adorns my mantel along with my favorite vintage angel sculpture.
Yes, that's a peek of my new Moroccan rug ... (read more about them in my last post here)
I ended up getting the one from Furbish Studio and it is so soft and plush! You might also notice the new color on the walls ... Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. I am loving the lighter and brighter feel.
Anyway, back to holiday décor ... a few of my favorite new things this year came from Target.
I love this little snow globe that is also a music box.

And this sparkly pillow adds a little touch of holiday to the sofa.
How cute is this little tray? Yep, Target!
On to the dining room ... I know people always struggle with centerpieces that will last through the season.  I usually do fresh flowers when we have a seated meal in there, but I also like to have something easy but festive for everyday.
Instead of just filling a bowl with ornaments (I have done that too), I grabbed this little pedestal made of twigs I snagged on One Kings Lane and piled it high with sparkly blue ornaments. I like the juxtaposition of rustic and glam.
A few simple additons to my buffet ...
And my bar cart is ready for a party!

I know everyone has their own little tricks and traditions for making their homes extra special during this time of year. What do you do to make your house glow?  
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