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SPACES | Plug-in Sconces For Under $300

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Bedroom Sconces | Image: Claire Esparros of Homepolish

Bedroom Sconces | Image: Claire Esparros of Homepolish

In deciding what to pack for our move I went back and forth on the wall sconces. In the end though, I decided I'd keep them in Brooklyn. None of the ones I own are very expensive and they're still useful in that space. This does mean that I'd have to find some for the Seattle house. My greatest requirement just after how they look, is that they have to be under $300 each in order to be considered. Even better if they're under $200, since sconces are needed in pairs most often. Also, plug-in is a requirement, since I'm not hiring an electrician to adjust wiring. To save you some time researching, I've tallied up for a list of my favorite plug-in sconces for under $300. 

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Can’t Get Zig Zags Off My Mind: Chevron Stripes

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The Chevron pattern seems to be playing out everywhere. It's zig zagging all over the design world. You'd think we'd be sick of it by now, but we aren't. I have a feeling that the chevron stripe is here to stay, for at least a little while - I read somewhere that they're calling it the "skinny jean of design."  You can find this pattern on everything from wallpaper to pillows, and jewelry to Iphone cases.  There's a playfulness in the movement that zig zags create, which must be why it suites so many surfaces.

The classic black and white stripes are seen most often in interiors.  The neutral palette sets the stage for bold pops of color, similar to the images above.  When the stripes are  in the area rugs, it brings another a level of interest to the foundation of a room.  They work in both contemporary and neo-traditional environments as well.

One of my favorite home product elements that come with a chevron pattern, are the numerous pet beds from I'm thinking about incorporating a little chevron into our home through this venue - I know Rita wants an update to her current bed. The square shaped beds are by Martha and Ash and come in many colors and the round shaped beds are by Pet Design, which also come in assorted colors and prints.

Fashion has taken to the chevron as well.  This woman's pants are so chic with the classic blazer and knit.  The monogram Iphone case from Etsy is just so cute (I really want one) and look at that Tory Burch Throw! Anyone else have any opinions on the zig zag? Do you like it, love it, or hate it?

Holiday Ornaments

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I'm finally feeling the Christmas spirit! We decorated the tree this past week, began Christmas shopping and settled on our plans with the family.

Every year that I decorate the tree I reminisce about years past with each ornament I hang. I know it sounds cheesy but really in my mind, ornaments are one of the greatest Christmas elements.  I made a point after moving out of my parent's house to put up a tree every year.  In order to build my collection, I started purchasing  a new ornament each year. It never failed that my mom took part in this tradition as well (thanks mom!).  Then when Jack and I began living together we carried on the tradition.  In addition to ones purchased around Christmas, we try to purchase ornaments as souvenirs when we travel.

I thought it would be fun to pull together some of my the favorite ornaments I've discovered across the web this year.  I think I'm going to have buy Blaze the circus horse!  I hope these little treasures can inspire you to start a new tradition yourselves.  Anyone have a favorite holiday tradition to share?

On another note, a great place to purchase wonderful ornaments is Anthropologie and they happen to have a great website for their ornaments this year.  So great, that almost of all them are sold out! You must take a peak though, they've animated all of the ornaments and it's really sweet! To Visit Anthropologie's Branch Bunch click [here].

The Foyer: Plans for a Dramatic Welcome

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I've been thinking a lot about my entry way lately and its because I'm super excited about decorating it.  I settled on a wallpaper - I haven't finished saving up for it though because it's the Scalamandre black and yellow Zebra pattern, Scalamandre = $$$.  Wallpaper aside, I've been working on a plan for how to finish the rest of the room.  I'd like to break the small space into two separate parts.  The first, the entry 'moment' where as soon as we step in there is a spot to place our keys, hang our coats and drop the mail.

There's also a small cabinet for mine, Jack's and Rita's things, along with a drawer for menus. I used it in the past place and it still needs a paint job, any suggestions?

The next part of the room is the work/decorative/entertainment place that is anchored around the desk Jack built.  I plan to use this as desk for my home office needs as well as have it look a like a pretty dry bar at parties or the typical console table for the rest of the time.  Now, all of these 'looks' will rely mainly on styling and I know that's how I'll be able to pull the room together.

For inspiration I've gathered my favorite examples of well styled entryway tables.

Betsy Burnham Design from House Beautiful

Apartment Therapy House Tours- Minh & Ted

2010 ASO Showhouse contemporary entry
The Olivers House eclectic living room
Glenn Gissler Design contemporary entry
These inspiration images may seem to be across the board from traditional to modern styles but they all tend to follow a similar formula, which is what I will try to follow within my design.  The main elements being: Table or Desk to ground the composition, a decorative mirror or significant artwork hung centrally above the table, a flower or floral arrangement, stack of books, smaller decorative objects, often a large lamp to balance the composition, and lastly there is sometimes a chair place next-to or nearby.

For anyone who is looking, I would definitely recommend Michael S. Smith and David Easton's books - they have so many beautifully styled console, and entry tables.

Michael S. Smith - Elements of Style

David Easton- Timeless Elegance

Hamper Time

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I want a hamper!  I'm tired of the mess that is our dirty laundry.  Right now we have a laundry basket in front of our bureau that's overflowing.  Since we typically only do laundry once every two weeks, the only way we can manage our dirty clothes is to put them in a really big hamper . . . Why's that?  Because we don't have laundry in our building and going to the laundry mat is awful.  I hate doing laundry so much!  I won't however, pay to have it done for me because 1. it's too expensive and 2. Most of my clothes cannot be machine dried.

So that leaves me with the chance to design yet another piece of furniture to build.  I'm thinking a hamper disguised as a bench!  That way we'll be able to put it at the end of our bed and it will be big enough to fit all of our clothes!  What a lovely solution.