I love mint. If I could bathe our house in mint I would. Greenish mint, blueish mint…I love them all. And it’s everywhere right now so it’s really easy to incorporate into your house, toys, or wardrobe -
World Market is slowly reaching Target status – you can’t get out without spending at least $100. It got me again today and I added about a hundred things to my wish list. I’m that weirdo that walks around the store taking pictures of things that I like so I can remember later on, here’s what I captured today -
I was loving the chairs at World Market today. This guy would be great for the office (currently in progress), especially with the cushion.
I loved the print on this one, and it’s just the right size for our tiny living room.
And this was seriously one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat on.
They had a ton of great prints on the outdoor cushions, umbrellas, and rugs, but I loved this pouf.
And my longstanding obsession is with World Market shower curtains. I’ve been looking all over for curtains for Juice’s big girl room and the prints on half of the shower curtains were perfect. They need to sell fabric.
But in the end, I left with a couple new lovelies that I hope to share in the next couple weeks.
‘Tis the season…for holiday parties! And according to a magazine I was reading this weekend, that means I need to stock up on hostess gifts. The thing is, I don’t really operate in a world where we run around giving each other hostess gifts. We love each other and all, but I would actually feel guilty if someone gave me a gift just because I had a party for people I already like. But what got me wasn’t the fact that the magazine suggested I give hosts a present, it was what they suggested I give them. A $200 portable speaker? I don’t know who wrote this article, but I need to start inviting them to our parties!
It got me thinking though…how could a normal person show their appreciation to a host without spending $1000 or making the host feel guilty? Then it hit me, undercover presents! What’s an undercover present you ask? It’s a present that doesn’t look like a present. For example, let’s say your bringing food to a party. Buy a cute dish to bring it in and leave the dish at the end of the night. Or leave a serving set you used for the food.
Still more than you were looking to spend? You could buy some recipe cards, like these -
And jot down the recipe of the dish you brought (assuming you’re a good cook and people would actually want to make your dish again…). Not bringing any food? Maybe you could bring a cook book to inspire your host for the next party they throw -
Or you could go a completely different route. Guarantee a good party by bringing a game for everyone to play -
Or stick with something more traditional like a plant or an herb, but put it in a cute planter that will last long after the plant dies (oh come on, I’m not the only person out there with a black thumb)
Now go out and stockpile those gifts!
So I know it’s not the most green thing in the world, but I love me some catalogs from home stores. It’s like you’re plunked in some temporary alternate universe where all your decorating dreams can come true. Recently, I hit the motherload when I received this bad boy in the mail -
Oh yeah, it’s the Restoration Hardware Catalog! It’s really more of a novel than a catalog, a big, juicy, make you wish you had more money catalog. I immediately went into “if money wasn’t an object” mode and starting decorating our house in my head. One thing that I oowed and aahed over again and again were the light fixtures. It got me thinking about where in our house we could add a statement light fixture (or two) and sconces in our bedroom moved to the top of the list. And while I’m sure none of these will be landing in our house any time soon, a girl can dream, right?
This weekend I hit the decorating motherload at a discount store. I swear those places are like Target, you go in for one thing and leave with 20. I usually don’t have this much luck but item after item kept calling my name. Meredith, take me home. Meredith, I’d look so good in your house. And take things home I did. Here’s the loot from my trip -
I’m absolutely obsessed with the elephant book ends. I’ve been looking for some animal books ends for a while now (I know, it’s a weird thing to actually be shopping for), and these were perfect!
Next we have this lovely candle holder (do I sound like the announcer on The Price is Right?) -
This silver frame caught my eye, I love the scale-like design. I realized the other day that we have zero pictures of Juice around the house so we’ll have to remedy that.
And then there’s this wire basket, which we could use for a million different things (Riley’s toys, Olivia’s stuffed animals, towels, on and on and on…) -
I bought this owl to use as a Halloween decoration, but a quick spray paint and we could use her year round -
And I’m hoping to use this glass bowl to make a terrarium -
Phew, and all that for under $80! Decorating has always been a phobia of mine, but I’ve made it my mission lately to accessorize the house. Between these purchases and our recent trip to IKEA, I’m doing pretty good!
Last weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to IKEA. Once a year is about all Brian can take, so it’s a big deal when we get to go. It’s the Superbowl of my shopping. Unfortunately, it seems the entire state of Virginia decided last Sunday was their Superbowl as well and IKEA was a massive cluster of people (IKEA + a 1 year old + holiday weekend = complete meltdown). The good news is that IKEA had some great stuff and our car was loaded at the end of the trip. The bad news is that IKEA had some great stuff and we couldn’t fit more in our car (or have more money in our bank account). There was just too much good stuff and not everything made the cut. Sometimes the decision to make a cut wasn’t our call as some of our favs were out of stock. We missed out on this spice rack that I was hoping to use as a book shelf in Juice’s room, like I’ve seen all over Pinterest.
And this wicker stool that I was hoping to use on our side porch -
Then there were the items that I loved but we passed up. There were a TON of great chairs, which was perfect because I’m still looking for a chair for the new office. These two caught my eye, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger on either of them -
Buying storage is usually a staple for us at IKEA, but for once we weren’t in the market for any furniture. I still had my eye on this guy, which would be perfect for a little boys nursery some day (or girls, they had it in white too)-
I also love this linen cabinet, but we just don’t have a good place to put it at our house -
Another part of the store I found myself oohing and ahhing in was the kitchen section. We’re not in the market to make any changes to our kitchen yet, but I would love this sink/faucet combo -
And finally to accessorize, I REALLY wanted this bowl -
It was in and out of the cart several times, don’t ask my why it ended out. Big mistake, huge. But don’t worry, lot’s stayed in the cart, stay tuned!
I love to cook. Unfortunately, I’m not too good at it. While I make a yummy salsa, delicious banana bread, and gooey brownies, that’s about where my repertoire ends (unless you count a good bowl of cereal). I’ve been experimenting more lately, even trying my own homemade bbq sauce and pasta sauce. One good, one not so much. And the more I get into cooking, the more I’ve become obsessed with cooking gadgets. Maybe I’m trying to trick myself into thinking that if I buy cool toys it will make me a better cook. More likely I’m a compulsive shopper, but who’s to say…
Here are the tools currently on my wish list -
Just kidding, I just couldn’t help myself. Aren’t these the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen?
And wish me good luck, I’m taking my first cooking class on Monday!