This weekend I found myself wandering through Anthropologie. I meandered around for a LONG TIME because there were so many darn things to look at. It was surely a looking day (not a buying day) so I was more concerned about the items in the actual store, as opposed to trying to figure out what the heck I wanted to buy. Looking days make me actually study and appreciate things. On buying days, my mind is already thinking about what I’m going to have in my hands at the checkout counter, and I tend to forget about the items themselves. Note to self: bad habit.
A few items that stopped me in my tracks…
Copper Clad dresser
Collected Memories Mirrors
Dusky Blooms Pillow
Sweet As Honey Rug
Pen & In Violas
Ring of Light Lamp
As usual, no prices are attached to the above items because I feel like that ruins the fun. Dreaming is certainly allowed and encouraged on Restored Style. With that said, you can just click on the name of the item and it will take you directly to the Anthropologie site for more information. I will say that all of the above items would be big-time splurge items for me personally, but regardless, they are still fun to look at!
The decision has been made. Finally!
At last, we’ve landed on a color for the dining room. I originally had wanted to paint the room a white/cream, but then when I really thought about it, I wasn’t convinced this color would go well with the white built-ins we already have in this room.
So, I thought some more….and as boring as this is, I landed on a warm gray. It’s called Quill and it’s from Olympic paint.
Here’s a sneek peak of the color on the wall. It’s really tricky to truly capture a wall color in photos, but I gave it my best shot:
In short, I love the color. It appears to be a little blueish, and that’s okay with me because I’m playing around with using this fabric for the dining room curtains.
Kalah Blue fabric at Calico Corners
I saw this fabric in Lonny Magazine and I had to have it. I’m still strugling with a rug for this room, so later this week I’ll be posting a few different design board options - hopefully you guys can help me decide between a few different rugs?
So many pretty decor items, so few rooms!
Okay, I’m back at the blog again. When work gets hectic I tend to go MIA, but I promise I have 5 posts coming your way this week.
I thought I’d start off the week with a little DIY action. I hosted a small birthday shin-dig for a dear friend of mine (love you Jess!) and I wanted to make easy, budget-friendly name cards. So, I peeked in a few cupboards, dug into my not-so organized craft drawers and pulled out a few pieces of paper and my handy-dandy alphabet stamps and stamp pad. An idea was brewing…
I also whipped out my round corner punch, and then I started in on stamping out the names of my guests on the mini white cards. After I stamped each of the names out, I trimmed down the edges of the card and then punched each corner to round out the edges (round corners seem to soften the look of the cards and also give them a “finished” feel).
Again, after each name was stamped, the cards were trimmed to fit the length of the name and then each of the corners were rounded. Now that I had the name cards ready to go, I needed a way to display them on the table. That’s when the old bowl of lemons I had in the kitchen came into play, along with a few tacks I had laying around…the result…
At first I thought my lemon solution might cause a few problems – I thought the name cards might roll all over the place, but they didn’t. They seem to stay into place as long as I carefully tacked the card in the center of the lemon.
The great thing about these place cards is that you could use apples, limes, pears, pumpkins – whatever best fits your decor/theme colors. And, let’s not forget that these DIY name place cards cost me next to nothing. I had the lemons, cards and pins already at home, and it just took me a little time to assemble these cards.
I’ll share a few more DIY and budget-friendly hosting ideas later this week!
As you guys know by now, my design style is sometimes all over the map. My indecisiveness follows me even when I try to choose between silver and gold. Usually, it’s a toss up, but lately, I’ve had this thing for GOLD.
So when I ran across the online store BeGolden, I fell in love. With everything. And now, I must share this wonderful website with you all…
Who’s BeGolden? They are an online store that houses a unique collection of home and gift products and ALL of them happen to be gold. From contemporary to traditional to quirky to delightful, BeGolden is just that, golden.
Here’s a quick view of a few products featured on Be Golden:
Gold Seletti Porcelain Mug
Set of 4 Round Gold Leaf Mirrors
Gold Door Knob
Gold Foil Tray
Gold Seletti China Storage Jar
Gold Delicate Napkin Ring
And just for good measure, I had to include this gold gnome:).
Seletii Mr Gold Gold Gnome
Have gold fever now?