World Market Steals

Ya’ll… there are mah-jor things happening at World Market right now. I strolled through the store yesterday and not leaving with my cart overflowing with new goodies required a lot of self control. Not only was I blown away by the amazing new products, but so many of them many reminded me of products in other stores with much higher price tags. Here are just a few of my favorite finds for a steal.

lotus pendant | home sweet blogWorld Market Gold Lotus Pendant Lamp $99 vs. Jamie Young Lighting Flowering Lotus Pendant $488

chandelier | home sweet blogWorld Market Rustic Wire Chandelier $169 vs. Pottery Barn Armonk 6-Arm Chandelier $449 The PB chandelier is the light fixture I originally wanted to replace the ceiling fan that was hanging over our dining table, but it was too big so I opted for a DIY drum shade instead (which I never shared… #badblogger). The size and price are definitely right on the World Market version, so I think an upgrade is in my near future.

wood bead chandelier | home sweet blogWorld Market Small Wood Bead Chandelier $199 vs. Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Dauphine Wood Empire Chandelier $799

jute pendant | home sweet blogWorld Market Natural Jute Hanging Pendant $49 vs. Selemat Walker Hanging Pendant $232

canister | home sweet blogWorld Market Medium Matte Floral Storage Jar $16 vs. Anthropologie Verdant Canister $78

industrial shelf | home sweet blogWorld Market Large Caiden Cart $399 vs. Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Industrial Baker’s Storage Rack $499 Not a huge price difference, but still… 100 bucks is 100 bucks. Plus, the WM version is about 10″ taller.

 Have you been in WM lately? Spotted any steals worth sharing?

Office Fabric

The bathroom upgrade is almost finished and the next project on our list is tackling a little upgrade in my home office. I’ve been working an inspiration board for the space and while pulling together my sources I realized the fabric I’d picked for my window treatments – a sample I’ve had for years – is no longer available! I’ve searched everywhere and cannot seem to find it online. It has been discontinued and I don’t think the odds of finding it are very good.

Premier Prints Netherlands Kelp Linen | home sweet blog { Netherlands Kelp Linen Fabric by Premier Prints }

The fabric is even prettier in person and at $10.99/yard the price was certainly right. I’m still not willing to accept that this fabric is gone forever… but in the meantime I guess I’m off to find something new. Let me know if you have any suggestions! I’m hoping to find something with some green tones.

On another note, here’s an update on the bathroom redo:

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order / decide on a trim color (I’m waiting for a few swatches to come in from graylinen.com)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

Things are coming along. We did have a few set backs – like when we decided we wanted two separate light fixtures instead of one and knocked a whole in the wall only to discover that due to a stud we could not run the new wiring. So technically you could add “knock a hole in the wall for new light fixture, change mind about new light fixture, patch the hole” to the list. But the end is in sight!

Mixed Metals

As soon as we moved in to our house two years ago, we knew that eventually we wanted to make a few upgrades to the kitchen. Our kitchen is not horrible – in fact it’s really nice. It’s open, and bright, the cabinets are all new and we have plenty of storage – but it’s just not our taste. The cabinets and hardware are both a little more modern than we would have chosen if we picked out everything ourselves. This is the room where we spend most of our time and I really want it to be a cozy space that reflects our style. We’ve already made some changes, we’ve added a new light fixture (the old one can be seen here and more about our lighting, er, ceiling fan dilemma can be found here), installed under cabinet lighting and added a chalkboard wall to the side of the cabinet. Our ultimate plan is to paint the cabinets white, install a subway tile backsplash (like we did in the bathroom), install butcher block countertops, add an apron front sink and change out the hardware. Here’s how the kitchen looks today,

kitchen | home sweet blog

kitchen | home sweet blog

I would also love to add molding to the tops of the cabinets, remove the microwave and build a range hood and build some narrow open shelving (maybe something like industrial like this?) to replace the small shelf we have now… which was in my dorm room in college. But, that’s for another day.

While the kitchen reno is not on the top of our priority list, I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I’m obsessed with brass hardware, but have been worried about using it in the kitchen. We have a stainless faucet and stainless appliances and an oil-rubbed bronze light fixture. I wondered if bringing in another metal would be too much. Lately I’ve really started to notice kitchens with several different metal finishes and I think they all look ahh-mazing!

mixed metals 8 | home sweet blog

brass kitchen cabinet hardware | home sweet blog

brass t-bar pulls | home sweet blog

brass footed pull | home sweet blog

brass bin pull | home sweet blog

brass knob | home sweet blog

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And of course, one of my all-time favorite kitchens from one of my all-time favorite bloggers,

mixed metals via urban grace | home sweet blog

mixed metals 2 via urban grace | home sweet blog

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mixed metals 5 via urban grace | home sweet blog

mixed metals 7 via urban grace | home sweet blog

What do you think? Are stainless and bronze and brass too much for one room?

{ all images via my Pinterest board unless otherwise noted }

Help! Living Room Chairs

living room chairs | home sweet blogWe are ordering new chairs for our living room and I am having the hardest time making a decision! I need your help! Which stripe do you like best? I asked yesterday via Instagram and got very mixed reviews. Now I’m even more confused! While I love the grey on the left I think the simple stripe on the right might work best in our space. We have a lot of brown/warm tones in the room and for some reason, I just think they’ll be the better fit. These chairs will be replacing a pair of slipcovered parsons chairs (that were moved from the dining room temporarily for additional seating… aaaand two years later) that you can see from this post a year ago. In fact, so much as changed in the room since that picture. I’m excited to order the new chairs and share pictures of how the room has changed.

Picture 13Soooo, what do you think? Left or right?

 

***1/23/14 UPDATE: The chairs have been ordered! Be sure to check back next week to see which ones made the cut! Also, to find out where you can score both the chairs above at a mega discount!

master bath re-do | progress

Happy Friday! I just wanted to share another update on the master bath re-do. Between travel and family our holiday was crazy/hectic (but sooo wonderful!), I’m shocked we had any time to work on the bathroom at all, but we were actually able to cross a few more things off the list.

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order (I finally made a decision! More fabric details to come next week.)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

I’m waiting to share any more “sneak peek” pictures until the final reveal. Also, this wasn’t on the original bathroom to-do list, but I got new towels over the holidays. My parents gave me these,

perpetual bloom towels | home sweet blog

I L-O-V-E them! They are the Perpetual Boom Towels from Anthropologie which have been on my wishlist forever. And I ran out the day after Christmas and scooped up several more because they were on mega clearance. It looks like I got them just in time, because they are no longer available on their website. More exciting bathroom updates to come. Have a fabulous weekend!

fall centerpiece

fall centerpiece | home sweet blog

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the chill in the air. I love the return of college football. I love wearing boots, scarves and sweaters. There’s just something so cozy about the arrival of cooler temps. My love for fall probably explains why my house as been decorated for weeks. Literally, weeks. There’s a little farmer’s market around the corner from our house and as they were setting up trying to set up their pumpkin patch, I was pulling pumpkins out of the truck. I have mums, pumpkins and a wreath on my front porch, but I think my favorite thing is the dining room centerpiece. I paired a few pumpkins with bittersweet branches, pine cones and these candlesticks for a festive fall table.

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Eventually I would love to add these to my fall table, but until then I think my everyday dishes fit the bill. These are all items I already had on hand, but in case you’re interested here are sources:

hemstitch linen table runner from Pottery Barn  / everyday dishes / wicker chargers from One Kings Lane / mason jar mugs / flatware / candle sticks / candles

I {heart} this house | The Southern Living Idea House 2013

SL House 1 | home sweet blog

Every year I stalk Pinterest looking for pictures of the insanely beautiful Southern Living and Coastal Living Idea Houses. Lucky for me, this year’s SL home is located in Nashville, so I was finally able to see one of these gorg homes in person. The house is located at Fontanel – formerly the mansion of country legend Barbara Mandrell (Nashville is the country music capital, after all), now it serves as a tourist attraction and music venue. Once the SL Idea House ends it’s run, it’s set to open up as a b&b… that is of course, unless they just decide to let me live there. For free, obvi. My mom came in town and we joined my aunt and cousin for a girls’ day out at this dreamy Southern farmhouse.

SL House 2 | home sweet blog

THE LIVING ROOM

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SL House 5 | home sweet blog{ love the exposed beams and the huge scale of these reclaimed wood doors }

SL House 6 | home sweet blog{ completely obsessed with these doors! }

SL House 7 | home sweet blog{ beautiful lighting }

THE KITCHEN

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SL House 9 | home sweet blogSL House 10 | home sweet blog{ amazing hardware and butcher block counters }

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THE DINING ROOM

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SL House 14 | home sweet blog{ I love the detail on the cafe curtains }

THE LAUNDRY ROOM

SL House Laundry Room | home sweet blog

THE STUDY

SL House Study | home sweet blog

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THE MASTER BEDROOM

SL House Master Bedroom | home sweet blog

SL House Master Bedroom 2 | home sweet blog

THE MASTER BATH

SL House Master Bath | home sweet blog

SL House Master Bath Floor | home sweet blog{ amazing tile floors }

THE GUESTHOUSE DOWNSTAIRS SUITE

SL House Guesthouse 1 | home sweet blog

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SL House Guesthouse 4 | home sweet blog{ don’t you just love this little compass table? }

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THE GUESTHOUSE DOWNSTAIRS SUITE BATHROOM

SL House Guesthouse 7 | home sweet blog

THE GUESTHOUSE DOWNSTAIRS SUITE KITCHENETTE

SL House Guesthouse Kitchenette | home sweet blog

THE GUESTHOUSE UPSTAIRS SUITE

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SL House Guesthouse 9 | home sweet blog{ the walls of this room are covered in ticking stripe fabric }

HER “BUNKIE”

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SL House Her Bunkie 2 | home sweet blog

SL House Her Bunkie 3 | home sweet blog

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THE “BUNKIE” EXTERIOR

SL House Bunkie Exterior | home sweet blog

HIS “BUNKIE”

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