Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a good day and are ready for another Weekly Wednesday! Last week, I showed you some of the must have items for your living area....now, it's time for the fun part...accessorizing! I don't know about you, but I love to shop for home decor. Maybe it's because I'm getting older...haha. I look for things that are quality items that aren't going to cost me an arm and a leg, but I don't want something so inexpensive that I have to keep replacing it. I guess my best advice when you love home decor is to invest your case wisely...piece by piece if you have expensive taste or are on a limited budget. Are you ready to accessorize your space? (Make sure you check out the first post for living area must haves here so you can get an idea of the space I'm putting together in my head!)
Item #1 is from LinenFeast
If you've never gotten to experience a kantha throw, you're seriously missing out! I have one that I purchased a couple of years ago, and I love it. These throws are so colorful and repurpose old saris (5-layers of sari fabric to be exact). The sari layers are hand-stitched according to a 100-year old West Bengal tradition, which means that you've got a large amount of culture and history within a single blanket. Can you imagine? Kantha throws are typically very bright and have unique combinations of fabrics. The brightness and variation are what drew me to them. Another plus is that they are light-weight and very breathable---perfect for any time of year (trust me, I've used mine in the winter and summer and it's perfect). If you're worried about washing, don't be! Just make sure you wash it on a delicate cycle and throw in a color catcher--I washed mine by itself the first time and the color catcher came out a vibrant red (just FYI). These throws are definitely not something to pass on, so make sure you check out the maker's shop for a variety of other colors and patterns.
Item #2 is from WatercolorMuse1
If you look closely at the throw, you'll notice some purple in there. I almost went with a green pillow, but I knew purple would be the best! The challenge of finding a purple pillow was not easy. Do you know how many purple pillows there are on etsy? 18,789 to be exact. I really knew this was the best one when I saw it, though. This pillow is made of dupioni silk that has the front panel painted (the other side is microfiber). It's like art for your couch. The watercolor effect is really neat because you can see the colors merging and flowing. It's also heat set to prevent transfer of color.
Item #3 is from WildRabbitsBurrow
Which my intense fascination with succulents here lately, I had to include these! They're so freaking cute!!!! I want them for myself!! The listing includes the three cacti in the image. Each pillow is made from a shade of green fleece and stuffed with fluffy fiberfill. I'm dying from the cuteness! I just need to combine cacti and kitties, and I'll be thrilled!!
NOTE: For the next part on curtains...yes, there are three different sets. No, I'm not crazy. Layering...it just works.
item #4 is from JadeInternational
I really like the look of layering curtains not only because it adds some texture to a space but also because it insulates (and right now it's freaking HOT). I actually have a set of curtains similar to this, but not as long as the outer layer of my office curtains. (When you have a cat, forget longer curtains...it ain't gonna happen. It's just a climbing challenge.) These curtains are a jute burlap meaning they won't be shedding everywhere like regular burlap. They're also longer and pool on the floor giving your space visual height. A great option in my opinion. (Note: the listing is only for 1 panel, but there are other listings in the shop.)
Item #5 is from TwistedBobbinDesigns
I really liked this green as middle layer to draw together the curtain and the kantha throw. If you want a blackout or thermal option, I'd suggest placing it in the middle, but that's my opinion. I like that there's not a large amount of white in this curtain, but it's not solid either. It also mimics the shapes in the throw. This set is unlined, but it's made of a duck material--kind of like a canvas material, so it definitely provides some light blocking but not a terrible amount. Like Goldilock--not too much and not too little.
Item #6 is from ClarasHandMade
For the innermost layer of curtains, I'd go with a sheer curtain to add some softness to the room when we have the texture and patterns already. The curtain is made from natural cotton so the color is off-white with flecks throughout the piece. They're very simple and so gorgeous on their own.
Item #7 is from warmpersonality
Every space (especially the living area) needs a plant of some sort. It can be living or artificial--it just depends on how green your thumb is. For those of you who absolutely suck at keeping plants alive or have no time to take care of any plants other than your veggie garden like me (I can be a mix of both), then I'd suggest artificial..If you can grow plants and keep them alive, then by all means go for fresh flowers or plants. This little flower arrangement is completely artificial, but looks SO real. The succulents are in a hand-painted, distressed mason jar with a small amount of artificial moss. If you like other colors, the maker has several to choose from as well as some cute little pillows.
Item #8 is from HangoutLighting
I don't know why I didn't put some lighting as essential for a living area in general, but I've got it now! I wouldn't suggest having this all over the room but maybe on a focal wall. It could become its own art piece. I'm really in love with the antique bulbs..they're just so interesting to me! The staggered lengths of the cables also adds a nice visual appeal. This lighting piece is pretty much completely customizable-the light bulbs, the twisted cord, the wood color, and the sockets for the light bulbs. I really don't think you could go wrong with this type of piece especially if you have the space for a 15-35 inch drop. I totally loving this :)
I'm going to end this edition now before I get adding even more stuff! That and bedtime is approaching..Don't want to be late (I've had my days)
I do hope you've enjoyed this edition of Weekly Wednesday! Maybe you got some ideas for your space! I know I've had fun browsing and gotten some other ideas for my house :) Feel free to share, tag, or link and head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
Hello, everyone!! Are you ready for another edition of Weekly Wednesday? I bet so! (Especially since I missed last week) As we get older, we all end up doing one thing--getting our own place. While this new-found freedom can be fun, it carries a lot of responsibility. You have rent, bills, chores and....furniture. You need something to sit on right? Your living area needs to represent you and be comfortable, so I've gathered several items you need to have in your living area.
Item #1 is from GreenSouthLiving
One thing each of us gets is MAIL. Junk mail, flyers, BILLS. You've got to have somewhere to put it otherwise it'll end up on the kitchen table or who knows where. Part of living on your own means paying the bills, and to pay them, you have to keep up with them. A good way to keep up with your bills is a mail organizer. I have something similar to this, and it have helped me immensely. I also love the key hooks on the bottom. I use to always misplace my keys by just laying them down somewhere random. This had to stop because I was always having to waste time looking for them. With something like this you can break that habit (if you have it) by making sure you hang your keys on it as soon as you walk in the door. This particular organizer is a distressed dark color with two mail slots and three key hooks. The distressed nature gives it a rustic look, which allows it to be incorporated with other types of furniture (modern, etc.) I'm also a huge fan of rustic decor, so this had my eye immediately. If this color doesn't catch your fancy, you can get it In several other colors. We all need a little organization in our lives and this is definitely a step n the right direction. They've got a lot of great pieces if you need something bigger or smaller, so definitely check them out.
Item #2 is TDFurniture
Let's get to the couch shall we?! While this type of couch probably isn't realistic for first-time renters, it's something to shoot for. Aside from the design, I love that there are arms on this couch! Maybe it's just me, but I don't particularly like couches without arms...maybe because the security of being contained isn't there--you'd have three ways of falling off instead of one ( I'm a wild sleeper). I also like having a place to prop up. The design of this couch is very sleek with an elegant touch created by the tufting. It's also an excellent size (84 inches end to end) and could double as a sleep spot if need be. I'm loving that the bottom is open where I can see the floor and could get to where I could easily clean under it without dragging a behemoth of a couch back and forth. The makers of this gorgeous piece call it a modern chesterfield and have covered it in velvet, but since it's custom, you can choose a fabric that's to your liking!
Item #3 is from SucculentWoodShop
Yes, you saw this picture right! It's a repurposed pallet! My how I Iove repurposing! This is such an awesome idea and a highly detailed process. You've got to get all those pieces cut correctly for the chevrons and create a back that results in the formation of a little cubby. Storage space is a must! Those of you who have lived on your own for a while understand the need for storage space more than the newer people. This is definitely a conversation piece--it's very pleasing to the eye and has visual interest with the chevrons. It also has the neat little rebar legs that are so popular right now.
Item #4 is from lilpengeeGems
Did you always hate it when your mom told you to get a coaster? Let me tell you..."she was right." Once you're in your own place you get really protective of things like your tables--Not wanting rings from condensation, no scratches. What do you need? Coasters, of course! And not just any coasters....purple agate coasters with a gold plated rim. These are a great what to protect your furniture while bringing nature inside. Agate is a beautiful stone and the rim makes it even more beautiful. These are different from the majority of coasters today and will add a unique little something to your house. Coasters come in sets of 4.
Item #5 is from DesignAtelierArticle
We all have books, don't we? Yes, but just how many varies from person to person. We all also have our favorite ones we'd never part with for anything. A neat idea would be to display those precious books with bookends! These bookends are metal and have a modern design. When I first saw them I immediately thought of the tv shoe "Friends" and the frame around Monica's door's peep hole! Hopefully you all remember that! These bookends are minimalistic but very elegant and definitely would be something to add to your living area. Make sure you check their shop--lots of neat stuff!
Item #6 is from fluxglass
if your space is small (or even if it's large), a mirror will bring in more light and create a sense of more space. I really like this mirror because it has such a delicate shape but is the perfect size for checking yourself as you run out the door. The mirror is handcut and framed with edging. It comes with a hanging wire so you can mount it on a perfect spot on your wall. I'm definitely into unique things, and this is definitely a unique piece!
That's all I've got for this week, everyone. I hope you got some ideas for decorating your living area either now or in the future. Maybe you got some ideas for changing it up a bit! Stay tuned for more home features and fashion pieces in the weeks to come!
Make sure urge to go to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Hello, everyone! It's time for a new edition of Weekly Wednesday! Can you think of any holidays coming up? Father's Day, maybe? If that's your guess then you'd be correct. Sometimes it's hard to buy for your dad--either because he has everything or because you just don't know what he'd want. I've got some ideas for you today that any dad would love to receive, so make sure you get on it before it's too late! Side note: Fur baby dads are also included for Father's Day ;)
Item #1 is from StatesStudios
Most dads have a watch, but how many have a handmade wooden watch? Not that many. This would definitely be something unique and memorable to receive. There was a lot of work that went into this piece...the links, the dial, etc. It's simple and luxurious. You can have the back of the watch personalized with some loving words for dad. You can also get a bamboo case to store this beauty in if you'd like--pick your choice at check out.
Item #2 is from HoBoTies
What's the most traditional gift for Father's Day? A tie. Sticking with tradition, I think it's time that we put a twist on the plain old tie. I'm really liking this neat map tie. It's not something that you'll see every day, and it's highly likely that your dad, husband, grandfather, boyfriend, etc. would receive lots of compliments on it. In addition to being neat, it's really stylish and adds that finishing touch to an outfit. The tie comes in the standard size, a slim size, and a boys' size (if you want father and son to match). Great style for a great dude.
Item #3 is from Twenty22Labs
Most dads today are well versed in their video game consoles but having them all isn't necessarily ideal because space is limited. If your dad loved to play N64, Sega, Gameboy, or NES (among others), then this will provide hours of endless reminiscing. Games of childhood are probably some of the best memories--we know that-- so this is a definitely a gift that will be loved! Plus, you can play along!
Item #4 is from StyledGents
What's one of the most popular movies of the year (or maybe all time)? Star Wars of course! These storm trooper cuff links will have your dad Stylin' and profilin'. Whether the old movies or the new ones, most dads are going to be fans. Lots of compliments will be given with these accessories. Another plus--they come ready to gift!
Item #5 is from OrisDesigns
Every man today needs a nice satchel to carry to the office. Stylish, durable, and useful--perfect even if the receiver doesn't work in an office setting. We all have all sorts of devices-iPads, laptops, kindles, perhaps an old fashioned book--we need a place to store and transport these now everyday items. This bag is made of full grain leather and measures 15.5"wx10.5"hx5"d (not including the adjustable strap). You've got some pockets, too, for smaller items. If a messenger bag isn't what you're looking for, the shop has many more things to choose from!
I hope you've gotten some ideas for what to get the fathers in your lives. I know it can sometimes be really hard to buy for men in general, so I thought this might be helpful to you all since we all have fathers or father figures in our lives to celebrate in a couple of weeks. Make sure you celebrate it well!
Until next time,
Hello, everyone! This week's roundup will be a bit different than the rest because I'm going to bring you a post I did about a year ago over office supplies! Think of it as a throwback edition. I got busy this weekend, and I'm just feeling too lazy to do a new post (there is one in progress, though!). I hope you enjoy, and feel free to comment, like, share, tag, etc!
Original Post: April 1, 2015
Weekly Wednesday #7 is here!! This week is going to be a bit different as we are in the middle of our move--different in that I'm going to be featuring office decor and more than 5 things! We're splitting one of the rooms into a his and hers office, and I'll eventually post a picture once I finally get everything arranged like I want it :P
So, without further ado, let's get started!
Item #1 is from UrbanTradingPost
If you're a bookworm like me, then you need a set of bookends. I was purusing on etsy the other day when I came across this set. They definitely aren't the ordinary set of bookends, but I love that about it. They're also made of cast iron, so you're ginormous collection of books won't easily knock them out of the way.
Item #2 is from byDadandDaughter
This is so COOL. It's handmade AND it's upcycled. You can't get any better than that. I never would've thought to do this with license plates, so kudos to byDadandDaughter for their creativity!
Item #3 is from TradeFair
If you like to have written to-do lists or reminders like me (my boyfriend prefers digital), then something similar to this would be right up your alley. I like this one because it's very simple, but yet classy and versatile.
Item #4 is from SimSisters
Oh my goodness! I saw this and just had to feature it! I love little sausage dogs. What more could you want than cute AND comfy!
Item #5 is from TheDoveTree
These would be great for a bulletin board like item #3 above. It adds just a little pop of color but still keeps it simple.
Item #6 is from Retroburgh
I don't know what it is about vintage typewriters, but I LOVE them--even this pink one (in case you couldn't guess, I'm not huge pink fan). You've got to have a little love for all things vintage even if they are outdated and/or expensive. I'd buy this one if I had enough cash to do so.
Item #7 is from GoldEnthusiast
I'm really liking this white-on-gold trend I've been seeing everywhere. I'm not really a gold fan either, but something about this combination strikes my fancy.
There really are a lot of other items I saw and liked during my browsing, but I figured I'd be safe and stop with 7....I can save the rest for another day. Go show these artisans and all other handmade businesses your love!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.