Hello Internet world! It’s been a while. I laugh at the resolution I made to blog more. Silly me. Anyway, I’m happy to be back with one of my absolute favorite mood boards I’ve made to date.
- I want it to fill my condo
- I want it to be unique
- I want it to be affordable
- Change up the hardware: My shower curtain bar needs replacing, the towel bars don’t match. Overall, the hardware needs a refresh,
- Paint it lighter: This was a hard one. I really love the navy color, but it’s also such a small space. I think a lighter color will make it feel just a bit bigger.
- Change the lighting: The light is not my style, I’m changing it.
- More shelving: I have so little storage, so a little more shelf space never hurts
- Nail polish display/storage: Fun and necessary 🙂
- Replace medicine cabinet: It’s not even painted white wood, it’s tape
Chairish reached out and invited me to share some of my favorite bar cart essentials. Chairish is an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furniture. It’s like the Internet’s version of a flea market.
Bar carts are so versatile: from their traditional use in a dining room to a creative bedside table to stylish storage. However you use it, it’s a home essential. I don’t actually own one but it’s on my list 🙂
So today, I put together my go-to steps for styling the perfect bar cart. Enjoy!
Step one: find the perfect bar cart
This is probably the most important step of all. I found both of these bar carts on Chairish and they are AMAZING. You can check out their full selection here. My favorites tend to be brass or gold with wheels for easy mobility and multiple tiers for storage.
Step two: add barware and serverware
Next, add barware and serverware. Cute glasses and cocktail napkins are essentials in my book. Moscow mule mugs are also a must have.
Step three: accessorize
A bar cart doesn’t only have to be glasses and bottles of alcohol. There are so many ways to enhance the style. I love having artwork hanging behind it or even on the cart leaning against the wall. A bud vase with fresh flowers and some design books take it to the next level. The books and bud vase are actually all on my coffee table.
Of course step four (and a very important one) is to add the alcohol. Stock up on your favorites!
Here’s the complete source list:
one. Mid Century Brass Bar Cart (Chairish) // two. Hollywood Regency Brass and Glass Bar Cart (Chairish) // three. Bubbles Cocktail Napkins (Jaymee SRP Design) // four. Moscow Mule Mug (West Elm) // five. Brazilian Fuchsia Agate Coasters (Chairish) // six. Hollywood Regency Solid Brass Pineapple Ice Bucket (Chairish) // seven. Golden Antler Bottle Opener (Lulu & Georgia) // eight. Draper Double Old Fashioned Cocktail Glasses (Luly & Georgia) // nine. Cornelia Bud Vase (Lulu & Georgia) // ten. Pink Flamingo Art Print (Chairish) // eleven. Styled By Emily Henderson // twelve. See San Francisco
Sometimes a color combination is just so perfect you could design a room around it. I’m kind of feeling that way about copper and pink/blush right now. Metallics and pastels go great together. I have a lot of gold and brass in my living room but I have copper as an accent color in my kitchen. Luckily, copper is a trend so you can find it EVERYWHERE right now. I love a pastel pink or blush with copper because copper can have just a hint of pink. It’s like these two colors were meant to exist with each other. This color combo is perfect for a glam living room or a nursery (or really anywhere you can put it).
Go buy all of these. Now.
one. Moscow Mule Mug (Target) // two. Luster Velvet Pillow Cover in Dusty Blush (West Elm) // three. Marble Accent Table (Target) // four. Slowly Sinking In by Tordis Kayma (Society6) // five. Ikram Design Moroccan Pouf in Papaya (Wayfair) // six. Geo Metal Scented Candle (West Elm) // seven. Elsie Table Lamp (Kate Spade) // eight. Mongolian Lamp Pillow Cover in Roseette (West Elm) // nine. Elton Settee Dusty Blush (West Elm) // ten. Copper Task Lamp with Marble Base (Target) // eleven. Geo Candle Holder (CB2)
If you haven’t already, you need to check out the new Kate Spade Home collection. It’s amazing! But… expensive. I won’t be buying any of these anytime soon, but still wanted to share some of my absolute favorites:
Check out the entire collection here.
Here’s the thing about art…
I also want the art in my home to be meaningful. For example, I won’t display a photo or print of a place I haven’t been. I love finding unique pieces at local stores. Etsy is like an online local store. I love the art I find there because it’s all from individual artists and prints are generally limited. While sites like AllPosters.com and Art.com offer some nice prints, I know that with an Etsy purchase (1) I’m supporting an actual artist and (2) the print I order isn’t mass produced and going to be in every house I visit.
Here are some of my recent favorite Etsy shops for affordable & unique art:
Wilder California was a recent discovery. I may (most definitely) have an obsession with cacti right now and these prints are absolutely perfect. Prices are $30 for an 8×10 and $45 for an 11×14.
I discovered Yao Chen Design when I was attempting to get into watercolor painting. She is a pro and her watercolor prints are gorgeous. Prices are $28 for an 8×10 and $45 for an 11×14.
A friend discovered this one for me. I’ve been collecting vintage travel poster postcards each time I visit a National Park. This Etsy shop sells National Park and other vintage travel posters at UNBELIEVABLE prices. Only $6.99 for an 8×10 and $28.99 for a 20×30. That’s right: 20×30.
I discovered this shop via an Instagram post from @sealight_designs. Pineapples are so trendy right now. I love the paintings on wood, they are so unique! Prices vary depending on the piece. Set of 3 cactus prints is $30 for three 5x7s. Pineapple on wood is $60.
one. Set of 3 cactus/succulents // two. Palm leaf watercolor // three. Palm trees on wood // four. Pineapple painting on wood // five. Peach poppies cherry blossoms coral flowers // six. Succulent in a pink ombre shop
Another recent discovery for gorgeous travel photography. Plus, it’s affordable: $19 for an 8×10 and $40 for an 11×14.
I am frequently asked about good sources for affordable home decor. I have a few go-to places that I’m always recommending so I decided to pull them all together in a blog post. I’m only including places that I’ve shopped at or ordered from and had good experiences. I’m sure there are a TON more out there, but these are a couple of my absolute favorites.
If you are shopping at any store, definitely look for sales. Rugs USA is one of my favorite sites and almost always has a sale going on. It’s also back-to-school season so storage and organization are on sale. Some places offer “dollar” rewards back too. I’ve earned credit towards AllModern with other purchases.
I’ve also noticed a lot of sites offer the SAME products under different names and you can find them cheaper if you know where to look. For example, Audrey Lamp from Lulu & Georgia: $194. Safavieh Lamp from Overstock (SAME LAMP): $118.99. Definitely shop around for lamps and rugs.
Sometimes I feel like a Rugs USA salesperson, I recommend them so much. They are always having amazing sales (right now it’s 70% off). I’ve ordered three rugs from there now. Shipping is quick and I’ve never had an issue. They have great finds in every style. Here are a few of my favorites.
one. Moroccan Diamond Shag Rug (this is the rug in my living room) // two. Oriental Weavers Kaleidoscope Rug (this is the runner in my entryway) // three. Windsor Overdyed Grove Rug // four. Berber Moroccan SM18 Rug // five. Tuscan Moroccan Shag Rug // six. Shag Double Sheepskin with Faux Backing
This is a huge site I discovered that offers daily sales and a whole variety of home decor products. I ordered my pouf from there and love it.
one. Rockwell Arm Chair // two. Moroccan Leather Pouf // three. Baja Navy Indoor/Outdoor Rug // four. Geometric Tower Lamp // five. Diamond Platinum and White Indoor/Outdoor Rug // six. Sovereign Upholstered Headboard
Target never disappoints. They have a pretty decent home section in their stores but they have a never-ending home section online. You can find anything in any style at any price point.
one. Etched Copper Bowl // two. Threshold Tufted Bench // three. Threshold Bar Cart // four. Nate Berkus Acrylic Rectangle Lamp // five. Threshold Tie Dye Lumbar Pillow // six. Threshold Hourglass Accent Table // seven. Threshold Carson Horizontal Bookcase // eight. Carlisle Metal Counter Stools // nine. Bulbous Table Lamp
HomeGoods / TJ Maxx / Marshalls
HomeGoods is obviously a go-to for affordable home decor. But, it doesn’t end there. TJ Maxx and Marshalls also have great home sections. You never know what will be in stock, so check them regularly. Here are some of my favorite finds:
one. Crystal Sphere Lamp from TJ Maxx // two. Teal pillow from HomeGoods // three. Agate Bookend from HomeGoods // four. Mirrors from HomeGoods // five. Decorative Box from HomeGoods // six. Ceramic Pot from HomeGoods // seven. Sheepskin Throw from TJ Maxx (this was only $13!!)
I never really know what was in this store until I started shopping for my condo. It’s AMAZING. Great finds at greater prices.
one. Cute-as-a-Button Erin Chair // two. Small Antique Gold Leila Sunburst Mirror // three. Emerald Harbin Accent Table // four. Brass Diamond Table Lamp // five. Orange Teaghan Chair // six. Pagoda Blue Evie Molded Dining Chairs set // seven. Copper Ethan Wall Sconce // eight. Monogram Letter Hooks
Another great source for affordable home decor. I have the wood leg accent chairs in my dining room. It takes some digging because they have A LOT, but there are some great finds. I also bought my entryway table on Overstock.
one. Wood Leg White Accent Chairs // two. Safavieh Indoor 1-Light Lourve White Table Lamp // three. Retro Eames Style Molded Plastic Wood Eigel Legs Blue Side Chair // four. Tabouret Tangerine Metal Counter Stools // five. Uptown Home Dalton Mirrored Accent Table
Last but not least, IKEA. How could I write a post about affordable home decor and not include them? Now, I don’t get everything from IKEA, but there are a few things there that are MUST BUYS. First, frames. They have affordable frames and since I love art, I stock up when I go to IKEA. Second, BILLY bookcases. Even if you don’t stick an AC unit through one, they are a good purchase. Here are some more great finds:
one. RASKOG Utility cart (this is in my kitchen) // two. HEKTAR Pendant lamp // three. FINTORP Rail (this storage system is in my kitchen) // four. FINTORP Hooks // five. VIRSERUM Frame // six. RIBBA frame // seven. RIBBA Picture Ledge // eight. BILLY Bookcase // nine. RANARP Work Lamp (this is in my office) // ten. RENS Sheepskin // eleven. VITTSJO Nesting Tables (spray paint these gold) // twelve. VITTSJO (spray paint this gold too)
Hope you enjoyed the list! What are some of your favorite stores?
This week my Anders Chair from West Elm finally arrived.
Cute, right? Then, it hit me: I’m basically done furnishing my condo. I still have a few things here and there to add, but for the most part, it’s complete. So, what now?
How about this bathroom?
When I moved in, I replaced the sink and painted it navy. While I love the navy it is dark and makes the tiny bathroom feel tiny. To clarify, I don’t want to completely remodel my bathroom. It doesn’t make sense to put too much work and money into it. But, I do want to make some small changes that are affordable and will make the space much nicer:
Here a couple of my favorite bathrooms for inspiration…
Let’s start with the “if I had endless money to spend” mood board because those are more fun, right?
one. Daydream (Green) Tile by Julie Rothman (Hyggee & West) // two. Montclair Double Sconce (Schoolhouse Electric) // three. The Baker’s Jar (Anthropologie) // four. Marble Wall-Mounted Shelf (CB2) // five. Andorra 23in Wall Mirror (Home Depot) // six. Baies Scented Candle (Nordstrom) // seven. Kohler Purist Single Towel Bar in Vibrant Modern Brushed Gold // eight. Kohler Purist Sink Faucet in Vibrant Modern Brushed Gold // nine. Diamond Bathstyle Turkish Bath Towel from bathstyle (Etsy) // ten. Kohler Vertical Toilet Tissue Holder in Vibrant Modern Brushed Gold // eleven. Kohler Purist Towel Ring in Vibrant Modern Brushed Gold // twelve. Tulum Tile (Cement Tile Shop) // thirteen. Grayson Rug Ivory (Domino)
Since I don’t have $116 to spare on a toilet paper holder, this dream bathroom will have to wait. So, I switched the gold hardware for chrome, wallpaper for paint, and got started on a new mood board.
Everything featured here (minus towels, shower curtain, soap, nail polish, rug, candle) totals just about $650. Not cheap, but definitely not horrible for a bathroom makeover. The floor tile will probably come at a later date.
one. Benjamin Moore Spring Mint Paint // two. Progress Lighting Archie Collection 2-Light Chrome Bath Light // three. Broan Styleline 26in x 16in Stainless Steel Metal Recessed Medicine Cabinet // four. IKEA RIBBA Picture Edge // five. Gatco Channel 20.13in Glass Shelf // six. Ralph Lauren Joshua Tree Scented Candle // seven. World Market Beneath The Trees Lavender Hand Soap // eight. Delta Trinsic Towel Ring in Polished Chrome // nine. Rust Proof Adjustable Double Straight Shower Curtain Rod in Chrome // ten. Delta Trinsic Single Post Toilet Paper Holder in Chrome // eleven. Delta Trinsic 18in Towel Bar in Chrome // twelve. Romantic Floral Scarf Shower Curtain // thirteen. Pendleton Jacquard Towel // fourteen. Magical Thinking Printed Boucherouite Rug // fifteen. Merola Tile Metro Hex White with Black Dot
I included a semi-expensive candle in this mood board too but it’s gold and it’s called Joshua Tree which automatically makes me want to try it because it’s named after a National Park. I decided on chrome over gold or brass because while I love gold, not everyone does. I will eventually be selling this condo so I want to make sure that I make some more neutral choices and not over-customizing.
This will probably be a September or October project. More to come!