Sailor Mirror on a Thrift Store Budget

Sailor Mirror on a Thrift Store Budget

One of my favorite things to do is walk around “home stores” for inspiration. I pretend I’m in a museum or an art gallery, slowly taking in the look/feel/detail of each piece, not with the intent to purchase but just to admire. There are so many great places in Austin especially. Some are local – mercury and Hacienda happen to be a block from my work, and I finally ventured to Mockingbird Domestics last weekend! – and some that aren’t. Anthropologie is one of those stores that falls in the latter category. There’s something about walking into Anthro, as some affectionately call it, that makes me want to take a deep breath and appreciate life for whatever it is at the moment. Wouldn’t it be a worthy endeavor to try triggering the same response as we enter our own homes? I have yet to purchase a single article of clothing from Anthropologie (though a Christmas gift card has been burning a hole in my pocket!), but it has supplied my college bedding, a stack of coffee table books, and countless Voluspa/Volcano candles. It has also supplied all sorts of inspiration, especially when I fall hard for something before looking at the price tag. This post is the consequence of such a visit.

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Stamped Pillow

Stamped Pillow

When it came time to decorate our bedroom (and even during creating our wedding registries) I was confronted with the challenge of blending masculine and feminine tastes for the first time. We agreed on a white duvet with a heathered gray quilt from Pottery Barn, which laid the foundation for the rest of the room. These soft and comforting colors are anchored with black furniture, frames, and accents. Above all, it was going to be our space, and we want it to remain that way as the years go on and even as our family changes. What better way to make it our space than reminding ourselves of the day that made us an “us”?

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An Inheritance Makeover

An Inheritance Makeover

Some furniture you purchase new, some you find used, and some you inherit. This tale of a furniture makeover begins with an inheritance.

One part of marriage I didn’t anticipate was what I like to call “the consolidation of the stuff.” In said consolidation, we decided to keep my chest of drawers because it has more drawers = more storage. Once we got our bedroom arranged , we decided we could really use a second dresser for storing things other than clothes. I looked on Craigslist for a few days with no luck. Since we were on a budget and hadn’t sold Jeff’s chest of drawers yet, we decided to use what we had. And so this project began.

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