Five Fave: Online Shops for Home Goods

These are my top five favorite websites for finding creative, fun ways to spruce up the place:

  • Fab.com – Fab features great deals from fabulous designers. You can find a bargain on just about anything – from clothing to pet accessories – but I love browsing their home goods section the most, naturally.
  • Gilt.com – Gilt offers major discounts on designer labels to its members. Just one catch though: great deals go fast. If there’s something you have in mind, you have to log in early or you could be out of luck.
  • Etsy.com – I’m always surprised when I meet someone who’s never heard of Etsy. This is a great place to support small businesses while finding the exact thing you never knew you needed. Also, it eliminates the thing I hate about antique stores and resale shops: rummaging. Hello, Vintage English Deckchair!
  • OneKingsLane.com – Like Gilt and Fab, One Kings Lane offers deep discounts gorgeous home goods. You can probably find bowls like these at Anthropologie for quadruple the price.
  • BallardDesigns.com – Ballard Designs is more understated than other home goods websites I listed, but I still come across great pieces here. The lotus garden seat would really dress up my balcony. And I just can’t get enough jute lately.
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Thing I Like…

I’m digging these “American Atlas” posters by Brainstorm Print and Design.

I wouldn’t mind having The South, The Midwest, and The West, since we’ve lived in each part of the country. I think it would be really cool if Brainstorm did each state individually, but with more detail. I mean, Texas is an awfully large state and has much more going on than oil, cattle, and cotton. And wouldn’t the complete set look great in a classroom?

I’d put the Get Outside, Go Camping poster in Dave’s office, since his space is as much about his favorite hobby as it is about working.

Shop their entire collection here. Fabulous job, Brainstorm!

Coping with Carpet

There isn’t much I dislike about my apartment, but I loathe the carpeting. I hate vacuuming with our heavy old Dirt Devil, and I can think of a million things I’d rather buy than a fancy new Dyson. I hate that a small amount of mud can be ground into the floor so easily and be so difficult to scrub out. And call me a country bumpkin, but I hate the idea of asking people to take off their shoes when entering our home. Cramping our friends’ style just isn’t our style. If this apartment was instead our house, I would be saving up for hardwoods. But when replacing it isn’t an option, there are some ways to make up for boring beige carpet:

  • Dress up your windows! Putting in curtains is always a great idea, but especially when the floor is ho-hum. Curtains don’t have to be bright or patterned to draw attention and there are lots of affordable options.

  • Invest in quality furniture. Distraction is key. If your furniture looks nice, it doesn’t really matter what’s on the floor.
  • Hang pictures or removable wallpaper. I love the decals at Blik, and Sherwin Williams is a decent source for temporary wallpaper.

  • Don’t put a rug on it! Rugs draw attention to the floor and bunch up under furniture. Covering ugly carpet with a nice rug seems like the obvious choice, but you’re better off investing in wall decor.
  • Clean early and often. If the carpet isn’t new, make sure it has been professionally cleaned before you move in. Vacuuming regularly is a must. And talk to your landlord about how often they plan on having the carpet cleaned.

How do you deal with apartment carpet woes? Cover it, distract from it, or learn to love it?

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Add a Splash of Color With Seafoam Green

Seafoam Green is the color of summer. It’s combing the sand for seaglass, saltwater air, magazines by the pool, beachy fun. Not only does it go well with neutrals, it can hold its own against bold strawberry red and gold. Either way, a little pop of green goes a long way and can be easily incorporated into any room.

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