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feathers & freckles adorable diy anthropologie hair ties

i love any and all DIY tutorials for anthropologie stuffs, because hey, we all know that store runs on the *pricey* side of things! and as a person who is lazy about my hairs, cute ways of putting it up sound fab to me! i need to order some elastic in lots of different colors!

ps- megan is also one of my favorite fashion bloggers. so there’s that too.

it may come as no surprise to you that one of my favorite home interior stores is actually intended for children (land of nod). i am totally in love with this grey jersey duvet cover (so perfectly basic and comfy and perfect!) and i also wish these wave sheets were made in a deep queen size. le sigh!

kate beaton has recently updated what is available in her store! ‘this is my jam’ tshirt is probably my favorite… i kinda say ‘this is my jam’ too much. i have, like, 20 jams, according to me. that’s cool though, right?

speaking of my jam, i have been love love loving the xx’s first album recently:

this is totally one of my jams. i know i’m kind of behind the times, as they actually just released their second album, but what can i say? it’s how i roll. i really love the intimate and intense feel of this entire album. check it out, y’all.

i’m pretty sure i don’t need to explain why i love this. right? right? unfortunately, i can’t figure out what the source is for this amazing little illustration. if you happen to know, please tell me, so i can give credit where credit is due?


haha, sneaking this in just under the wire!

beatka’s orange sweater (ravelry page, blog post)
how gorgeous is this sweater? i think i’ve mentioned it at least once before, as possible inspiration for what to do with the fabulous malabrigo jake gave me for christmas.

sakura snow recently finished another series of drawings, in the form of a sketchbook, and made an extra charming gif of them. i love-love-love her line work and her creatures, and i get excited everytime she offers a peak at her work!

the noisy plume is an etsy shop that sells some seriously dreamy rings… i don’t think i could wear this (too big), but that doesn’t stop it from being pretttttttty.

for me for you recently posted this fab nick waterhouse music video, and i really really like this song. hence the sharing!

jake just purchased firefly on blue-ray, and we’ve been making our way through it again, which is pure joy. it sent me on a recent internet spree looking up various things firefly related, and i found these:

i found these on pinterest, and i *think* this is the original source here, correct me if i’m wrong!

have a great weekend, y’all!

okay, so this is actually about runners in the kitchen. they don’t have to be kilim… that’s just the ideal. and alliterative. our kitchen is very light and bright, and i think a runner could definitely add some texture and color to the kitchen. i’ve been looking for runners every time i go thrifting/rummaging/etc. but good secondhand rugs are not easy to find. and i am picky about what i want, and won’t settle for just anything. so i’m going to wait it out.

i’ve been thinking on some knitting i’d like to do… i can’t yet, i have several projects i need to take care of. but! i will get to you soon, you cute utilitarian tote bag of my dreams! in the meantime, i thought i’d share the super cute bags i’ve been seeing around the internet that are informing my imagination about this bag i want to make.

super cute jute storage bag from brookfarm general store. love the wide stripes in natural toned colors.

love the leather straps, the proportions, and the dipped bottom (so practical!) of this bag from bookhou at home (it’s also possible i’ve posted it before… what can i say, i have a crush), which looks like a fabulously useful size without being large enough to way overfill.

bag by doug johnston via i’m revolting. this is appealingly substantial and sturdy looking.

jake and i are taking the weekend off. i’m not sure what the internet access will be. so i might see you tomorrow, but i might see you monday with several outfits to post about!

warning, friends: this post has an absolute deluge of pictures!

i’ve owed you this post for a bit now, my dear readers. i took these pictures in march, on a day that reached summer-like temperatures we have yet to see again.

i’ve been friends with ashley for several years, and in that time, she has lived in several different apartments, each one different from the last in layout and feel, and eventually moved in with mark, when their possessions merged. and to each apartment she has brought her tastes and possessions, acquired throughout her lifetime, from the many countries she’s lived in, and every time, i have loved the finished result. so i thought i would share with you their beautiful home, in the hopes that it inspires you as much as it inspires me!


ashley and mark on their wedding day with their rescued greyhound, grace.


ashley and mark live in andersonville, a neighborhood with very strong swedish influences in chicago.


the foyer- the base of the sewing table was a gift found by mark’s friend and mark found the top, an old printmakers tray, while helping his brother clean out his garage. they had glass cut to fit the top, and the sections are filled with many small trinkets. the mirror above was in the stairwell of a friends apartment building, and ashley pestered the owner until they sold it to her.

guest bedroom

the guest room, soon to be nursery- the photo next to the lamp is ashley as a baby & her mom. the typewriter was from a thrift store. the old old photo on the wall was left in her friend’s house and it reminded her of ashley, and so it was gifted.

ashley found the dresser in an alley in lincoln park and an old roommate repainted it to the current color. it’s actually about to get a fresh coat of paint so it can be used as little luca’s (yes, of wool leaves fame) dresser.

guest bedroom

the bed was a craigslist find, and her mother made the quilt. the rug was woven by a family that lives at the top of a mountain in oman called jebel shams. she met them and bought the rug off the patriarch who was this old guy who also proclaimed himself the “mayor” of the village (so who knows about the validity of that claim). the dragonfly print is from a large book of nature illustrations (you can spot it in the living room under the glass coffee table).

living room

the living room- the tv stand was from a scout sidewalk sale. the portrait of a lady in the gold frame is mark’s, and the more abstract portrait of a lady through squares is from ashley’s friend, erica keck.

living room

the side table is an old tea container that ashley found in the alley. they were shipped from india, with the shipping label is still on them. they must have been entirely filled with tea, they still had some tea in them and still do in the nooks and crannies inside. the couches were an old sectional that ashley made a new slipcovers for. the black kitty is clive.

living room

the tripod lamp was a recent acquisition from target.

living room vignette

the twig lamp was hand me down. The art deco iron table it’s on was a craigslist find.

living room

the nude portrait was bought in budapest, and apparently is by a semi-well known hungarian woman artist. ashley loved the colors and the odd cropping. the military portrait is mark’s. the side table is from india, but ashley bought it in oman, where she was living at the time. the rugs and kilim pillows are all from oman and dubai.

living room

mark’s dad brought back the cuckoo clock from the black forest region of germany when he was stationed there. the portrait of mark was painted by chicago artist mark jackson.

dining room

mark refinished the dining room table. the stack of suitcases were collected from various thrift stores and rummage sales, and hold a fair amount of ashley’s i’m smitten stock in an easily accessible and pretty manner.

the cactus is mark’s, given to him by an old boss (and friend) who he helped drive out and move to santa fe. she is a big gardener.

dining room vignette

the papier-mache masks were brought back from a trip to india by a friend of mark’s.

the leggy plant on the windowsill is a mother of thousands and was brought back from a trip to south carolina for a friend’s wedding. ashley stayed in a bed and breakfast, and the woman who ran the b&b gave it to her. the babies of that plant were given out as ashley & mark’s wedding favors.

dining room

the zebra mask above the small bookcase was purchased by ashley on a trip to kenya.

dining room

the largest tray of butterflies was ashley’s grandmother’s, the rest were donated to the biology department at her old school.

dining room

the armoire was bought unfinished by ashley’s parents and then painted to put in her nursery. the cool little globe next to the armoire was mark’s grandparents’. the skull was found by a friend in new mexico.

dining room

mark made the sculpture next to the skull and he stained the wood with kool-aide. the cameras were collected in art school at thrift stores in albuquerque.


the long mirror in the hallway used to hang in a stationery factory in pilsen that a friends father owned. when they sold the factory, ashley got the mirror.

tiny door (hallway)

bathroom vignette

bathroom vignette

the bag was a rice bag from oman, though ashley has spotted them in devon (a heavily southeast asian area of chicago).

bathroom vignette

the art is a lotta jansdotter print.

master bedroom

the master bedroom- the vignette of the artwork hung in the bedroom is all romantic art- a piece ashley gave to mark when they were dating (the foxes), a print of a squid attacking a boat that he made for her after their first date, but didn’t get to give to her until they began dating in earnest a year and a half later, and two pieces that were wedding presents. that’s why they are all grouped together.

master bedroom

the big baskets are from a village in oman called nizwa, and the locals use them to carry lots of green grassy stuff on their heads. (ashley thinks it’s goat food that they are carrying as nizwa is known for its goats and they have a huge goat auction that is pretty amazing.)

the bedframe is from colonial india.

master bedroom

mark’s dad brought the navajo blanket at the foot if the bed back from an army trip. the kitty is baiza, and she gives the most fabulous kitty hugs.

master bedroom

ashley’s bedside table is the mate of the tea shipping container that is a side table in the living room.

master bedroom

wall art by anders nilsen, a local artist and friend of ashley’s.

master bedroom

the mirror was found in an alley by ashley.


the old radio was mark’s grandpa’s and he had re-wired it to still work and play from their computer. the cart was purchased at a sidewalk sale from roost.


most of the teacups are from their wedding shower (they were party favors and they took home the leftovers). ashley got the tangine in oman, where she watched the guy paint it. it’s one of her prized possessions.


the arabic board was from a vegetable market in oman. the guy DID NOT want to sell it and it took several months of nagging him to get him to agree. ashley paid for him to have a new sign painted (which was still ridiculously cheap). the toys on top of the door frame are mark’s.


mark got the cute little red kettle as a housewarming gift when they moved into their new home. The picnic baskets on top of the cabinets are from the wedding (i have a photoset dedicated to that here, if you’re interested!).


this is a look i love, and i definitely want to do this in our apartment in the kitchen. but i haven’t gotten around to it yet. in the meantime, i just look at these for inspiration:

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

from burlap and lace

while i won’t do all white, it certainly is appealing. and i love the platter in there to break up the sizes.

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

from vintage farmhouse, but i think possibly originally from house beautiful?

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

from mmmcrafts.

these two are a bit more like it… organic shapes, playing with size, and color…

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

from not your average ordinary.

antique baking accessories as an awesome alternative. this is not a collection i have, but if i somehow manage to accumulate it…

fave friday! this week: eames lounger!

oh, eames lounger… someday when i live someplace larger and have more disposable income… maybe then we can be together. don’t hold your breath until then, dear.

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

as it says, from, more specifically from this post (how cool is that?!)

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

found from an inspiration post from the brick house. also, those cacti are AMAZING.

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

from this post from manhattan nest. and he got that beautiful white lounger from maya:

Source: via Eliza @ ifandany on Pinterest

who doesn’t have a blog, but occasionally other bloggers who know her will give a sneak peak of her place (this is from brick-house).

and while we’re on the subject of white leather eames loungers, this was the most recent sighting:

from designsponge’s sneak peak of grace hsiu’s husky ranch, which i loved all of (didn’t hurt that morgan of the brick house helped out the styling…).

anybody else have something extravagant that they dream of having someday? tell me more!

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