6.05.2014

HOME DESIGN WISHLIST | BUDGET STYLE

Designer Style on a Budget

In my line of business, I come across countless high end home decor items with a price tag to match. No doubt, the quality of materials and craftsmanship are evident, but far out of my late-twenty-something-just-getting-my-feet-off-the-ground reach.

Luckily, I have an affinity (or maybe just patience) for scouring the interwebs. Discovering pieces that are inexpensive without looking cheap simply takes time. Here are a few that I've had my eye on lately:

1. Five-piece gold flatware set | Target

Affordable flatware that feels good in your hand is tough to find, especially when it's trendy gold flatware. Threshold by Target offers a great set for only $19.99. Get in my forkin' bag!

2. Emerald "Manta Tray" | Z-Gallerie

The Z-Gallerie aesthitic is generally too over the top for my taste, but this faux shagreen texture in a deep emerald color is chic and sophisticated. I can easily picture beautiful bottles and decanters set on top, making a perfect mini bar in my mini apartment. I've seen similar designs upward of $200. At $49.95, this one's a steal.

3. Agate Bookends | West Elm

West Elm, I love you. How could I turn down a pair of green agate bookends for only $36?

4. This black and white rug recently disappeared from the amazing collection on World Market's website, whose price was surprisingly $60 less than the (also very affordable) one offered by Ikea.

I've seen this rug design ALL OVER Pinterest, and it seriously looks good in every setting.

5. Gold Iron Wire Accent Table | Target

Is it just me, or is EVERYTHING at Target amazing lately?

6. Bone  + Horn Storage Boxes | High Street Market

These belong in a home with a library and decanters filled with aged single malt scotch. For only $34, they could be my first step toward that goal.

7. "Martina" Aged Mirror Table Lamp | World Market

I love the element of Hollywood glamour that mirrored accents add to a home, but the aged affect pares it down just enough work with more relaxed styles, like mine.

8. Ektorp Footstool | Ikea

I adore the Ikea Ektorp series. Every coordinating piece has at least a dozen slipcovers to choose from, starting at only $50. I can affordably customize my living room set according to my mood. The footstool matches my sofa, and it's perfect for my small space because it's so multifunctional: it's a coffee table, footstool, extra seating and opens up for hidden storage!

5.31.2014

STUDIO STYLE | 600 SQ FT OF DESIGN IN PROGRESS

Studio Style

Here's my decorating philosophy: An item doesn't belong in a home unless it's functional or beautiful.

Seriously, if you don't use it regularly or admire it's beauty greatly, get it out of there. Minimize clutter, maximize space. I've recently downsized to a 600 sq. ft. studio apartment, where I've found myself living more beautifully and efficiently than ever.


2.21.2014

EXPLORING TULUM | A PARADISE AMONG THE RUINS

Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

My 7 day stay upon the Norwegian Epic included stops in Ochos Rios, Jamaica and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. 

Brandin and I chose to skip the often overpriced and potentially disappointing shore excursions, and opted for a day of adventure and spontaneity in both Ochos Rios and Costa Maya. 

2.20.2014

SEARCHING FOR SALBUTES IN COSTA MAYA

Salbutes in Costa Maya

You know how the old saying goes: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em". 

You're really setting yourself up for disappointment if you're expecting an authentic experience hopping off the boat in port of call. But, Brandin and I really couldn't ignore our craving for salbutes, a traditional Mayan dish that Brandin recalled from a college semester spent living in Merida.

2.19.2014

CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN ON THE NORWEGIAN EPIC

Port of Miami

Needless to say, our week long vacation was pretty epic.

2.09.2014

I'M HERE:

The Norwegian Epic in the Port of Miami | Courtesy of USA Today

We'll talk about it when I get back.

12.10.2013

OXFORD EXCHANGE

Vintage Globes at Oxford Exchange

A few years ago, construction had commenced where the century old brick walls that presently belong to Oxford Exchange concealed nothing more than a vacant and forgotten mass of concrete and dust.

Meanwhile, another nondescript ad regarding a new "unique retail space near the University of Tampa" appeared on Craigslist.

My immediate thought: "Great, another Ed Hardy-esque shop for the SoHo crowd is exactly what this town needs."