Hunting for a Headboard

I am in the market for a new headboard.  A fabric one.  After years of leaning against a hard wall or an even harder wooden headboard while trying to read in bed, I need something soft.  Pottery barn is always a good place to start for a little inspiration.

But the problem with Pottery Barn is the prices don’t seem too bad at first, but once you add in the processing fees, shipping charges, and sales taxes, all of a sudden a $600 headboard is over a thousand bucks.

Etsy is always a great place to find handmade or vintage items like this beautifully covered headboard from Rogersbrothers in Florence, South Carolina.

You can even provide your own fabric so you can get exactly the look you want.  Totally brill!

But I just can’t make a decision on any big purchase without checking Overstock, and wouldn’t you know I found this great neutral headboard with copper grommets for less than $300

With virtually no shipping fees, it’s a hard bargain to pass up.  Now I just need to get an address in San Francisco, so I have somewhere to send it!


Choosing a Kitchen Counter Surface

Choosing a new counter top in your kitchen is a big decision.  Take granite, for instance.  It’s durable, holds up to heat and is virtually maintenance free, but it’s expensive and becoming so mainstream it doesn’t always have that ‘wow’ factor.

In a kitchen like this one, it pops against the white cabinets.

And in a traditional space, it can add elegance and warmth.

But in a kitchen like this, the granite feels as dated as the cabinets and the deep burnt orange walls.

Engineered Stone comes in a variety of colors, including pure white or flat gray which are super sleek and modern.

 But despite being durable, a solid surface will show e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, so if you’re not fanatical about cleaning you might be better off with a textured look.

Wood counters can add depth and drama to a kitchen.

They are easy to clean and can be sanded and resealed over time, but they will scratch and show wear and tear if you don’t maintain them.  Often times they are used in combination with another surface, like marble. Ahhh…I adore this look – it’s heavenly.

There are lots of other counter top options from concrete to tile to stainless steel.  Experts say most renovations stay current for about seven years, so if you’re planning to be in your house long term, it doesn’t really matter what you choose, because you’ll probably have to change it before you move anyway!

A Porch Makeover in Less than a Day

As the days grow longer and the sun gets hotter, the lazy days of summer are almost upon us, which is why I’m so inspired by this front porch makeover by Country Living.

Before the humdrum space was better for collecting dust than sipping drinks.

But after the bright poppy colors and multiple seating options create the perfect place to chill out after a long day.

How did they do it? Just like this!

1-Curtains ($159 each;

2-Cushion ($79;

3-Pillows (Striped pillow, $29, and floral pillow, $32; Red pillow, $49.95;

4-Table ($199;

5-Lanterns Slatted lanterns, $250 for a set of three, and basket-weave lantern, $360 for a set o f two; for stores)

6-Chair($59; for stores)

7-Stools  (Similar abaca stool, $119;

8-Rug (Similar rug, $89, 8′ x 5′;

9-Floor pillow ($126;

 With nothing more than a Visa in hand and a few hours at the mall, you can have a brand new front porch, too.  Who says you have to spend as much as they did?  If I can wrangle the credit card from my hubby, I know what I’ll be doing this Saturday!

 To learn more, check out this great article: Porch Decorating – How to Decorate a Front Porch – Country Living

Decorating 1-2-3

Not everyone has the time, energy or (gasp) desire to spend time decorating.  If that sounds like you, then one of the easiest ways to decorate is using the ‘shop by scene’ feature on many websites and catalogs.  It’s the paint by numbers of interior design.  For example, if you like this living room, presto!, you can buy any or all of the pieces by simply ‘shopping the scene’ on Wisteria.

What about this lovely guest suite?  It can all be yours, from the headboards to the bedding right down to the rococo mirror with a few simple clicks.

A charming, rustic kitchen?

Or a quiet reading nook?

An elegant home office?

Or an informal dining room?

 If you want to redecorate but don’t have the budget for an interior designer or the vision to do it yourself, this is an easy way to achieve a look you want minus the time and effort.  And you can always head to the nearest hip furniture store to buy a room display straight off the showroom floor.  What could be easier than that?

Back in the Saddle

After an unanticipated leave from the blog, I’m back in the saddle and thought it would be fitting to write about one of my favorite trends in interior design – Horses!

A classic black and white, almost sepia toned print of a lone horse is simple and beautiful

A hand carved horse adds a kick to a masculine space

If I ever lived in Texas, I would snap up this funky carafe and wine glass set in a heartbeat

I decided to take a stab at the horse theme by painting one myself on a salvaged window

It’s a work in progress but not too bad for a first attempt

Giddy Up, Y’all!

Images Courtesy of Z Gallerie, Restoration Hardware and Etsy

Everything Etsy

Etsy is the place for everything you never knew you needed

A single letter is perfect as a rustic bookend, a colorful wall hanging, or a simple addition to an empty shelf

A whimsical felt rug adds a splash of color to any space.  My choice?  The laundry room floor for a soft place to stand while folding clothes – a truly thankless task!

An olive green drum lampshade would add instant drama above a round table

And this vintage style wall clock reminds me of a day when we looked at a clock for the time instead of a cell phone

Happy Hunting!



Deals and Steals of the Week(end)!

Hell yeah – it’s Friday!  And that means more deals and steals for the weekend!  At Z Gallerie you can get this awesome, slip-covered sofa on sale for $899.00 and this concentric end table for only $129.00 for a great new living room look!

Pair them with this gorgeous abstract painting for a beachy, laid back vibe.

Or with this lovely, fresh print for a more traditional look.

This map montage would be gorgeous above the linen sofa.

And they’re all available for 20% off from Ballard Designs through March 21!

Add some beautiful accessories on sale at Pier 1

And you’ll have a whole new living room look!

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