Cute Touches

Yesterday was an absolutely GORGEOUS day in Chicago. It was nearly the most beautiful day of the year, at least that I can remember. Hubby was stuck at work ALL day, so I decided to take a bike ride and do a little shopping along the way. 🙂

I stopped at some of my favorite stores along the way – World Market, which I wrote about yesterday in my Table Testing post. While I was poking around, I also ran across these:

For only $10, I picked up one in white to put on the hubby’s side of the bed for his phone since he doesn’t have a radio station like I do. It blends right in with the bed and fits perfectly in the bookshelf, so I’m hoping it will help keep him organized and also keep the cord from falling through the hole!

I also stopped at the new Pottery Barn and West Elm stores. At West Elm, I saw this capiz shell chandelier that was dark capiz shell (photo on the left),. I’ve been looking for something in this shape (long or wide, depending on how you look at it) for our dining room light fixture because I want it to light up over more of the table and echo the shape of the table and the room.

I found the chandelier on the right a few months ago in a lighting store, and I loved it, but it was quite a bit more expensive than I’d like, around $500! So I’m still looking. The capiz shell one for $269, is nice, and the darker version would go with the gray walls from the dining room (I’d looked at the lighter shell version before), but it doesn’t have the same modern feel to contrast with the traditional paint job and molding that we’ve done/plan to do in that room. But a fun piece, nonetheless!

I had hoped to find more of this fun fake coral at Pottery Barn, hopefully on sale since it’s out of season now, but they only had the larger pieces which were just a little too big and heavy for the bedroom and still quite a bit more expensive than I was hoping for. Guess I’ll keep searching for my fake coral and kicking myself for not buying a piece when I saw it in the store the first time!

My next stop was Restoration Hardware – which isn’t nearly as much fun to shop anymore, since they don’t have ANYTHING you can buy in the store (besides a few robes!) SO disappointing for shopping – there’s really no point in having the store any more unless you find something in the catalog you really just can’t decide on and need to see in the store. Otherwise, you can pretty much just shop online or in the catalog.

But as I was leaving Restoration Hardware, I noticed that the Z Gallerie store I didn’t think existed anymore was definitely still open – HOORAY! I made an immediate stop to check it out. Inside, I found these adorable lanterns on a HUGE clearance sale:

I picked up one yellow and one orange of the smaller ones, to put next to the similarly-shaped pieces I purchased from World market a few months ago (my photos on the right, ZGallerie photo on the left). My total spend? Less than $9!!!

While I was there, I also looked at their large gallery of artwork and found several pieces that were quite interesting, including this one (excuse the poor iPhone photo, I didn’t set it up properly):

They looked like they were real tiles that were mounted within the frame, or at least reproductions of the tiles. I think I could do something similar with coasters or fun one-of-a-kind tiles if I can find them. Definitely something to keep in the idea file!

After that, I rode my bike the rest of the way downtown, enjoyed more gorgeous weather, said hi to the husband at work and took the bus home! All-told, it was a fairly successful and fun trip!


Table Testing

I’m looking for a table to put on the back of the sofa between the two chairs (which still need to be recovered. I want the table to offer some storage, room for a lamp, and still go with the modern moroccan theme for the room. I found a few new options at World Market that I think might work well, but needed to bring home the photos and measurements to see what might really work.

The table on the left here is likely my favorite, though it’s a bit dark. It has a drawer for storage and it’s 29”w x 14.5”d x 29”h and is currently around $180. I do have a few coupons for World Market, because I just signed up for their mailing list, so I can get a little bit off.

The table on the left here has a bit more modern/craftsman type look. It’s 36”w x 11”d x 30”h, has a drawer and a lower shelf and is around $190. The one on the right has a rounded element that I like, no drawer, and just a shelf at the bottom. It’s 35”w x 12.5”d x 30”h and only $120.

The back of our sofa is 30” tall, so any of the tables would work as far as their height. And though I’d probably have room for a 35” or 36” wide table if I moved the chairs around, I think the narrower one will work better. Additionally, the dark color of the wood matches the wood elements of the chair a bit better.

So, the winner is….

…now I just have to convince the husband ;).

Beach Accessories

I promised my husband that the room would be beachy without putting shells and fish all over it. So, I’ve been on the hunt for touches of the beach that I can pull into our bedroom without getting too “cliche.” These are a few things I’ve spotted that I think could be cool, if done just right…

Photos (from top left) taken at HomeGoods, Michaels, Pottery Barn, and Michaels.
Title photo taken at HomeGoods.

You’re Our Inspiration

We’ve been doing a lot of searching, researching and brainstorming around what we’re going to do with the rest of our condo. We still have a LOT of work to do throughout the place, so it was great to find a blog called Young House Love (formerly This Young House), which gave us a great idea for adding storage to our bedroom.

As you may recall, when we bought the place, the former owner had placed a large armoire in the corner and placed the bed against the wall with the window, with a bright bedspread, a look that made the room look a lot smaller than it really was.

As you saw in our other “A Place to Sleep” entry, we had decided to put the bed on the other wall to try to add a bit more of a focal point to the room as you walk in, adding depth to the room. But it left little room for storage.

Enter “This Young House” (now “Young House Love”) pastedGraphic_1.pdfand their master bedroom – where they added Ikea storage units on either side of the bed to add additional closet space, with a header above and curtains on either side to make it look like it’s built in and the bed fits nicely in the nook between. (Photo to the right courtesy of Young House Love.)

So, today we went to Ikea and priced out the wardrobes that we want with all the little components that we wanted inside and… decided to see if we could investigate other options that might be more affordable. We scampered over to Lowe’s, remembering some closet/wardrobe options that might work. But no luck there – each cabinet was either too big or too narrow. So, we’ll probably end up going with the Ikea version and just making that investment in the storage that we really need in the bedroom, despite the fact that those inside pieces start to add up much more quickly than we’d like.

Next we need to find the actual bed for our room. We’re hoping to find a platform bed with drawers underneath, to add even more storage to the room, including storage for sheets, but we haven’t found one that we like as well as the one on the side here, at a price that we can afford.

Plus, we’re hoping to do a shelf at the head of our bed so that we have a place to keep our phones plugged in at night, as well as the book I’m reading. We’ll then do swing arm lights, like the ones pictured in the inspiration photo. And, since we don’t have a window on that wall to make the inside curtains make sense, we’re thinking of putting a mirror with white gridwork to make it look like a window, which will also make the space look larger.

Needless to say, we still have a lot of steps we’ll need to take before we see the complete bedroom in real life, rather than just in our imaginations.