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!


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.