Someone Like You: 5 fabulous finds

Aug 23, 2013



Sometimes when I’m shopping I find the most absolutely perfect, can’t-live-without-it, must-have piece, only to look at the price tag and feel myself deflate like a three day old birthday balloon.  Then I hear Adele singing in my head, “Don’t worry I’ll fiiiiiind, someone like yooooooooouuuu…..” and I know, with a little time and patience, I will find something similar and within my price range.  Today I’ve put together five fabulous look-alikes for less:



You could spend $1,444 on this Petrie Sofa from Crate and Barrel, by would you when you get this Karlstad sofa from IKEA for $399?


  • alt= $1,444 Crate and Barrel
  • $399 $399 IKEA








Can you tell the difference between these two sheepskin rugs?  They are both 2×3 but one is genuine sheepskin from Overland and costs $159 while the other is faux and is only $19 at HomeDecorators.


  • $159 $159 Overland
  • alt= $19 Home Decorators







How about these gorgeous mother of pearl lamps? Would you pay $450 for the Regina Andrew from Macy’s? Or would you be content with the Pier1 look-alike for only $150


  • $450 $450 Macy's
  • $150 $150 Pier 1







I am in love with this faux bois table from Global Views, but at $2,248, I would probably make do with this $219 version from ebay.

  • $2,248 $2,248 Global Views
  • $219 $219 ebay






If you have the money in your kitchen renovation budget, I say definitely go for the genuine carrara marble at $19.95 a square foot. But if you’re looking for a more cost effective option, or want something a bit more durable and maintenance free, check out this high definition laminate from Wilsonart at just $2.15 a square foot.


  • $19.95 / sq. ft. $19.95 / sq. ft. Carrara Marble
  • $2.15 / sq. ft. $2.15 / sq. ft. Wilsonart High Definition Laminate





Do you typically splurge on the high end item right when you find it, or do you like to comparison shop? If you enjoyed this post here are a few others you might like:






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Crazy for Indigo!

Aug 16, 2013



With indigo being a natural progression from the denim on denim trend in fashion, it’s no wonder that is has become a scene stealer in interior design. Indigo is so versatile, you can use it in virtually any room, with any style. You may choose to go traditional, like this beautiful living room:






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However you choose to style it, you can’t go wrong with indigo. Here are a few pieces I am dying to incorporate into my design:










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Everyone is talking about indigo. Here are a couple articles on indigo I found interesting:


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How will you use indigo in your home?





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Trend Alert: Tortoise Shell

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Here are some other beautiful pieces you can use in your home to embrace this trend:



How about this set of highball glasses


Love these placemats!


How about this salad bowl and tongs?



These utensils will class up any bar


Would you be daring enough to incorporate this sink?


This console table is to die for To. Die. For.

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Aug 05, 2013


August is here, taking us into the home stretch of summer. We’re going to savor every last minute of warm weather, backyard barbecues, pool parties, and days at the lake. It seems everywhere I turn lately nautical themed home decor has been popping up. There is something so classic and timeless about the blue and white color scheme.  It instantly transports you to summer, the sea and relaxation/vacation mode. Here are a few inspiring nautical themed rooms I’m drooling over right now:








Here is my take on the nautical theme:

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If you’re anything like me, you tire of your room decor every so often. Sometimes the thought of redecorating an entire room can be overwhelming, so it remains as is.  But giving your room a face lift doesn’t have to be a daunting task, in fact you can make a huge difference in just one day or even a few hours.  Here are a few tips and tricks I use to give my room a “refresh”:


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2. Change out your throw pillows.

Such a small thing, but pillows can change the whole look and feel of your room. Throw pillows are one of my favorite ways of accessorizing, there are so many colors, textures, shapes and sizes to choose from and they are fairly inexpensive as well.


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4. Paint your furniture.

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When you take everything out of the room you can see more clearly what you have to work with and where you want things to go. It also helps to pare down and simplify, then you can add back accessories in a way that is more pleasing to your eye.  When creating a vignette, I like to start with a large base peice like a tray or lantern. Stack a few books in the tray or next to the lantern and top the books with a fun or unexpected item. Add a vase of flowers and maybe a candle (or three, haha) and you’re done. You don’t want it to be too crowded. Here are a few examples of vignettes:

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 6. Take a picture.

How many times have you thought you had something perfect, only to see a picture later and realize it didn’t look quite like you thought it did. Once you feel your room refresh is complete, take a picture room and then analyze it to see if it is working for you.  If not, ask yourself what you don’t like about it and what you can change to make it better. Make those changes then take another picture. Repeat the process until you are happy with the results.


Here are a couple examples I put together of a quick room refresh. The first is a more neutral palette, the second is a “pop of color” palette.

I started with these throw pillows I found and fell in love with. I decided to tailor my room refresh around these pillows.

throw pillows

Have you heard of “Chip It!” by Sherwin Williams? It lets you upload any picture, takes several coordinating colors from your photo, then matches them to Sherwin Williams paint colors. I love this tool! I used the “Chip It!” feature with my pillows to find some awesome color options for an accent wall.



My personal favorite is “Porpoise” but if you wanted to go a little lighter my next choice would be “Bungalow Beige”.


From there I created this neutral mood board with just a couple pops of color:


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And this more colorful mood board:

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One Response to “Refresh Your Room in a Day”

  1. Name says:

    Love your post on how to refresh your room in a day! I have been feeling like my house is “tired’ and will definitely use these approaches!

Get the Look for Less

Jun 27, 2013


I have been drooling over this Restoration Hardware dining table for over a year now. It is absolutely gorgeous!







It comes in three color options and loads of size choices. It extends, or you can choose a concrete top. Beautiful! But at a price of $2,395 it is out of my budget. WAY out. Especially since I don’t even NEED a dining table right now.

Enter: World Market. Imagine my delighted surprise when I came across THIS while browsing at World Market!







Pretty close, right? The World Market table comes in one size and one color but it extends and is only $699.99!  A third the cost of the Restoration Hardware table.

The moral of the story is: if you find something you love but it’s out of your price range, don’t give up! Many times you can find the same look for less!

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