Look for Less: Make it or Fake it #9

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I posted here about some beautiful glass and acacia wood storage jars that I've been salivating over, and stumbled upon the look for less while exploring this weekend.
Make it with this Terrain Teakwood Boaster Jar for $28.  Terrain also has a larger size for $32.
or fake it with these Container Store Artisan Glass Canisters $12.99-$15.99
Be sure to check out other make it or fake it posts here for more affordable home decor options.

Kitchen Cravings

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Here are some things I'd love to add to my kitchen.  In gathering images for this post, I've realized that I absolutely love kitchenware that is made of wood or enamel.  As always, click the image for the source.

Wood/gold accented garlic press:
 Enamel spoon rest with graphic typography:
 Glass/wood container - a beautiful way to store pantry items:
 Crazy looking wood/silicone whisk
 Genius design: pasta pot with built in strainer and locking lid mechanism.
 Whut?  I'm a New Yorkuh.
 Enamel AND wood?  Fuhgettaboutit.
Swanky carafe with a bamboo lid:

 Graphic mugs with a wood top to keep your drinks warm:
What are some of your favorite kitchen things?

House Plants

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Let's talk shop for a minute.  And when I say shop, I mean house plants and apartment updates.  Check out my new amazing indoor tree:
Just kidding.  You know that's not my apartment, although that tree, high ceilings, and lighting I could possibly kill for.  How much of a crazy impact does that Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree make??  Plus, Home Depot describes them as being "among the trendiest indoor plants", so you really can't go wrong there.  While that particular image is decidedly NOT my tree, this one is:
It's a baby one.  But baby trees are cheap.  And you get the satisfaction of nurturing your baby plant into adulthood where it will one day be featured in Elle Decor.  Check back with me in a few years - it'll get there.  Just in case it doesn't though I do have a 1 year guarantee policy courtesy of my local hardware store in the event that my black thumbs get too close to it.  This is prior to replanting, so it will look a little taller once I get a chance to repot.  The planter is from Home Goods - $20.  I also scooped up a cute little fern:
I decided to put it on my nightstand to incorporate some nature into my sleeping quarters.  The planter is from Anthropologie and in my opinion is a steal at $16.  Here's a close up:
I chose this particular fern because it has black stems which I thought interesting and unusual.  Potted plants and flowers are a really important aspect of any room.  They're elements of design that come after you're settled in and really bring life into a space.  I find that when I have plants and fresh cut flowers in my home I'm always a little bit happier in my space.  Currently in my living room I have two vases of flowers:
Blue hydrangeas are some of my favorites (along with peonies), and the mixed bouquet in the back were a gift from a friend who recently house sat for me.  I also switched up my pillows recently, which is a really quick way to make an impact.  The beige one on the right was a sale item from West Elm for $4 - it has a reindeer on the front which I kept for the holidays, but flipped over to the button side after Christmas.  The middle pillow on the left is mongolian lambswool, also from West Elm which has a furry texture to it.  I like to stroke it sometimes in the absence of having a puppy.  If you don't look and ignore the absence of warmth and cuteness it will at times suffice.
Kitchen shot.  I have a potted basil plant that seems to be surviving our harsh LA winter, and a new braided money tree on the left which I haven't found a planter for yet.

Do you have plants at home?  If so what have you got growin'?

The Bar

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It's been a minute.  I've been so wrapped up in the day to day that I haven't realized how much time has passed without me doing a lot of the things I love to do, like blogging.  I've been working hard getting my apartment in tip top shape - trying to take care of all those little things like the last box, and also major de-cluttering.  One of the new additions to my apartment is the bar:
I bought a vintage bar cart a WHILE back, and wound up using it in the kitchen next to the stove.  This tray and stand was way on sale at West Elm so I went for it.  The tray had a couple of very small marks on it, so when I spoke to someone they wound up giving it to me for more than half off.  Tip - it never hurts to ask, and sometimes really pays off!  So, while it doesn't have shelving for extra storage, it's really a great piece for a small space because you can take it apart and put it away.  I have ample storage in my kitchen so I didn't feel that I was sacrificing anything.  It also doesn't take up a lot of visual space - the stand is airy which allows your eye to pass through it, feeling less cumbersome.  
I styled it up with some booze, obviously, and some cute glasses, a bowl for citrus, glasses, tools, fun straws, and a couple of shakers.  The rocks and shot glasses are Sisters of Los Angeles, coasters were a gift from a friend, paper straws you can find here, and the rest is stuff I picked up here and there.  As far as the technical components go, my essentials are vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, triple sec, seltzer, tonic, ginger beer, and bitters - I have orange, angostura, and peychaud's.  All the fixin's to make lots of tasty cocktails.  In the ice department, I have giant sphere ice molds.  I bought them in store at West Elm for less but can't find them online.  They get your drink nice and cold and don't melt as fast.  

SO.  What's missing...highball glasses...I think my favorites are the green stripe and gold rim (click for source):
An ice bucket:

A little light reading:
And maybe some fun art:
Do you have bars at home?  More to come!
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