Friday, August 28, 2009

Etsy Love

Etsy is one of my favorite things on the web. So many creative little touches for your home and for your wardrobe. Here are some of my current favs:




hmm I can't remember where I found this one...


What are your etsy favorites? And if you're never checked out etsy, you are missing out!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Desk Dreams

The husband and I have a guest room/office that is on the cusp of greatness. First came the throw pillows, then came the lamp, and soon, the paint (yes, I finally made a decision). Then, finally, it will be time for the desk.

We used to have 2 desks (1 in my apartment, 1 in his) but saw no reason for the 2nd one. Once we got married, we would have only one working desktop PC, a MacBook, and an old desktop PC that was on its way out. So, we got rid of my desk. We gave it to...actually, I don't remember what we did with my old desk. Good Will, maybe? The trash? Gosh I'm glad it's the weekend - my brain is fried! Anyway, with Grad School resuming this October, the husband and I decided it was time to create some space for me in the office.

I had been drooling over this Parsons Desk from West Elm for months and months...

Isn't it gorgeous? John & Sherry over at YoungHouseLove have the same one in glossy white:
Unfortunately, at $329, it was oceans away from our price range.

Then came the Mini Parsons Desk from West Elm...

just as chich but even more adorable!

Alas, our newlywed budget could never take the $250 beating.

Then, out of nowhere, I stumbled upon this little gem...Could it be? A nearly identical Parsons Desk from Walmart of all places for just forty-nine dollars?!

I immediately told the husband about the desk. His response? "It's very simple...but definitely nice and modern". I agree - it is perfect!

Sadly, they are out of stock in BOTH Walmarts in our area, as well as the Walmart near my mom's house in New York AND they are out of stock online. Ugh! What's a girl to do? I must have this desk!

So, my plan is to obsessive-compulsively check the website and call each Walmart in the surrounding area every single day until I find one in stock. And if I ever feel like giving up, I will look at this for inspiration to continue in my pursuit for the perfect (and affordable) desk...

So, what is your most recent "must-have" item?

Monday, August 10, 2009

I won!!

The freaking hilarious Katie Bower of BowerPower had a giveaway last week, and guess who won???

That's right: ME!!

This giveaway was for enough Olympic Paint to cover an ENTIRE room...soI get to paint a whole room for free! *insert happy dance*

Can you tell I'm excited?! :)

Now that I've won, I can't decide (surprise, surprise) whether to paint the guest bath (currently white) or the guest room/office (currently sky blue). The guest room/office has really improved since adding my collage (see a few posts back), new pillow from West Elm, and thrifted lamp (pics coming soon). But it would be nice to get all of that paint for free! Bathrooms are a pain in the bootie to paint, but I would LOVE to give it some color! Our current guest bathroom accessories are beige, yellow, and blue, but I really wouldn't mind foregoing these colors for something more contemporary/modern.

So, what will it be?

A bold color for the bland bathroom?
(not black, but something more interesting than boring white)

Or a contemporary shade for the Guest Room/Office?
(like a dark slate blue or charcoal gray?)

Please help me decide!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

For Now

I'm afraid I'm just too indecisive to settle on a web design. If I bought one, I'd probably end up wanting a change next week and would have wasted my money and the designer's time. So, for now, I'm settling for this one. It's a bit bold, but it works.

I can't decide what to do with our dining room. It has charcoal-colored walls, a white chair rail, a small white cabinet, and is decorated with silver pictures and mirrors. I love all of that, but the problem is that the table in the very center of the dining area is about 20 years old and was a hand-me-down from my you can imagine what it looks like! Faux oak wood, lots of detailing on the oddly shaped chairs, etc.

We're currently living in an apartment and have neither the space nor the funds to purchase a table set that we can "grow into". I started to paint the table last summer about a week before my wedding. Eight cans of spray-paint later, I realized that I should have primed the piece first because all of the wood was showing through.

So, the table is currently hidden by a white tablecloth and four gray place-mats. I'm thinking of buying a vintage/modern runner to dress it up a bit but I have no idea what to do about those hideous chairs! They really stand out like a sore thumb amidst our contemporary accessories.

Oh well. Until we can afford to make a more drastic change, I will have to settle for day-dreaming about these glorious dining rooms...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Time for a Face Lift...

...for lovelylittlenest, that is!

I have given up on trying to find a free template that is also chic, and have resigned myself to the fact that it's time to bite the bullet and go for a custom design.

So, what designer is so fabulous that he/she is going to be able to pry the cash out of my hot little hand?
I have no idea! There are so many great web designers out there that I don't even know where to begin. So, if you'd like to refer someone - or if you are a designer yourself - please send a name my way!

I'd like my blog to be gray, white, and aquamarine with maybe some pops of lime or coral. My style is modern but I am also drawn to some vintage and natural designs. I'd also like it to be set up with the list of labels on the left, posts in the middle, and other links and such on the right. Here are a few images I collected to give you a better sense of my style:

So, give me some names, people! :)
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