Around the House

It’s been a very busy last week and I feel like I’ve been totally out of the blogging world — a huge thank you to Amanda, Erika, and Rachel for filling in for me! Thanks also for all of your comments and emails — I’m looking forward to a new week and catching up with all of your blogs.

I thought it’d be fun to share a few detail snaps from around the house:

01. I finally found the perfect cane-back chair pair on Craigslist for a total steal! I tried staining them last week and the stain wouldn’t hold at all — it just ended up being this huge, sticky mess that I had to wipe and then sand off. The wood is so smooth and even if I try to sand it it’s not the kind of wood that holds stain — it just sits on top and won’t absorb or dry. Any tips? I’m thinking I just need to prime and paint them instead of try to stain them. Either way, I’m looking forward to transforming these little guys.
02. A bar cart detail shot — milk glass + a sweet book.
03. A favorite book that I’ve been loving lately — on top of our Docksta table.
04. Shelving arrangement in our kitchen.
05. A copper tea kettle + my favorite kitchen item.


There’s nothing like a colorful stack of books to cheer up a coffee table or shelf. Top with a little gold detail {love the idea of a dachshund, wishbone, or skull}  
and you have instant, chic decor.
My must-have books: 

Tom Ford | Hue | The Perfectly Imperfect HomeChanel and Her World
Black & White {and a bit in between} | I Married Adventure
Domino: The Book of Decorating | The Hermes Scarf: Mystery & Mystique
Coralie Bickford-Smith’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Hardback classics

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