There’s a new store in town called Found. Appropriately named, because the minute I walked into this store I thought to myself. “I found it!” I found the most inspiring home & decor store that I’ve stepped into in a long time. Found Design is like Pottery Barn meets Anthropologie. It’s rustic. It’s cool. It’s modern. Best of all, it’s filled with items that I want in my home. Just take a look!
Just look at this wallpaper! I want it so badly. It would be perfect for a home office or even a dining room. Am I right? I literally walked around this store and said, “I want that. I want that. I really want that. Ooooh, that would look so good in my house.” The store just opened in Chandler (Ray & Chandler Rd.) about 2 weeks ago so if you live in the area, you’ll have to check it out.
Now do you see what I mean? The store is beautiful. There is an area to the left, right when you walk in, that displays merchandise that’s a bit more modern. But as you can see from my lens, I was drawn to their rustic home decor. Kind of makes you want to host a dinner party, doesn’t it?
“A perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life.” Why, thank you little book for giving me the reassurance I need that my house (which looks more like a kids toy store these days) is indeed proof that we are having fun around here.
I hope you enjoyed this little photo tour. If you’re an interior designer, decorator, home entertainer or just someone who loves pretty things, I’m sure you can appreciate why I got so inspired today. Make sure you stop in and check out Found Design Co. If you can’t make it in, you can find them online (here). We’ve got to support our local shops.
I owe you more pictures. Better pictures. But I snapped this quick before & after from my iPhone – as we finally finished our kitchen renovation! Wait until you see the sink (my favorite part!) and the cool cabinet features that melt my heart (a cutting board drawer, Lazy Susan cabinet made custom for pots & pans) and double pull out trash can drawer.
The deep drawers, the lighting, everything fits us to perfectly. I promise to give you the full kitchen tour, but to appease my friends who have been asking me (rightfully so) ‘how does it look?’ – here is one angle for you that I did manage to take a photo of. Voilà!
- Bye-bye horrible drop lighting
- Hello, crown molding and higher cabinets
- Soft closing drawers
- Custom cabinets
- Granite countertop
- Stainless appliances
- New tile flooring
- Travertine backsplash
- Glass cabinet faces
- Blanco granite sink & new faucet
Who am I kidding … everything is new. We’re happy, exhausted and never doing this again.
Colton’s crib bumper from Pottery Barn Kids just got recalled. Doh! So, I had to buy an entirely new bumper which gave me a perfectly good excuse to revamp elements of his room.
Revamp – mostly because I didn’t spend too much time on it the first time around. I’m in the market for some new nursery art. I think I’ll go with this, from this Etsy shop. Thinking of hanging it right above his crib.
I have also had my eye on this large poster from Ikea. Perfectly hung in a white or silver frame would do the trick. It’s pretty big (27 ½ x 39 ¼”) but it’s one of those prints that I saw, walked away from, and am still thinking about. It’s meant to be then. And for $12? Why not.
For holiday teacher gifts this year, we are going to give personalized notes along with a sweet-scented gift. I am going to pick out something from Philosophy’s Holiday Gifts Under $25 list. I am leaning towards the Cinnamon Buns Ornament – it’s only $6 and this is truly one of their best scents for the holidays. Not to mention, the packaging is adorable.
A hand-written card is always a great way to go. Especially if you’re giving something a little “less formal” – like a gift card. For our team appreciation event at W Scottsdale (seen here), I purchased holiday cards from Target, slipped in a $15 Starbucks gift card and wrote each person a note from our heart.
If you’re looking for additional ways to save this season, or you’re like me – and love to give extra “little” things to the ones you love – below is a list I put together of gifts ideas under $25.
25 Gift Ideas Under $25
1. Personalized memory game by Pinholepress- $19
2. French Bulldog Coin Bank – $18
3. Candy Cane Salt Sugar Scrub by Philosophy – $25
4. Whiskey Stones for the particular drinker – $19.95
5. Pretty iPhone case from Anthropologie – $24
6. Super-chic Passport & Luggage set from Z Gallerie – $19
7. Table Topics, always a present-stealer at work gift exchanges – $20
8. Verve Champagne Flute by Crate & Barrel – $12.95
9. Chloé Eau de Parfum miniature duo – $18
10. Elf of a Shelf DVD at Target – $9.95
11. Neiman Marcus ’40 Lane Peanut Brittle’ – $25
12. Owl Kitchen Timers, very retro and cute! – $8
13. Face plates for the kids (we have this and love) – $10
14. Personalized holiday labels to put on your homemade gift – $12
15. Pins and Needles Pinwheel Gloves – $20
15. Suri’s burn book (for the girl with a sense of humor) – $12
16. Alphabet mugs at Pottery Barn – $10
17. Domino: The Book of Decorating – $20
18. Golf ball personalizer – $22
19. Watch me Melt Snowman (for the kids or kid in you) – $15
20. Cranberry Infinity Pashmina – $10
21. OPI Tinsel Town Set – $19.50
22. One Hope Bottle of Wine (50% goes to charity) – $19
23. Dylan’s Candy Bar Holiday Hot Cocoa Set – $20
24. Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof cookbook $20
25. William-Sonoma Soap & Hand Lotion Set – $29.99 (close enough)
One more … Cheryl’s cookies is a bit over the $25 range, but way too delicious to pass up- $44. My aunt just sent us some of these cookies and they are pretty amazing. And that is not just my 39 week pregnant self talking.
Don’t forget about Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012 List – it’s on Sunday, November 18th. You’ll get a lot of great holiday gift ideas, I’m sure of it.
I love the look of a mason jar. That’s not a joke. I really do. And to think, there are so many ways to repurpose these cute jars. Here’s a few ideas that I adore. You can click on the links to find the original image source and some more info.
Mason Jar Light Fixture
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Soap Dispenser
Mason Jar Picture Frame (filled with olive oil)
Mason Jar Organizer
Mason Jar Desserts
How-to-make Aqua Mason Jar Glass
Mason Jar Chandelier
Mason Jar Floating Centerpieces
Pottery Barn Mason Dispenser
Mason Jar Screen Prints
I told you. I love me some mason jars. Maybe it’s because my great-grandma had these all over her home at the farm as a way to can her green beans and vegetables from the garden. Or, as storage jars for cotton balls, pens, you name it. I remember being fascinated with these jars then. And, obviously, I still am.
Perseverance, patience and yes – a little perspiration – pays off. After ten days without cool air, we finally have our air conditioning fixed! My husband gets a gold star for spending his weekend cleaning coils in 110-degree heat. My dad, daughter and dog receive the award for the “best assistants” Ryan could ask for.
My husband and I just bought a new bed. The Aspen Home Centennial King Bed. It’s a beautiful, oak bed that I think we will have for a long time. Why am I telling you this? Because I’m excited. Why am I excited about furniture? Because I’m old. Buying new furniture excites me because it is physical proof that we put ourselves first. In this one instance. Here’s a photo of our bed.
In the words of Kelsey, “ta-da!”