To Fiddle Or Not To Fiddle

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My apartment is great, and I feel lucky to have the space we have, but there is one eyesore I can’t get past. We have a large AC unit on our TV wall and I don’t think I can stand looking at it anymore! I’ve never been an indoor plant person (with the exception of my beloved terrarium air plant) but fiddle leaf fig trees are so commonly used in interiors these days, I’m considering giving it a try. Who needs a puppy when you can have a fiddle who, research shows, can require just as much maintenance. These apartment photos are quick photoshop doodads, just to help me get an idea of the effect. Inspiration images below…

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Chair, Serena & Lily | Stools, Serena & Lily | Floating Shelves, West Elm & Container Store | TV Cabinet, Ikea

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DIY: Embroidered YUM

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I found this YUM sign at Target and it hung unadorned for quite some time until I felt it needed some capricious love.

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IMG_8191Yarn found at Michaels

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Making Chicago Home

IMG_7870Hatch Show Print picked up on a fun trip to Nashville

IMG_8005Randolph Street Market flea

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IMG_8043Re-post from The Zoe Report. An inspiring woman with an inspiring message.

I’ve been in Chicago for six weeks now and I just spent my first weekend in the city since moving here – with weddings, graduations and weekends away with friends, it was nice to finally wake up in my bed with nowhere to be. We spent the weekend making the apartment feel like home and filling it with memories, visiting the local flea, and seeing friends. I’ve started a “to eat” list and it grows daily. This city loves to eat, making me feel right at home.

The Makings Of…

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Happy Friday! A few of my favorite pieces. A great way to break up wall-to-wall carpet common in rentals is to lay a cow hide over the carpet to accent the area around the sofa.

Mirror | Bed | Nightstand | Stools | Cabinet | Sofa | Coffee Table| Leather Poof | Sisal Rug | Hide Rug

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Enjoy these wallet-friendly pieces and check back later to see what I’ve found for some of my other favorite styles!

west elm sofa | ikea mirrorikea sideboardwest elm table lampall modern coffee tabledash & albert area rug | “x” book caserove concepts dining table | ikea dining chair | ikea bed |  west elm nightstand | ikea sheep skin (only available in stores)

The Word Around Town

IMG_5187Rings at the Brooklyn Flea (similar here)

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IMG_5393Living Room coming together at my parents (see brainstorming here)

IMG_5030Tufting at RH Gallery (more of my tufting obsession here)

IMG_5350One of the most beautiful weddings at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

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Low Risk. High Reward.

TOO by Blu Dot

I’ve been a fan of Blu Dot for a while, especially these chairs, which my friend introduced me to. While Blu Dot is already well priced for the unique quality and artful form of its pieces, Target has a line, TOO by Blu Dot (find it here) that is even more affordable, so that good design can truly be possessed by all. This is something I am always in support of and love finding affordable options like these. So take a look around and maybe you’ll welcome a modern moment into your home!