The Look for Less: Brushstroke Lamp

Hi friends!  I wrote the other day here about my new found love of “Open Box” deals.  While perusing Wayfair on a whim, I came across this brushstroke lamp while looking at Open Box deals that looks very similar to a high end designer lamp.

The Pecora Table lamp is only $119 Open Box.

 

This designer lamp by designer Bunny Williams will run you $950!

Now, I call that a stylish steal.

Have you found any steals and deals lately?  If so, please share in the comments!

xo,

My New Online Shopping Strategy

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday.  I have to share with you a new way to find home decor for a steal.  I am obsessed.  Have you ever heard of “open box sales?”  It is where a customer orders something, decides it is not to their liking and returns it.  The returns department then inspects it to make sure it is in perfect condition and then they turn it around and resell it for a highly reduced price.  So, essentially it is a new, unused item that has just been unboxed.

Open box items are most common with electronics retailers, but many home decor and lighting retailers also have open box items.  Wayfair, Bellacor, and Lumens have open box sales.

Keep in mind this type of bargain hunting is not for the weak of heart.  It is similar to going into a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and taking the time to slowly go thru the racks looking for the diamond in the rough.  When I looked at Bellacor, for instance, they had 86 pages of open box items.  However, if you love the thrill of getting a deep discount, the rush is worth it.  Here are a few of my favorite finds from Bellacor.  I actually ended up purchasing the rug and chair.  They have arrived and they are in perfect condition and are lovely.

First up is this faux bamboo chair.  I bought this to use as my desk chair.  Regular price: $359.  Open Box price: $153.97.

This rug by Loloi is regularly $179.00.  Open Box price: $75.00.
These vases are modern luxe at its best.  The large one is normally $170.  Open Box price: $64.97

 

 

This beautiful vanity light is $186 regular price.  Open Box price: $85.97.

This adorable outdoor light fixture is only $37.87.

What do you think?  Definite steals, right?  Only thing I have found is that the open box price may vary from day-to-day.  So, shop early and shop often.

Do you have any stores where you have found good open box sales?  If so, please let us know your secrets in the comments.

Have a great rest of the day.

Until next time  . . .

Copy Cat Circa Lighting Sconce

Hi everyone!  I just had to pop in today to share a major deal I found.  I mentioned earlier this week here here that I was searching for new sconces for the girls’ bathroom to better fit our new mirror.  I have always swooned over these polished and sophisticated sconces from Circa Lighting.

They are the Camille sconce designed by Suzanne Kasler.  But for $398 each, that was hardly in my budget for this quick bathroom refresh.  And then I stumbled upon these equally stunning sconces from the Home Depot.

They are from Filament Designs and are only $138 each.  In fact, if you wanted them in satin nickel rather than polished, they are only $78.

Pretty similar, right?  I think I prefer the lamp shade on the Circa lighting sconce a bit more, but that is always something that can be swapped out.  I also noticed that many of the designs from Filament Designs tend to be very similar to high end Circa Lighting or Visual Comfort lighting.  So if you are looking for the look for less, I would definitely check the brand out.  Keep in mind, I have yet to receive these and see the quality in person.  I will keep you posted!

xoxo

Hearth and Hand at Target

Hi everyone!  Have you seen the new exclusive collection at Target called Hearth and Hand by Chip and Joanna Gaines?  If not, you might be living under a rock.  It definitely has that modern farmhouse vibe that they are famous for.  They even have some holiday exclusive.  Here are my favorite picks.

PlacematMirrorCandle HolderDoor Mat / Wood Bowl / Napkins

Do you have a favorite in the collection?  If so, do tell in the comments.  I would love to know.

xo.

Local Craiglist Finds and How to Use Them

Hi all.  I have been perusing Craiglist lately looking for nightstands for our master bedroom.  That’s the thing about Craigslist; you can find the most amazing finds, but sometimes it can take FOREVER to find the right piece.  So, while looking at my local Craigslist, I found a few steals that would sooo make the perfect look for less.  I also included inspiration pictures to help you visualize these treasures in the making.

First up is this this amazing burl wood table.  Doesn’t look like much in the photo, but take one look at the inspiration photo and your heart will skip a beat.

If anyone local buys the table, let me tell you, I am officially jealous.

Up next is this this vintage secretary.  Since we are doing master bedroom makeover, I have been looking for ways to minimize the clutter caused by my home office (which currently resides in my bedroom!!).  I have been eyeing secretaries as there is a desk, but also ample storage.

Here is the inspiration photo.  I love how Kristin at the Hunted Interior and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum who collaborated on this space, used such a traditional piece around bold color and modern touches.

A search on Craigslist wouldn’t be complete without a search for faux bamboo goodies.This nightstand would be fun kept red or painted.

 

 

 

Last but not least, is this campaign dresser that to be honest, looks pretty blah!  You have to envision it with polished brass hardware and a shiny coat of paint like in the photo below.

 

Have you found anything good on Craigslist lately?  The key is to look every day and have saved searches that automatically email you when it finds a match.  Hopefully, my nightstands will turn up soon 🙂

xoxo,

 

Favorites from Ikea’s 2017 Catalog

Hi all!  The  new Ikea catalog hit my front step a few weeks ago and there are a few new noteworthy items.  You can definitely find design gems at Ikea, you just have to know what to look for.  My mother is the type who goes in to a place like Ikea and gets so overwhelmed she wanders aimlessly and then leaves. I get it!  Let me be your guide.  Here are my top 8 affordable picks!

OB-Ikea 2017 Chaise / Pendant /  Bamboo Pendant / Basket / Chair / Side Table / Cloche /  Rocking Chair

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Swedish retailer?  A ton of their stuff is too modern for my taste, but every once in a while they surprise me!

I have been busy with back to school shenanigans, sick kids, and decorating for my fall home tour, which will be on the blog soon.  Stay tuned!

xoxo,

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The 5 Best Places to Shop for Antiques

Hi friends!  I have been lucky to decorate my home with a lot of vintage finds that I found various places. The key to having a collected home is to mix the old with the new.  As tempting as it is to order an entire room from Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn, such rooms look off and lack character and charm. Adding a few vintage elements to a space help to tell your story and give the space a collected feel. Here are my top 5 sources for finding those unique finds.

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Craigslist:  If you are willing to wait, search hard for what you want, and even travel, Craigslist is a great source for decor and antiques for a steal.  First, ensure you are using the proper search terms to find what you are looking for.  Also, if it is a very general category, such as a rug, you may want to specify a color or country of origin, or use the term “vintage” to help you narrow the search results.  Second, always use the “gallery” mode when viewing your search results. Craigslist gives you the option of a list, thumb or gallery in the top left hand corner of your results. The gallery mode lets you see the pictures before you click on the item, so you can easily scroll and eliminate items that you are not interested. Third, in the top right hand corner you can “save search.”  If you select this, Craigslist will email you every time a new item that meets your search criteria is posted. It is important that your search is as specific as possible because if you just search for “rug” you are going to get 100 emails from Craigslist every day.  Finally, be willing to travel.  I create my Craigslist searches so that it also searches areas nearby my city.  One of my favorite finds to date is this vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror that I traveled to San Francisco to pick up.

Gold Faux Bamboo Mirror Ebay:  Ebay is a wonderful source for vintage items and antiques.  The selection is unparalleled. I found a brass planter at an antique faire a few months ago.  I decided I would love a matching set to plant some snake plants in.  Ebay to the rescue.  I searched for “round brass planter” and found a match.  You can save searches and favorite sellers.  For most items you can bid auction style or “buy it now.”  Ebay is especially great if you are shopping for a collection.  For instance, if you want to start a collection of Majolica ceramics, Ebay would be a great source, due to the sheer volume and selection on the site.

Alameda Flea Market Finds

Chairish:  Chairish is like Ebay for the design lover.  Since larger furniture items can be very expensive to ship, I like to narrow my search results by city so that I can opt for local pickup which costs you nada! You can search by category or design style, so there is something for everyone. I also follow a couple of local dealers and I am sent email updates when they have new items.  I was recently able to score a set of mongolian fur pillows that were in like-new condition for about half the price.

Estate Sales:  In my local neighborhood, estate sales can be a gold mine.  One of my main tips is to get on the email list for the various estate sale companies in your neighborhood.  Most send out e-mails about dates, times, locations, and photos of the items.  Seeing the items in advance can help you decide if it is worth your while and if you want to show up super early to snag a certain item.  Next, be prepared to wait in line.  At some of the sales in my neighborhood, a line starts to form hours before the sale starts.  I am starting to find that many of the local thrift and vintage boutiques shop these sales and arrive the night before to ensure they get the items on their list.  Also, get a babysitter and leave the kids behind. Many sales do not allow children and even if they do, you want to take your time going through the items.  You don’t want to feel rushed or distracted.  You can also try local garage sales, but to be honest, I have rarely found anything good at these sales.

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Antique Faires:  These can be such a wonderful source for treasured antiques.  They also make the perfect Sunday date or girls day.  I am fortunate that here in Sacramento, we have a large Antique faire the second Sunday of every month.  I usually go every month, except if it is really cold!  The key to going to these, similar to estate sales, is to not have anything specific in mind. Also, while some vendors accept credit cards, it is best to have cash.  Finally, prepare to negotiate. Most vendors will accept fair offers, so bust out those negotiation skills.

I am always trying to add new sources for antiques to my source book.  I recently stumbled upon a site called Invaluable.  They are an online auction platform that connects people anywhere in the world to auctions occurring in real-time.  Apparently, they do this by partnering with thousands of auction houses globally.  So, if you don’t have a large selection for antiques locally, Invaluable might be a great resource. They have a blog where they just posed about the best U.S towns for summer antiquing, so head on over to see if your town is on the list.

Right now, I am looking for a vintage crystal chandelier like this one.

Vintage Chandelier

They are so beautiful and make such an impact.  It is the perfect piece to try and mix in with more modern elements or to top off a traditional room.  The key to shopping for antiques and vintage items is to be patient.  Always have the items in the back your mind and if you are patient and keep searching, your treasure will eventually turn up.  That is part of the fun, right?

Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques and vintage items?  Please share your sources in the comments!!

xoxo,

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