Uncommon Goods: A Source for Unique Gifts and Home Decor

Happy almost Friday everyone!  I am so looking forward to a long 3-day weekend.  I have about a dozen DIY projects I am hoping to tackle.  I may need to reset my expectations!!  But today I wanted to share with you an amazing source for unique gifts and home decor.

I am always on the look out for unique gift ideas.  I, like many of you, have people on my list who are very difficult to buy for.  I am sure you can relate.  That is why I am so excited about the selections from Uncommon Goods.  They offer unique gifts for men, women, children and the home.  If you have never heard of them, Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999 and features items, many of which are hand-made from artists and designers.  You can even read details about the artist behind each gift!  Most of their products are created right here in the USA and about 1/3 of their collection incorporates recycled or upcycled materials.  How cool is that?

Here are a few of my picks from the Uncommon Goods website for gifts and home decor:

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The Lidded Hamper Basket is so cheery and bold that I truly think I wouldn’t mind doing laundry if I used this.   Well, at least it would make it more fun.  This eclectic basket is hand-woven out of cattails!

You might be noticing a trend with my choices!  I love geodes and natural stones, such as agate. This has been  a trend for a while now, and these Agate Coasters are feeding my obsession. Check out all the home and decor items here.

This bold black and white pillow actually contains Hindi Script, hence the name of the pillow.  Black and white is such a classic combination that allows you to layer colors and textures and this pillow is no exception.

This Rose Quartz Platter almost takes my breath away.  The natural beauty of the rose quartz with the luxe glimmer of the glittering silver makes quite a combo.  You will have a conversation-starter no matter what you serve at your next fete!  My birthday is coming up and this is definitely on my wish list.  Since my husband reads the blog, he sometimes takes a hint!  See more gift ideas for women here to help make the woman in your life feel truly special!

Decanters!  When I got married I got a few of these and they still adorn our bar.  This personalized “Yours, Mine, and Ours” Decanter Set melts my heart.  It would make such a lovely, custom wedding gift that a couple would use for a lifetime.  It would also make a very special anniversary gift.  See more gifts here to help make your anniversary extra special!

Finally, this Amethyst Serving Platter just oozes modern sophistication.  I am such a fan of the purple and lavender hues.  I have a few small pieces of it in my home and it definitely adds a hint of glamour to my space.  Sure to be a showpiece at your next social gathering.

And those are just the home decor items!!  If you are looking for something whimsical for the kids (or the child in you), they also had these fun treat pillows.

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I also love this “keeping up with the Joneses” door mat.  Pretty on point, right?  Their selection of fun and whimsical gifts is unending.

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I hope you have enjoyed my favorites from Uncommon Goods.  I am really loving this company and their products. They range from unique and eclectic to traditional and elegant.  The best part is that they are a socially responsible company who does business responsibility to impact the world in a positive way.  It is a dream for designer and consumers alike!  If you have a difficult person to buy for on your list, head on over to Uncommon Goods to see their totally unique home decor offerings.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Uncommon Goods.  I truly love each product and these opinions are 100% my own.

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend everyone!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Home Decor from Minted

Hi friends!  I have long been a fan of the online retailer Minted for their paper products, invitations and art work.  I recently discovered that they are now selling one-of-a-kind home decor items, such as pillows, curtains and lampshades.  The designs are created by independent artists so you are sure to find something you won’t find anything else.  The other nice feature is that each design comes in each type of decor so you can match your curtains to your pillows if you want no fail decorating or want to be super matchy-matchy.  On top of it all, the pieces are affordable!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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I love the idea of creating a custom look!  Kind of like finding a prom dress that not everyone else will have, right?

Later in the week, I hope to show you a fun paint project I did on some thrifted mirrors.  The best news is I hired a handyman to hang them, so they did not sit propped up against the wall like so many mirrors before them 🙂

Hope you are having a great week.

xoxo,

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DIY Lucite Towel Bar and a Giveaway Winner!!!

Hi all!  Just popping in to show you a quick DIY project I did over the weekend and announce the winner of the Delta In2ition showerhead.

First things first.  Stephanie Grant who followed Decorating Delirium on Pinterest is our lucky winner. Stephanie, I have sent you an e-mail with details.  My 3 year blogging anniversary is in September, so mark your calendars for another exciting giveaway!

So, if you are a long time reader, you may recall that I made DIY Lucite Curtain Rod last year. The lovely company,  Nationwide Plastics, who custom-made the curtain rods, shipped the excess lucite that had to be cut off.  What was left was the perfect amount for a towel bar.  When we remodeled our master bath, I knew that eventually I would use the leftover lucite to make a towel bar.  6 months later, I finally got around to doing it.

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The process could not have been easier.  I simply used a saw (yes, a saw) to cut the lucite to appropriate length and then used an electric sander to buff out the rough edges.  I used the same hardware to mount the rod as I did for my curtains.

I am loving the modern edge it is giving our bathroom and it cost me basically nothing! Gotta love an almost free DIY.  I have a little bit more left over, so you may be seeing lucite door pulls in the works.

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The Versatile Saarinen Tulip Table

Hi lovelies!  Over the weekend, I was asked for some design advice about a solution for a dining table for a breakfast nook.  I couldn’t get the idea of a tulip table out of my head.  I love their clean lines and they work perfect in a small space such as a breakfast nook.  Standing alone, they are not 100% my style, but when paired with more traditional chairs or elements, the tulip table definitely works for me.

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I think my favorite combination is when the table is used in a banquette as in the photo above. Perfection!  Can you believe how many different types of chairs this table can be paired with?

You can find knockoffs at all different price  points.  You can even find them in different colors and with marble tops.

This one from Ikea is only $179!

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What do you think?  Too versatile or too modern?

Also, if you haven’t already done so, you can enter to win a Delta Intuition showerhead here.  Perfect time to upgrade your bathroom!

Until next time . . .

xoxo,

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Summer Home Tour 2016

Hi everyone!  It must be summer, because it is summer home tour time.  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our summer homes.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.

If you are coming over from Our Fifth House- Welcome!  If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

Welcome to our home.  Come on in!

There have been many transformations in our home over the last few months, but one of my favorites has been using wallpaper in our breakfast room.  It is the perfect small space to experiment with a fun pattern.

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I love my collection of blue and white jars, they are so versatile.  You can use them so many ways in so many spaces.  Some are vintage and some are Ross and Homegoods finds!

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I found these prints at an antique fair intending to use them just for the frames, but when I put them against this wallpaper, I fell in love.

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We also recently renovated our master bathroom.  I went with black, white and brass fixtures and love the simplicity.  We added some interest with pattern in the subway tiles and dark grout for a graphic punch.

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Why must we have light switches, or cords for that matter???  The design nerd in me cringes at the switches in this photo.

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My cousin, who is an artist, painted the swan print.  My first piece of commissioned art- I feel so grown up!

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We FINALLY got new sofas for our living room.  Our old sofas were my husbands before we got married, so about 14 years old!!  We ended up going with two Kendall sofas from World Market in Midnight Blue. They were super affordable and the style I wanted.  Since they were not a splurge, I will not bite my 6 and 4 year olds’ heads off if they spill something on them.  In a few years, I will splurge on higher-end sofas.  For now they work!

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I love the combination of blue and orange, and when I found fun napkins embroidered in orange, I had the colors for my summer table.

We recently painted our dining room a deep shade of purple, almost and eggplant color. It was a bold move, but I love it.

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I found the napkins at Marshall’s, the flatware is from Target and the tumblers are vintage.

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Finally, I recently made over my daughter’s room for Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge.  You can see the entire transformation here.

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For summer, I wanted to add these fun flamingos I found at an antique fair.  I thought they went well with her new pale pink curtains!

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I hope you enjoyed my tour.  If you would like to follow along with the progress of the rest of our home, consider subscribing to email updates which you can do here.  Or you can find me on Instagram or Pinterest!

Up next on the tour is Kris from Driven By Decor, who will not disappoint.  Her classic, elegant style is a winner every time and her master bedroom reveal in the past One Room Challenge was one of my favorites!!

Here is the full weeks’ line-up, so stop by and see all of the summer decorating inspiration.

Monday – June 6th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life on Virginia Street

Remodelando La Casa

Thrifty and Chic

Rain On A Tin Roof

Duke Manor Farms

Tuesday – June 7th

Life Love Larson

Haneens Haven

Claire Brody Designs

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The House of Silver Lining

Hymns & Verses

Wednesday – June 8th

Dimples & Tangles

Our Southern Home

Simple Details

Decor To Adore

A Thoughtful Place

 21 Rosemary Lane

Thursday, June 9th

Our Fifth House

Decorating Delirium

Driven By Decor

Making Home Base

Simple Stylings

Cuckoo4Design

Friday- June 10th

Refresh Restyle

Splendor Styling

Monica Wants It

Life and Home @ 2102

 It All Started With Paint

Far Above Rubies

 

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Favorites from the One Room Challenge

Hi friends!  Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t believe it is already Wednesday.  Finally, I have my top 5 picks of the designers featured in the One Room Challenge.  I think the reason this post took me forever to do is that I would go onto these designer’s blogs and get sucked in my all of the beautiful spaces on their sites. The creativity is endless.

First up, is Kristin at the Hunted Interior’s serene master bedroom.  The blue tones of the room are so soothing and there is enough pattern and texture to keep it sophisticated and interesting.  And don’t forget the chandelier!!

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Next up is a room that is the complete opposite by the Pink Clutch.  It is saturated with color and vintage accessories at every turn.  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I adore Chinoiserie and this room feeds my fix.

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Next, is a simple room, but it makes quite a statement with bold wallpaper.  I don’t know about you, but I could get lost (and actually, maybe enjoy) doing laundry in this space by The Zhush.

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I love the modern and feminine space created by Megan at Honey We’re Home.  The color palette is so fresh and soft.

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Last but not least, is this dream bathroom by the Simplified Bee.  The mosaic marble floors- swoon!

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So there you have it.  Head on over to Calling it Home to check out all the designer’s reveals.

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One Room Challenge Reveal!!

Hi everyone!!  The big day is finally here.  It is week six of Linda at Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge and that means it is the reveal time.  I have to admit that while I felt organized and up to the challenge, completing this space in 6 weeks was definitely a challenge.  However, I am very pleased with the results.  I ended up achieving my goal of creating a feminine and sophisticated space for my daughter.

This makeover was really very budget friendly and included tons of DIY’s including a DIY cornice, DIY mongolian fur stools, DIY framed wallpaper and much more.  I will have full tutorials up on the blog soon.  Until then, enjoy the photos.  Let’s start with the before:

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And at long last, here is the after:

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I hope you enjoyed following along with my progress.  I am so glad this project is completed and we can enjoy her new space.  If you enjoyed these posts, consider subscribing to my blog updates by subscribing here:

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One Room Challenge Week 5: Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Hi everyone!!  If you are joining me from Linda at Calling it Home welcome!  To get you up to speed, I am making over my daughter’s nursery into a big girl room.  My color scheme is grey and pale pink. I am going for a soft and feminine feel.

This is Week 5 and man is the pressure on.  My week can be summarized by the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears. I spent the whole weekend doing DIY projects for the room. I wallpapered the MDF wood panels in between soccer games and managed to cut my finger pretty bad on the board (this is the blood).  The good news is all I have left to do it cut, paint and attach the trim and these will be done.

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Next, I tackled my semi-DIY cornice board.  You may recall that I ordered the cornice board custom from a company called Ready to Cover.  I spent the weekend upholstering it.  Why do such projects always seem so simple?  Just use a staple gun and cover the board, right?  Not so much.  This project took hours and my husband helped me with most of it.  Yes, we are still married (this is the sweat and the tears part.)

First, we had to cover it with batting to give it a padded look and mask the wood.  Then we upholstered it with the fabric.  The problem was I did not calculate the yardage I needed correctly.  I had a bunch of extra fabric from making the drapes, but I would have needed to order 3 more yards to get it to cover the length of the board without a seam.   So, in order to save money and time we made do with the remnant fabric and just have a slight seam on each side.

Now all that needs to be done is hanging it.  But this thing is HEAVY and after having my husband help me upholster it, I don’t think I can bear asking him to hang it.  Cue in the handy man.  He came over today to measure and get the hardware required to hang it.  Whew!  Marital crisis averted.

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Here is what I have done from my initial list.

  1. Paint room
  2. Wire and install light fixture
  3. Sew drapery
  4. Upholster and hang cornice board
  5. DIY mongolian fur stools
  6. DIY framed wallpaper panels
  7. Cover Ikea dresser with O’verlays
  8. Move out all of the one-eyed dolls, naked Barbie dolls and princess castles
  9. Style and photograph the room (hope there is time for this)

Not bad considering it has only been 5 weeks.  Participating in this challenge has definitely lit a fire underneath me an kept me accountable.  Oh, the pressure of a deadline.

Head over to Calling it Home to follow along with the participants and linking participants.  And don’t forget to check back next week for the final reveal.  In the meantime, you will find me wandering aimlessly around the Home Depot looking dazed and hopped up on Starbucks looking for supplies to finish up this project!

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