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window shopping | IKEA adventures

Good morning, Monday! I hope you all had a fun weekend. I know I certainly did. Every few months or so my lovely blog friend Savannah and I like to troll IKEA. You know, just to look at the pretty things, and maybe… just maybe make a purchase or two. So, I thought it’d be fun for you to have a glimpse into our IKEA adventures with some window shopping!

We got there early, before the showroom was even open. They had it roped off like we were at some VIP event. The guy guarding the entrance looked totally indifferent, like this is the worst part of his day, having to stand between crazy IKEA fanatics and their mother land. I tried to get a rousing round of applause going for him as the rope came down, but no one was really having it. 2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-3First on the agenda, documentation that a blogger date was in progress. IE: photos in a mirror.2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-1Both Savannah and I are in the “apartment limbo” where the things we covet won’t really fit into our spaces. Like this amazing rug (LAPPLJUNG RUTA) which is huge but only 99 clams. One day, I’ll have it. Maybe. It looks crazy graphic and punchy, but with furniture and accessories layered over it, it would be the perfect accent in a living room.

window shopping | IKEA adventures

I snagged a yard of this gorgeous, water color-esque fabric (STOCKHOLM) for a project I’m sharing later this week. The best way to test a fabric’s quality? Posing with it. This is just science, people.2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-2

I was also really digging this lamp. The black on black is sleek, right? Plus, the sparse wire base really appeals to my current raging minimalist side. I wasn’t able to find this one on the IKEA site, but I do love it so. Plus, it is only $25.00. Shade included.

2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-4One more instagram-worthy shot to wrap up the trip. According to Savannah, if it’s not online somewhere, it never even happened at all!

I did get a few things while there, which I’ll be sharing soon. I’ve got to give Savannah major props for walking out with only a set of salt and pepper shakers. I’m pretty sure that’s unheard of. We also have a blast hanging out and I always feel so lucky to have a blogging friend close by. We ended up meeting through such weird circumstances, that it totally feels like our friendship was fate! Cheesy-outro.

What did you do this weekend? Any fun shopping or DIY-ing? Share below!

YHL day + west elm window shopping!

This past Saturday was awesome! I have been such a giggly admirer of Young House Love for years and this weekend, I met John and Sherry! They were at the Dallas West Elm promoting their new book (which I ordered weeks ago) and I am just pleased as punch to have finally met them in person. Seriously, it’s like I’ve been getting ready for a huge date all week. I had lists and wardrobe choices planned, scheduling and directions pre-printed and entered into my phone. I was on a mission.

And you know what? They are actually nicer (and more awesome) in person than on their blog, which I didn’t even know was possible.

(Yes, I took not one, but several, stalker-y, from a distance photos like these and I’m not afraid to admit it.)

We arrived at West Elm around 10:20, enjoyed the cocoa and cookies, and reached the front of the line just after 1:00pm. But the wait was really worth it.

After hours of meeting an endless line of people, John and Sherry were genuinely excited to see us and I was just trying cover the crazy and act normal. They signed my book, I gave them some holiday trail mix and cute, colorful magnets for Clara (which I’ll be sharing on the blog soon!), and we squeezed in for a picture.

It has fantastic and, although the wait was long, I would definitely do it again!

After that, Josh and I took some time to peruse the West Elm (since we hadn’t actually been to one yet) and I thought I’d share some fun window shopping pictures of things that I loved!!

First up, these gilded, honeycomb wine and champagne glasses. How glamorous would these be at a holiday party? Especially New Years Eve!

I also really loved this paper flower wreath. Perfect for a neutral holiday scheme. The West Elm version is a tad on the pricey side, but I found a tutorial for a similar one here!

These colorful presents caught my eye right away. I’m a huge fan of pretty packaging and these are super simple but still so festive! Just grab some solid wrapping paper and coordinating satin ribbon. You could easily mix it up to fit your favorite holiday colors. I, for one, am really digging the brighter, more un-traditional colors that seem to be super trendy this year. Who says you have to stick to red and green? Get creative!

And lastly, this gorgeous dining table called my name. We’ve been contemplating springing for a new table and finally retiring the super tiny, folding card table we’ve used ever since we first moved in together. This one is fantastic because it’s super solid and simple with just a hint of interesting design at the legs. We decided to pass for now, in favor of saving money and going on a trip next spring, but this table still looms in my mind. Maybe one day it will be mine.

It was such a fun Saturday and I feel so lucky to have met two heroes of mine who are wonderful and so deserving of the amazing things happening for them. We also got to explore a store that sells a great mix of things that fit both Josh’s and my style, which can be a tricky middle ground to find. So, all in all, I’d put November 17, 2012 down in the books as a pretty rad day!

window shopping: anthropologie

I’ll admit it; before yesterday, I had never stepped foot in Anthropologie. Not because I don’t admire their style and aesthetic, but because I’ve never lived in a city that had one and they are ungodly expensive. But yesterday, I decided to venture out of the house before cabin-fever-craziness set in and explore Dallas a little. I first stopped at World Market with my b-day coupon in hand to scour the summer sales and came home with some adorable and bright patio seating! (More on that soon).

After that, I just headed down the same road to see the sights. I didn’t even know I was in route to pass Anthro until I saw it and immediately turned into the shopping center. Turns out, I just drove into the seriously high-end area of Dallas. Stores like Chanel, Dianne von Furstenberg, and Christian Louboutin caught me eye and made me realize I’d only ever seen these stores in the movies!

Of course, on a casual outing, I didn’t really feel properly attired to visit those stores, but I did step in Anthropologie to see what all the fuss was about. Here’s what I loved:

My first Instagram pic! Am I horribly lame for just now getting into this? Probably.

These colorful bowls would be perfect for dips and desserts. I imagine the gorgeous patterns would make even vanilla ice cream look stylish!

These beautiful decorating books caught my eye. They have definitely been added to my ‘books to buy’ list, but I’ll probably be picking them up from Amazon.

I thought this instillation was really neat and could easily be replicated in your own home! Hanging from the strings are simply paint stirrers! They were painted and then hung to match the pattern above it. You would easily grab a piece of wood, paint a simple striped or geometric pattern on it, maybe add a glossy top coat, drill equally spaced holes, and hang the coordinating paint stirrers (maybe with twine or even yarn to match the colors). I bet if you used paint you had leftover from other home projects, you could complete this project for a steal!

Do you shop often at Anthropologie or just go to gaze lovingly? And, where are you on the Instagram train? I’d love to hear from you!