Geode Home Decor

Even though it has been around for a few seasons, I’m still a big fan of geode home decor. I think its a great way to add an unexpected splash of color and mix a little boho chic into what is otherwise a fairly modern palate in my home. And it’s not all coasters and bookends anymore. Geodes continue to show up in unexpected ways. Check out these beauties.

A Feteful Life: Geode Home Decor

1 / Top your bar cart bottles with these fabulous agate bottle stoppers (or DIY)

2 / These magnets would look awesome on my magnetic kitchen wall.

3 / Pretty and practical soap for your bathroom.

4 / I love the varied sizes and colors of these great lacquer boxes available at One Kings Lane.

5 / These geode knobs would be a nice balance on a modern dresser.

Summer Art Prints

I’ve been on a mission to change up our house a bit. We’ve lived here for about 7 years and haven’t changed much since we moved in (we did extensive decorating when we did, though). And pretty much all of a sudden, it started to annoy me. Between the kids and the dog, a lot of things have really been worked over (the most pricey things, of course). So I started in on changing little things — a new living room rug, coffee table, and an art print — none of it expensive, because with the kids still running roughshod around the house, I wasn’t making that mistake again. The art print is an IKEA one I’ve had my eye on for a while — a fun graphic motif of a girl swimming (see below) — which just totally reminds me of summer when I was young. And as I’ve started looking for more, I find myself drawn over and over to prints that remind me of my youthful summers in the midwest. Change + nostalgia works, I guess. I rounded up my other favorites below. What reminds you of your summers of youth?!

A Feteful Life: Summer Art Prints

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One Kings Lane “Reflect Your Style” Challenge

I’ve mentioned a few times in past posts how my daughter has really started to outgrow her current room (in restyled vintage dressers and sputnik chandeliers), but I’ve honestly had the hardest time deciding in which direction to go. To begin with, she’s really, really girly. But not little girl girly. She likes grown-up girly things. And while she still loves pink (the main color in her current room), she’s also holding strong to purple. So I was SUPER excited when One Kings Lane asked us to participate in their “Reflect Your Style” challenge by designing a vanity around one of their fabulous mirrors AND one of the mirrors they asked us to look at was this statement Baroque purple lacquer mirror — it’s so Cam. And it got me rethinking her room a bit. I really like the idea of picking some more grown-up pieces that she can use throughout the years and there are so many good things to pick from at One Kings Lane. Plus, we all know how much I love to virtual shop. Here’s what I came up with:

A Feteful Life: One Kings Lane Reflect Your Style

1. The Sardis Baroque Oversized Mirror is a great statement piece and I love that it’s purple, but grown-up purple. Almost an aubergine.

2. I’d continue the glam with the Jenni Mirrored Console Table, which could also really be used as a desk as Cam gets older. And I like that the mirrored finish would help make her room look a bit bigger as well.

3. I’m obviously a bigger fan of modern design than my daughter, so I like that the Vision Transparent Chair gives a nod to that with its sleek acrylic, but still fits well with the mirror and table. And even though it’s a decent size, because it is transparent, it will look like it takes up less room. Pretty sure I’d have to add a little pillow on there right now for her to sit, though.

4. This Burbank rug also adds a dose of modern (and really, really reminds me of Jonathan Adler).

 5. When Cam was basically just a baby, she swallowed a teensy, tiny purple pebble from a fair. Nobody else believed that she did, but they sure did a few days later when it came out. These purple geodes are a whole lot classier, but would remind us of her early love of the color.

6. Cameron already has this gold Threshold Jewelry Box from Target, which has a similar silhouette to the console table and is a necessity for holding her growing collection.

7. Much to her dismay, I won’t let Cam wear makeup (except the occasional glitter and lip gloss), but she is obsessed with Drybar’s Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-in Conditioner. I brush it into her hair after bath at night and it’s still glimmering in the morning.

8. When Missoni launched its limited edition line for Target three years ago, I hit it hard and bought in bulk several years worth of sizes for Cam. I also picked up several of these pink and purple frames and she now has family pictures in them. They have to stay!

Girly girl not your style? Check out all the other great mirrors One Kings Lane has to offer — there is really something for everybody!

Outdoor Rug Roundup

I’m determined to get our roof deck in shape for the summer and since resurfacing the whole thing is not going to make it into our plans, I’ve got my eyes on a new outdoor rug to help me out. I love bold graphics just as much as bright colors and I can’t decide! What do you think?

A Feteful Life: Outdoor Rug Roundup

1. black + white plank area rug / 2. The Land of Nod’s indoor/outdoor rug / 3. Urban Outfitters geo rug / 4. CB2 Bergama reversible outdoor rug / 5. Warrior Enzo indoor/outdoor rug / 6. One King’s Lane Cali rug / 7. Baja rug / 8. Fab Habitat’s Laguna rug / 9. One King’s Lane Inyo rug

Marble Kitchen Accessories

Suzanne has the most gorgeous Carrara marble kitchen countertops. Everything looks good on them! New counters are not in my kitchen’s future, but I’ve started collecting a few marble kitchen accessories here and there and now I’m kind of obsessed. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on in an attempt not to lose my, oh you know ….

A Feteful Life: Marble Kitchen Accessories

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Favorite DIY IKEA Hacks

I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I vacillate between nightmares of my early-20’s self putting an entire apartment worth of furniture together with 8,000 small wooden pegs and the dreaded IKEA allen wrench and the great leaps IKEA has made in design recently (I particularly love the new PS 2014 Collection, which should hit your IKEA this month, and the TRENDIG 2013 Collection, especially the geometric dishes). And just in case I ever get enough time, tools, and space to do so {or convince Suzanne’s super DIY savvy husband Jim to help me}, I’ve been running up a pretty serious tab of IKEA hacks to undertake. Here’s what’s currently topping my list:

A Feteful Life: Favorite IKEA Hacks

1. Dream Green DIY’s easy paint hack of LINNMON tables.

2. This hack of IKEA plywood drawers looks easy enough for me.

3. I’ve really been loving poufs lately and if I suddenly acquire mad sewing skills, maybe I can whip this hack of an IKEA ottoman up.

4. Sugar & Cloth’s hack of the MALM headboard using Stikwood looks super awesome.

5. Hither & Thither’s quick spraypaint hack of the PATRIK Swivel Chair (which I actually used to own).

6. It’s no secret how we feel about bar carts and I love this hack from Style Me Pretty.

7. Petite Apartment did a great mid-century mod hack on the IKEA BESTA cabinet.

8. Another great Style Me Pretty gold and gilded hack.

9. A mid-century modern hack of the prolific LACK coffee table.

Restyled Vintage Dressers

My daughter recently started to outgrow her “baby room” furniture. When we purchased the set, before my older son was born, I found our options for sturdy modern baby furniture to be limited. I loved the look of a lot of the high-end modern sets, but when we went to check it out in stores, it looked like it would break easily. After watching my kids jump on, wail on, and attempt to climb the sides of their furniture, I’m glad we didn’t get it. And the more mainstream stores hadn’t yet sleaked down their looks. In any event, what we ended up getting at the time now drives me crazy, but we’re stuck with it because I bought such sturdy stuff that has withstood two children and keeps on kicking. So when my sister, who is expecting her third boy (!) soon, asked whether I’d seen any good baby dressers recently, I knew exactly what to recommend: restyled vintage. Some of the pieces are actually vintage that have been lovingly updated and some are new furniture built with a nod to the mid-century. Either way, they are sturdy, stylish and can be easily transferred to a “big kid” room or anywhere else in your home.

Now if I can just get my kids to really go at their baby furniture, maybe I can get one, too.

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1. This fabulously updated mid-century modern dresser by DapperDresser was sold, BUT they promise to be able to make another in a similar style. I mean, gold herringbone. What else needs to be said? 2. departmentChicago’s bold orange dresser would be the perfect pop of color to a neutral room. 3. The Papaya Tree builds custom furniture, so while it’s not technically vintage, you get to pick your own color (and from a variety of modern styles, too). Loving the blue on this one. 4. Revitalized Artistry also builds custom pieces by hand and this one is inspired by the mid-century’s geometric designs. Maybe the easiest piece on my list to transfer elsewhere in the house, it’s just gorgeous. 5. If this doesn’t scream my daughter Cameron’s sense of style, I don’t know what does. This hot pink and gold Campaign chest by HouseofWillow is glossy, girly, and sturdy all at the same time. Just like Cam. I almost didn’t want to share it.