Suffering From Some Serious Pouf Envy

When it comes to redecorating your home, or even one room in your home, I’ve realized it’s like a design domino effect:

We need a new sofa for our living room. But when the new sofa comes, we will need to move the old sofa downstairs to the basement. But we haven’t finished the basement yet, so we will need to finish the basement in order to have a proper place to put the old sofa — in the new basement playroom (which will also be where we stow our kids until they turn 18). But we can’t start moving things into the basement until we move out the old stuff. And we can’t clear out the basement until we clear out the attic. This all has me hyperventilating like my first visit to IKEA. I went in with my shiny, sparkling bravado ready to take on the world one Swedish step-by-step instruction at a time, and came out on Xanax, clutching a toilet brush to my chest (my only purchase) mumbling to myself that it just cost a dollar. So poufs.

Poufs are an easy, non-threatening place to start. I can begin to refresh our living room without toppling over all of the other interior design dominoes. I am pouf-obsessed, and not just because the word is so much fun to say. The floor is highly underrated. Just ask the Japanese or Bedouins. I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune in a few years when I’m well into my forties and my joints start to ache and I grown every time I stand up, but for now, I’m all about poufing out on the floor. (Not to be confused with boofing. Get your mind out of the gutter.)

Here are 10 poufs I’m totally pining for:

1.Ira – Handmade Wool Braided Square Pouf , Death By Modernism2290100_Square_Pouf-Yellow2_544x576

Usually, I’d be nervous about a knit pouf with spills, but the mix of natural hues with just a stripe of color speaks to me. It screams to me, really. But in an exciting Oprah kind of way, not in a scary Billy Mays way (RIP, Billy).

2.Lyle Leather Ottoman, Joybird.com Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 1.44.04 PM

I’ve been coveting this buttery leather delight for a long time. Although I think my family would constantly fight over who gets to use it for the coffee table, ottoman, to sit on, to do a flying burrito on, etc.

3. Mina Stool, Rove Concepts

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Technically a stool, but the fur makes it pouf-y. We already have a blue rug, so instead of another pop of color, a change in texture can be a fun way to mix things up.

4. Mini Faux Leather Pouf, Crate & Kids

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Don’t dismiss the kids’ websites for grown-up rooms… they have some great stuff that’s very affordable. We have one of these in teal in my daughter’s room, but it floats around the house. It’s impressively durable, and for the price, I can get two! I just need to choose between white and gold.

5. Bumper Small Leather Ottoman, Blu Dot

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So versatile, this one can go with really any design style should I change our look down the line. And I just heart Blue Dot so much.

6. Sumo Pouf, Design Public

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I love the details on this one, like the stitching and the button, but really, the name was the clincher.

7. Stockholm Ottoman, IKEA

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I haven’t seen this one from IKEA in person, but it looks just like some way pricier Scandinavian ones I’ve seen online. And obviously more budget-friendly (if I could get through an IKEA trip without a panic attack).

8. Birdie Ottoman, Grandin Road

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Again, not technically a pouf but serves the same purpose. I like the playful yet modern bohemian feel to these.

9. Spotted Hide Pouf, cb2

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We used to have a cowhide rug that I miss dearly. This would bring back that feel only in fun-size. If you’re thinking about trying the hide trend, this is a great baby step! It’s surprising easy to to spot-treat. Just like if you spilled coffee on your dog… so I’ve heard from a friend.

10. Dainty Pouf, Warm Nordic

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Dainty Pouf, I think I love you most of all. So sleek and sophisticated, yet accessible. A perfect chance to add a pop of color to a room without going too crazy. And this is just the tip of the Warm Nordic iceberg. Their website is like the Lay’s potato chip bag of Nordic design — you can’t click just once.

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I Wanna New Rug

I love home design. But I know that my expensive taste doesn’t match my current life. So until my children are older (possibly moved out of the house) and I stop feeling the need to add new, poorly trained animals to our brood, I have to set limits and get my design fix through blogs like Design Milk and my new favorite Instagram account, @hunkerhome. If money were no object, my floors would be smattered with statement rugs from Thomas Paul. It’s just hard to rationalize investing in furniture or decor that will get peed, pooped and puked on. This is not a mere possibility, it’s an inevitability.

I have a rug rule: If it’s 5×7 or smaller, it has to be under $200. And all rugs must be under $300. We just said goodbye to our cowhide rug, which was layered over a natural jute rug. You would be surprised how well cowhide handles stains, but in the end it had more bald spots than an Olive Garden at 4pm. And the jute rug had seen its share of set-in stains, like the one from last summer when Dave decided to see what would happen if he squeezed a fully engorged tick he pulled from one of the dogs. He couldn’t have stepped three feet to the left and done this over the very wipeable hardwood floors (no furniture rearrangement could hide that one).

It didn’t take me long to pick out this Trent Austin rug from AllModern:

We already had a blue/brown thing going in our living room, and certainly didn’t need any more brown added to the mix. I love how the pattern almost welcomes messes, as it kind of looks like a loosely orchestrated Rorschachian spill itself. Dave and I have a bet on how long it will take for Thatcher to “christen” the rug. He only gave it a day, and I bet three. We are on day four with no accidents, so everybody loses and yet… winning!

In other home design news: Did you know that Canadians refer to all sofas as Chesterfields and not just these? Totally rethinking the Barenaked Ladies lyrics now. Mind. Blown.

The Nursery Is Ready. Baby, Almost Ready!

I’m at the point in my pregnancy where I will bring life into the world before my milk in the fridge expires. It’s really any day now. And while I don’t feel as psycho ready as I did the first time, at least I have the nursery all finished!

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My aunt makes these amazing quilts and has created one for our little girl, which will be en route to Asheville with my parents when they come for The Event. I plan to hang it over the crib. She also made a cushion for the rocking chair to match!

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I also want one of those giant letter A’s to go over the day bed. Other than that, it’s pretty much done!

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I could probably do a better job of storing the wipes and dipes, but I know if it’s the slightest bit of an extra step, it won’t last long anyhow.

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As Jed says, all we need now is the baby:)

 

 

Fun Fruit Bowl Alternative

Fun Fruit Bowl Alternative

Green apples in a wooden or white bowl. It’s been done. (I’ve done it.) Why not mix it up? Tangerines really pop in this blue bowl.

Lindsey Loving: thomaspaul

After admiring his accessories and home decor for years, I finally took the plunge and bought a thomaspaul pillow!

Thanks to an opened box, I got it at 40% off from the outlet of one of my favorite home decor sites, designpublic.com.

If you aren’t familiar with his work, Thomas Paul started his own company over 10 years ago with pillows, but has expanded his brand to a whole world of whimsical accessories including bedding, rugs and (next on my thomaspaul wishlist) scarves!

 

Throw pillows are indeed a relatively cheap way to change the look of a room. I mean, yes, it’s less than buying a new sofa or chair, but they still cost a pretty penny. It took me a long time to make this pillow purchase, but I hope it to be a first of many. I love my fish, but he’s very lonely. Perhaps he needs a friend?

Put a bird on it!

OR….

I love the reverse action on the balloon pillow!

 

Start ‘Em Young

Want to be that annoying friend who refuses to give a baby gift that’s on the registry? You should check out the thomaspaul baby line. SO stinkin’ cute with bunny pillows and blankets:

 

Modern and Nostalgic

While not technically part of the baby line, there’s a collection of thomaspaul pillows inspired by antique toys and dolls that are perfect for any child’s room. In a world with no budget, Jed would be holding court with the whole gang on our playroom sofa:

 

I could have spent a little less and bought a throw pillow that I was less than enthused about. But I’d rather take my time and invest in pieces that really make me happy. And I can’t look at a thomaspaul print and not smile.

What home decor are you saving up for?

Put a Bird In It: Super Fly Birdhouses

I hate birds. Okay, that’s not true. But they don’t like me and hence, I have a respectful fear of them.

It all dates back to a family trip to the San Diego Zoo. I was 14 years old and we were walking through the aviary when I was attacked by a flock of lorikeets. They say it’s good luck when a bird poops on you. I got a lot of good luck that day. I ran out of the exhibit screaming and crying. So did my sister… I had borrowed her favorite shirt.

The weird thing is, they didn’t bother anyone else, just me. I’m not making this up. My parents are as rational and reasonable as they come (politics and Kentucky basketball excluded) and they will attest to this aviary anomaly.

To this day, I still cross the street at the site of a pigeon on the sidewalk. And Alfred Hitchcock and his Birds did not  do me or my hyper paranoia any favors.

That all being said, I have an odd fascination and fondness for things with birds on them (“Put a bird on it!”) and have recently coveted a number of bird abodes. Yesterday, I was at a friend’s house admiring the Airstream bird feeder on her front porch:

It was so cool, I’m seriously considering getting one myself. I even found a similar one on Etsy, along with a few other options. Perhaps if I place it far enough from my house, say, across the road, I can enjoy the beauty of the birdhouse and maybe even the birds without fear of retribution.

Put A Bird In It

Vintage Finds From ScreenDoor in Asheville

There’s a store in Asheville that’s been on my “must” list to check out for some time now called ScreenDoor. With more than 25,000 square-feet of furnishings, decor, hardware, clothing and accessories for you, your home and garden, it’s not the most kid-friendly shopping locale. So I waited until my parents were visiting and Jed was in school. That way I had someone along with me to elbow and scream, “Oh my God! Look at this!” but not someone at which to yell, “Don’t touch that!”

I’m definitely putting it on my list of places to take friends and visitors. Even if you’re not in the market to buy something, the store is full of decorating ideas for repurposing, reusing and upcycling. And you never know what you might leave with. I didn’t walk in there looking for a metal roller skate to go on a shelf in our upstairs alcove, and yet…

I also got this jacket for $18! I just LOVE the color and the stitching.

No, Dad, it’s not real leather. (He asked. Thrice.) It’s vinyl and it’s from KMart with a circa 1970s “Satisfaction Always” on the tag. Upon seeing and touching it, Dave remarked he always wanted to know what it was like to hug the seat of a Gran Torino. I say he’s lucky to have a wife who gets stoked by a new-to-her plastic coat!

I wish I’d taken a picture of my most favorite thing I saw. Right when we walked in, there was a pair of ambulance stretchers repurposed as chaise lounges with a matching stretcher repurposed as a coffee table. (For the table, they had used the base of the stretcher and topped it with glass… SO clever). They were all sold and the price tags were torn off so I have no idea what they went for, but not only were they great conversation pieces, they actually looked chic!

I also found some wooden textile spools that I’m going to go back and buy this weekend. I plan on turning them into a coat rack. If it goes well, I might start making them and selling them as a side business! I came up with the idea myself, but upon Googling, it turns out I’m not original. However, I do have the resources and know-how to do it well and for less than I’ve seen them on other websites. So when I do it and if you like what you see, let me know! I will happily take your order:)

 

 

Pinteresting Picture Wall

If it weren’t for Pinterest, I’d never remember the wonderful ideas I find all over the Internet — like this dynamic yet simple hanging how-to I found from MarthaStewart.com:

Measuring accurately to keep that inch and a half of negative space between the top and bottom row of pictures drove me to the brink of insanity… and turned my wall into baby Swiss. Much like a new nurse with her first patient trying to find that pesky vein. Lots of trial and error (despite my measuring tape and level). Lots of holes.

I finally gave up and eyeballed the last three frames. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out:

I still have plenty of room to build out on top and underneath, but the difficult part is done — I’ve established the line. My next wall project awaits me in my Pinterest account, also via MarthaStewart.com:

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I never thought of myself as a Martha girl before. Is Martha changing or am I?

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Grass feather.

I love looking at the world through the eyes of a toddler. While I fear the day he starts saying things like “I hate you!” and cringe at every “No!”, most of what he says amuses and amazes me.

When we registered for our wedding, we were fresh off a stay at a W Hotel and envious of their clean, modern-meets-natural decor. It showed in our registry choices as our bed and bath felt like a hotel room for the longest time (minus the Heavenly Bed, boo). We’ve evolved past a lot of that look, but have held on to some of our favorite decor, like this faux grass piece from Pottery Barn:

There were a few loose blades and Jed pulled them out. He held them up to me and said, “Grass feather!”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Filling an empty vase.

For the past two years, our surfaces have been stark and void of anything breakable, bendable, rippable or stabbable. I like to think of it as the minimalist approach. We’re finally at the point with our son (I think) where we can start putting things out on surfaces again: magazines, picture frames, candles. Having previously worked for Pottery Barn in their decorative accessories department (and unable to resist the employee discount) I’ve accrued a lot of stuff.

Case in point, my bowl vase. It has housed potpourri, faux fruit, floating candles, river stones and wine corks. All great decor choices, but I’m looking for something more creative and (pardon the overused expression) out of the box. I saw someone once fill a bowl with old-fashioned keys. It was a neat idea, but I don’t know where I’d find that many keys save a happenstance via Craigslist or an estate sale. Plus, I think that would look better in a smaller vessel. The table this bowl sits on is in the hallway outside our guest room. I’d really like to fill it with something bizarre like Barbie doll heads. Make my guests uncomfortable and see if they say anything or if they’re too weirded out to ask about it…My own little side table psychological experiment. But that’s just my twisted sense of humor.

I’m looking for ideas! How would you fill a bowl vase?