Today is the one-year anniversary of The Spendicate! It's hard to believe that I've been sharing my shopping obsession with you good folks for a year now. It feels like just yesterday that I was scribbling around on my laptop when my doppleganger appeared from the ether. So to celebrate, let's look back at my five favorite Spendicate posts, in no particular order:
Thanks for reading -- let's keep spending!
On our way back from our Holiday Roadtrip, John and I decided to stop at IKEA to ogle the kitchens and Swedish wares. Obviously the prompted the debate: is it better to save money on particle board with great design or buy fewer, higher quality pieces that cost an arm and a leg. John believed in the former, while I took the latter. My argument is mostly based on a $2000 couch from Crate & Barrel that holds a special place in my heart.
But while John's belief sounds more practical, my position is also based on another theory. If I decide to save money, and go nuts in IKEA, everyone will recognize everything in my home and nothing will feel like my own. (Because what 20-something doesn't spend their Saturdays eating $3.99 meatballs?) I want my home to be unique. Quirky. Twee. Starting with the items below. Especially this wallpaper by Graham and Brown.
The other day, my friend Liz used my bedroom to change clothes. Upon emerging, she told me, "You have an impressive amount of owl things." This is true. I have an excessive amount of owl memorabilia, clothing, and jewelry. There are owls on my bed, owls on my walls, and owls in my kitchen. Sorry I'm not sorry. But truthfully, it's not the owls. I love all bird things, but owls, for one reason or another, are the easiest to find. So I've decided. In my future home life, I will not be a crazy cat lady -- I'll be the crazy bird lady. Not unlike the pigeon lady in Home Alone 2. Only, I won't be homeless. My home will actually be adorable, and my owl cookie jars will watch you from my kitchen shelves.
In other news, my thoughts are with my New York-based friends at Safavieh. Their bird rug inspired this post, and as always, you can get 10% off any order from them with the promo code: "spendicate." So support fine furnishings, while they continue to get back on their feet post-Sandy.
Back in 2008, I somehow wrote a poem about a mountain that won me a trip to Winter Park, CO -- all paid for by Burton and Foam Magazine. There, in the most ideal setting ever, I learned how to snowboard. I also fell in love with Colorado, powdery snow, and the cottage-y feeling of a ski lodge. I didn't even care that the altitude took away my appetite, made it nearly impossible to sleep, and pretty difficult to breathe. But that's besides the point. My point is that when I discovered these home wares by New Rustics, based in -- where else? -- Colorado, my love for Winter Park was rekindled, and I hope someday soon I'll get to go back and relive my Shaun White-wannabe dreams. In the meantime, why not have a rustic, vintage ski lodge-inspired room?
As soon as I saw that Gilt.com was having a "Hipster Home" sale, I knew I had to snag some of their items for the blog -- especially a Future Friday post. Not that I plan on having such a hipster home (maybe just a few things), and trust me, a portrait of Bill Murray will not be hanging on my walls; however I am obsessed with this bookshelf. An attached ladder so I can pretend to be Belle in the opening of Beauty & the Beast? Yes, please. A multi-colored rattan swing from which I can relax while I learn how to garden in my apartment? Of course. A fake deer for my wall that is very obviously fake? Duh. I know you all think I'm kidding, but I'm not. You want your house to feel like a hipster wonderland, too -- don't lie. You have to admit that wall fireplace would be quite a conversation piece.
I found Deny Designs through Fab.com and I fell in love with not only the imagery they use, but the idea of a home reflecting all the places you've been and want to go. Well, in the United States. Because I haven't seen any of their stuff featuring international locations. But never mind that. I want a bed and bath that make you feel like you're on a cross-country road trip all the time. I would probably end up reminiscing and daydreaming constantly, though, taking a severe toll on my productivity.
I hate to be that girl, but I can't deny that I love all things "shabby chic." What is "shabby chic," you say? Well, aside from the Target line by Rachel Ashwell, it's anything pink, ruffled, vintage-looking, and adorable. Anything that looks like it would go in a doll's cottage is shabby chic. Anything with a dust ruffle, fleur-de-lis, and tiny flowers is shabby chic. Add ivory embroidery, and you've hit the jackpot. Now please excuse me while I stare at Rachel Ashwell's books and wonder when my life will ever be so quaint.
While researching home things and such for this week's Future Friday post, I kept finding chairs that I want. There is no situation I can imagine where I would actually own all of these pieces of furniture at once, but fortunately, I don't have to deal with picking one over the other. So I decided to share them all because:
I LIKE ALL THE CHAIRS
This lust-worthy blog, Cabin Porn, had me thinking about how I would furnish my own personal cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, thanks to Fab and a couple indie designers, it was easy to imagine my future mountain cabin.