My So-Called Home

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

It’s A Boy!
This weekend I became an aunt (again). My sister that we threw the shower for last month had her baby yesterday, a week earlier than her due date, and exactly one month after my birthday. Welcome to the world sweet boy, you are already more loved than you’ll ever know. Zachary John was born April 3rd and is a little bundle of squishy joy.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

Gotta Try This
Saw this pop up a few times today and I think I may attempt it this weekend, or sometime before Easter.

 

Originally seen here. So cute, no? Happy Friday everyone!
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Clutter Corner: Before
There’s a spot in our apartment that always seems to collect clutter and no matter how I try to organize it, the space doesn’t get better. Anyone else have that problem? Here’s mine:

 

 

It’s in our dining room, against a wall that doesn’t get seen too often.

This table used to serve a purpose when we had a laptop and I did my schoolwork on the dining room table. So this table sufficed as our printer stand/storage facility for our stapler, hole puncher, and extra pens and paper. But now that we have a new office area, complete with printer table, this table is no longer needed here. The only purpose it serves is to hold our lamp, which is necessary because this room has no overhead lighting, and to collect clutter.

 

And yes, there is a headboard in our dining room. It was a $20 Craigslist find I couldn’t pass up but since we don’t exactly need it right now, it needs to be stored elsewhere.

Another angle to get an understanding of this room. The framed piece I don’t really care for but Dan loves it so when we moved it from the Landing, we compromised and hung it here. Problem is we just hung it on an existing nail that was already in the wall so it is much too close to our thermostat.

So that’s my project this weekend- clean up and make sense of this corner of our apartment. What about you? If you are a music lover, you can also display memorabilia of the album anne murray glen campbell or the portraits band.

Anyone who have weekend organizing projects of their own?

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

You’ve Got Mail
Indeed I got mail today, a whole slew of very exciting things awaited me when I came home for my lunch break. First off, one of my Dolce chairs arrived, right on schedule with the first estimated delivery date- gotta love Target.

Unfortunately the chairs were being shipped separately so I don’t know when to expect the next one but hopefully it won’t be in the too distant future.

Next up was this:

One of my final issues of Entertainment (since I recently cancelled the subscription),

the new Dwell Studio catalogue (very exciting), and

yup I got it, the Domino Book of Decorating. I’d seen snippets of the beauty held between those pages and I had to have it for myself. Especially after the magazine went out of production, I wanted something to remember it by. I can’t wait for a quiet evening where I can sit down with that bad boy, to read and admire it very slowly.
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Sometimes People Are Awesome

 


Monday night, during my usual daily hunt for a brass coffee table, I came across a table of a different kind.

Sorry about the quality, that was the original list photo from good ol’ Craig. The shape was interesting and the overlapping squares felt so West Elm, and best of all it was only ten bucks. The next day I shot the guy a text and it was still available so we picked it up after work Tuesday night. So why are people awesome sometimes? Well for our “trouble” of driving out to pick it up, the guy gave it to me for FREE! It’s like he didn’t know how Craigslist works or something. So with a sweet little table in my trunk and ten bucks in my pocket I was a happy lady driving home that night.

And here he is living it up in our living room. Love it!
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

Window Shopping: Target
I don’t go to Target as much as I should/want to, due to the fact that Walmart is much closer and Target is out of the way of my usual commute. Nevertheless I love Target, Tarjay, and am always impressed by the style and affordability of their products. Here’s what I loved while doing a little window shopping this weekend:

Especially loved these outdoor lanterns

These melamine dishes were so summery and fun

Love these side tables- the top tray is removable

Anyone been to Tarjay recently and find some fun stuff? You can check out my most recent Target purchase here.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Sweet
Our living room isn’t lacking in the seating department. We have a couch, two wingback chairs, a little lounge chair I picked up during our NYC-living days, and even two storage ottomans for extra seating in a pinch:

I had always had other plans for the wingback chairs, plans which may come to fruition in the not so distant future. And the lounge chair was a cheap-o Craigslist find that was always more suited to a den or game room than our actual living room. So of course my mind would wander as I viewed other beautiful homes and always was drawn to one chair specifically- the Dolce lounge chair from Target. I would see it pop up all over the place:

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And then just this past weekend it popped up again:

Yup, Will’s sitting on the very same Target Dolce lounge chair. Of course he’s adorable, but I was more interested in being able to see all the wonderful detailing in the chair’s fabric. It’s almost like a herringbone pattern- sweet.

I even mentioned the chair here as a more affordable version of this $399 Company Store slipper chair:

I read the reviews (both positive and negative) on the Target website and even went as far as to contact some of my fellow bloggers to hear what they had to say about their Dolce slipper chairs. And the results were nothing short of fabulous. So when I meandered over to Target’s website the other day and saw they were on sale with free shipping I figured this was my chance.

The original list price per chair is $159.99 and they were on sale for $111.99. After their free shipping promotion and a $5 off code I got after a little Googling (hey, every penny counts!) I saved a total of $152.98. That comes out to about $117 each, a steal for such a timeless and chic piece. I had been wanting these chairs for a while so it was by no means an impulse buy and I couldn’t be more happy to score them at such a discounted price- my patience paid off big time.