Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Janet Hill Studio: Art Obsession

As you know, we are always on the hunt for beautiful art.  Imagine our delight when we came across Janet Hill Studio on Etsy.  Janet's work is simply beautiful-- it is whimsical, and sophisticated, and...we're obsessed.  We love the idea of using one of her pieces in a girl's nursery or bedroom, but also think they'd work in adult spaces, as well.

We've got our eye on this one for a future nursery-- we think it looks like Brooklyn!

Here are some of our other favorites:

Janet also paints beautiful interiors (art and interior design...we're dying).  Don't you just want to move in to one of these spaces?

We love that each of her pieces feels like it tells a story, and we're so excited to get our hands on one of these prints-- we don't know how we'll ever choose! If you're interested in getting one (or two...) of your own, she sells some originals on Etsy, and you can be notified about them on her blog.  If you're going the more affordable route (which we always are), you can buy prints through her Etsy shop.  Do you have a favorite?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Julie's Dining Room: Lighting

Changing out the existing lighting in an apartment is a pretty quick and easy way to make your space feel less like a rental and more like a home.  One of the first things we did in Julie's apartment was change out the neon lighting in the bathroom (aka the most depressing light in the world) to a flush mount.  

Julie has wanted to change the chandelier in her dining room for a while, but we've had a hard time finding a light that we love that doesn't completely blow the bank.  We've been scouring the internet for the past few months and have narrowed our search down to two:

The frontrunner is this wood bead chandelier from Feiss:

The chandelier reminds us of this Regina Andrew chandelier, except that our option is $150.00 and the Regina Andrew is $1,200.  

Not convinced on the beaded chandelier look?  Here's some room inspiration:

Although we love the look of the colored beads, we think the neutral Feiss option is a little more practical but still just as whimsical.

Also in consideration is this pagoda lantern from Shades of Light.  Julie is considering this in black or red:

We love how classic and clean lanterns look when used in a dining space:

Here's a couple crappy iPhone pictures of the current chandelier in Julie's dining room:

Now you can see why we're in a rush to make a decision and get this thing hung by the end of the month.  Which do you think will work best in the space?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Framed Vintage Scarves

New artwork obsession: framed vintage scarves.  How have we not seen these before?  Thankfully, Beth Connolly of Chinoiserie Chic recently featured them on her blog and Pinterest and brought us up to speed on their amazingness.
Framed Hermes scarves have turned out to be some of our favorites.  A sample:

If you have a large amount of extra money lying around, you can buy a beautiful, framed designer scarf from this place in the UK or from a number of sellers on Etsy (hello crazy Gucci tiger).
But we don't think that you need to have a lot of money or a large collection of designer scarves to pull off this look.  Vera scarves look great framed and can be had for a steal on Etsy (some originals, some reproductions).  A few that we'd scoop:

$17.95.  Find it here.

$26.  Find it here.

$20. Find it here.

$52. Find it here.

$23. Find it here.

Of course, you could also try Grandma's closet.  Our grandma ALWAYS wears scarves and they are all beautiful.  Wonder if she'd let us steal one.

Once we found a scarf we love, we'd take a chance on Frames by Mail, which gets good reviews. For a simple, black, 22"x22" frame with regular plexiglass, you'd pay less than $40.  

What do you think of the look of framed scarves?  Where would you hang one in your home?

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