Favorite Things

Brass Menagerie

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Three weeks ago I purchased a showy little peacock for my growing collection of brass animals and today a big fish. These animal figurines add warmth and character to a room and the antiqued brass vintage versions are the perfect little accent for a mantel or bookshelf vignette. Yes they’ve been popular for a few years, but I’m still smitten and I may be in danger of becoming that crazy brass animal lady.

West Elm just added two to their fall collection so I know I am not alone in my affection for these shiny creatures. Soon I’ll have my own zoo, would that be so wrong? 

brass animal collection

brass animal bookends

brass horse and elephant

image sources: one kings lane / adore magazine / peppermint bliss

Get your fix with these charming brass creatures …

brass animal figurines

pelican / armadillo / fish / antelope pair / peacock pair / buck pair / elephant / giraffe family / roadrunner

A search on Etsy and eBay turns up countless choices so it’s not to complicated to find your favorite animal in brass form! We can hoard them together. :) .

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Budget Statement Light Fixtures

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve been spending a lot of time focused on pendant lighting lately, the best kind, the statement kind. But this girl is on a budget and so the fixtures I seek must accommodate my wallet’s limitations. Great overhead lighting is the jewelry in a room, it can be silver, gold, bronze, textured, or colorful, but it’s the finishing touch on a fantastic space and not to be overlooked. Am I right?  

coral chandelier

grey crawford 

So many light fixtures that I adore cost a small fortune aka money I should be saving for my kids’ college funds. Jonathan Adler, your fixtures are hotness, but dang, they’re pricey. Oly Studio, same thing. I love you, but I can’t afford you. So a girl’s got to get smart, hunt down deals, watch what fixtures pops up on flash sale sites, and shop at stores that offer affordable options, maybe even create a DIY version inspired by high end designs. Like these.    

Looking to upgrade your overhead chandelier on a budget? The following fixtures are all under $250! statement lighting under 250

metal strap, $99 / semi flush sputnik, $199 / metal globe $199 / firefly $199 / stockholm $99 / faceted capiz $159 / ikat drum $99 / wooden $188 / georgetown $149 / stiletto $229 / marlowe $129 / glass orbs $199 / apollo, $241 / mod euro $169 / jasper $249

Flash sale sites are another great way I score lighting at a discount. I’m patting myself on the back at this recent find, a gloss white rattan pendant purchased with credit from Joss & Main at half the price (below) than retail (above). Perfect for a dining space I’m working on …

rattan pendant

 

I’ll be spending tomorrow packing up the moving truck and then we’re off to Nevada to begin our renovations and celebrate the Fourth with our extended family. I’ll have much home improvement goodness to share in the upcoming weeks, I’m really excited! .

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