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Last weekend I took a trip down to Georgetown and Austin to see the progress on the dentist office, do a bit of shopping, and take a much needed “vacation”. Driving around Austin, I couldn’t help but notice all of the gorgeous, historic, and extremely unique homes tucked away in their own little neighborhoods. One of these in particular was a neighborhood called Pemberton Heights, “one of central Austin’s best keep secrets” apparently. I didn’t know there could be so many lovely houses in just one place. I had a fantastic tour guide, a former resident of Austin (my boyfriend Ben) who took me to some of his favorite houses in the area.
They ranged from the outrageous…
to the magnificent…
The “castle” as we came to name it, was one of the most charming houses I have ever seen (what you could see of it). It looked like it came right out of a fairy tale.
I’m sure the person who lived there thought I was a complete nut trying to get a good picture of “the castle”. I should have knocked on the door and invited myself in for a cup o tea!
Just to verify how pricey these are, I took a flyer from one of the smaller houses that was for sale (not pictured) and it was almost 2 mill! Fairytale indeed!
I love this ones awning..
Now for the shopping part…we took a drive down to the San Marcos outlets on Sunday because I was destined to see how the Pottery Barn/West Elm/WS Home, Restoration Hardware, and Crate and Barrell outlets were. I came with all my fabric swatches, prepared to leave with the jetta piled to the roof and strangely enough after all of the anticipation, I didn’t leave with a thing! Although the girl I was with said it was “very picked over”. I thought they were pretty great outlet stores but I think since I was on a search for really specific items, there was a slim chance I was going to find exactly what I was looking for at an outlet.
All furniture at PB/WS Home/West Elm was actually 50% off! I was amazed at some of the prices.
Remember this x bench from WS Home? Sleek and chic at the outlet- 1/2 off!
I spy the Gibson leather Armchair from WS Home…
They had a few decent drapes from West Elm and Pottery Barn that I recognized from the stores…
I think this little turquoise chair from Pottery Barn Kids is adorable!
This chair was 1/2 off- only $400
The Anabel Armchair from Pottery Barn in black and white…normally $1,000- 1/2 off that!
There it was, my previous dream desk from Pottery Barn (was too expensive at the regular store for me so I got an exact replica at World Market instead last Christmas) This Bedford Project Table set is $1,099 at Pottery Barn now but at the outlet it was only $400
My favorite piece of furniture is the chair…and wow did this place have chairs! West Elm, WS Home, Pottery Barn, there were so many chairs there that I recognized from seeing them at the store- some as little as $60 a chair
Lauren and I have both expressed our love for this WS Home greek key chair before, but I must say that I like it in the darker brown leather better- you can see the darker version here
I am in chair heaven!
Lots and lots of bedding too…I then start to see similar bedding to the one I just got at RH, and start second guessing myself!
I have always loved these lux jewelry boxes from West Elm- very tempting! I love the yellow color
All in all a productive trip- can’t wait to make another trek out to the outlet in the fall! (or…maybe late summer
Dallas’ Uptown Country Home proves to be one of my new favorite finds. Affordable, adorable, and chic, Uptown Country is owned by Jenny Grumbles and has tons of cute accessories, gifts, bedding, furniture, lighting, original paintings, and vintage finds. Jenny’s signature color is pink
so you can find plenty of this girly hue there, which you know I just love!
About a year ago, the Dallas Morning News did a really cute story on Jenny and her fabulous pink condo in Dallas that she decorated and furnished on a $5,000 budget! She sent me the most recent photos of her place and it’s just as cute as ever!
Jenny’s Living Room- she found her sofa and chair at IKEA, bookcase at Pier 1, her mirrored coffee table at an antique store (her mom then painted the base a bold pink) and her cute cherry-blossoms painting that her mom painted as well!
Her Dining Room is really fun- the pedestal dining table is from IKEA (her mom distressed it to make it look a bit more shabby), her faux bamboo Chippendale chairs she found at an antique store and then repainted them, and the geometric mirror frames are from her own store that she spray painted in a white high gloss paint
She even made over her laundry room (also known as her “laundry bar”). She removed the doors and painted the nook. The washer and dryer are behind the white curtains- what a clever idea to dress up this normally hidden area!
Her glam bedroom- love her new pink benches
Barbie prints above a mirrored vanity table and ghost chair add some pizzazz to her pink dressing area
A vintage pink hair dryer adds a bit of whimsy to this sitting area. I am in love with all the gold accents!
Her pink color scheme is even carried into the bathroom. A sunburst mirror, adorable pink wallcovering and girly accessories make this bathroom tres chic!
I love this wall mounted shelf display. A cute pink and white bench gives visitors a quaint place to sit
Oh yeah, did we mention that Jenny paints too? What can’t this girl do?! She sells her original paintings at Uptown Country Home and here are a few of them below…
If you want to visit Uptown Country Home to seek out all their fun treasures, it’s located at
3419 Milton in Dallas
So I think I finally decided what I am going to do for my new bedroom scheme…I got new bedding in the white and blue/gray color from RH (so thanks to them, I now have to redo my entire bedroom around it!) Of course I am not complaining but my boyfriend thinks I am crazy for redoing my entire bedroom when my other stuff “worked fine”
I eventually want to repaint my room more of a Ben Moore blue/gray and I think I have decided on this scheme- cream, blue/gray, and camel…I want to keep it very light, airy and relaxing (as well as glam) so I can decompress when I come home from a hard day’s work…
I found this Robert Allen fabric that I really like for a long bolster on my bed….it was very difficult to find a blue/gray fabric- (you would think it’d be easy) but everything out there is either a brighter blue or more of a turquoise! But I know that eventually the turquoise era will start fading so I don’t want to invest too much into that right now…I think gray blue is on the rise!
In addition to this, I want to bring in some neutrals with a leopard accent
I then found a piece of greek key trim that matched perfectly with the leopard- I could line the sides of either cream or blue drapery panels with this trim. I then want to do a sunburst mirror above my bed for an added metallic element and crystal lamps…then comes the bench at the end of my bed- I want to get a cheap bench and recover it in a blue velvet fabric with TUFTING! (As I am envisioning my new bedroom, I can just see the money depleting from my bank account…..) so maybe we can shoot to have this done by Christmas so I can pick up some of these new bedroom pieces for my birthday along the way
But what bedroom is complete without a new bed? I’ve had an iron bed since college and would really love to get a new canopy bed at some point. I think they are very romantic and add some drama to an otherwise lackluster setting.
Here are some of my favorite canopy beds that I long for:
Carolina Herrera’s Bedroom- there she goes stealing my leopard and sunburst ideas! Such a cute bedroom- we love
This room was featured in Domino…I love the added fabric to the canopy- softens up all of the straight lines and adds some visual interest through the fabric’s pattern
This room was made for a princess! I love this iron bed from Anthropologie…these are the exact colors I want for my bedroom…
This photo was featured in Domino…what a chic space! The bold black and white combination really makes the room more dramatic and the bed benches are so eye catching…I love a mirror above a bed too..if I wasn’t doing blue for my bedroom already, my next choice would definitely be pink!
Photo from Met Home or is it Elle Decor? Anyone know? I have featured this photo before in “The Best Of” blog post…I love the color of this canopy- not stark white but not a dark wood stain either..perfection!
Nice traditional canopy bed in where else? Traditional Home mag..this room looks incredibly homey and inviting
Bedroom featured in William Sonoma Home catalog…the soft green is the perfect color combination to go with orange, cream and the stain on the wood canopy…the green fades into the background and lets the bed take center stage
A little bit more of a funky twist on the regular canopy bed…yellow! As we all know, yellow, black and white have been such a prevalent color scheme this year…a very trendy room. I also love how they added the rustic trunk in to mix up the mod setting and not to mention, I love love love when designers put curtains behind a canopy or even attached to the canopy- it gives you something else to put on the wall instead of the normal artwork or mirror
This canopy is a lot darker, more severe, and “heavier” looking than some of the others but the whimsical lighting and antique bench create a less serious setting in here
Can I add this room to the “Best Of” post too? It’s flawless- there isn’t anything I would change..imagine coming home to this tranquil setting..and the chair in the corner is to die for- featured in Elle Decor a few months back
Ruthie Sommers bedroom- this was my original inspiration for my bedroom- the orange and blue idea but it got REALLY difficult for me to find anything I liked in those colors so I nixed the idea altogether- only Ruthie can really pull something like this off!
A Miles Redd room featured in Elle Decor…lovely! This was a Lauren “Best Of” room
This room is a little more rustic than I would normally go for my own home, but it’s still fun and the greens and blues add a nice softness to the room. They used curtains for this canopy also- I can see this bedroom in a pretty vacation home
This room was featured in House Beautiful- love the settee at the end of the bed…I seem to always be drawn to the blue hued calm looking bedrooms…I think that’s the inner me telling me to relax, take a break, and get off the computer!
And who could forget little Apple Paltrow’s canopy? Love all of the hot pink and her matching step stool is adorable
This photo was Country Living’s “House of the Year” bedroom…I am obsessed with the wallcovering- the gray/black/white combination with touches of soft pink is too pretty for words!
Canopy from the new Pottery Barn catalog…lots of fun bright colors here- they make the white canopy really pop!
And of course we had to share with you that striking Miles Redd designed bedroom with the gorgeous canopy every blogger has talked about…the Anthropologie one featured above is a very similar knockoff!
Ever since I started working on a pediatric dentist office in Georgetown six months ago, I have had kid furniture on the mind! It is so much fun to shop for and aside from the obvious cute places like Pottery Barn Kids, etc, I have recently discovered that Urban Outfitters has some very young, fun furniture that would go great in a kids setting, dorm, college apartment or even in a young professional’s loft! (not to mention, it is very easy on the wallet!)
Here are some of my favorite pieces that they offer right now…
This Antoinette fainting sofa in apple green was one of the first pieces of furniture that Kelly (my “client”) called and told me she REALLY wanted for the dentist office- not sure how well this sofa would uphold with kids running around the office every day and it doesn’t so much match our color scheme anymore, but I am still so in love with this tufted sofa…comes in a few different colors!
Or add a touch of class with a slipper chair
Fabulous geometric rug- 5×7- only $68! View it here
This Real Good Chair (that is literally the name) comes in turquoise and how could we forget this chair? It was featured in a design magazine about a year ago but in red…was it Elle Decor? The magazine let readers know that you can buy it at BluDot but we know the real secret..you can get it at Urban for $25 cheaper!
This table from Urban looks like something pulled out of the West Elm catalog- but less pricey! For only $125, you can get quick style on a budget!
I love a good coat rack and this one is sooo cute. $68! Not sure if I will be needing this coat rack anytime soon in sweltering Texas but my purses might need a new home!
White lacquer mini spindle lamp base- $19.99- need I say more?
I have already been through my obsession with coat racks, but we have never seen one this charming. It’s a mini coat rack jewelry stand! This price is a tad less than the larger one- $24!
Are you in fast need of an inexpensive upholstered headboard? How about this velvet one for $325- clean and modern lines with button tufts- accomodates full or queen size beds
I love all of their bright colors and funky furniture….with back to school being just around the corner, Urban would be a great place to decorate a college apartment in style!
We are doing an upcoming blog post on our reader’s favorite pieces in their homes…it can be as big as a beloved piece of furniture or it can be as small as a favorite vase…whatever your most adored piece is, we’d love to see!
If you’d like to be featured in our post, email us a picture of the piece, your first name (unless you want to be anonymous) and the city you live in, to… email@example.com. Also if there is a story or some history behind your piece (you got something for an incredibly good price or it’s a piece passed on from generation to generation, etc) we’d love to hear the story behind it too! Please send submissions by 7/28!
One of my favorite pieces of decor in my home- a little white glass artichoke!
House Beautiful’s editor Stephen Drucker gives his thoughts on Interior Design in today’s economy…do you think it’s an unnecessary luxury right now or do you agree with Stephen and think that design is always a priority and you personally would not forgo a nice home?
I think you know my answer…I would rather cut costs other places. I don’t need really expensive clothes or jewelry, nor do I need fancy electronics like a big plasma tv or even a really nice car…decorating is my passion and I can’t imagine giving up this passion in my own home. It ends up being where most of my money goes. Coming home to a blank palette would be very depressing and I think we all need color to invigorate us day in and day out.
Design- luxury or a necessity?
I loved this month’s issue of Domino…they had a whole section about decorating small spaces on a budget (which of course applies to most people my age) and there were two rooms that I cannot get out of my mind!
One was this little piece of pink heaven. For this Living Room, they only spent $2,593 to make it look this good. I love the two side tables they used to make a coffee table as well as the soft pink hues that give this room its girly chic vibe. The four framed mirrors stacked vertically is a cute idea also. The sofa was only $430 and the floor lamp only $60- what a steal!
Room #2 that I can’t seem to forget is this one designed by Jennifer Eisenstadt. They did it for $2,018 and were only $18 over their budget. I must say that’s impressive! This Manhattan rental’s Living Room was a mere 265 square feet so a multitasking layout was in order. Love love love the paint color in here with the crisp white accents. Who would have thought that pink would look good with navy but it looks like perfection! I think the best part was how they made the window treatment. They made valances from IKEA curtains which were staple gunned to plywood and completed with grosgrain ribbon. Wow can I move there? Or just to New York in general! That would be nice!
I think today was my lucky day. I got the deal of the century at Restoration Hardware. Their huge sale is going on right now and I got the Italian Satin Stitch Ivory duvet cover in blue/cream for $69 (normally $225)! I wasn’t even in the market for a new duvet cover but desperate times call for desperate measures. I also got the matching bed skirt for $40 and the entire sheet/pillowcase set for $60! I am so excited that it gives me the excuse to decorate my entire room again…so be sure to check out their summer sale before everything’s gone!
West Elm just came out with the Sawhorse Worktable for $449. Has a glass top that sits upon steel plated legs with a black nickel finish…I am loving the price on this one…it looks a little familar- saw something similar not too long ago at…
William Sonoma Home- I have always had my eye on this Mason Glass Top Desk- has a metal base finshed by hand in polished nickel plate. The small size is $950 (comparable to West Elm size above)
Which one would you invest in?