Seeing as how my apartment is a chock-full of furniture, I’ve decided to put further furniture acquisitions on hold until we finally find a place to call our own (although I might get crafty with a headboard). My focus has been shifted towards accessories. I’ve spent way too much money snagging up accessories that are just so-so from major big-box chains and then hating them 6 months later. In fact, I have an entire walk-in closet full such impulse purchases. Now I’m focused on buying things I really love – flea market or high brow. Here are a few pics of my favorite accessories that I’ve had my eye on…

{I’d kill for these obelisks from Mrs. Howard – and the lamp for that matter}

After seeing Paloma’s post on these Penguin Classic books, I think these are a must have.

I’d take a Nola lamp in either color!

This lamp would be PERFECT in our Master Bedroom – I’ll take a pair!

I call these the Poor Man’s kaleidoscope! Great for on a wall or on a table.

This Iomoi tray is on my birthday list! It’s hard to pick just one tray!

Designer Gary Spain (see amazing photos – here) uses busts and boxes in this tablescape and I love both!

One of my favorite coffee table-scapes ever!

Last but not least, they may be a little creepy but these vintage glove molds are perfect for draping jewels!

Monday MG Musings

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 13, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Decor Accessories, Furniture

My love for big gorgeous screens does not go undocumented, see here and here. I just had to share this screen from Inside Avenue. Now if I could only come up with the $4,200 to pay for it…

In a completely unrelated note…I’m still not {that} tired of zebra print. I love this chair…

This is the “Gibson Zebra Chair” $1,395 from Williams Sonoma Home. Maybe our paths will meet one day at the Pottery Barn Outlet.

If there is one word to sum up my sentiments of the Round-Top Antiques Fair after my first trip there this weekend it would be, “excess.” I joined my mother-in-law and her two friends this weekend for an exhausting whirlwind shopping extravaganza. Now these ladies mean business, this is their fourth time to go (with no signs of ever NOT attending again), and they stay for a full week of shopping from 8am – 10pm. Crazy. I could only hang for the weekend, but it did not disappoint. You can find everything from the junkiest of junk to fine European Antiques. I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds…

At “Excess,” I found this barn filled to the brim with industrial-chic-modern finds. A nice breath of fresh air when you’ve been looking at gorgeous antiques you can’t afford and sorting through the junk you can. I would describe this vendor as Anthropologie on crack.

I loved this glamorous steel and lucite dining table/chairs combination! The chairs have SUCH potential.

My love for gorgeous rocks knows no boundaries and I about DIED when I saw these hunky chunks on lucite stands.

He had lots of gorgeous (expensive) lamps as well.

On the right hand side of this picture, note how he hung white coral all the way up the wall – very dramatic in person.

The new look Restoration Hardware is advertising was EVERYWHERE at Excess. Every last one of these cart/tables were sold.

This one booth had loads of zinc tables, I could think of a thousand possibilities and functions for them.

It amazes me that these “stores” only set up shop twice a year. It took the owner of Clutter three weeks to get everything set up.

Any kind of print you could imagine was available.

SOOO many cute dishes!

A screen I contemplated as a headboard, but decided against because that’s not what I ultimately want.

I saw several of these large mirrored obelisks – amazing!

Small sunburst mirror I passed up (I really want a pair).

I fell in love with this zinc chest, so so cool.

It’s hard to tell but that is a cowhide rug all folded up – they had tons all over the fair. I mean this is TEXAS after all.

These antique bottles were really beautiful. The dealer found them in an old factory in England. They have the look of mercury glass but they are not actually made of the mercury. He isn’t sure what they were used for, but had speculated that they were used to make herbs more potent. I think they will sell out quickly. I already saw various dealers who had bought from this man hawking them in their booths.

I loved the lines of this alabaster lamp.

The show has only just begun, so if you can make it I highly suggest checking it out!

I know this is a little random, but I’ve been looking for an umbrella holder for a while now. I need one to store wrapping paper but they are also great for blueprints. This one totally fits the bill! Bonus – everything on (excluding furniture) is 20% off right now!

Time for another round of “Classy or Trashy?!” I found them here…don’t look before you decide.

Rock Candy

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Sep 10, 2008 | 6 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Decorating, Lighting

I’ve always had a thing for gemstones and rocks. As a little girl I had this awesome chunk of amethyst that I got from a quarry Leadville, Colorado. That forever sparked my interest in quarried rocks (I always wanted to stop at rock stores off the highway- weird, I know) and now “rock candy” is popping up all over the design world. I loooove the Tangerine Calcite lamp from Swank (seen above) with the touch o’ lucite…perfection!

The Recycled Glass Cluster Lamp from Swank looks like it inspired by nature.

Jan Showers’ Miles Lamp

The Budget Options…

Williams Sonoma Home Bookends @ the Pottery Barn Outlet in San Marcos (I think $69/pair)

Selentine Tealight Holders from Z Gallerie

Now I just have to save up for one of those fabulous lamps!

I heart this rug, and so does Nate Berkus and his Assistant, Lauren Buxbaum…

Nate Berkus Assistant, Lauren Buxbaum’s Living Room via Brown Turtleneck Sweater as seen in Chicago Home and Garden.

Nate Berkus’ Apartment via So Haute.

So the question is, would you use Ikea’s version for a fraction of the price?

***Update: Pottery Barn has a cotton version for super cheap, but it looks like the 8′ x 10′ is sold out…


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 21, 2008 | 5 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Walls

I saw this picture in the portfolio section of the M Design website and thought it was a clever way to display your collection of Chinese Calligraphy Brushes (or whatever you want to call them)!  My sister did ask dead serious this weekend, “is that a whip for Hartley (my dog)?!  A whip, seriously (hopefully she was kidding that it was for Hartley but perhaps she did think it was a whip of some sort).  And no, I do not whip my precious Malti Poo.

Mirror Round-Up

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 20, 2008 | 10 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Walls

It’s no secret that Emily and I love mirrors. I think one in every room is totally appropriate!

Can I just say I am so excited about the direction that Pottery Barn is going! Their mirrors have been so drab to me in the past, and in general I’m really picky about the big chain store mirrors (they tend to be very cookie cutter & everyone has them). The problem is a big, gold leaf, antique mirror can really set you back some $$$ so if budget is an issue I think this is a good option. Only $299 for a 34″ x 55″ mirror, not bad!

One more from Pottery Barn, I LOVE it. Really, you should check out the other great mirrors on their website, I’m not going to post them all but there are some great new products.

Speaking of big box retailers this mirror hails from Lamps Plus. For $199 each, do a pair over a two bowl bathroom vanity.

I really do love a good French Trumeau mirror, now this one from Ainsworth-Noah on 1st Dibs costs $18,500. I have seen in various antiques stores and shops reproduction or new mirrors faux finished to look old for a fraction of the price (which would be much more budget conscious) but a good one can be $900+.

I have yet to see this Ethan Allen mirror in person, but I sure have tried (especially since this was the “similar to shown” mirror recommended by Domino in the spread about Drew Barrymore’s office).

Cute pair of 50’s sunburst Mirrors from Ebay.

Louis Starburst Silver Leaf Mirror by Worlds Away.

Quirky Black and White Shine Home Mirror.

Mirrors from one of my favorite online sources for drooling…Mecox Gardens. I just couldn’t help myself!

** Sorry for all the techincal difficulties***

I was perusing the West Elm website after I spotted the bar tray table on I Suwannee

and found these little jewels…

I really like this one, I just wish it was bigger.

I love butterflies (but not in a Mariah Carey kind of way). These prints are cheap and chic.

Not bad for a sofa from West Elm….great for a small space.