i have something to confess. i don’t do crafts with my kids very often. this is kind of hard to admit as a mom of four and a design blogger who is “supposed” to live my offline life in a very crafty online kind of way. the thing is i’m not a super great crafter myself. i think of the clean up. i think of not being able to do it just right (i know i know, clearly i need to learn a thing or two about art and inhibitions), i think of meltdowns. but, what i’ve been thinking lately after thumbing through mer mag’s newly released book, PLAYFUL, is that i can do this, and i want to! and, hey, the back of the book has templates (click through to see), how amazing is that? there are crafts a plenty that would be appealing to both girls and boys (mer is a mom of boys) and moms too!
playful, styled by brittany watson jepsen of the house that lars built, is a darling as darling gets. i’m so inspired creatively just looking through this book. it’s one i’m glad to have in my collection and one that i’ll be buying as gift.
want to win a copy?
you do. i promise you do.
click through to enter to win + to take a peek inside the book.
ok, lovelies i know you all like to shop places like craig’s list and sift through second hand shops to find unique vintage like pieces for your home…..have you heard of Chairish? you are going to thank me for this introduction.
chairish is an online site that makes it easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor. and, there is an app for that! you can quickly open up the chairish app and have a quick look or upload an item you are wanting to sell (check out the app here + if you are reading this on your iphone click here).
the thing i’m loving best about this new place to scour for goods is that not only can you search by category (chairs, tables, etc), but items are curated by styles (looking for mid-century modern items? right here!)
even better, you can shop by city too. i love that i can browse around items in chicago. chairish ships anywhere (so go ahead and shop in san francisco for the day), but if you are buying local you can skip the shipping cost, and just go pick up your item. yes!
here are a dozen of my favorite chicago picks right here and there are even more chicago chairish picks in the LA LA LOVELY COLLECTION on their site. check it out + keep reading for a giveaway w/ chairish!
1 / moroccan handira wedding blanket – this is a multi purpose piece (draped on the bed, hung on wall as art, or on the floor as a rug) is on my wish list.
2 / studio PGRB brass three globe chandelier – i’ve been wanting one of these for awhile now!
3 / danish modern wood candlesticks – when accessories are this pretty, you don’t need a ton.
4 / dan johnson “viscount” brass arm chairs – what could be prettier than pink + brass chairs?
5 / broyhill mid-century modern credenza – these are my favorite type of pieces to place fancy up where your t.v. sits.
6 / BoConcept Shelly living chair + ottoman – this is longing to be placed in the perfect nook for reading your favorite book.
7 / mid-century wire magazine rack - sometimes it’s the little things that pack the biggest punch. this little piece has big style and a great price.
8 / crate + barrel meryl arc lamp - a modern staple that i’ve been eyeing ever since this apartment!
9 / tripod brass table lamp with marble base – brass and marble together = a very good idea.
10 / mid-century modern highboy dresser – if i had a place to put this, i’d snatch it up. it’s perfect!
11 / live edge table with steel hairpins - this little table packs a big punch a vintage organic kind of way.
12 / large brass and glass bar cart – i’d like to tuck this bar cart in the perfect corner and use it as a pretty plant stand.
G I V E A W A Y /
chairish is offering a $100 sweepstakes to shop vintage goods. to enter all you have to do is click here and and enter your e-mail.
good luck! sweepstake ends august 19.
this post is in partnership with chairish. as always, all opinions are my own.
how about a giveaway to start off the week? i’ve partnered with imm living for their choo choo chooses holiday edition and picked out a few of my favorite pieces from their collection, which you can see styled in my home above. i wish i could tell you which piece is my favorite, but i love them all.
i’m excited to announce that one winner will recieve the very same beautiful items ( a $246 value).
YOU COULD WIN /
1. meagerie collection plates $59
2. lucky break wishbone wall hook $26
3. rabbit bell jar ring holder $26
4. the socialites porcelien container $76
5. earl the squirrel stacking game $59
TO ENTER /
a Rafflecopter giveaway
congratulations to winner tania weibel!
be sure to follow imm living on facebook for an entry and for updates.
*you can shop these itmes and more at burke decor who is also offering a 15% off discount code: IMMLIVING15
giveaway open to US residents only
if your house is anything like mine than snack time is pretty much all the time. i try my best to stick to a morning and afternoon snack for the littles, but if they had their way they would graze all day. and, somehow in our house, the word snack has become synonymous with bowl. i think that might be because in their minds bowl is also synonymous with more.
and speaking of bowls, our favorites are these darling little doggy bowls from uncommon goods. they are just the right size for snack portions and for making snack time extra special. don’t you have certain dishes or patterns you remember from your childhood? i think these will be a memory for mine.
and yes, i have snack time too.
while on vacation in tucson, i stumbled upon a new shop, which i quickly fell in love with. avenue boutique was so great that i knew right away i had to share it with all of you. when i walked in i couldn’t decide whether to feast my eyes on the decor or the actual merchandise. aren’t those the best kind of shops?
i went straight for the jewelry because i was on the search for small gold rings. And lucky me, i found them! like very cool, handmade ones.
after taking in all of the goodies i couldn’t help but ask if could snap a few photos. don’t you love the design?