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Salvaged Materials + Eclectic Decor + Industrial Setting = Decor Love

It's kind of a dream of mine to live in a warehouse/old building converted into a loft-like home surrounded by exposed brick, industrial materials, salvaged surfaces, and lots of rescued character.  So when I saw this post on Apartment Therapy about the Cisco Brothers at High Point Market Fall 2012... I about keeled over because of pure, unadulterated lust for this space.  I want those circus-y letters!  And every light fixutre.  And those windows!

Bright colors and worn wooden surfaces harmonize in this
cozy setting while glass pendant lights glitter overhead. 

Must track down the materials and diy one of these ottomans. 

The way the big, white, billowy bedding and upholstered gray headboards contrast with the salvaged material of the wall makes me absolutely swoon.  It's the perfect balance of airy femininity and rugged masculinity all in one place.

So that wall behind the couch... Love it.  Except rather than store shoes on the ledges, I'd totally fill that thing with art in ornate, gilded frames.  And books.  Lots of front-facing books.

Check out the original post about the Cisco Brothers over at Apartment Therapy. ;)



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.