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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.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.