Jess’s Picks

  • I’ve  been devouring Harry Potter lately, before breakfast, on my lunch break, and all evening. I’m so glad that I finally decided to read them! The only thing that would make them better is if they had covers seen in this Harry Potter Redesign by M.S. Corley. It’s a little dated but I just discovered it on Pinterest this week.

Mary’s Picks

  • Ever wonder about living off the grid? Well Infographic came up with a great graphic of exactly how much land a family of four would need to live off the grid. But what I’m wondering is, they didn’t include anything about sewage? I’m guessing you’d create your own solution somehow?
  • This plant based air purifier that I saw on Shoebox Dwelling this week is really awesome. This would be a great solution if you’ve got a home full of plant nibbling animals. Also, plants (esp. ivy) are excellent are getting rid of toxins in your home.
  • You know Jess and I have a love of quilts, and so when I saw this I got so excited. This couple requested a piece of fabric from their wedding guests and then had those pieces made into a quilt. So special and sentimental. (via Whatever)
  • It’s here! It’s finally here! I’ve been waiting to see Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff reveal her new chicken coop. She did just that this week. This woman built and designed the whole thing herself. Honestly, the design details on the coop are exquisite. This would be beautiful if it was just a shed even. The dark gray stain, gold hinges, and gold lanterns really push it over the top. If you’re not familiar with Karen’s blog go check out her backyard reno too. It’s just as stunning.
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  1. […] when Jess talked about ombré hair, well Jeskya over at Visual Vocabulary did pink ombré tips on her hair! I’m loving this. […]

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So Eclectic is a blog dedicated to great ideas for home design. Austin, Texas-based writer Mary Marcum and Savannah, Missouri-based writer Jess Rezac feature affordable decor, decorating solutions, and inspiration. At So Eclectic, we experiment with design together. So Eclectic posts new content every weekday.

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I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.


Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

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