Jess’s Picks

My picks are all Valentine’s Day related today and I have some fun gifts going up in the Hope Chest, too. What can I say? I’m a Valentine’s Day junkie. And all of the people that hate it have made that so trite that I feel like I’m carving out original ground when I advocate for Valentine’s Day.

  • I’ve been on a real hot cocoa kick lately, even though this winter hasn’t been this cold. A Valentine’s Day Sugar Giftable from Somewhere Splendid sounds perfect for my growing list of things I want to try mixed into hot cocoa. Better yet? Both the sugar and the gift is a DIY!


Mary’s Picks

  • I saw A Child’s Own Studio this morning on Whatever. I am pretty much in awe over this woman’s ingenuity and art. She takes drawings from children and then fashions them into dolls/animals. It’s really amazing.
  • I love vintage typography and because of that I could look at Letterheady all day. Seriously, I can browse through their archives for hours. My favorite is Groucho Marx’s. It’s awesome.



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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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In our hope chest, we share products that complement our home aesthetic or make us excited about the directions of new design.



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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