Hash and Chez on Etsy

As I’ve mentioned before, I love a good stud earring. Studs with great design add such an understated detail to your outfit that makes you feel pulled together and special. At least for me anyway. We don’t put much about fashion on here but I do love me some jewelry. (click through the image to be taken to the listing)

These stud earrings from Hash and Chez are made from recycled or found materials. The geometric lines and throw back color palette make them feel fashionable and modern. I love the peach and gold combo above. The feminine colors mixed with the hard lines make these work for me.

They’ve got an excellent selection of dangle earrings too if studs aren’t your thing. The ones above seem like a futuristic puzzle piece. Love it. I also completely love what they say in their profile, “We are not reinventing the wheel, just makin’ it roll with style.”

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Anthropologie Display

You can’t go into Anthropologie without noticing their beautiful displays. Honestly, I know I just sound like a broken record from all the other design bloggers, but this place totally deserves all the acclaim. The store is packed with inspiring home design. For instance, this wall display above really caught my eye. The friend I was with (Hi, Jenn!) pointed out the pennies. Which are behind that lamp and I did an awful job photographing them. But the framed pennies were displayed to where shinny new pennies faded into completely oxidized ones. It was really beautiful.

Anthropologie Display

I also loved the art work with color blocked frames. So cool and inspiring. They mixed the color blocked frames with solid ones and then also with wood. Mixing a neutral with two other colors really makes this gallery wall look complete and pulled together. Totally inspiring for some of the blank walls in my house.

Design Sponge At Home

Also, I totally caved and finally bought Design Sponge at Home. Just flipping through the first few pages and I knew that I was going home with this book. I’ve resisted buying it for so long just because, well, I’m dumb. (I’ve got other reasons but mostly those just deduce into me being dumb) Oh, and this one from Anthro says it has 16 extra pages for their customers only. I’m intrigued.

I know what I’ll be falling asleep reading tonight.

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iGattipardi color tile

The iGattipardi tiles are a glazed porcelain tile series by 14 Oraitaliana available through Stone Source. I’ve loved tile since I started doing mosiacs my freshman year in college. These are so striking and graphic they would be an awesome addition to any home.

iGattipardi tile

Each tile is 2’x2′ and so the designs create so much impact. I think how large these tiles are is the most impressive aspect to them (next to the design, of course).

14 Oraitaliana

Each tile is truly beautiful and I wish that I could use these in my rental kitchen. I’m loving that black, white, turquoise, and mustard tile above. So pretty and graphic!

iGattipardi Colored Tile

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This weekend Brendan and I made a quick trip to Fredricksburg, Texas. It’s a day trip from Austin and truly a great little town. It is packed full of local shops and wineries. They are also known for their antique stores and markets. I, of course, didn’t hit up any of that except for some breakfast tacos from Mahaley’s and some fantastic sandwiches from Opa’s for lunch.

I set out in search of the garage and estate sales and the thrift stores. Naturally.

1958 Scrabble for Juniors

At the first estate sale I stopped at, I could have gotten myself in some serious trouble. Loads of beautiful and barely worn vintage. Everything there was so well taken care of including this adorable 1958 Scrabble for Juniors set. Look at those illustrations!

Scrabble for Juniors

I snagged this with all of its pieces for $3!

Vintage Scrabble

Then I spotted this perfect granny square afghan with raised flowers. It’s in fantastic condition and perfect for my neice! $2.50!

Vinage Rose Afghan

I love vintage, handmade linens. Such skill! I wish these skills had been passed down to me. My grandmother was fantastic knitter and crocheter and my great grandmother was a master seamstress. What I wouldn’t give to be taught the same craft. Is that true for you too? This makes me want to take some knitting and crochet lessons…

Raised Flower Afghan

Then, I scored these Cole Haan tassel loafers for $3! The only reason I buy second hand shoes is if they are solid quality. These are and range in price on Etsy and Ebay for between $30-$60. Brand new, they cost over $100.

Vintage wool coat tassle loafers

When I got back to Austin, I still had the thrifting bug so I stopped in an estate sale for 50% off Sunday! The best. I got this vintage wool full length coat for $1.50. I mean that’s crazy. $1.50! I couldn’t pass it up at that price and it’s in perfect condition. Looks like it was never worn, which could possibly be true because we live in Austin.


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Friday Reader Roundup

Mary’s Picks

  • These quilts by Meg Callahan featured on Design Sponge this week are completely amazing. You know I love quilts because they’re such a fantastic work of art. This quilt above, entitled Caddo,  is stunning and I want it for my bed or just to hang on the wall. Beautiful!
  • Cupcakes for two? Yes, please. I’m always wanting to make dessert but with only two of us in the house making 12 servings of something is a no go. So this vanilla cupcake recipe from How Sweet It Is is awesome. I made it the other night. I may or may not have eaten both cupcakes.

Jess’s Picks

  • Great news! We got the house we wanted! We’ll be packing this weekend and moving in next weekend. Everything still feels like a total blur, but at least I know we’re moving in to a beautiful, comfortable house.
  • One of the things I’m already planning to do is display all of my pretty scarves! I know these aren’t scarves, but I think this corner display at Oh Joy!  will be great inspiration. Oh Joy! also got a facelift! It’s beautiful.

I came across Serpent Sea handwoven mats by Sophie Aschauer on Madewell’s blog. (By the way, are you familiar with that shop, Madewell? I want ALL the things…)

I love to see mats or rugs that people make themselves by hand because it’s such a lost art. The ropes are reclaimed sailing ropes and Sophie knots them into these beautiful rugs.

All of her rugs are named after “four of the most infamous pirates from the 17th century“: Bonny, Drake, Kiligrew, and  Morgan. Aren’t these beautiful?

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Friday Reader Roundup

Mary’s Picks

  • There goes that Emily Henderson again being super awesome. I love this post on helping out couples with their differing styles of decor. Fortunately, Brendan and I comprise like champs (sometimes him more than me, because he’s awesome) but this post from Emily has some great direction. Also, this line “I mean, if this thing were in hot pink it would be amazing and i would be divorced.” totally made me laugh out loud. (The image above is her living room.)
  • The City Wide Garage sale is in Austin this weekend. Pro tip: if you plan on going snag up a Vintage Around Town Guide from a local vintage shop. There is a free coupon to CWGS in there. You should go. For reals. I wrote about it here and I mean, those tables piled high with linens are worth the trip alone.
  • Last week I wrote about Ashley Ann going to China to finally meet her daughter she is adopting. It’s a beautiful story and she’s posted about it all week. Hope on over and read. Also, grab a tissue because you’ll need it. Love.

Jess’s Picks

  • I got some really big news this week! I just accepted a new position at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, so I’m finishing up some things in my current position but by the end (or middle) of next month, I’ll be blogging from Kansas City! Lots of changes coming up very quickly. I’ll admit, I’m a little stressed.
  • Wow! This Quick and Easy Outdoor Lighting tutorial is super cheap and has some great results! We might have to turn this into a solution at whatever rental we end up at in the next few weeks. The neighborhood we’re looking at has some cute insides but not as much curb appeal. These little lights are a great way to add a touch of us to the exterior.
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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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