Friday Reader Roundup

Jess’s Picks

Mary’s Picks

  • We’ve decided to start eating a bit better and I’m really trying to do my best to incorporate raw foods as much as possible into my diet. But, hello, Pinterest is the worst thing to look on while doing a diet change up. Chocolate Cobbler? Um, I might just have to make you this weekend. (by Karen Gentry)
  • Make your own concrete planters! These are awesome and this tute really makes me want to fill my backyard with stylish planters. Maybe that’s a great DIY for the fall when I don’t feel like a lobster just for stepping outside for 5 minutes.

Trip to Colorado

I apologize for the radio silence on my end on Monday. I got back from my week long trip to Colorado and was totally wiped out. I’m pretty sure I didn’t do much all day Monday. It was nice to rest. Does anyone else feel like they have to take a vacation from their vacation? I certainly do sometimes.

I have never been to Colorado when it wasn’t covered in snow. They whole state is so beautiful with its perfect summer weather and mountain landscape.

We made a quick stop to hike to Treasure Falls between Durango and Salida. To my dismay, I’m not an “outdoorsy” girl by any means, but I enjoy a quick easy hike with a beautiful view.

I got some great grabs while Thrift shopping and hit up an estate sale. I’m working on that post to show all of you the super cool things I bought for little money. I love that!

Hope you’ve all had a great week! It’s good to be home.

Wander Lust Embroidered Urban Outfitters

A favorite phrase with embroidery. Sold. On sale at Urban Outfitters for $34.99.

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Since getting our new couch, all I can think about are new accessories to add to the living room. The leather really darkened the room so now I want to change things up a bit, starting with the rug.

Right now we just have a plain jute rug and with the wood floors, brown couches, brown end tables and brown coffee table, there is just too much brown up in here. I really like this bold geometric graphic from Urban Outfitters and as far as rugs go it’s super affordable at $89 for a 5×7. I think the gray and white will add a nice tonal contrast while the graphic breaks up the flow of the room in a good way.

Next, I feel like the art over the couch needs to change. So, I’m really inspired by this DIY abstract art by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day. I would like to do more blues and greens than yellow and pink but the design of that art is exactly what I’m looking for.

And, as I mentioned a long time ago, the credenza still needs to be painted so I think I’ve decided on a pretty mint color like this dresser featured on Houzz.

I’ve got some time off work soon and I’m hoping that will be the perfect time to complete it! I’ll keep you posted.

Vintage Leather Couch Nailhead Trim

Last Thursday, Brendan and I both had the day off. I spent the morning catching up on all my favorite blogs and I read Emily Henderson’s How to Find the Perfect  Leather Sofa. Her guide is great and it totally made me want a vintage leather couch. Side note: the first photos in that post are hilarious!

I never thought I would actually want a leather sofa because they are so hard to find in just the right style and not to mention expensive. So here stood my conditions: vintage or perfectly worn, not overstuffed, straight lines, fits my budget, and had some interest (i.e. nailhead trim). Hence why I’ve never bought a sofa, those conditions are super unlikely.

Welp, until Thursday that is. I talked B into taking a trip to Goodwill and one vintage shop (those were the conditions since vintage furniture hunting isn’t exactly his thang). We stopped in one of my favorites, Get Back Vintage. The shop owner, Jenny, is the only one that works there and she’s got super reasonable prices for Austin. I walked around the back and took a peek in her back room.

There it was. Covered in a drop cloth and that perfect nailhead trim poking out.

Vintage Leather Couch

I asked Jenny if it was still available and if I could take a look at it. When she said yes, I’m pretty sure you could see my heart pounding. But I knew deep down that I wouldn’t be able to afford it.

Vintage Leather Couch

Then, she told me the price was $550 and she would cover the tax. Whoa, I wasn’t expecting that! I grabbed Brendan and had him come check it out. He was sold. Perfect.

That night I got on Pinterest and typed in leather sofa just to see if I could find the source of this couch. Turns out it’s $3000 (!!!) from Robert Redford’s Sundance Catalog. So it’s not vintage leather, but it’s worn and perfect.

Don’t get me wrong $550 is a huge amount of money for us right now. But, this was an investment. It’ll be around forever and will most likely always have a place in our home.

Now, what do you think?!


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Friday Reader Roundup

Jess’s Picks

  • Today at 5 p.m. marks the start of my vacation — which includes a trip to Austin to move my brother into his new co-op and several days to play around in Austin. It also marks the end of my July 4 – Vacation alcohol fast. Needless to say, I’m in the mood for a little frivolousness right now. Perfect timing for 10 Clever Multi-Purpose Furniture Ideas Meeting the Needs of a Modern Lifestyle at Freshome. I think this wine table is my favorite. The glass window in the top is excellent!
  • This Mint, Coral, and Pink style palette at Making it Lovely has some great accessories for vacation. I don’t think it’s cool enough to wear any of the clothes yet, but I’m looking forward to the day this heat wave/drought breaks and a 3/4 sleeve sweater feels perfect. (I think this will be the first autumn in my lifetime that I’ve looked forward to more than the return of football.)
  • Maybe instead of pink, mint, and coral clothes, I’ll go for pink, mint, and coral hair chalking. I’m a little late to this party, probably, but I just discovered hair chalking this week and I’m anxious to try this CHALK IT UP tutorial from The Beauty Department. I want something a little dramatic and rebellious for vacation.

Mary’s Picks

  • I’m loving these color palettes based off Wes Anderson movies from Whorange. The Rushmore palette is my favorite. Love the saturated colors. (via Making it Lovely)
  • The Makeshift Society sounds amazing and I wish it was in Austin. I’d love to sit around with women who are talented, creative, and encourage one another in their creativity. (via Design Sponge)



The season finale of Design Star on HGTV aired last night. Did you watch? Did you watch this whole season? I love Design Star and I love getting to watch the challenges. It’s fun getting to think about what you would do in a space or how you might fix something. I know they have crazy amounts of limitations with budget, places to shop, and overall resources. So I think what they manage to come up with is awesome. (From here on out there are spoilers about the finale so stop reading if you haven’t watched it yet!)

The challenge was for the two finalist, Britany and Danielle, to create a 5 minute premier of their show. Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. To come up with a whole show concept. I’ve got no clue what I would do. Probably something about how to nap efficiently in a space. I’m pretty good at that.

Here’s the final product of Britany’s room:

I love the color of that couch and how well it goes with that rug. It’s really pretty. But am I the only one that doesn’t understand sectionals? Sure, they totally work in some rooms but I’m not so sure it works in this space? Maybe it’s the camera lens, but from this angle there seems to be a lot of wasted space behind the couch. Hmm, again, limited time and resources. This room is really pretty though and honestly, who am I to say anything less than positive? (Also, those stupid florescent lights they had to put up to take the shots of the rooms are really ugly and distracting.)

Next up: Danielle’s room. Based on her room and her pilot, she was the obvious winner. She did a sectional but for some reason I totally get it in this space. Also, she did a great job of not making this room look like a show room. So many of the finished rooms on this show look like show rooms and not like lived in spaces. I really like this space! I love the midcentury pieces and I love how she incorporated their artwork. That would have hung me up because the artwork isn’t my taste at all. And I don’t think it was Danielle’s either, so major kudos to her for doing such a great job! Congrats, Danielle!!!

Do you have any thoughts on Design Star? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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