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gold tube bracelet

Mary’s Picks

  • Honestly…WTF has once again inspired me to make my own bracelets. These gold tube bracelets are beautiful and there’s so many options!
  • Whoa, this paper cutting from Lori Danelle is ah-mah-zing. The added detail of the hedgehogs is fantastic and adorable. Paper cutting art makes me think about the trip Jess and I took to New Orleans. There was paper cut (cutting?) artist there in the French Quarter and I loved his stuff. Makes me miss Jess and makes me want to go back to New Orleans. (Forgive the tangent)

Jess’s Picks

  • Since I’ve been out of school for several years, now, I’m missing the grind of learning new things. I read a lot, but I have a new interest in math and science and the so-called STEM field. I’m thinking that it might be time to take advantage of some of the new free educational courses you can take, so this list of 7 Free Education Websites You Don’t Want to Miss from Goodnet was a great find.
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Organized Pantry

Mary’s Picks

  • How lovely and organized is this pantry from Jenny Komenda at Little Green Notebook? She’s got some great tips in that post but my favorite things are just the little simple details that she’s added. Like the rug, the rose gold hooks she painted on the peg board, and the chalk board labels on her bins. Super organized and a great little space!
  • Father’s Day is this Sunday and it’s always difficult to figure out what to buy. I usually just settle for a card unless I get to actually be with my dad. I loved Emily Henderson’s list of Dad gifts because it provided me some ideas at least. If anything, I got some good gift ideas from her list for Brendan in the future. The Dollar Shave Club she mentions on there, Brendan has. It’s awesome. He upgraded to the $6 one, and the razors are serious quality and totally a money saver if your man goes through razors like I go through chocolate.

Jess’s Picks

  • I may have mentioned that we are trying to only eat two lunches and one dinner out a week for the month of June. It’s going so well! It’s a 30 Days of Good challenge from Good magazine that inspired this attempt and this week one of their Make Your Own Meals tip was to roast your own nuts! I’m excited to give the suggestions a try.
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Mary’s Picks

  • For some reason, I’ve been a bit obsessed with party planning. Do I have a party coming up to plan? Nope. Just really like the idea, I guess. I love these cross-stitch cookies featured on Design Sponge this week. How cute would these be to make for any party? The designs would be endless and I love incorporating modern ideas for embroidery into anything.
  • Have you heard of the Wedding Snap App? This seems really cool and a great way to collect phone photos from all of your guests. I wish they wouldn’t have named it Wedding Snap though. Because it would still be great to use at any party, right?
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Jess’s Picks

  • Now that you’re smiling, check out this gallery of Victorians Smiling at Retronaut. When I discovered the post on Tumblr it was described as “charming.” I must say I agree.
  • This week, Poppytalk featured Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour, an adorable loose-leaf-tea-selling caravan in South Africa. Just last Sunday, Kyle was dreaming about opening his burger-selling food truck, so maybe it’s just that mobile food selling is on my mind, but I’d love to run into this somewhere.
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Mary’s Picks

  • This 1969 home in Palm Springs was completely revived by Dallas based interior designer, Emily Summers. It’s basically mid-century modern heaven. Those chairs…ahhhhhh…those chairs. (via Architectural Digest)
  • If you’re needing a company logo or any graphic design work, you’ve got to check out 99 Designs. You put in what services you’re needing (i.e. business cards, letter heads, logos) and designers submit designs based on your needs. If you select one of the designs then that designer gets paid. It’s pretty awesome.

Jess’s Picks

  • The Sideshow Sign Co. has some really beautiful customizable signs! They are a little pricey — the marquee letters run about $545 — but you can get them custom and they can make such a statement. Plenty of other beautiful vintage-aesthetic signs on their site. (via Eat Drink Chic)
  • I was totally blown away by this week’s Outdoor Space Challenge featuring Mr. Goodwill Hunting on the Nate Show. It never occurred to me to paint indoor wood furniture with exterior paint to seal it up and turn it into outdoor furniture. I’m still not sure I entirely trust it… but I might just try it out with an old harvest table we have in storage.
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Mary’s Picks

  • Design Star Season 7 is about to start! I’m so excited! I love this show. Like, a lot. I always love reading Emily Henderson’s recaps and predictions. She totally keeps it real with her opinions.

Jess’s Picks

  • I only have to one thing for you this week because I have barely had time to sleep, let alone read the Internet. But, I caught this yesterday on a tumblr break in the middle of a 14 hour day at work! Anyway, this is such a sweet little video about cameras. Check it out: The Camera Collection on the camera collection on Vimeo on Vimeo. ( Explore)
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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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Jess

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.

Mary

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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