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Jess’s Picks

Oh, you guys. It’s been such a long week. There is so much stress at the end of a big project at work and so much sadness about my friend’s mom. Mary’s out sick with food poisoning she thinks, today, so here are a few picks around the Internet that have cheered me up.

  • These creative kids photos by Jason Lee are amazingly cute. They’re creative (obviously) but in such genius ways. It makes me wish I had daughters or sisters or both. The girls happy little faces cheer me up!

 

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Mary’s Picks

  • I’m totally enamored with this lush back yard makeover featured on Apartment Therapy this week. Tim and D’Arcy took their much to be desired back yard and turned it into a beautiful oasis. I love how graphic the stone pavers look with the bright green of the grass.
  • I love a good DIY Before and After that brings life to a piece most people wouldn’t have seen otherwise. That’s exactly what Jenny from Little Green Notebook did with a wooden toy box. She laid fabric on the inside and put a pretty piping around the staples. It looks so chic and beautiful.
  • Nerd Boyfriend. This website is awesome. I’m a bit in love with the Buddy Holly outfit.

Jess’s Picks

  • Maybe it’s because I finally got our 7 million cups organized into a cabinet that holds 6 regular drinking glasses, 4 juice cups, three pint glasses, and all the mugs and a china hutch that holds everything else, but for some reason I’m not so resentful about the idea of new glasses. Especially little tumblers! We only have one and it was just a stock glass that came in a Crown Royal gift set however long ago. These Kate Spade “Two of a Kind” tumblers are now available in his and his, hers and his, and hers and hers pairs. Perfect for wedding season!

 

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No picks from Mary who is taking the week off. Mine are full of yummy food and bright colors though so hopefully it will keep you sated until Mary returns next week.

  • Monday morning, Real Simple emailed me this recipe for Eggplant Parmesan Rollatini. I was in the mood for something along these lines anyway, so we made it for dinner on Monday. It was delicious! And not really that much work. It would be great to take along to a potluck.
  • I love the shade of yellow in this feeling like a citron sorbet… roundup at Oh Joy!. I pull of yellow pretty well — so well that all mom bought me for years was yellow and I rebelled against it until I finally reached adulthood and would admit that she was right.

 

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Mary’s Picks

  • These skateboard photos taken by Bill Eppridge in the 60s are pretty awesome. I’ve never had the balance to ride a skateboard myself, but I do have a fondness for them. (via Honestly…WTF)
  • This new blog, The Comedy Albums Club, is written by a fella I tend to be pretty fond of. Finding a good comedy albums seems to be something that’s hard for the average person to come by and so Brendan has some great recommendations.

Jess’s Picks

Major monster apologies for the reallllly late post today. I have had a somewhat unpredictable day. It’s been good unpredictable though so don’t give me any sympathy. The worst parts were that I had to wait hours on an oil change and had a terrible Walmart experience (go figure, right?) and that my laptop battery was dead so I couldn’t even get the post up while I waited and waited. I suppose I should plan better and procrastinate less, but what’s the fun in that?

  • Now that it’s march, I feel like it’s finally okay to be so excited for spring flowers without feeling like the wait will be too long to handle it. I like this DIY (fake) flower topiary to get this spring feeling into my house.
  • Fab.com has had so many cute poufs, and I seriously love to sit on the floor and craft at a coffee table. If my legs were happy being folded up underneath me all day, I may never move. DIY Pouf to the rescue.

Have you noticed I’m all about sewing projects lately? I really need to find the sewing machine pedal at Kyle’s parents or finally order a new one.

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Mary’s Picks

  • So I guess this isn’t so much something I read but something that I watched. Streaming this week on Netflix is the documentary of Charles and Ray Eames, Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter. I felt like it was a really beautiful documentary and I truly didn’t want it to end. Also, after seeing their house, I’d really love to tour it!

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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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Mary’s Picks

  • How cool are these reconstructed works? Pep Ventosa takes loads of photos of one scene/building/image and then reconstructs them back together. It’s so interesting to see how places change overtime and so quickly. (via Honestly…WTF)
  • This week ReNest posted about America’s Oldest Self Sustaining Home. The couple, Matt and Kelly, purchased the 100 year old home in hope of renovating it into a net-zero energy house. Welp, they did just that. That home is adorable and major kudos to them for such a green renovation.

Jess’s Picks

  •  This roundup of family vintage at mint reminds me that sometimes home is the best place to look for great vintage finds. The best things about the vintage items and antiques you collect from your family is that they hold so many happy, emotional memories.
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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.

 

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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