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  • I also want to share a few Halloween crafts. Stylist had these origami bats that are pretty cute and fun while not being too tacky. It seems like these kinds of garland projects are everywhere lately. I’m guessing that will carry over the Christmas!

  • These halloween doors at DiggersList have me really anxious to get around to doing the work I want to on our front yard and the exterior of our house.

Mary’s Picks

  • Giveaway!!! Kate at Centsational Girl is having an AWESOME giveaway today! You need to go enter. It’s for a Moroccan Pouf of your choice. I’m really loving the brown one with all it’s contrasting stitching.
  • Did you see this before and after on ReNest? It’s amazing. The couple bought their 1887 Queen Anne home ten years ago for 46k and it was even legally condemned. I have dreams of renovating a house one day (like Jess has), but this project was beyond renovation- they brought that house back from the grave. (Originally posted on This Old House)
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With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Halloween goodness from Pinterest this week. I want to make all of these and I just might!

  • Um, are these not the most awesome/creepiest little things you’ve ever seen? These would be great tucked into a centerpiece for your Halloween party. From Inspired Art Junkie via Pinterest.

  • Whoa! Are those not super cool? People are so creative. The download is free from Country Living and I’m loving how Dana from Made placed them in her home. These were done last year, but I’m still digging them. Also, go read Dana’s post about them because she’s got some truly great photos of the bats on Congress Ave. bridge here in Austin! (via Pinterest)
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  • I know this has made it’s rounds lately but the new line of furniture at Dwell Studio is stunning. This cube bookshelf with gold accents is my favorite. (via Oh Joy!)
  • Here in Austin it’s getting a tiny bit cooler and that means the scarves are coming out! I’m excited. I’ve missed them. This video, 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf, that Emily posted over at Jones Design Company has me anxious to try out different ways of wearing them.
  • This Etsy Treasury just makes me happy. Seriously. I looked at it and smiled. Bright colors and unique items.

Jess’s Picks

  • Parenthood is either something I’m not ready for right now (I’m not) or something that I’m never going to be very interested in. I’m not sure which yet, but that means I can love nursery designs like this one without feeling like it’s some sort of sign that maternal instincts are revving up. This nursery at Modern Country Style is SO CUTE.
  • This Tree Branch Light Using Space-Dyed Yarn. And (Mary may remember) I happen to own a nice chunk of tree branch thanks to the time we “rioted” when Texas Tech upset Texas in 2008. That was such an awesome night! And I’d love to commemorate it by turing our riot stick into a sweet light.
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nurserynotations.com via Marina on Pinterest

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I don’t have much this week, because I’ve been super busy. And for some reason never seem to get enough read. But, what I do have really stood out to me. The idea behind lively purposefully and being conscious. Enjoy!

  • Jules from Pancakes and French Fries wrote a post last week called “Unstyled Life.” She shared her thoughts on “what happens when you buy to fill a hole instead of feed a passion.” I talked about these same thoughts and ideas here. It really speaks to me. Buying purposefully. I feel like we are sooo inundated with designs and products that we forget what we like and what we want in our house.
  • Going along with these same ideals is a blog recommendation from a friend on Facebook (Thanks, Erica!): Kitchen Stewardship by Katie Kimball. Her faith is represented in her blog and I love what she constantly seeks to reiterate, “God gave us our health, our earth, our time and our money. For those of us who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, we are met with challenges in all four areas a daily basis.” Even if you don’t share Katie’s faith, the concepts still remain true. In our kitchen we should be conscious of our health, earth, time, and money. Thus, composting is now on the MUST DO list for our kitchen.
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Jess’s Picks

  • Instead of whining about Fall, which officially begins today, I’m going to try embracing it beginning with thinking this DIY: Wool Blanket Curtain on 2Modern Blog isn’t just a depressing sign of winter weather to come.
  • I’m also embracing fall by getting a little excited for Halloween. These Free Halloween Party + Decor Printables! on Babble are so cute. I’m not much of a Halloween party thrower, but I do kind of like the holiday and these totally make me want to have a bash this year. Also, I want to try this mummy nail DIY that I have in my head so I’ll keep you posted if I get really adventurous. (via Poppytalk)

 

Mary’s Picks

  • Can you believe that’s a dried, carved gourd? These are stunning pieces of art. I can’t say they’re completely my taste but they are beautiful. (via Honestly…WTF)
  • This isn’t design related at all, but it’s too good not to share. Paul Lukas over at Slate found report cards from the 1920s. He talks about how much they revealed about the students and the hardships the young women during that day had to overcome in order to obtain their education. This is such a cool read!
  • Kit over at DIY Diva posted a PDF for spice jars. They are sooo cool and I seriously want to revamp my whole spice cabinet with her labels!
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  • Then, after seeing those PBNs, Making It Lovely posted today about PBN wall murals. These are awesome and I’m seriously feeling like I need a large PBN in gigantic canvas form. Don’t think my landlord would dig us doing this to one of our walls. Also, I’m pretty sure I’d have to do some serious convincing for Brendan to get on board.
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Jess’s Picks

  • Kyle and I really want a fire pit but we don’t quite have the patio for it yet. If/when we do have a patio in our backyard, I might have to consider a DIY firepit like this one in The Brick House. It’s a little labor intensive–especially compared to the purchased versions–but I really like the look of it when it’s finished. (via 2Modern Blog).
  • If you’re not doing anything this weekend, how about you invite me to some kind of football-related party? I’m super excited about football returning and if I show up, I’ll definitely be toting one of these Peanut Butter “Cheese” Balls from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I discovered this on Pinterest this week and I’ve been looking for an excuse to make one ever since.

 

Mary’s Picks

  • How beautiful is that photo? Those are tulip fields in Holland and I’m seriously wondering why I’ve never seen pictures like these before!? All of the land just looks so lovely and I’m amazed by the deep blues and purples in these photos. (via Daily Mail)
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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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