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Jess’s Picks

  • I love this road-ready travel trailer featured on OffbeatHome this week. First of all, it’s a great rehab project with some absolutely beautiful results. I personally can’t imagine being cramped into a trailer doing remodelling but this makes it seem totally worth it. Added bonus: adorable love story.
  • Make sure not to miss the latest Diggers’ List design candy featuring Scrumptious Secret Spaces. I knew a boy in high school who had a secret hiding place off of his bedroom. I never visited it because, hello, only one things happen when high school girls hang out in secret hiding places with high school boys. I love the wardrobe idea the best.
  • If you’re in the mood for a more fun DIY, this Polaroid Magnet Frame at 2Modern Blog might be just the project you need to get your fix without over committing to something way too elaborate. We’re in some serious need of magnets so I might have to get on this one quickly.

Mary’s still on an awesome wedding roadtrip with her mom and sister. I’m guessing she recommends sleeping in and recovering from last nights wedding. Take it easy, y’all and have a great great weekend.

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Mary’s Picks

  • This lovely little photography blog, Yowayowa Camera, is just too cool. She sets up her camera either on self timer or has a friend take the shot (after she’s got the settings where she wants them) and captures shots of herself levitating. It’s so creative and playful. (Thanks Abby for showing me this!)
  • If my Google Reader is backed up and I’m just on the computer for a bit, one of the first blogs I check to see if there’s a new post is Under the Sycamore by Ashley Ann Campbell. This week she’s been doing crafts and every single day I’ve loved what she’s posted. On Tuesday she did DIY Paint By Numbers (PBN) and it’s just too cool. I’ve been eying every vintage PBN lately, but I just haven’t found the right one for my house. But after seeing her tutorial, I think I’m just gonna make my own.

Jess’s Picks

  • On Style Me Pretty, I was wowed by the color scheme of A Beautiful Mess Wedding by Arrow & Apple. I don’t know what it is about that palette (probably that it’s the color spread of pom-poms!) but I think it was gorgeous! Make sure you scroll down to look at the beautifully garlanded pug!
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Jess’s Picks

  • On Pinterest, I discovered this great chair swing via HGTV that I was able to trace back to a post from the Swedish blog rusta upp. What a fun idea! The whole blog looks beautiful so take a look around when you follow the link. Google does (expectedly) mediocre with the translating, but at least her instructions for this DIY made the transition pretty well.

Mary’s Picks

  • Got paint sticks? Got a cheap barrel shade in need of a makeover? Well, then this tutorial at Enjoying the Simple Things is just for you! It’s really brilliant and so creative. Every barrel shade I’ve seen in a thrift store this week has made me want to load up on paint sticks and hot glue (if I owned a house or wanted to replace my light fixtures).  (via Apartment Therapy)
  • These embroidered portraits by Danial Kornrumpf literally made my mouth drop. They are stunning. (via Swiss Miss)
  • Have you seen Dear Photograph? This site makes me want to grab up all of mine and my family’s old photos. I love how you can see how much some scenes have changed and how some are completely untouched. Such a cool idea.

 

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Mary’s Picks

  • This apartment is ah-may-zing. It’s got wall-to-wall oversized parkay flooring with each room having a different color. I don’t think that I could live in it myself, but I’m not so sure that I couldn’t either. I just love the bold choices so much and think the design is fun! I’m also loving how they’ve styled it with all white furniture. (via Ardor)
  • I couldn’t be any happier about the new grocery store that’s coming to Austin this Fall. in.gredients is going to be the nation’s first package-free, zero waste grocery store. It works like a co-op grocery and you bring in your own containers. I’m really stoked to check it out!
  • Ben Wilson, from London, makes some of the coolest art on pieces of chewing gum left behind on public sidewalks. It’s really quite amazing. (via Design*Sponge on Twitter)
  • Before sites like Evernote, Wists, and especially Pinterest came along, anytime I found a pretty picture on the internet I would just save it to a folder on my computer. Well, as you might guess, this means that a practically lost all the sources from where these photos came from. Which is really bad for a blogger and I haven’t been able to share any of my stockpiled images with you all. So you can imagine my excitement when Google released a search by image feature. I’m over the moon about this! So far, all the images that I’ve tried have turned up with a source. Awesome.

Jess’s Picks

  • These vintage greens for the kitchen at mint are so beautiful! Our house is based around the concept of blue with grey, yellow with grey, and red with grey so there isn’t a lot of green in our rooms but we recently finished an upstairs bedroom with canary yellow walls and green linens so I’m really into the color now.
  • In that same bedroom, we also installed new baseboard. We went with the easier, but less beautiful, 45-degree angles at the corners method. I wish I would have had this tutorial on How To Cope: Baseboard, That Is from DIYdiva just a week earlier. Our house is 100+ years old so we definitely don’t have walls that meet at 90-degree angles in any room.
  • We finished said bedroom so we could host friends this week. We had a great time and I think that our friend Kevin has maybe moved in? He sure seems to be up here a lot since we built him a bedroom. After all of the fun, I’m dreaming about something more permanent like this Summer Haven… at a life’s design. I call dibs on the yellow on grey bedroom!
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Jess’s Picks

  • The Kim Jong Il Looking at Things tumblog featured a photo of him looking at cookie jars this week (above). This tumblog makes me delightfully happy because I read the new posts and then I think “Ha! Kim Jong Il is always looking at things!” and then I realize that this thought is really very true and I laugh more. I probably don’t even need to point it out: I’m a strange woman. I’ve been enjoying Kim Jong Il Looking at Things for a while and I have to say that these little kitchen wares seem to have him happier than anything else I’ve seen him look at.
  • Yesterday, on my way back from lunch, I passed an old man enjoying a cool post-rain afternoon on his front porch. Combined with this Design Candy: Swing’n From the Rafters feature at DiggersList and the tree in my backyard that is begging for some kind of swing, I might be investigating outdoor chairs in the next few days.

Mary’s Picks

  • Remember how awesome friendship bracelets were to make? Well, over at Honestly…WTF they are bringing them back with a tutorial and everything. These are so colorful and pretty, and I love the idea of grouping them together. Also, how awesome would these be as headbands? I think I’m gonna play around with that idea.
  • Alright, I admit it. I’m in a relationship with a total nerd, a nerd who loves the idea of planning for what he’d do during a zombie apocolypse. So, when I saw KWK Promes’ safe house featured on Home DSGN, it made me smile. At first it looks like just a stone warehouse, but when the walls are retracted and the large concrete shutters are opened it’s quite stunning on the inside. Also, the lush grounds with the stark contrast of the man made concrete structure is beautiful. (via Apartment Therapy)

 

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Mary’s Picks

  • Over at Happy Menocal they will design a custom heraldry for you and your new partner. They make them for wedding gifts or for invitations. Their designs are so unique and beautiful. Go check them out if you’re about to get partnered up with your significant one! (via Honestly WTF)
  • I loved Elizabeth Cline‘s article The History of a Cheap Dress over on Etsy. She highlights how in the past 60 years women’s clothing has changed so much as far as cost and quality. She says, “as prices fell our closets grew.” Living in a post-war house built in the 1950s, has always made me wonder how women organized their tiny closets. Well, after reading Elizabeth’s article it totally makes sense to me now. Also, her and I share a birthday, so that’s awesome. AND, she’s going to be writing up more articles on having a “good closet” which will discuss what it means to buy ethically. I’m really intrigued.

Jess’s Picks

  • I find myself really drawn to these all-white, minimalist rooms that appear often on the blogs I read. But, the truth is, I’m not much of a minimalist and I love color so I was excited to find a beautiful marriage between lots of white and lots of pops of color in the  Home of designer Rikke Juhl Jensen posted on DesignAttractor this week.
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Look for new finds today in our Hope Chest with pretty pictures of little objects we think would be a great addition to any home. We’ll be posting our finds throughout the day but start with this catch-up on great finds around the blogosphere from the past week!

Jess’s Picks

  • Maybe it’s just getting over living in a house that doesn’t have nearly enough furniture yet, but I’m really into haphazard collections of objects. Check out this jewelry box at design sparrow.

Mary’s Picks

  • This recent post from Food Renegade makes me want to build my own garden even more. This is hard since I rent, but I’m pretty sure I could figure out how to make a mobile one of some sort. (If you’ve got an idea please comment!)
  • Since I live in a small space, I feel like this post on Ikea Hacker is so awesome. They took an IKEA storage closet and cut out a hole in the wall and just slid it in. This would be awesome to do with any piece of furniture.
  • I don’t grow out my nails because they always, always break on the sides. So, Karen’s post on the Art of Doing Stuff on how to fix a partly broken nail is pretty much the most amazing, innovative solution for nail fixin’. All you need is a tea bag, super glue, tweezers, buffing board thing-a-ma-jig, and a partly broken nail.
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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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Hope Chest

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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