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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Vietri Warehouse Sale!

October 15, 2014

HOORAY! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for — THE VIETRI WAREHOUSE SALE! Now that I fully understand the wonder and magic that is the Vietri Warehouse Sale since I had the good fortune of going earlier this year, — read here if you need a refresher on my initial trepidation — I cannot WAIT to get back.

In fact, I am driving all the way from Savannah to Hillsborough just for this sale because it’s that good. Excessive, I know. But necessary. 

For those of you who were in to your cups too much last time as my dear friend Al says — the Vietri Warehouse Sale is a fabulous collection of discontinued, slightly flawed, and unique sample products handmade in Italy and are up to 80% off retail price. The sale is from Saturday, October 25th to Monday, October 27th at the Vietri headquarters in Hillsborough, NC. New products will be refreshed daily so don’t worry about everything getting picked over after the first hour on Saturday. I hate when stuff is picked over. 

Below are some of the items that I’m crossing my fingers and toes will be available next Thursday when I make my pilgramage to Mecca the Vietri headquarters in pursuit of happiness awesome handmade Italian pottery. Which is essentially happiness. 


SST Vietri Favorites


 dish with handles / blue garden pot / aqua napkin / fish platter / silverware / gray urn / glass / sea urchin bowl / aqua vase


I love all of these pieces. They are all a bit pricey, but things that you will keep a lifetime. I treasure the pieces that I bought from the sale this past spring — they will be things I pass down to my children one day. One day far, far from now. 

And as if you needed another reason to go to this amazing sale, I’m giving away two free VIP tickets to the sale on Saturday. You get to go in at 7:30AM — don’t forget your coffee! — which is 30 minutes earlier than when the doors open to the public, allowing you to get first dibs on all this good stuff. To enter this fab giveaway, do one of the thingys below on the raffle thingy. Very technical around these parts. 


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Good luck! Event deets: Saturday, October 25 through Monday, October 27, 8AM to 4PM Address: 343 Elizabeth Brady Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 This post was sponsored by Vietri. They are the bomb.

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The Couch to End All Couches — No For Real.

October 2, 2014

The time has finally come to debut the Couch of Compromise. Drum roll please…. 


She’s a real beauty.

sofa 5

 The couch is this one from Lee Industries in Jefferson Cream. My beautiful chairs are also Lee as well. Lee Industries makes great products and, while they are pricey, they are worth the investment.


 See how fluffy and full the cushions are? I decided to splurge on the upgraded filling for the cushions and it was a great decision. The sofa is so comfortable and plush without sucking you in. How awkward is it when you are at a party and you get stuck in the couch? 

edge of sofa and tulips

 Wilson bought and arranged these tulips. Good husband. 

sofa 4


chairs table again

The view from the other side of the room. Why is it pitch-black dark outside, you ask? Because I’m writing this at 6:12AM. It’s early. 

fabric up close

 The beauty shot of the fabric. It’s a little lighter and more oatmeal than in the photo, but at 6 AM in the morning, you take what light you can get. It’s a beautiful thick weave that will — hopefully — stand the test of time. And withstand the husband, who is like a bull in a china shop. 

chairs and table



 The other corner of the room. Remember those pillows that used to be on the disgusting outdated leather couch we had? They now are perfect floor pillows.



side view

 So, what do you think? Leave me a comment so we can chat about this couch situation. I’m really in to it. 

Happy Thursday!

Home Living

Don’t Put Your Coffee on These Coffee Table Books

June 10, 2014

This week is my week off between jobs and I must admit — I would be a great stay-at-home mom. Minus the kids.  

I’ve accomplished so many things already this week — from organizing closets to finally going to the best Tempe dentist to polishing off a bottle of malbec and some false teeth information for dad, I checked off many things from my long to-do list. The last one was my favorite. I’m sure you are shocked. 

As I continue to be extremely OCD in preparation for Wilson’s and my big move, I’ve noticed just how many books I’ve collected over the past few years to use as decoration. They are damn everywhere! In fact, I may have gone a bit overboard with the amount of beautiful books I have scattered throughout the house — especially because now I haven’t the slightest idea where we will put them in our new TEENY apartment — but they really do make me happy. So much so that I wanted to share my favorites with you, some of which I got at a great discount, too.

In no particular order…

Living in Style -- Barnes and Noble

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Ah Rachel Zoe, how I love thee. She is such a badass and I adore everything she does, including her new home interiors book, Living in Style. It’s bananas

The Welcoming House by Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith

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Southern interior decorating extraordinaires Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith of Circa Interiors in Charlotte, NC, penned this elegant book, The Welcoming House — The Art of Living GraciouslyOne of my good friends works for Jane at Circa and scored me a signed copy. I’ve got friends in HIGH places. 

At Home -- Suzanne Rheinstein

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My sister gave me this gorgeous book by Suzanne Rheinstein and it graces my coffee table with a few others. It’s a beautiful book indeed.

Alexa Hampton The Language of Interior Design

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Another beautiful one that I purchased on Gilt Groupe.

The Southerner's Handbook by Garden & Gun

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Wilson’s parents gave this to him for Christmas this past year and I was so excited. What’s mine is mine and what’s his is ours, right?  Garden & Gun’s Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life is the good stuff — not only does it look fantastic on our living room shelf, it also gives myriad ways for How to Speak SouthernEven Southerners need a reminder from time to time, too. 

A Privileged Life

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I bought this one in NYC on a work trip. A bit pretentious for sure, but I really loved the lady’s outfit and expression. It’s like she’s up to something, and I want to know what that something is.

The Joy of Life The Idyllic in French Art

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I found this book in a tiny no-name book store in New Orleans a few months ago, and loved the color of the cover and the painting on the front. I am certainly no art buff by any means, but still loved this book anyway.

Happy Tuesday everyone! It is Tuesday, right?

Home Living

Comfortable Entertaining

May 21, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is plan something fun during the work week. When I graduated college and entered the work force, most likely the hardest adjustment I made as a working adult was learning that I couldn’t go out and party-hardy on Tuesdays anymore. Or any day during the work week, for that matter.

At UNC, Tuesdays were THE NIGHT to see and be seen, much to my mother’s astonishment and disapproval. Our disgusting yet amazing college bar Bob’s hosted a smashing party dubbed DJ Night every Tuesday, serving up cold Bud Lights for $2.50, endless opportunities for flirtation and general drunken tomfoolery.

Had an exam on Wednesday at 9am? Who cares. It was Tuesday and therefore we went to Bob’s to drink and dance to a laptop hooked up to loud speakers. My priorities were on point. Some of my fondest — and dimmest — college memories were created at Bob’s on Tuesdays, including meeting my dear husband, Wilson. A setting so romantic it rivals even the most poignant Shakespearean love stories.

The fall from the wonderful, comfortable cloud that was college to the cold, hard ground that is adulthood was made all the more crushing by the elimination of school-night partying.

But then I discovered that adults party mid-week as well, they just do so on a more appropriate level. My heart leaped with joy at the first invitation to a mid-week dinner party, held at a friend’s house and consisted of eating frozen pizza on the floor. It was spectacular. While I’ve exchanged the college tradition of slamming vodka drinks with grain alcohol at 10pm with moderately chugging sipping a bottle glass of Malbec, I’m happy to report that partying during the week is still great fun and Wilson and I do it all the time. 

Like last week’s grill session that served up this casual-cool table setting.

long table

The deliciously perfect weather provided the ultimate backdrop for ol’ Wilson and I to have some great friends over and cook some shiz on da grill.


These Skyros plates + these Caspari napkins + these rattan chargers + these cheap matelasse placemats from Marshalls + these pretty blue glasses = easy outdoor dining place setting. I cut a few sprigs of rosemary to put on top of the napkins to keep them in place because it was a tad windy. And for a little flair.

plates upclose

Upclose table 2

Wilson’s mint julep cups make an appearance again. If you don’t have some already, invest in a few. They are very useful.

place setting

I love the cutlery from our wedding registry. It’s pretty, heavy and goes with everything.

overhead view

Upclose table

Simple. Beautiful.

rocking chairs


left side of the table

When a friend asked Wilson and I if we wanted to go on a double date a few weeks ago, I ecstatically cut across her, exclaiming, “How about Tuesday!?”

Some things never change.

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The Story of the Owls and My Favorite Photos

April 29, 2014

Reason #347 why Wilson and I love our house: two owls live in our backyard. We are OBSESSED with these owls. They are so cool — they hoot at each other throughout the day and night and fly across the sky to search for food. A much cooler way to do grocery shopping. 

As the weather gets warmer, the owls have become more active and Wilson and I have had more lucky sightings of these awe-inspiring creatures. Wilson refers to them as the Owl Gang, speaking of them with as much reverence and respect as one would a U.S. president.

“Come here my brothers!” he called out to them the other night after a few bourbon drinks, “I am one of you!” He anxiously awaited for his acceptance into their gang.

They didn’t respond.

As do any celebrity, the owls have an entourage of crows that follow them, trying to poach the reward of their strategic hunts. Wilson is currently in the throes of crafting a master plan to take down these parasites, which involves the cloak of nighttime, our upstairs window and a 22. As bailing out my husband for using a firearm within city limits is not within my #plasticforkbudget, he is revising the logistics.

Left to his own devices, Wilson could either discover the cure to cancer or accidentally burn our house down. You just never know.

Our next-door neighbors have also joined in our fascination with the Owl Gang. We often exchange owl-sighting stories and they even snapped a few photos of one of the owls’ round little faces. Every celebrity is stalked by paparazzi.

Needless to say, things have gotten a little out of hand with our owl obsession. It also goes without saying that the owls are just one part of why we love this little home so much. In an effort to be more #grateful for how #blessed I am, I am sharing some of my favorite photos of the house.

Shall we?

glass coffe table2

This is the glass coffee I got a little confrontational over with an innocent lady. I’d say my attitude paid off.

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living room

Our house is cozy and therefore there is no entryway. You use the word “cozy” when politely referring to a house that is really freaking small.  Because of this, the room required impact, expertly delivered by these oversized lamps and bright colors throughout the room.

bookshelf upclose

I’m writing a bookshelf styling post so stay tuned for some ideas…

blue plate

Hanging plates on walls is the shit.


 You can learn a lot about a person by their bookshelf — who is most important to them, what books they read, the knick knacks they display to savor fond memories…


My attempt in styling the husband shit stuff. We like to have access to alcohol in almost every room. 

barcart 2

The birthplace of the brocart.

upstairs bathroom

A simple Target project that makes this little bathroom look stylish.

dining room shelf

My favorite crystal and china pieces, including my absolute favorite Vietri piece.

dining room

My blue and white dining room. These DIY lucite drapery rods were some of Wilson’s and my finest work.

dining room 2

We look very distinguished because of our beautiful barware, but it’s a farce. I purchased nothing in this picture, all of these pieces were wedding gifts. We did buy the liquor. #whatmattersmost

bathtub 2

OUR TUB! This thing is such a specimen of beauty and craftiness. The fact that Wilson not only found this gorgeous claw-foot tub on Craigslist but that he also hauled it in the back of his Yukon is one of the main reasons why he’s the absolute bomb. You go girl.

bathtub fixtures

I love the old-fashioned chrome fixtures. I love anything shiny.

Hope you enjoyed my Tuesday trip down memory lane…

Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway with Vietri to win this vase FO FREE. Free may be my favorite word.

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Master Bedroom — Grays Gone Wild

April 17, 2014

This house is such a labor of love.

Wilson and I put our blood, sweat and many, many tears into this house, and to see it come together — I use the word together loosely — feels like I’m watching one of my children graduate.


As a house is always a work in progress and nothing is ever really finished, I’ve learned to take gratitude in the little victories. Such as — look at this pretty bed! My mother-in-law gave us this beautiful bedding for Christmas two years ago. The matelassé bedding layered with the monogrammed hemstitch pillows mixes textures within the same clean white color. Makes me feel calm. Makes Wilson feel nervous that he’s going to get it dirty.

pillowsI know, I know, for bedding and towels you should use only the woman’s monogram, but since Wilson sleeps here too I wanted to give him some credit. Respect to my homie. chest 2I found this chest of drawers from Sleepy Poet for $400. Yes, $400. I saw one the other day like this for $2000. Booyah.


Look at my sweet little mom when she was a child! She was eating animal crackers in her cute sailor dress. I love this photo of her.

These lamps were a steal for $40 from Homegoods and the blue and white urns were a great find from Sleepy Poet at $40 each. These lamps from Pottery Barn are almost identical and are four times the cost of ones I found… Pottery Barn = good for bedding, overpriced for lamps.

bed at angle

 I purchased this bed from Gilt Groupe two summers ago for $700. At the time I felt like I had just spent a million dollars on nothing, but putting forth the money for what I really wanted has truly paid off. And $700 isn’t too bad for a king bed frame, so it was a good purchase. Things like a good bed are worth the splurge. The starburst mirror was a great snag from Amazon for $80, and the plates were yet another good find from Sleepy PoetSwear I’m still not getting paid for these mentions. 

 It’s important to note how long this room took me to create. I am not an impulse decision-maker when it comes to interiors, and I don’t do anything until I’m completely positive that I will love it for a considerable amount of time. I don’t force any purchases — if I don’t think it’s exactly what I’m looking for, then I don’t buy it. It’s difficult to exhibit this kind of self-control — especially for a shopaholic with expensive taste — but it is completely necessary to get what I want and not blow my budget. Rome was not built in a day and neither was this room.

bedside table

Our bedside tables were a wedding gift from Wilson’s aunts and uncles. They are stunning and have tons of storage — I love them.

Obviously you can tell that all of the colors in this room are muted grays and whites, besides the rich browns from the furniture and striking blue of the urns. As much as I love pops of color in a house, I need some serenity in my bedroom. It’s like the interior design version of a glass of wine plus half a xanax.

bedside table upclose

These lamp shades were a great score off of Etsy. They were a little pricey at $50 each, but well worth it in my opinion. The lucite lamp bases were from Target for $57 each! Mi amor. 

I really love this bedroom and hope you do too, so much so that you will Pin these images because they are now able to be pinned right from this website! I figured out how to do it all on my own, too… Snaps for Anna. Just hover your mouse over the photos and voilà! Great pinnable material. Here’s hoping, at least.

It’s funny, I’m staring at my hand and just cannot figure out for the life of me why there is not a cocktail in it. I must rectify this situation immediately. Ciao.

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Mixing and Matching Pillows

March 12, 2014

One of my most favorite things to do when sitting in my living room is watch any male squirm uncomfortably because of all the decorative pillows on the furniture. It is the same type of enjoyment I get when watching Wilson freak out whenever he finds any feminine products in our house — it so damn funny and never gets old. He has learned a lot about women since we’ve been married, most of which he did not want to know.

Wilson, for example, has a lot of trouble with the living room pillows. Whenever he walks into the room, he scans the space for a spot to sit sans pillows, and after finding no such place, he gingerly squats on the edge of the couch and attempts to nestle back against them, awkwardly arching his back over the shape of the pillow instead of leaning against it. He’ll adjust, and squirm, and rustle about to achieve his desired level of comfort, but it is to no avail — he just looks like a person at the movie theater sitting in the front row — awkward, upset and about to have a neck ache. After another five minutes of failed adjustments, he’ll curse at the pillow and throw in on the floor. “I hate these pillows!” he’ll spat under his breath, darting his eyes at the pillows’ purchaser. He never thought saying ‘I do’ meant dealing with decorative pillows. And so much more. 

At least Wilson has learned to just throw the pillows on the floor — if we have male guests at our house, they simply endure the discomfort in an effort to be polite and not hurt my feelings because they know 1) I bought them and 2) I write a blog about home stuff so that might be rude. I’m here to tell you, gentlemen in my life and in my living room, you may throw the throw pillows on the floor. They were cheap.

Throw pillows are such an easy and affordable way to change the look of any room and/or piece of furniture. As previously stated, the bane of my existence is that disgusting leather specimen that Wilson refers to as a “really nice couch” in our living room. If you saw where he lived previously and the guests he and his roomies entertained — they called it upscale fraternal living — you’d understand my distaste for this cumbersome piece of shit. But I digress. I bought extremely bright — borderline annoying — aqua and tangerine pillows to cover up enhance the look of the piece of furniture and add some color to the room.


See? You almost can’t see it. Almost.

There are several ways to combine different pillows that coalesce together without being matchy-matchy. Here I’ve taken the color palette in the room and used it on the pillows — aqua and tangerine aren’t quite complementary colors, but close enough. I also mixed different patterns together within the same color family to create an unexpected look that isn’t completely haphazard. The look you want to go for is intentionally diverse, not totally strange.


The tangerine pillow’s pattern is much more subdued so the collection of pillows isn’t too loud.



These pillows are on the bed in a guest bedroom. The blues and greens in the paisley pillow are reflected in the fringe and detail of the front decorative pillows. They go together like me and mimosas at 12PM on Saturdays. Or any days.



These cuties are in the loft. I used only neutral colors to blend together a variety of pillows, each a different size and fluffiness. There are also various textures combined together here, which is another great way to mix in different pillows.



Mixing pillows together is so awesome and you should definitely do it. Because I said so. Don’t you trust a person who watches Real Housewives on the reg?

Happy Wednesday people. Only two more days until the weekend. Lawd help me.

Home Living

That Time When I Almost Fought Some Lady Over a Coffee Table

January 10, 2014

I am very pleased to report that my efforts in decorating the loft area of our home are coming along quite nicely. I have made several mental decisions for how to organize the space and what needs to be purchased and what needs to be improved upon. To keep within my non-existent budget, I am embarking on a few DIY projects to update some furniture I already have instead of buying new pieces. More updates on that front to come soon.

One of the pieces that I knew I wanted to purchase for the room was a new coffee table. The one I had already was a piece I bought off of Ruelala and, much to my chagrin, was fake wood. Actually it’s straight up plastic. Fack! Good lesson to be learned here — when buying furniture online, don’t forget to look at what it’s made out of, Anna. Besides the poor quality materials, its shape was all wrong for the space, too. Its rectangular shape didn’t allow for much food to be displayed — we watch a LOT of football up there and dips are a must — and it needed to echo the flow of the room as dictated by the sectional. In other words, I needed something square or round.

Other requirements for the new coffee table included something that you could put your feet on and also easily cleanable — re: the football dips and feet.

I found the PERFECT coffee table at Sleepy Poet, a local antique consignment warehouse in Charlotte that is seriously amazing. If you live here or will visit me soon, make sure you stop by.

There it was, tucked away secretly in the back of the warehouse, under aimless bronze items and an elephant that is a Florida State fan. As nondescript as they come, this coffee table was truly a diamond in the rough.Coffee Table at SP

 She’s a real beauty Clark.

With any purchase over $50 — really $20, let’s be honest I’m that cheap — I usually have to take a little me-time and evaluate if I really want the item. As the coffee table was $135 — the horror! — I went home to consult with Wilson and mull the decision over.

A few days went by, and I knew the coffee table was the one for me. It was perfect — met all of my requirements and wasn’t outrageously expensive. I made Wilson — much to his chagrin — go with me to the Sleepy Poet to retrieve my prized coffee table and start the process of loft decorating with a bang.

Once at the Sleepy Poet, I beelined for the coffee table and showed it to Wilson. “This is the one! Isn’t it perfect?” I exclaimed. Wilson nodded his head yes, wondering when we were leaving so he could start his customary Saturday cocktailing. A well-dressed lady with black glasses and silver hair behind us said, “Oh that is a great coffee table!” and I nodded to her in agreement, thinking we were fellow bargain hunters reveling in a good deal and not soon-to-be sworn antique enemies. My sister and brother-in-law were also with us at the Sleepy Poet, so we skipped off to find them as it was just the beginning of the shopping trip and there were several more showrooms to drag Wilson through.

Cut to the moment when I was ready to purchase the coffee table.

Apparently to claim an item, you must remove the price tag from the piece and take it to the front counter, and then an associate will help load the furniture into your car. Silly me, I did not know this, and when I went to retrieve the coffee table, the price tag was gone. The well-dressed-silver-haired lady SNAGGED THE DAMN COFFEE TABLE FROM ME. I was livid. Furious. Inconsolable. I knew I had to find that lady and claim what was rightfully mine!

Cut to the moment when I confronted well-dressed-silver-haired lady after an hour of stomping around.

Wilson spotted her first — he probably regretted pointing her out — and I went over to her. I asked her as nicely as I could if she had taken the table, and she said YES and thought I didn’t want it because I didn’t take the tag. Damn my ignorance! She then asked me if I wanted it back because she “wouldn’t have seen it had I not pointed it out.” Yea no shit lady. Gratefully, I snatched the price tag from her hand and did cartwheels all the way to the check-out counter while singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Not really — I thanked her profusely and then bought the coffee table.

Well ladies and gents, my propensity for confrontation paid off in the end because she is perfect in our loft. No I’m not talking about the well-dressed-silver-haired lady.






I am so in love. This coffee table is a work of art really — perfect art deco meets gold glam meets our loft. Easy to clean and perfect for feet propping. If I could take this coffee table everywhere with me, I would. It makes me that happy.

To the well-dressed-silver-haired lady: Thank you for your generosity and kindness and I promise I will pay it forward.

It’s Friday beeches!

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Out With the Old, In With the White — Top 5 White Sales for 2014

December 30, 2013

It’s almost the new year and that means white sales! For those of you with question marks in your eyes, a white sale is a sale on bedding, sheets and towels. The best ones happen at the first of the year in January.

I am currently in the market for a duvet for our master bedroom. Wilson has all of a sudden become extremely cold-blooded and nearly freezes every night. For me — quite conversely — I almost roast to death under even a single sheet, so finding a duvet for my frost-bitten husband is surely a token of my love and affection. Until frostbite do us part.

With my duvet-hunting-hat on, here are my picks for the best white sales:

1. Pottery Barn always has a great white sale every January. I really like this duvet below… -- Morgan Duvet CoverClean and simple.

2. Belk is having a great sale on towels and bedding. This is the perfect time to throw out your old pillows and get new ones. Old pillows are so gross.

3. is offering 15% to 25% off all of its bed linens and towels. Pretty much all of the duvets/comforters are absolutely atrocious — they are offensive — so I would use this as a good spot to get new sheets or pillows. Seriously stay away from those comforters, I’m really upset about them.

4. West Elm has great sales on all bedding. I love this duvet set below… -- Mandala Ikat Duvet SetSo bright and sunny. Much like Wilson in the mornings.

5. Crate & Barrel is offering great savings on bedding and bath accoutrement, in addition to other staple home items.

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve everyone! Too early for champs?

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A Lofty Idea

December 9, 2013

Once the holidays are over, I am going to start decorating our home again. I have to do it in waves because 1) it costs way too much money to do it all at once and 2) I cannot make a decision to save my life on my own house. It takes me months to make a decision on where to hang something — I mull over personal decorating choices like my life is on the line. Perhaps it is.  

Regardless of my paralyzing indecision, I am MAKING myself finish our upstairs loft area in 2014 whether I like it or not. And I’m announcing it to you so you can hold me accountable. I am budgeting extra funds from January to March to make the improvements because there are still walls upstairs with nothing on them. It’s inexcusable. 

The only piece in the loft area I have already that is definitely staying is this sectional. Everything else is negotiable. The room has nice natural light and neutral walls, so it is a great clean slate. Here’s the issue — I promised Wilson that I would make this room his — sigh — man room and will display his massive amounts of Tar Heel memorabilia in it, but only in a way that we both agree on. I really owe this to him as I exiled all of his belongings to our “basement,” which is actually a crawl space that you can stand up in. I told him this house was like teflon — none of his stuff would stick.

With this predicament in mind, I have found a few photos of neat lofts for inspiration to hopefully get my creative juices flowing and finish poor Wilson’s man room.

Loft Inspiration 3

I love this room. Light and airy, it encourages conversation and looks comfortable too.

Loft Inspiration 4

I really like the gallery wall in this room. I am thinking that is the best way to display Wilson’s prized UNC possessions at once without giving me anxiety.


Loft inspiration 5

I love all of the textures in this room.

Loft inspiration 6


I will keep you posted on my progress. If I don’t have something to report by March, I’ll be in big trouble.

In other news, Kate Spade is having 30% off everything today with the code GREEN30. Proceed with caution.

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