The Chairs of Ralph Lauren Home

I clearly have a thing for chairs. That being said, I’m loving these finds from Ralph Lauren Home.

Leather, monogram, and glitter. Need I say more?
Leather, monogram, and glitter. Need I say more?

Get the look for less with an embellished pillow.

Red. Velvet. So luxe, you just have to sit in it.
Red. Velvet. So luxe, you just have to sit in it.

From now on, I want to cover everything in red velvet. It is cozy, it gets your attention, it begs to be touched.

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Roadside Find: Picking a Fabric

Sometimes the hardest part of reviving a piece is picking the finish/ color or fabric that you want to use.

This roadside find was in awesome shape, so I’m leaving the finish for now (with a few little touch ups here and there) but I may eventually white wash it. That being said, I love it how it is for now.

I went downtown and picked out fabrics, and now that I’m laying them out, I think the search has just begun (can you say changeable cushions?! Yes!)

Here are the top contenders:

I almost think a thicker stripe would be better on this piece.
I almost think a thicker stripe would be better on this piece.

 

I love the retro feel of this bold pattern, and I originally envisioned this chair with a blue and white cushion.
I love the retro feel of this bold pattern, and I originally envisioned this chair with a blue and white cushion.

 

I LOVE the beachy feel of the seahorse print. I think I will make this cushion first, even if it is out of season. The bright coral reminds me of the south!
I LOVE the beachy feel of the seahorse print. I think I will make this cushion first, even if it is out of season. The bright coral reminds me of the south!

California Dreamin’- Venice Boardwalk Art

Walking down the boardwalk in Venice Beach is like a feast for your eyes. Lots of weird people to watch, lots of random music every few yards, basketball courts, bikers, the outdoor gym, and lots of art. Yes, art!

Here’s a particular favorite from yesterday:

Obsessed with this- I wanted to take it home, but would need to get rid of some stuff to make wall space (and you all know by now what a hoarder I am.) At only $225, it seems like a steal to me!
Obsessed with this- it is the epitome of California cool. I wanted to take it home, but would need to get rid of some stuff to make wall space (and you all know by now what a hoarder I am.) At only $225, it is a steal for original artwork!

I’ve seen this guy painting out on the boardwalk multiple times. He paints all kinds of things with all kinds of images. Yesterday he was working on a motorcycle on another piece from this shipping crate. I’ve seen him with pallets, old beds, shipping crates, even a set of shelves from an old apartment getting remodeled down the street.  How’s he find all this good stuff? People tell him when they see something or bring it by. Talk about a rehabber!

Here's another piece he was selling yesterday. It would be awesome to put both cars on the same wall to make a big statement!
Here’s another piece he was selling yesterday. Want to make a big statement? Put both paintings on the wall next to each other!

 

The Great Rug Debate

So I’ve been on a hunt, no, more like a quest for the perfect rug.

I’ve been wanting to re-do my living room for quite some time, and for some reason a rug just feels like a big commitment. 

I’ve decided that a woven rug is the look I’m going for– breezy, casual, but with a touch of elegance. Easy to dress up or dress down (though it sounds like I’m talking about clothes, I’m still on rugs.)

After pulling photos from Pottery Barn and my favorite discount sites Joss and Main and One Kings Lane, I found some reasonable rugs at Ikea. Yeah, still the devil, but you can order online and avoid the store all together.

Here are my top two choices:

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They’re pretty similar, but it is all about the border for me. I think it looks classy, a friend I emailed the options to thought the border made it look like an outdoor rug. A couple of days later we were walking through Ralph Lauren Home (my happy place) and I noticed bordered rugs scattered throughout.

The non-border rug is thicker, which I like to absorb noise, but the thinner rug just feels more luxe for some reason.  Maybe I’m off base– what do you think?

All About Otomi

During a recent trip to Cabo (I need to do an entire post on the amazing, wonderful, mindblowing resort we stayed at called the One and Only Palmilla) I found this beautiful textile.

The headboard in our room was covered with this woven bright orange tapestry with birds and other little creatures dancing around. If you know me at all, you know that the fact that it was orange was enough to get me hooked. Add on that it is a print (yeah, I’ll go for pretty much anything in a print before even thinking about a solid color) and I was double hooked.

Walking around the galleries and tourist shops in San Jose Del Cabo, I found this fabric from the room for sale. Much to my delight, it comes in every bright color you could want. I later found out it is called Otomi fabric, after the people that make it.

Here is one display. You could buy runners, pillows, or "table cloths" pre-made. Honestly, I'd love to use a table cloth as a quilt!
Here is one display. You could buy runners, pillows, or “table cloths” pre-made. Honestly, I’d love to use a table cloth as a quilt! 

Much to my dismay, I thought the vendors weren’t haggling low enough and passed on the opportunity to buy some, thinking I could find it online for much cheaper. Nope. It is wayyy more expensive online. Apparently it is pretty popular in some circles (isn’t it obvious why?)

And it is so expensive because the designs are hand embroidered.

Here I am holding up another cool print, obviously deep in thought:

alliotomiGuess I’ll just have to plan another trip to Cabo to pick up some pieces. That’s legit, right?