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Etsy Treasures: Jessica Durant

Jessica’s Little Shop of Illustrations by JessicaIllustration.

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but Etsy is an interesting beast.  There is some legit crap out there, not going to lie.  Like knitted Kleenex box covers.  But on the other hand, there is some great stuff, you just have to look for it.  I’ve gotten some great little pieces of art at really great prices.

I found Jessica Durant’s Etsy shop, and I think her illustrations are so great.  An example of the non-crap out there.  They’re stark and girly and modern.  Some day I envision having a major bedroom-sized closet with a chair to lounge in and great prints all over the walls.  These would be perfect.


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Fancy Drinking

I’ve recently become obsessed with the idea of having a bar cart.  Particularly of the vintage variety even though I tend toward more modern.  Usually I’m more of a fan of having things put away in drawers and cabinets to hide clutter and make everything more sleek, but booze is pretty, right?  There are so many options and so many ways to style them – it’s really a chance to show off your personality and your style.

And these carts?  I NEED one.

Here is a great post about how to set up your bar cart.  Personally, mine will have a gorgeous shaker, Saint Germaine, these champagne flutes which I got for Christmas, and a unique decanter.

I mean, how happy would you be if you arrived home to this everyday???



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Wood is the New Crystal

I’m on a decorating kick.  What you say?  I don’t own a house?  Oh yeah.  Hey, a girl can dream.  You’ve got to be prepared – if that’s not what Pinterest is for, I just don’t know.  I’m OBSESSED with the wood chandeliers at Restoration Hardware right now.  My family and boyfriend think I’m crazy.  A chandelier is for fancy people and must be made out of gold and crystal and diamonds and class.  Pssh.  I just think they’re so cool and unique.  They say, “hey, I’m awesome, but I’m too cool to be over the top and ridiculously flashy”.  Right?

(Top two Restoration Hardware, last one, Pottery Barn.)

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Victoria’s Throne

Searching for Victoria’s Chair from the TV Show “Revenge”–and the Real Grayson Mansion.

I have been working my little tail off lately, so no free time to post or do fun things.  But when I get home from a long day, I can’t just to go sleep, I need to decompress (gotta have my wine, hello?!?!).  As you know, I heart me some bad tv, so as I crawled home from work today, finding out a new episode of Revenge was on really made things begin to look up.  Gossip, style, scandal, Gossip Girl meets the Hamptons… duh.  I’ve been eying this chair for the entire season.  It’s so cool.  Victoria Grayson, you are evil and fabulous!

I don’t know what people did before Google, seriously.  BUT of course, it told me that several blogs have also looked into this chair and tracked down very similar pieces, see link above.  I’m sure I could find it a place for it somewhere in my apartment.  I’m pretty sure it would make me immediately more fancy yet mean and manipulative (what everyone dreams of becoming, I’m sure).

This one looks pretty good, I believe from Homegoods (next online shop stop) [photo credit from the above-linked blog – thank you!).  Minus the teddy bear.   Evil, manipulative b-words can’t have teddy bears.  Just evil victorian dolls with no souls.

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Desert Bloom

Buy Succulent Plants Online Air Plants by SucculentOasis on Etsy.

I just got home from 15+ hours at the office (face palm).  Don’t worry, first thing I did besides take off my heels was to pour a glass of wine.  Now that I’m finally winding down on the couch, I’m overwhelmed by the awesome smell of my grocery store purchased lilies (best $9.99 I’ve spent lately … aside from the bottle of wine…).  But really, having pretty, happy living things around is just SO therapeutic.  With that in mind, I’ve been on the lookout for plants to have in my office (since I’m there most of the time anyways…).  I can’t bring a bouquet of flowers to work – seems a little much (even though I have no problem buying them for myself at home), and the boyfriend refuses hints about work flower deliveries (invites a lot of questions anyways – what did he do??  Is he in trouble??  No, Gladys Kravitz, go away).  Plus, the one plant I had in my office died a brutal death of neglect.  In fact, a co-worker stole it “rescued it” acting like he was freaking child protective services.  Sorry, my thumbs aren’t green.   SO, I’ve finally found the perfect solution – succulents.  Cactus-like (so I’m hoping perfectly sustainable with the nurturing that it will NOT receive), but still pretty happy colors!  Plus, they look super unique.  So of course I ordered them online from this Etsy shop.  I ordered a pot and a variety of seven different ones. I’m eagerly awaiting delivery and will report back!

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My Future Wall-Quilt

(I’ll come up with a cooler name for this endeavor.)

As you may have noticed, I’m always looking to add color into my life/wardrobe/pedicure.  All of the major furniture in my living room (and bedroom for that matter) seem to neutral colors, so I’m always on the lookout for adding colorful accents without blowing my bank account.  I rent, so I’m hesitant to commit to something major and awesome that may not work in my future dream home when I acquire it.  That said, I REALLY want something like one of these, though everyone thinks I’m crazy for wanting a yellow couch (it’s a statement piece!).

Colorful Couches

Verano Sofa in Sofas | Crate&Barrel
$1,799 – crateandbarrel.com

Klyne Sofa in Sofas | Crate&Barrel
$1,019 – crateandbarrel.com


Anyways, I digress.  In the meantime before I make the leap and purchase a super awesome couch that’s not drab brown, I’m kind of becoming obsessed with the idea of framing some great fabric or wall paper.  I’m thinking of some smaller pieces in multiple frames.  Kind of like a deconstructed, framed quilt (but much less Granny-ish than it sounds).

There are some really cool fabrics in this etsy shop I just found.  Also, my online girl crush has a vintage wallpaper etsy shop.  I actually got part of my inspiration from one of her posts with some cool framed paper for a bedroom.   I love ALL of these.  How to choose??  This actually might be a lot harder than I was envisioning.

Stay tuned.  If it happens, I’ll post some photos!  (But it might not be until after Easter, as I have given up shopping online till then.  Once again, worst. idea. ever.  EVER!


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Papercut Art (and my first Etsy experience)

Papercut Art & Jewelry by Tina Tarnoff by tinatarnoff on Etsy.

So I was telling my friend that I was looking for artwork to hang on my wall in my office, and she mentioned that she’d just purchased a great print from Etsy.  Now I’ve heard of Etsy, but usually my first thought is that it’s a lot of home-made yarn mittens, not to be rude – kitsch, and generally things that I don’t need.  But, I browsed through the art section and found some really great stuff!  (I know to everyone else that regularly shops the site, this is no revelation, but as you may know, I’m usually the last one to the party.)  I came across this boutique by Tina Tarnoff of papercut art and they are just so cute!  Not office material, but they are sweet and feminine and would go great in the future fabulous closet/dressing room that I swear I will have one day, dammit!  (You know, one of those with some ridiculous lounge chair, a chandelier, fabulous closets, and let’s be real, a wine fridge.  Something that I imagine Beyonce has.)  Definitely check out her Etsy shop!

Papercut Art & Jewelry by Tina Tarnoff by tinatarnoff on Etsy

Papercut Art & Jewelry by Tina Tarnoff by tinatarnoff on Etsy

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