Archives for April 2009

Bookshelf Styling 101

Bookshelves are great for any room in the house…for storage and to display items. I have 4 IKEA shelves in my home. I have 2 Billy’s in our “office” (actually one wall in our bedroom) and 2 Lacks. I think it’s a waste of money to spend a lot of money on “quality” shelves. They don’t have moving parts and you never actually have to “use it” (i.e. sit on it or open or close it) like other furniture.

Here are some styling tips for the shelves in your lives…

I love displaying hard cover books.
I threw away all the dust jackets and sorted by color to make it look more organized.

Inexpensive storage: On the right, we have white storage bins from IKEA and on the left, HERMES boxes (the smaller was a wedding gift and the larger once housed my mom’s birkin). The HERMES boxes had such a vibrant, gorgeous color that I couldn’t throw them out and now, they add a really nice pop of color to my shelf!

In baby A’s room, I used baskets from Land of Nod to store her toys and random knick knacks.
On the top shelf, I displayed her little books and a piggy bank and on the bottom shelf, I used Land of Nod boxes for more storage.

Please share your own ideas for bookshelf styling with me! :)

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Easy Homemade Granola

I love yogurt parfaits and snacking on granola so when my sister shared with me this super easy recipe, I jumped at the chance to try it. Here are some suggestions when making this…

  • Add pecans and walnuts on top of the peanuts (the more nuts, the better!).
  • When adding wet ingredients, add oil first and use same measuring spoon to add honey so the honey doesn’t stick to the spoon.
  • After it’s all cooked and cooled, add dried raisins and cranberries.
  • You can omit the wheatgerm if you don’t have it on hand.
  • You can control the amount of sugar that goes in to make it less fattening (you won’t be able to tell the difference!).

Buy a big tub of yogurt (so much cheaper), add some fruit and voila! Delicious, nutritious, and filling breakfast! Oh and NEVER skip breakfast…you’ll end up overeating the rest of the day!!

Chiasso Warehouse Sale…


The semi-annual Chiasso Warehouse Sale was this past weekend. I meant to blog about it before the event but with a newborn at home, I don’t always get around to doing everything I mean to do. What you can do though is sign up for their email newsletter so you don’t miss the next sale.

I went the last 2 years and ended up with some really great, affordable finds! I don’t remember the exact price of some of the items so I’m posting approximations.

  • Thomas Paul pillow, $20 (pictured above)
  • Accent table, $40 (pictured above)
  • Lamp Base, $15 (pictured above)
  • Jonathan Adler plate, $2 (pictured below)
  • White ceramic bird, $5 (pictured in previous post)


I had an extremely busy weekend and missed the sale myself this year but I’ll be at the next one and Chicagoland people, I hope to see you there!

Real Art for Real People

Everyone remembers being a freshman in college and going down to the poster store to pick up some “art” for your dorm room. In my case, I believe it was a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” poster. Then, my junior year while studying abroad, I “upgraded” my art to prints of my favorite Monet’s, Manet’s and Van Gogh’s.

It is cute and all but I think once you’re out of college and live in your own place, you can do better than movie posters and prints of famous art. There are many options out there for people like us who can’t afford to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on artwork.

1. Frame wallpaper
Ours is “French Dot” by Nama Rococo Wallpaper Studio and is actually a combination painting/screenprint. The black part is screenprinted but the colors are hand painted on so each sheet is absolutely unique and one of a kind. The colors used in each print are unique as well so you will see that mine looks different than the one on the website. This is the most expensive item on this list at $220.

2. Original Illustrations
Mine are by AshleyG on etsy. They are original illustrations that are digitally colored. They are adorable and have a lot of character! These prints are $20 each!

3. Unique Photography
I’m slightly obsessed with these Alicia Bock photos that my sister found. They are so dreamlike and have all the charm of vintage photographs. I’m desperately trying to find a home for these pieces somewhere in my condo. These are $35 each!

4. Stretch fabric over a canvas frame

My sister in law saw this beautiful fabric in Domino Magazine (ugh…still soo upset that they went out of business!!) and stretched it over a canvas frame to make a large and dramatic focal point for their living room. She has a beautiful home that is chock full of personality and detail. Maybe she’ll allow me to do a home tour on this blog someday..?

Any other ideas for affordable art? Please feel free to add to this list! :)

Update your denim!

Current Elliott boyfriend jeans $206

One of the biggest trends in denim right now is the boyfriend jean we saw everyone from Katie Holmes to Rachel Bilson (my fave!) rocking from 08.

Some things to keep in mind when wearing this trend:
– Roll up/cuff the jeans to make it look intentional (no walk of shame here!) and break up the boxiness.
– Pair the baggy, boyfriend jeans with a more feminine top and heels if possible (like shown above) so you don’t actually end up looking like a boyfriend
– Try a ton on and see which are flattering on you! This trend is teeter-tottering on “ick” unless you get the fit exactly right.
– If you have a pair of straight leg jeans that are several sizes too large lying around (or your bf/hubbie is just a few sizes bigger than you….not the case in my household. I tried on dear hubbie’s and after buttoning up, they literally fell to the ground. Sorry streak frites for ousting you!), you may want to try just rolling up the hems to see if it works.

AG ex boyfriend crop jean $225

Another big trend in denim is the distressed look. I don’t think it’s worth spending a lot of money on ripped up jeans. You can either distress a pair of old jeans yourself or pick up a $20 pair at forever21 like I did.

Distressed denim tips:
– Roll up/cuff the jeans
– Pair with something simple and clean (like a plain white v-neck) and cute simple gladiators. There is a lot going on in your pants and you don’t want to overdo it.

If nothing else….get out a pair of straight leg jeans and roll them up for a fresh look this spring/summer!