Craigslist Catch: vintage egg chair

In honor of summer's appearance, I set out looking for some patio furniture for this week's Craigslist Catch. And OH BOY, did the 'list deliver. Just look at this magical treasure I uncovered:

 

I joke with J that this blog segment is going to cost us so much money because how in the world am I supposed to find gorgeous steals like this and not want to bring them home to live with us?! At least until I find a good home for it ;) This beauty deserves to live out its life on a covered porch, somewhere with warm weather and maybe a sea breeze or two. Imagine having your morning coffee while curled up on hanging chair one of these perfect porches:

 
 

This particular chair has such beautiful clean lines, it was practically calling out for an elegant and serene Hamptons-resort-meets-Alys-Beach-modern situation. I kept the color palette neutral, using black and white accents to contrast the natural elements like the rattan chair and grass fringe pillow. The perfect mini oasis:

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light | tree | beach sign | pouf | pillow | rug

Sigh. So dreamy. Who wouldn't want to spend Sunday morning on this porch?

look for less: office space

It may be because I have my own mini home office redesign on the brain, but it seems that gorgeous, chic work spaces are everywhere I look lately (case in point: this article, this article, and this pinterest board). I pinned some really great office spaces on my own interiors board this week, so I decided to pick a few of my favorites to recreate for you! Below I've shown you how to get a room that looks pretttttttty close to the photo. And, because you know I'm always looking for a deal, I've also put together a room with a similar look, but for a lot less.

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"get the look" room total: $1,071 shelves | desk | chair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender
"look for less" room total: $358 shelves | deskchair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender

office space #2

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"get the look" room total: $4,744 lamp | shade | art | desk | shelf | rug | chair
"look for less" room total: $1,058 lamp | shade | art | desk | pull & brackets | shelf | gold leaf | rug | chair

office space #3

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"get the look" room total: $981 fig tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase
"look for less" room total: $676 topiary tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase

Which look is your favorite, or have you spotted another office space you're crushing on? Share it with me below!

xo Korin

Dining Chair Inspiration

Remember those chairs I told you I was fixing up for my dining room? I know I promised a DIY post, and I haven't forgotten, but this isn't it. We had a couple of rainy weekends last month and, since I can't safely use paint stripper or spray paint inside my apartment, I had to wait it out. But I'm getting there! I've scrubbed all of the chairs and soaked the rust off the hardware, completely stripped the stain off one chair (it's a long process with all the little nooks and crannies in those babies), put one coat of paint on said chair, and picked out the fabric to re-upholster the cushions in. See, progress! Here's the chair mid-painting:

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Gorgeous, right? I'm thinking a turquoise/aqua vinyl for the cushion like these from Little Green Notebook (although I'm still toying with the idea of a printed fabric).

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I've been documenting my entire process and I promise to have a detailed post up when I'm done, in case you want to attempt something similar. In the meantime, here are some of the images that inspired me while shopping for chairs of my own (click through for links).

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If you want more DIY inspiration, head over to Little Green Notebook—my go-to for design ideas. Redoing your own items? Share them below!

Spend vs. Score: Living Room

One of the best parts of life after college so far has been the experience of living alone and on my own, something I think everyone should do at least once in their life. And one fun upside to being the sole occupant: you're in charge! I have loved being able to start putting into action my vision for my home, but let me tell you, it can get expensive. If you've got the cash to get exactly what you want without the effort, more power to you. But for the rest of us who are on a budget, we've got two options: settle for something that doesn't match your vision, or my personal favorite, a combination of research & DIY. And lucky for you, I've done a little DIY and a whole lotta research, so sit back and enjoy the living room edition of Spend vs. Score! SpendSaveSome of this is already sitting in my apartment, some of it is yet to come, and some of it needs a little work, but this is my vision for my living room. I can't wait to share photos when it's complete! Now on to the important part: cost.

Total price of the SPEND living room: $6,506 Total price of the SCORE living room: $959

That's more than an 85% savings! Now let's break it down.

First up, the couch. I had my heart set on a grey sectional with an end lounge, but most sectionals go for upwards of $2000! I loved this sectional from West Elm, and had pretty much determined that I was either going to have to splurge on it or settle for a lesser sofa. Then, lo and behold, I got a flyer in the mail about a furniture sale at World Market (which I love but have never really looked at their furniture). One trip to the store, one borrowed truck, one awesome aunt, and two kind strangers later, this beauty was sitting in my living room! SPEND couch: West Elm, $2,498 SCORE couch: World Market, $525 (plus no additional shipping charge, which would have been another $150!)

I bought my armchair a little over a year ago, and I am still in love with it. I got an amazing deal on it at TJ Maxx (clearance, what whaaat), and it survived a year in a college apartment and is still holding up. SPEND chair: Pottery Barn, $999 SCORE chair: TJ Maxx, $100

I wanted a really colorful chest to set my TV on, but again, everything was so expensive! Even Target didn't have anything below $150. After scouring Craigslist for weeks, I found someone who was selling two dressers (the one above plus a larger, taller one) for $120. Both dressers, paint, supplies, and new hardware ended up being a little under $150. Two for the price of one Target piece, plus these are real wood and have my own stamp on them. Priceless. SPEND chest: Anthropologie, $998 SCORE chest: Craigslist DIY, $75

I don't currently have a dining room table, so all meals and other activities are currently taking place on the sofa. One item that makes this much, much easier (and less messy): a laptop table. No more leaning over the coffee table or sitting with a plate in your lap, this little sucker pulls right up to you. LOVE it. SPEND laptop table: One King's Lane, $139 SCORE laptop table: Ikea, $25

One downside to apartment living-- the inherent lack of lighting. I don't know why, but most apartments seem to lack overhead lighting in the living spaces. Bedroom, check. Bathroom, check. Kitchen, check. Living room, sorry Charlie. There is a fun solution to this problem, though: lots of lamps! I want one good floor lamp for the living room so I can finally say goodbye to my trusty Target lamp (which has lasted 4+ years, but is a little warped from the cross-country move). SPEND floor lamp: Z Gallerie, $229 SCORE floor lamp: Ikea, $60

Now the decor--

A large mirror to open up the space SPEND large mirror: Restoration Hardware, $595 SCORE large mirror: thrifted, $25

A port mirror to add some texture SPEND rope mirror: Anthropologie, $248 SCORE rope mirror: Target, $14 (on clearance)

Artwork makes it interesting! SPEND artwork: Z Gallerie, $800 SCORE artwork: Limezinnias Design, $45 each (for 12"x12" size)

Until next time! XO