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?

Gift It: Graduation

It's almost that time again! It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year since I walked across the stage myself, but at the same time so much has happened that I can't believe it's only been a year. As I'm starting to prepare for my trip back to Georgia to watch my guy get his Master's degree (so proud of you, J!), I thought some of you might be attending graduations of your own or graduating yourself. So whether you need gift ideas for a special graduate or need to give some ideas for what you want, here are a few things any grad would be thrilled to get.

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card | wallet | universal charger | watch | lunch tote | shower jelly | screen towelettes | amazon giftcard

Currently Craving: Handbags

CC_HandbagsOne of my favorite parts about spring is cleaning out my closet to make way for last year's warm-weather clothing that's been stored away, and to see where I can add some fun new pieces. I also took some time last weekend to completely rearrange my closet into a sort of mini dressing room (I might post some photos later—it's still semi in-progress), and in doing so I noticed that my bag game has been slipping. The majority of my collection consists of blacks and browns, with one fun emerald bag thrown in. Now that spring is upon us, it's the perfect time to add some color to my wardrobe with a few light & bright handbags! Join me? Here are a few of my favorites:

1. "Mia" Satchel- T Tahari 2. "Juliana" Tote- Carlos by Carlos Santana 3. Weekender Bag- Kate Spade Saturday 4. "Stacey" Geometric Shoulder Tote- Handbag Heaven 5. Envelope Clutch- Pull&Bear 6. Floral Print Wing Tote- Handbag Republic

NOTE: Since starting my job here at Neimans, I've learned that you never use the word "purse." Never. 

 

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!