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?

Craigslist Catch: bathroom storage

One of the most common and most overlooked items on Craigslist is the china cabinet. I get it—they're a little old-fashioned, often oversized, and they tend to become catchalls for clutter and dust. BUT, in the right room for the right purpose: gold.

I was searching Craigslist with that idea in mind when this beauty caught my eye. It's smaller in size than most, and doesn't have the dated, ornate floral carvings you see on a lot of old china cabinets:

 

Perfect, and kind of a steal. And, no work needed! This piece is just begging to be put to use as stylish bathroom storage, like this: 

 
 

Paired with clean chrome fixtures and a cool vintage rug, the hutch looks right at home in this traditional-with-a-twist bathroom design:

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light | art | plant | rug | hooks | towels | hamper 

Our next house NEEDS a bigger bathroom so I can make this happen. Can you be jealous of your own design ideas? Because I am.

Our (Mostly) DIY Kitchen Update

I loved our house from the moment we first walked in. I also hated the kitchen from the moment we first walked in. Orange builder-grade oak cabinets, laminate countertops, fluorescent lighting, and lime green walls. SO. MUCH. GREEN. But, I still loved it and saw so much potential, and immediately started planning an update. A few weeks ago we finally began the project, and now, eight months after moving in, we have a new kitchen!

It all started with the countertops. We found some remnant slabs we loved, and they fit perfectly in our small kitchen and saved us some money. After the countertops and the new sink were installed, I spent about a week and a half cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting the cabinets. Jason drilled new holes and installed the new hardware and the sink faucet, and then we installed the new backsplash together. (A word of advice: don't choose a glass tile. Just don't.) A new stove and microwave were delivered yesterday, and after a few weeks of blood, sweat, and tears later and we have a brighter, more beautiful space! It really changes the look of the whole downstairs space. I am so proud of the work we put in, and I love how it turned out. Scroll through for some photos of the new space!

THE BEFORE, on the day we decided to make an offer on the house:

THE AFTER:

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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.

office space #1

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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

Friday Five: Fresh Decor

FridayFive Happy Friday, guys! I've been in a bit of a redecorating mood lately (what's new), so I've been scouring the internet for ideas of ways to add a fresh look to my space without buying all new everything. Maybe my finds will inspire new ideas from you! Here are 5 pieces I'm loving right now:

STATE WALL ART Add a personal touch to your space by showing some state pride! I've been debating adding one of these to my walls ONLY because I can't decide between getting my home state or my current state. Seriously, these unique pieces are handcrafted and the price can't be beat. Maybe I'll just get both.

TURTLE DISH A small, charming dish is the perfect way to add some color that serves a purpose. Set it on a console by the front door to toss your keys into, or put it on the counter in the bathroom as a jewelry catch-all. Oh no, it's already sold out! Here are a couple of similar ones.

TUFTED OTTOMAN I love how versatile and easy a little ottoman like this is. It's perfect for apartment living because you can easily move it around to change up the look of your room, and it doubles as a table for mini projects (or food) while you're watching tv ;)

FIG TREE I love the idea of adding some greenery to my apartment, but I'm not confident in my abilities to keep something this big alive, so I'm starting out small with a few cacti on my balcony. If this goes well, an indoor tree may be in my future!

GRAPHIC PRINT I ordered this print and just hung it on my dining room wall, and I LOVE it as a graphic element. The wall it's on faces the front door, so it's one of the first things I see when I get home after a long day. Side note-- the Etsy shop owner is doing a little reorganizing, but she'll be back up and running next week! Trust me, it's worth the wait.