Craigslist Catch: cane-back rattan dining chairs

Craigslist is one of my favorite places to hunt for furniture and decor, whether I'm sourcing for a project or redesigning my own home (again). It takes time, patience, and a keen eye for sifting through the loads and loads of garbage—sometimes literally—to find those specks of pure gold. And while I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon, I know it's not for everyone. That's where I come in. Just think of me as your Craigslist middleman. 

In these recurring "Craigslist Catch" posts, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite finds from the classifieds, along with some style inspiration, a few tips on how I'd fix them up, and what other pieces I'd pair them with. First up, these beautiful cane-back rattan dining chairs:

Four chairs for $200 is a pretty good deal, but these have been listed for a few weeks now, and the cushions need definite work, so with some negotiating I'd say you could get the price down closer to $100. 

 

The caning on the backs is in great shape, and with a little cleaning up these babies would be perfect in a laid-back, modern-industrial-meets-California-cool kitchen:

 
 

See? Look at them up close. I'm seriously tempted. After a good scrub, I'd recover the cushions in one of these three fabrics:

 

Then, to really bring the vibe we're going for home, I'd finish out the space with a mix of clean lines and natural materials:

craigslistcatch01.png

table | rug | shelves | pendant light | art | tree | planter | bowl | tile | diy vintage cutting boards

And, voila, instant California cool.

Love the look? Head to my contact page to submit an interior design or e-design request. Also, head over and comment on my latest Instagram post to suggest pieces for the next Craigslist Catch hunt! 

Our Tokyo Trip (photos + a video!)

IMG_5758b.jpg

Last week, Jason and I celebrated our second anniversary with the trip of a lifetime: seven days in Tokyo! We wandered our way through most of the city, ate everything we could find, and checked off our entire Tokyo bucket list and then some. I've compiled some of my favorite snapshots of our week, plus a little vacation video, if you'd like to see:

IMG_20180415_212301a.jpg
IMG_5470a.jpg
IMG_5674a.jpg
IMG_5602.JPG
IMG_20180416_095345.jpg
IMG_5619.JPG
IMG_5622.JPG

One of my favorite parts of Japanese fashion is how much they love to wear (poorly translated) English! I may have bought one or two really good ones to bring home as souvenirs ;)

IMG_5628a.jpg
IMG_5665a.jpg
IMG_5677a.jpg
IMG_5683a.jpg
IMG_5704.JPG
IMG_5712.JPG
IMG_5731.JPG
IMG_5749.JPG
IMG_4246a.jpg
IMG_20180417_231302a.jpg
IMG_5801a.jpg
IMG_5823a.jpg
IMG_5843a.jpg
IMG_5930.JPG
IMG_5924a.jpg
IMG_5949.JPG
IMG_5984a.jpg
IMG_6010a.jpg
IMG_6019a.jpg
IMG_20180419_224213a.jpg
IMG_6055.JPG
IMG_6104a.jpg
IMG_6047.JPG
IMG_6123.JPG
IMG_6137a.jpg

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