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Life Lately: 5 Things

So…
A lot has happened over the past month! Jocelyn packed up and made the move from Milwaukee to Brooklyn; Martha got a new office – moving only a mile but to a much larger, much more creative space…and we’ve both been blessed with exposed brick in our new settings, WIN!

 

Also, we’ve both set out on antiquing adventures (what else is new?) and had to restrain ourselves from purchasing all of our September Style Guide Faves and this Ridiculous Long List of Riding Boots.

Here’s a recap of our adventures of late:

1. J’S New to New York!

New-York-City | The JCR Girls

NYC’s the place to be!

 

2. We Heart Exposed Brick
Exposed-Brick-Apt-Office | The JCR Girls

 

3. We Heart Antiquing
The JCR Girls Go Antiquing

 

4. Do It YoSelf

Project #1: Leather Bow DIY
Leather Bow DIY | The JCR Girls Step 1: Find scraps of leather (found mine at the fabric outlet)

Step 2: Follow this tutorial. If you’re like me, take a few creative liberties. (Namely, I didn’t make them into bracelets…)

 

Project #2: Nautical Pillows!
Nautical Fabric | The JCR Girls
Step 1: Buy Nautical Fabric Nautical Pillows | The JCR Girls Step 2: Follow this Slipstitched Pillow Cover Tutorial. 

 

 

VOILA!
The JCR Girls | DIY Nautical Pillows
5. And then I Went House Hunting!
Dream House | The JCR Girls
Just Kidding. I Wish. This actually happened in my #DreamLife.

 

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XO!
Marty

What I’m Into Right Now: Design & Decor

Having just moved from a 700 sq. ft apt into a 1,000 sq. ft apt,  I’m quite delighted by the amount of closet space I now have (not that there’s that much extra closet space, but you know, when J. Crew calls…)

This also explains the reason why I haven’t been blogging for a really long time. You see, I’ve been apt hunting and packing and moving and cleaning and finally…the fun part: Designing and Decorating!

Thought I’d share some of my design inspiration and new decor ideas!
I bring you, What I’m Into Right Now:


Crane & Canopy Bedding

I especially LOVE that it’s a startup and a husband + wife duo!

Crane & Canopy Bedding

Crane & Canopy Bedding Crane & Canopy Bedding


Marble Top Tables


Room and Board | Marble Tables
Room and Board | Marble Tables
Room and Board | Marble Tables
Sometimes I wish I didn’t have such expensive taste…

But to combat this issue, I’ve been doing things like:

Getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings in an attempt to score some fancy furniture at 70% off;
Scouring Craigslist for designer finds in great condition,
Keeping my eye on estate sales in key zip codes,

And Spray Painting Things Gold.

In order to make things look EXTRA LUXE, I’ve gotten really into spray painting things gold. I think the bf is getting really sick of me saying, “But what if I painted it gold?! Then it would look totally fab…”
Although I think it’s growing on him because just tonight I caught him reading Glitter & Goat Cheese

This IKEA Hack is at the top of my list:
IKEA Hack | Gold Bookshelf
IKEA Hack Gold Bookshelf


And to Accessorize…

Apothocary Jars!

I mean, they’re just so versatile. You can keep your soap collection OR your fruit collection in them.
But seriously…look at these beautes:

Apothecary Jars
Apothocary Jars
{Hint: they are like dirt cheap at Home Goods}

 

Throw Pillows

Throw Pillows

and just to throw myself a curveball…I actually bought a couch that comes with throw pillows.
Probably a wise decision considering I could easily spend $250+ on throw pillows alone…
Martha's New Couch! Editor’s Note: I’ll be recovering the front two pillows that look like they have French graffiti handwriting all over them. I’ll opt for a POP of color instead. Suggestions? Tweet me!


{Nautical} Vinyl Wall Decals

I know what you’re thinking…they’re tacky and I hate them! I was totally with you until I saw these…

Nautical Anchor Wall Decals
and I knew I absolutely had to have them.

…Are you sensing a nautical theme yet? Come Sail Away

And for finishing touches…

Quirky Knobs & Hooks!
Anthro Knobs | The JCR Girls via Anthro

Now back to oogling Houzz, Pinterest HouseBeautiful for more inspiration…

I’m getting the itch to try a few new DIY projects, including some of these. I’ll throw them up on the blog when they’re done!

In the meantime…what are your favorite sources for design + decor ideas? Have any ideas for making your living space more like a J. Crew store? Tell us!

XO,

Marty