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Style: White Plus Gold

I am so ready to wear something besides boots and four million layers to go outside every day. It’s almost March, which for Chicago means what, two more months of snow to go? Come on, spring!

Style: White Plus Gold #makingitlovely

  1. Kitty Glasses, Lookmatic
    Cat’s eye frames meet a mod round shape. And such a good color! Meow.

  2. Elizabeth and James, Nirvana White, Sephora
    I was skeptical, but both scents are pretty fantastic. Here’s an interesting fragrance review.

  3. Elizabeth and James, Nirvana Black, Sephora
    Ditto, above.

  4. Charming Charm Bracelet, Kate Spade
    I just always love these.

  5. Double Wooden Ring, Moorea Seal
    A little wood to break up all the shiny and sleek.

  6. Beige Tights, Anthropologie
    These are the most comfortable tights. If beige isn’t your color (and I don’t blame you!), they have others. I have to say though, I bought a pair of opaque beige tights last year, worried that they’d be weird, and I love ‘em.

  7. Pointy Flats with Gold Ankle Strap, Zara
    The little flash of gold here is so, so good.

  8. Basic Tote, Baggu
    A basic tote made less so by being made of gold.

  9. Labworks Stripe Shift Dress, Target
    This dress looks short! It would be equally cute over leggings and boots, but I couldn’t bring myself to still be looking at boots this time of year.

Welcome to the Brown Room

Where everything is a lovely shade of brown! Or cream! This room is very much in progress, and it has a long way to go still.

Brown Town

The couch is super-comfy, so no regrets there on choosing the IKEA Kivik, though it could use a throw and more than a single, sad pillow. The room is open to our bedroom, so I picked a brown that would work well with our brown upholstered bed. I wasn’t feeling the gray options, didn’t want white, and the only other colors at IKEA were red and purple.

Add a bunch of wood trim and wooden furniture though, and YAWN.

Room in Progress

I like the Hemnes bookshelves in the room, and the Blake media console (that I picked up at the C&B outlet for half off) looks great. The Eames chair looks kind of lonely and out of scale against the wall right now, but I think it will look good in the room once everything comes together a bit more.

Everything else though? It’s just kind of there. The sofa is floating in the middle of the room because I’m playing with the idea of putting a console or low bookshelf behind it for the kids’ toys. The rug was in the nursery, in the last house, and it’s a little small here. The coffee and end tables are OK, but only OK. The brown glider (also formerly in the nursery) is definitely not staying there, and it’s blocking a toy table which is weirdly shoved in a corner of the room.

Room in Progress

The room definitely needs paint, and curtains. That, plus art, will go a long way toward helping the room look better, but they won’t fix everything.

Hello, embarrassment! Brandon informed me that I originally titled this post with a gross sexual term. Awesome. So yeah, I edited that out. WHOOPS.

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