Fall Style ’14 // Gap

We’re not quite ready for fall, but alas, we have succumbed to the fashion world. Gap is one of the many brands who is on point this upcoming season — with slouchy fits, warm neutrals, and lots of texture. It’s hard to say so-long to summer, but the prospect of trendy layers makes the transition a little smoother.

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^ Christa just bought this jacket, she’s pumped

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Collarless Chambray // Plaid Shirtdress // Suede Booties // Sexy Boyfriend Jeans // Olive Military Jacket // Gray Track Pants // Olive Leather Tote // Neutral Leather Satchel // Sun washed Tank // Sweater Hoodie // Indigo Shift Dress // Striped Scarves // Black Skinny Cords // Mesh-Stitch Cardigan 

Have you guys noticed any brands who are owning fall? Let us know!

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Room Refresh // Minimal Bedroom

We’re spinnin’ off of our minimal living room feature from a while back with the bedroom version today! In case you forgot the basics, the key elements to this look are white on top of white, with some beige and wood grain, and more white. But you definitely can add a splash of color here and there if you’re feeling a little saucy. The root of this look focuses on stripping down from the unnecessary, and honing in on the lines and beauty of the individual statement pieces. The best part about this look? Fewer knick-knacks = fewer items for dust to build up on – yayy!

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Loving on this simple look? Here are some pieces we found to help break into the minimal bedroom scheme:

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// Lamp // Greenery // Poster // Throw // Wooden Boxes // Dipped Side Table // Inkblot Pillow // Patterned Pillow //

 

Room Refresh // Global Traveler Living Room

Hey all! It’s time for another Room Refresh! Today we’re featuring the “global traveler” – someone who picks up things from their ventures, and just keeps adding! This style sort of sees no limits when it comes to pattern, texture and color. Inspired by the textures and patterns of other cultures, deep saturated hues are your calling, and everything in your home looks like it has a story behind it. Your bohemian quarters have great mood lighting, incense, and good books.

Here’s some inspiration to jump start your quest for the perfect boho home:

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The best part about this style is you can never have too many trinkets, the more the merrier. Gathering things over time from the different places you’ve traveled is really the best way to pull this look together, but we were able get a similar vibe from objects available near you. *(Just in case you weren’t planning on going to South Africa or Morocco any time in the near future)

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Ikea wingback chair // Cavallini & Co map // Urban Outfitters lantern // palm plant // H&M pillows (clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4) // Ikea bowl // Threshold side table // Nate Berkus wall starburst // Ikea rug

To check out some other Room Refresh living rooms, check out our Eclectic Collector and Scandinavian Minimalist features!

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Winter Darks

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I know “Winter Whites” are really in right now – and I think they’re adorable – but I would have been lost against this bright white snow! Winter Darks are still great in my book, and I love being able to mix and match black and brown with added accessory pops. A chunky hat, patterned gloves and a texture purse were just what I wanted to bring attention to my dark ensemble. I was a little more dressed up than usual for a winter romp through a snowy park, but my boyfriend Curtis and I had just come from the New Britain Museum of American Art to see the Maurice Sendak exhibit when we stumbled upon Walnut Hill Park right behind the museum. I can’t wait to explore it in the spring/summer when it’s lush and green!

Hat, thrifted // Nine West Jacket, old (similar) // Gap Jeans // Crown Vintage Booties // Terrapin Knits Handmade Mittens (sold out) // Purse, thrifted // Ray Ban Glasses, last season (similar)

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Velvety Goodies

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as ambitious to find a piece of furniture as I was when it came to a velvet couch. It all started innocently enough, by scanning Pinterest and getting a “hm, that’s really pretty” feeling. But before I knew it, a fire ignited and I became crazed. I was constantly on websites like Wayfair, Joss & Main, and West Elm trying to figure out a way to make it happen. As it turns out, these pieces of statement furniture aren’t exactly the easiest to get a good deal on. You either need to be willing to splurge a bit, or make thrifting your new full time job. I chose the latter.

When I first moved into my current apartment a couple years back, it came furnished with the saddest excuse for a couch you’ll ever see. Seriously. It’s possible that something died on it. I wish I could show you, but your computer may catch flame. Not only was it hideous, but it was also a sofa bed on a third-floor winding staircase, so that ten-ton puppy wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. After living with the thing for an embarrassingly long span of time, velvet-couch-fever set in.

Images like these inspired my search:

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Warning: you’re about to read my life story about the day I found my couch 

Now, rule #1 for me when thrifting for a specific piece is to not get discouraged right away if you can’t find it. These things take time, effort, and patience. You also need to be conscious of your location and timing. I live just outside of Boston and don’t have a car. So looking at items on Craigslist from a seller who isn’t walking distance and won’t deliver, probably isn’t my best bet. I knew that I had to find it at a vintage shop in my area that wouldn’t charge an outrageous amount for shipping. I also needed to act quickly. In my area, if you find something good, you sort of have to bite the bullet and go with your gut. Vintage items in Boston have a turnaround like you wouldn’t believe, so it’ll be gone in a flash.

Maybe it was just dumb luck and good timing, or maybe I’m a more gifted thrifter than I thought I was, but somehow the stars aligned and I found it. A peacock blue-green tufted velvet love-seat with not a scratch on it. It was like a magnet drew me in. My first test: comfort. I like to lounge. A LOT. I sat in it. Bingo. I could basically fall asleep right there in the store. Second test: my haggling skills. I was intimidated by this part because I don’t need to negotiate often. However, I did the math and realized the couch plus delivery would cost about $300, which was a smidge higher than I was prepared to spend. But praise those wonderful women who owned that store! Somehow my kind smile and obvious obsession with this piece talked them down to $250, including shipping!

But just when you thought you were safe…there’s still the ugly couch on my third floor. Well, I’ll have you know that I was on a roll that day, and talked my delivery men into removing that big ol’ thing for some extra $$. They [grudgingly] agreed, and swept it away to the land of gross couches. Side note: during this process, my potted plant fell on top of a mover and the soil fell down his pants…

So here she is! I took this while still in the store, sending it to my mom and Christa so they could justify my purchase for me. (They loved it)

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It has some flaws, like the fact that the seat cover isn’t removable and I’ll have no idea how to clean it if it ever gets a bad stain, (dry cleaner?) but overall I’m in love!

And that’s the story of the girl who bought a velvet couch. The end!

So if you’re as infatuated with velvet as myself, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to buy an entire couch of it, here are some affordable pieces to luxe up yourself and your house.

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Any other textures like velvet you guys are using these days? We’d love to hear about them!

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