REINCARNATION: Hall Of Mirrors

Just like for women, mirrors can be an interiors best friend or worst enemy. Here are some of my favorite ways to utilize mirrors to create a beautiful interior.

as a bold statement piece- focusing more on the furniture aspect of the mirror than reflective qualities

as a bold statement piece- focusing more on the furniture aspect of the mirror than reflective qualities

mirrored furniture- using the mirror in an unexpected way

mirrored furniture- using the mirror in an unexpected way

mirror collages- using the mirrors reflective qualities to make a small space seem larger

mirror collages- using the mirrors reflective qualities to make a small space seem larger

using a mirror as an anchor- creating symmetry (or even faux symmetry) in a space helps enhance decor

using a mirror as an anchor- creating symmetry (or even faux symmetry) in a space helps enhance decor

Here are a few mirror options that I love that would get you a similar look in your own home [all budget friendly as possible!]

Eleanor Frameless Mirrors from Pottery Barn ranging from $79-$99. Would be a perfect way to start a mirror collage without having to scour yard sales!

Eleanor Frameless Mirrors from Pottery Barn ranging from $79-$99. Would be a perfect way to start a mirror collage without having to scour yard sales!

This is the Reflective Three-Piece Cabinet Set from HomeDecorators.com for $599. The white option is perfect for a more preppy look. This is great looking storage people!!

This is the Reflective Three-Piece Cabinet Set from HomeDecorators.com for $599. The white option is perfect for a more preppy look. This is great looking storage people!!

Ah the Sunburst Mirror. I've really been trying to find one of these in yard sales for awhile now. This one is the White x White Calais Mirror available at Wayfair.com for only $51!

Ah the Sunburst Mirror. I’ve really been trying to find one of these in yard sales for awhile now. This one is the White x White Calais Mirror available at Wayfair.com for only $51!

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SPEND OR SAVE: Entryway

The entryway to your home or apartment is the first impression of your space. A welcoming entryway can instantly make someone feel at home. I love the idea of a simple entryway with very little clutter, but that still makes a statement.

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So once you have an inspiration image for a room you want to decorate or recreate you have to decide what you are willing to spend. You also have to decide where you want to spend your money. If you are like me, and on a tight budget, you are going to need to decide where you can make compromises. If you’re in love with that bench, you may pay full price for the bench and spend less on the other items. If you want a bold chandelier hanging in your entryway that is where you will spend your money. Here are options to recreate this room depending on where you want to spend and where you want to save.

SPEND: Benchwright Floor Mirror from Pottery Barn for $499

SPEND: Benchwright Floor Mirror from Pottery Barn for $499

SAVE: Floating Wood Mirror in Espresso from West Elm for $399

SAVE: Floating Wood Mirror in Espresso from West Elm for $399

SPEND: John Vogel Bench in Charcol from West Elm for $399

SPEND: John Vogel Bench in Charcol from West Elm for $399

SAVE: Mission Bench from Home Decorators for $139

SAVE: Mission Bench from Home Decorators for $139

SPEND: The Beachcombers Extra Large Round Basket from Pottery Barn for $103 (on sale)

SPEND: The Beachcombers Extra Large Round Basket from Pottery Barn for $103 (on sale)

SAVE: The Modern Weave Oversized Storage Bin from West Elm for $89

SAVE: The Modern Weave Oversized Storage Bin from West Elm for $89

The Murray Feiss 6 Light Chateau Chandelier for $599 from Lighting Universe.

The Murray Feiss 6 Light Chateau Chandelier for $599 from Lighting Universe.

SAVE: The Bellora Chandelier from Pottery Barn for $329

SAVE: The Bellora Chandelier from Pottery Barn for $329

If you bought all the splurge items the total would be $1600 and if you bought all of the save items the total would be $956. Now if you already have some of these items or similar ones you are all set! My one rule when budgeting for my home is if you love it and can’t afford it now, wait and buy it when you can. Do not waste your money on things you do not absolutely love just because you want to fill space.

REINCARNATION: Let There Be Light

Let there be light!… well kitchen lighting to be more exact. Great lighting and great lighting accessories is one of those things I have just recently discovered. I redid my whole apartment last year and it was completely in love with it, but there always felt like something was missing. Until I bought a great floor lamp [very cheap from Target] and it literally lit the whole room up. If people can’t see the beautiful charm of your home– it won’t matter. So give them light! Here are my inspiration images for kitchen lighting [in my not so near future home].

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

So of course I had to find myself [and my future kitchen] some real life options to get this look.

This light fixture is a combination of elements for West Elm's lighting department. The first is the Edison-Style Lightbulb ($15) paired with the West Elm Cord Set ($29-39) in Copper and the Lens Glass Shade for $29. All together this light fixture would cost around $75. These would be insanely perfect hanging above a countertop island or a bar.

This light fixture is a combination of elements for West Elm’s lighting department. The first is the Edison-Style Lightbulb ($15) paired with the West Elm Cord Set ($29-39) in Copper and the Lens Glass Shade for $29. All together this light fixture would cost around $75. These would be insanely perfect hanging above a countertop island or a bar.

These are two different FOTO Pendant Lights from IKEA [dark gray and aluminum] for only $19. Pair them with an Edison-Style Light bulb from West Elm and you have a really classic look with some character.

These are two different FOTO Pendant Lights from IKEA [dark gray and aluminum] for only $19. Pair them with an Edison-Style Light bulb from West Elm and you have a really classic look with some character.

This is my West Elm splurge, their Glass Orb Chandelier for $499. Beautiful over that dining room table or above a kitchen island. Love.

This is my West Elm splurge, their Glass Orb Chandelier for $499. Beautiful over that dining room table or above a kitchen island. Love.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: VivaTerra

I decided to do a weekly website feature because I feel like I am always looking on the same home goods websites for inspiration and products [West Elm, Potterybarn, Wayfair, Overstock, etc.] So I wanted to branch out and challenge myself to find new websites or companies that sell great products and a great price. The first one I found is VivaTerra.com! They offer a wide variety of home goods for any room in the house, plus they promote made in the USA products and many of their items are made from recycled products.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

“Our name VivaTerra or living earth is inspired by our dedication to living in harmony with nature – for a healthier life now and for future generations. All of our products reflect a commitment to:

ecology and elegance: The finest goods that uniquely fuse exceptional quality and design with eco sensitivities.

organic, sustainable sources: The purest ingredients and sustainable resources possible – selected to be the best available.

earth and people friendly: Partners and suppliers who share our values and work to make a positive difference in the world.

handcrafted by artisans: Distinctive goods of uncommon value, handcrafted by passionate designers and artisans.

celebrate life: Celebrate life and human spirit by honoring traditions from cultures around the world.”

Here are a few [definitely not all] inspiring products that VivaTerra offers on their website:

This is their Tree Of Life bed retailing for around $3000. A serious splurge for this girl on a budget but its so unique it really does seem worth it as a statement piece.

This is their Tree Of Life bed retailing for around $3000. A serious splurge for this girl on a budget but its so unique it really does seem worth it as a statement piece.

This is their Four-Bin Wire Hanging Shelf retailing for around $129 (sale price). This would maximize space and storage for any of those people who have a small bathroom just like me!

This is their Four-Bin Wire Hanging Shelf retailing for around $129 (sale price). This would maximize space and storage for any of those people who have a small bathroom just like me!

These beautiful RECYCLED glass vases are such great accents. These are VivaTerra's Recycled Glass Balloon Vases retailing at $139 (for the set of two). Love.

These beautiful RECYCLED glass vases are such great accents. These are VivaTerra’s Recycled Glass Balloon Vases retailing at $139 (for the set of two). Love.

This Pinot Nior loving lady can't resist anything wine related. This is VivaTerra's Wine Barrel Outside Table retailing (a true steal) for $149.

This Pinot Nior loving lady can’t resist anything wine related. This is VivaTerra’s Wine Barrel Outside Table retailing (a true steal) for $149.

REINCARNATION: A Touch of Glass

I’ll need to preface this post by saying that I love containers. That is such a weird sentence but its very true. I find myself drawn to the little bowls at the Anthropologie sale table rather than the beautiful clothes. I love unique little ways to hold the other unique things I love. Here are some beautiful ways to use glass jars, that really inspired me to make this post.

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I did a little research to find out how I could recreate these looks in my own [future] home. And found some great pieces at even better prices.

This is a set of THREE glass Apothecary Jars for only $19.99 from a website called Save-On-Crafts.com There looks to be a lot of amazing finds on this website so I would check it out!
This is a set of THREE glass Apothecary Jars for only $19.99 from a website called Save-On-Crafts.com There looks to be a lot of amazing finds on this website so I would check it out!
This is a set of Two Glass Clouche Bell Jars for $30. These would be a perfect way to start or terrarium or add these with a few more different size jars and it would make a beautiful center piece.
This is a set of Two Glass Clouche Bell Jars for $30. These would be a perfect way to start or terrarium or add these with a few more different size jars and it would make a beautiful center piece.
These Pendant Lights are from West Elm for $99 [each]. They are such a unique take on adding glass in to a space. I would die to have these over a rustic kitchen table or in my bathroom.
These Pendant Lights are from West Elm for $99 [each]. They are such a unique take on adding glass in to a space. I would die to have these over a rustic kitchen table or in my bathroom.

REINCARNATION: Cozy Neutrals

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I collect inspiration images. Like so many people I like to collect beautiful things; images, color swatches, scraps of paper. Whatever inspires me really. But I rarely find use for these items. With the creation of Pinterest this habit of pinning beautiful images and never using them has increased tremendously. This is a room I have been dreaming about for a very long time, keeping it in my back pocket for the perfect moment, that turns out to be my first blog post.

I think a bedroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. Its where I spend most of my time. I love snuggling up in my bed watching movies, or eating breakfast (sometimes even dinner), or even doing homework. My bedroom has always been my safe haven, a place to relax, decompress, and be my truest self.

It would be so easy to recreate this look in your own home on a not-so-glamorous budget:

Skyline Furniture Wingback Bed in Buckwheat for $712
Skyline Furniture Wingback Bed in Buckwheat for $712
IKEA KNAPPA: Pendant Lamp in White for $24.99
IKEA KNAPPA: Pendant Lamp in White for $24.99
Chevron Lamp Shade from Rosenberry Rooms for $88
Chevron Lamp Shade from Rosenberry Rooms for $88
Threshold Organic Blanket from Target. King size for $49.99 *online and in stores
Threshold Organic Blanket from Target. King size for $49.99 *online and in stores
Degraw Bench from West Elm for $299
Degraw Bench from West Elm for $299