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look for less: serena & lily cooper leather stool

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We're loving the campaign stool trend, but after drooling over the Serena & Lily cooper leather stool for weeks (while simultaneously gawking at the price, I mean $798??) we were super excited to stumble across this little gem c/o of Urban Outfitters. It's not quite as substantial as the cooper stool, but it's still that gorgeous tanned leather with VERY similar lines, and a total steal at $129!

trending: wicker & rattan seating

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Also making a MAJOR comeback (see “crushing on credenzas”) is wicker and rattan seating. What began as a play on basket weaving in ancient Egypt circa 1341-1323 BC, wicker furniture eventually made it’s way to United States during the mid-19th century, when two American companies, Wakefield and Heywood (now Heywood-Wakefield), found themselves in fierce competition for the American wicker market. 

Given its airy, casual character, and association with traditional hand crafts, wicker continues to be a favorite from desert going bohemians to beach house owning traditionalists. 


We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, including these cuties we spotted at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California.

home style quiz

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If you're a fan of cozy Hollywood bungalows, mid-century meets scandi meets 70's, traditional meets mid-century-english-country, or Target, you've likely hear of Emily Hendersen. Emily is an HGTV host, best selling author, stylist, and Creative Director of Emily Hendersen Studio, a design/style LA based company specializing in mixing eclectic styles on moderate budgets. 

While self admittedly not 100% accurate, Emily recently partnered with Target to create an online version of her How To Find Your Style (Quiz) from her bookStyled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, and I have to admit, I didn't hate the results. After answering a few questions about what kind of chair I prefer (hardest. question. ever), and how I like to spend my leisure time, the quiz told me that my preferred style is "Zen", an Eastern approach to decorating (or “undecorating”) that focuses on the warmth of materials in a minimalist style. According to Emily (et al), Zen rooms achieve balance, harmony, and relaxation by softening the starkness of minimalism with natural materials, wood accents, and sculptural greenery. Um, yes please.

What does the quiz say about your style? Is it accurate or way off base?

c/o Emily Hendersen

c/o Emily Hendersen

I say hi-gee, you say hoo-guh

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The New Yorker called 2016 "The Year of Hygge", Marie Telling at BuzzFeed "tried it", and published this sweet little video educating, and correcting the pronunciation of millions. There's no doubt about it, hygge (pronounced hue-gə or hoo-gə) is here, and it's having a major moment.

Danish in origin, hygge is a noun used to describe a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders feelings of contentment or well-being. So, think warm socks, fireplaces, gatherings, etc.

As a self proclaimed Scandophile, who loathes the thought of winter, I have to admit, any opportunity to cozy things up a bit, and bring a little warmth to the grey months, sounds down right amazing, and these chunky knit pieces from the sweet little Etsy shop Ohhio might just do the trick!

Brand Spotlight: Hielevin Bags

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For those with a love of minimalist design, neutral colors, and high-quality genuine leather at a reasonable price, Hieleven feels like a dream come. Based in Delaware, USA, Hieleven leather goods are inspired by the natural textures and minimalist styles. Prices range from $149 USD for some of the larger totes and shoulder bags to $49 USD for a wallet. With free shipping to 40 countries, and a range of styles, it's hard not to covet them all.

Which one is your favorite?

crushing on credenzas

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From bathrooms in the U.S., to living rooms in Spain, one of the most functional, and beautiful pieces of furniture gracing interior designs is the credenza. The credenza was originally a functioning sideboard intended for the preparation and serving of food, and evolved in the late Middle Ages into a display for expensive plates and vessels. 

c/o Nuestra Vida Dulce

c/o Nuestra Vida Dulce

You could spend hours browsing thrift stores and furniture markets, but sites like Etsy, Chairish, and 1stdibs have done most of the work for you thanks to buyers, renovators, and dealers all over the world. These are just a few of my favorites (and all under $3,000).