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Saturday Morning Musings, Part 2

Reading the Newspaper | Covet Living

Good MORNING Peanuts!!  Happy Weekend!  Is there ANYTHING better than waking up and feeling like, “oh S&$%, I slept in” and then miraculously remembering that it’s Saturday?  I think not.  Kar Bear and I had a satellite marination fest last night where we both delighted in going into hermit mode – her with Dateline + Sex and the City, and me with Hulu + Double Stuff Golden Oreos.

Friday Night Rager

It was a small slice of heaven.  So many of my friends I’ve talked to are feeling the same thing – we’ve all been so busy and going so hard all summer, it’s nice to finally slow down a little bit.  So while you’re lingering over your morning coffee with your pretty morning hair and probably amazing morning breath, wanna mull over a little inspo with me??  K?  K.


I always tell people that your powder room is the one place in your house where you can really go bananas and do something incredibly bold that you may not have the guts to do anywhere else in the house… think of it as a little jewel box (!)  These people obviously did.  Also, Eskayel slays me.

Eskayel Powder Room | Covet Living



Like this one in the Marleton Hotel.  I can never preach enough about the magic that happens when you juxtapose some very traditional elements (e.g. that headboard) with uber modern/Midcentury modern ones (e.g. that Serge Mouille light fixture).

Serge Mouille Light Fixture | Covet Living

And 20 second timeout… you can get that look easy peasy:

Get the Look - The Marleton Hotel | Covet Living

1 – 3-Arm Ceiling Lamp, Retro Furnish, $398 (compared to $3k-$10k for the Real McCoy)

2 – Headboard, Urban Outfitters, $598 for a Queen

3 – Wamsutta 750 Thread Count Dream Zone Sheets in White, Bed Bath & Beyond, $159.99 (ps, I’ve had these for YEARS and they are like buttah)

4 – Gray Ombre Faux Fur Throw, Pottery Barn, $45.50-$299



Not sure, but I think I wizzed myself when I saw them this week over on sfgirlbybay. Hey Listen – I love a good Hicks Pendant in a white kitchen like the rest of the Pinterestphere (9 trillion times over), but I have (wet) dreams about hanging something really unique over my kitchen island someday.  Comme ça.

Crazy Lights via sfgirlbybay | Covet Living



Did y’all see this one by House of Jade Interiors on Domino this week???  It’s black & white & rad all over.  In fact, the whole house is to die for.

House of Jade Kitchen via Domino | Covet Living

House of Jade Kitchen II via Domino | Covet Living



These French Plaster Lamps are Jacques Grange for Yves Saint Laurent via 1st Dibs. Only $7k for the pair… but remember this Cinderella Story about my lotus lamps? Stranger things have happened.  I love how playful and unique these are.

french plaster lamps via 1st dibs | covet living



I did a triple take when I saw the Chloe Bed from Cisco Home.

Chloe Bed Cisco Home | Covet Living

…and with a luscious bed of all white linens as a supporting cast? #nomnomnomnom

Chloe Bed 2



All the yapping about lighting today wasn’t intentional….  But this is ethereal… and feels a little modern and a little old fashioned (if you look closely at the glass discs) at the same time.

Satellite Chandelier from Dot & Bo | Covet Living



Trust Your Gut



I think yes.

Dmitriy & Co Chelsea Square Sofa in Pink Velvet | Covet Living



…Artwork is the toughest thing to choose for someone else because it’s totally subjective, but I love this piece by Jane Winfield.

Jane Winfield via Bradley USA | Covet Living



I’ve seen some pedestal tables I’ve loved, but never one like this with a base like that.

Oak Pedestal Table via Dos Gallos | Covet Living




Moroccan Pillow, OKL | Covet Living



Vintage Chinoiserie Bench, reupholstered in jade cotton.

Vintage Chinoiserie Bench via Jayson Home | Covet Living


How can you not be happy when you look at Robert Crowder’s “Versailles”(??) which is also amazing in the green colorway.  I don’t usually gravitate toward yellow anything for interiors, but I want to use this EVERYWHERE.  Also – do you guys follow Krista Nye Schwartz from Cloth & Kind on Pinterest?  You should.  So many of my fabric finds are discovered there.

Robert Crowder Versailles Fabric | Covet Living



Zoe Bios Creative is a line Kristin and I both died over at Vegas Market earlier this year – and this artist in particular… Selby Pena always has the most joyful photographs of kids frolicking and playing without one single care in the world.

Zoe Bios Creative | Covet Living

It reminds me of – well, a simpler time when I was one of those kids playing outside all day – but also of the image of my friend Mia’s little boy running through a field (he’s the sweet mystery kiddo on our header, and also framed on my wall).

My Bedroom | Covet Living


Steph's Scanned Signature

Favorite Thing Friday: My Dining Room

We jabber a lot on Fridays about all the pretty baubles & threads & what-nots we’re lusting over.  But…  how’s that little quote go?

So today I thought it’d be fun to rap about one of my favorite things I’ve already got: the happiest of happy, cozy dining rooms.  It’s taken a little while, a little trial & error, and a lot of layering things I love over time…  but isn’t that what a space you love should be?  Collected and curated?  I really am breaking my arm patting myself on the back here… what a hooker.  Whatever.  Almost everything in this room has either sentimental value, was sourced from a thrift store or Craigslist, or is a refurbished antique.  Here are s’more bits from the room:

Super sentimental stuff on the wall: Old family photos of my parents and grandparents around the dinner table…  a gigantic spoon that I scooped up antiquing with my Nanny…  a framed copy of “La vie est faite de petits bonheurs” (Life is full of little pleasures)…

And, hand-written directions to my favorite restaurant in Florence (Il Latini) scribbled by an obliging shopkeeper when my college bestie and I were trying to find it again on our 2nd trip to Italy.

Mix & Match seating was a must for me.  I generally want to ralph when I see a fully matched dining set.  This isn’t Rooms-to-Go, yo.  Linen Settee is from World Market (on sale right now for $299! #stealing).  Tufted chairs are from Nest in Chicago – I finally snapped them up after months of pressing my nose against the glass and drooling over them.  Louis XIV chairs are sommuh my favorite refurbished antiques.

Ikat Pillows: The navy throw pillow covers are from Interwoven… she has some pretty great stuff in the form of kanthas, ikats and otomi textiles for great prices.  I also follow her on Intstagram for daily updates and sale alerts.

Framed Mia Beach Photography & Vintage Dresser: I remember the day I saw this dresser at Habitat for Humanity in Mt. Pleasant, SC with a $125 sticker on it.  I literally lunged for it and carried it out the door… à la that 2 lb. weiner dog from the Grinch carrying a 875 lb. bag of toys.   It took a little elbow grease to clean it up, but I love it.  Such a great piece.  The old barnwood frame was about $16 from the Broadway Antique Mall in Muncie, IN, and the photo is my very oldest friend Mia‘s little boy frolicking through a field.  She was sweet enough to send me a copy.  It makes me so happy every time I look at it.

Louis XIV caned dining chairs: I picked these up at an antique store in Charleston, SC about 8 years ago…  at the time, they were a yellow-y bone color covered in mauve velvet.  Wuf.  They’ve seen a few cans of spray paint since then, but I finally ended up with a few coats of rose gold spray paint and the most delicious charcoal grey velvet from Calico Corners.  Big thanks to Begley Upholstery on High Street for doing such a bang-up job on these.  I love a good DIY, but some things you gotta leave to the experts.

Vitrine of antique flutes, coupes & tumblers: Muffie Faith, who owns ESD in Charleston, inspired this collection.  I saw candy-colored glasses perched in her kitchen window about 7 years ago and thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen (remember this post?).  So, every time I’m in a thrift store, I sprint to the glassware section, and there is ALWAYS something delicious there.  This collection makes parties and holidays REALLY, really fun.

And look how amazing these bad boys are…  I think they were 50 cents each. Where’s the karate chop emoticon??

Here’s my newest addition:  A $20 buffet from Goodwill.

I ended up painting the outside cream, and the inside is this color.  #bangbangbang

What’s your favorite room in your house?  Or your favorite thrifty score?  Shoot it over to us – we wanna see!!

Have a great weekend, Campers!