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Homestead Seattle Bench

Homestead Seattle Mirror

Homestead Seattle Mid-Centruy Dining

Homestead Seattle Camp Blanket Bench

Homestead Seattle Recency Rack

I am a confessed furniture hoarder.  If we see something we like in a vintage store, consignment store or garage sale, it usually ends up in our trunk whether we have a place for it our not (I always find a place for them).  I am obsessed with Homestead Seattle selection.   I could find a place for each and every piece they discover.  I’m totally inspired by their upholstery choices as well.  So much teak!  *dies*

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Dark Florals - Spring 2014 Inspiration

As always, Spring means florals.  But there is a trend that started to emerge last year and is going strong for spring and summer.  Dark florals are trending in fashion, home decor and of course in floral design.  Pastels have never been very flattering for my skin, so this trend really sings to me.  Plus I have always been attracted to anything William Morris ever designed.  Colors always seem to be more vibrant against a dark background, like how chromatic and bright the trees and flowers look after a summer storm.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite dark florals in dresses, accessories, fabric yardage (for you DIYers), home and gifts.

above:  1. Hermes Spring/Summer 2014  |  2. H&M from Spring/Summer 2013  |  3. Elie Cashman Wallpaper  |  4. Last But Won Floral Tee  |  5. Givenchy Jacket  |  6. Saipua Bouquet

Dark Floral Dresses - Spring 2014above from left to right:  One Floral, All for One Dress $139.99  |  Bursting with Blossoms Dress $112.99  |  Retreat to the Rose Garden Dress $52.99

 

Dark Floral Accessories - Spring 2014above:  1. Rayban Wayfarers in Texture Surf – $112.58  |  2. Beautiful Botany Scarf – $22.99  |  3. Garden Party Getaway Bag – $84.99  |  4. Cheekster Panty in Dark Floral – $9.50  |  5. Friendly Ballet Flat – $29.99  |  6. Sophisticated Stroll Heel – $118.99  |  7. After You Flat in Navy – $44.99

 

Dark Floral Fabrics - Spring 2014above:  1. Vintage Floral Cotton Voile  |  2. Liberty of London ‘ Strawberry Thief’ Cotton  |  3. Black Floral Silk  |  4. Grant Park Navy Floral Cotton  |  5. Black Floral Design Japanese Fabric  |  6. Black Floral Cotton  |  7. Coventry Court Cotton

 

Dark Florals for Gifts and Home - Spring 2014above:  1. Rifle Paper Rosa Case – $34  |  2. William Morris Textiles Book – $38.49  |  3. Floral Curtains – $29.99  |  4. William Morris Umbrella – $60  |  5. Linen Cushion Cover – $17.95  |  6. William Morris Journal - $12.82  |  7. Rifle Paper Midnight Garden Tin – $34

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Practical Love on Lost and FawnedWe are almost always on a budget.  So we are big fans of practical gifts for holidays.  Not necessarily things as necessary as groceries or cleaning supplies, but items that serve a purpose.  Whoever said you shouldn’t give a woman kitchen tools as gifts was nuts.  If you know your partner is a whiz in the kitchen and would appreciate a new toy, gift away!  Here are some picks that are romantic and useful…

  1. Cambridge Satchel in Brown – $164.99  |  Easily a unisex bag, the classic Cambridge Satchel is a great bag for work, school or travel.  It comes in a multitude of colors, but this one in brown leather will never go out of style.
  2. Classic Enameled Tea Kettle in Red – $32.79  |  Jared got his gift early this year.  I got him this exact kettle in black.  It doesn’t whistle (which is fine since we make tea while I’m cleaning the kitchen or sitting at the dining room table) but it pours beautifully (a huge improvement over our old kettle).  Plus it gets an A+ for looks and craftsmanship.
  3. Made with Love Serving Spoon – $9.99  |  Show your appreciation for the cook or baker in your life who always makes food for you with love.  A sweet but practical sentiment for the couple on a budget.
  4. Cross-Stitch my Heart Pillowcases – $29.99  |  For me a fresh set of sheets of pillowcases is always a welcome gift.  These ones are adorable for Valentines Day.
  5. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer – from $310.00  |  If you have a little more to celebrate this year or have a bigger budget why not treat your loved one to one of these beauties.  They come in a bazillion colors (shown in Watermelon) and are built to last.  I received one in Pistachio a few years ago for Christmas.  My husband was the champion of Christmas that year.
  6. Silver Carved Rock Stud Earrings – $62  |  The only piece of jewelry on the list.  You can’t go wrong with a great quality basic like these beauties by Andrea Bonelli.  She will get a ton of wear out of a simple pair of studs like these.
  7. Handmade Simple Belt Buckle – $24.00  |  5 years ago I bought Jared this exact belt buckle paired with a simple leather belt strap like this one.  He has worn it every day since (including our wedding day).  It was probably the best gift I ever gave him.  It’s worn in beautifully and looks even better now than the day I gave it to him.
  8. WafflePro Heart Waffle Maker – $49.95  |  I suppose this one is only practical if you don’t already have a waffle maker and really like waffles.  It was too cute not to include though.

And some less picturesque options…

  • A New Appliance  |  Valentines Day came super early for me.  Jared knowing I absolutely HATED our old electric range let me pick out a new one.  Lowes happens to be having a great sale (10% off appliances and free delivery) which made this the right time.  If your partner has been fighting with one of you appliances for years, a holiday is a great excuse to finally replace it.
  • A Fancy Thermostat  |  If you live in an old house like us, it probably came with a old ugly thermostat.  We recently replaced our with this one, which has a touch screen and is remotely controllable via wifi.  It’s a great opportunity for a cheesy pun too.  Maybe something like “Thank you for warming my heart.  Hopefully this helps keep you just as cozy.”  (Ew… haha.  I’m terrible with puns.)
  • A Gift Card to their Salon  This one could go either way I suppose, but it gives him/her the option.  It could go toward their next haircut or maybe they will choose to treat themselves to a manicure. 

Valentines Day will be here before you know it!  So shop early, especially with this crazy winter we have had.  More Valentines Day picks next week!

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New Year New Art - Lost and Fawned

A new year is a great time to freshen up the house.  New art is a great way to change things up without breaking the bank.  Today’s collection has a little something for everyone.  No rhyme or reason, just great art and great prices.

  1. The Other Side of lapetus by Meredith Mackworth-Praed  //  from $20
  2. Extinction by Terry Fan  //  from $18
  3. Let it Go by Ricardo Garcia  //  from $22.88
  4. Portrait of a Heart by Christian Schloe  //  from $18
  5. I’ll go to Bed Early Tonight by Daily Dishonesty  //  from $20
  6. Cape Lookout by Lindsey Fowler  //  from $16
  7. Chrysantheme by Vargamari  //  from $17.68
  8. Pinky Promise by Emily Rickard  //  from $15
  9. A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor by Oliver Shilling  //  from $17
  10. Because Cats by Kitten Rain  //  from $15.60

 

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January Hibernation Essentials - Lost and Fawned

After the busy holiday season and with the weather getting bitter and blustery, January is the perfect time to hibernate.  Of course we aren’t lucky enough to sleep for months at a time like our friends in the forest, but I use January to get a little R&R and catch up on some chores around the house.  If you are in the midwest or the northeast this weekend is prime weather for hunkering down.  Here are a few hibernating necessities…

  1. Dots to Love Headband in Mauve  -  $15.99  //  Throw your hair in a bun and wrap this beauty around your roots for an instant cozy but presentable look with very little prep. 
  2. The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook  -  $15.96  //  Downton starts again this Sunday!  I had the chance to take a peek at this book at the library and it’s devine.  Try making Sybil’s Ginger Nut Biscuits (perfect to pair with #8 on this list). 
  3. Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Vanilla Almond Body Wash  -  $9.99  //  I’ve been enjoying our new tub, and my personal favorite bath scents always involve vanilla.  This vanilla almond is sure to sooth dry winter skin.
  4. Game of Thrones: Season One  -  $24.99  //  If you are not a fantasy fan, I would still give this one a try.  The costumes and sets alone are a feast for the eyes.  And all the draaaaaama certainly has us hooked.  Perfect for binge watching on the couch with a blanket.
  5. Smartwool Diamond Popcorn Scarf  -  $60  //  If you live in an old house like we do, you may have a few drafty windows.  Sometimes I cozy up with a scarf while I’m doing chores or lounging around on the weekend. 
  6. Purl Up with Me Cardigan  -  $57.99  //  Who ever said feeling comfy had to look frumpy?  This cardigan with a pair of classic plaid flannel pants and your favorite tee is right on trend this winter.
  7. Rockabye Lady Pillowcase Set  -  $29.99  //  Treat yourself to some fresh linens.  Try a patterned sheet set or something graphic like these pillowcases.  Or just get an amazing, super soft set of basic sheets.
  8. Stash Licorice Tea (100 Bags)  -  $19.59  //  My mom got us hooked on this tea.  After we tried it at her home last week I ordered a box of 100.  It is naturally sweetened and doesn’t need any sugar. 
  9. Orange Vanilla Honest Soy Candle  -  $17.95  //  We don’t have a fireplace, so for now when I’m lounging around on a cold day I like to light a few candles.  These soy candles burn very cleanly and small amazing.

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It’s time to hang your stockings!  I have such fond memories of hanging up my family’s stockings, especially mine which was embroidered with a reindeer.  My grandma had an older woman at her church knit a custom stocking for every kid and grand kid that were hung on their mantle.  The girls all had angels with hair and eyes to resemble our likeness.  The boys all had nutcrackers on their stockings.  They were so kitschy, but make me very nostalgic every December.

If you are just adding a new stocking to your family collection or starting fresh, there are a ton of amazing handmade options out there.  Here are a few of my favorites.

imageClockwise from Top Left:

Roddy & Ginger  //  Humblecraft  //  Sutton Place Designs  //  Camp Kitschy Knits

imageClockwise from Top Left:

Loanne Lark Designs  //  Camp Kitschy Knits  //  My Oly Girl  //  Soho Designs

 All images property of the noted original owners.  Please visit their shops for more information on any of the items featured.  Thanks!

Feeling Festive - CollectedNow that Thanksgiving is over I can acceptably start getting in the holiday spirit!  I wont be doing any home decorating until the construction is all done.  So instead I’ve decided to start dressing my blog up with some pretty seasonal posts!  Today’s picks are totally random, but all have a festive feeling.  How cute would that vintage cheese crate look with some faux snow and and a miniature winter scene in it?

  1. Floral Yoke Embroidered Dress – eShakti  //  $42.95  ON SALE
  2. Russian Doll Sunglasses in Olive – Bonlook  //  $49icon
  3. Season’s Weavings Card Set – Modcloth  //  $5.99  ON SALE
  4. Mistletoe Special Soy Candle – Pommes Frites  //  $16
  5. Antique Wood Cheese Box – Aesthetically Antique  //  $15
  6. Charcoal Suede Desert Wedges – TOMS Shoes  //  $89icon
  7. Carmen Necklace – Stella & Dot  //  $71  ON SALE
  8. Handmade Gemstone Statement Ring – Hedgerow Rose  //  $169

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New Tub in Loving Room

Two days of construction under our belts now and there is no going back.  We won’t have a new bathroom until after Thanksgiving, but hopefully by the end of the day things will start to look they are heading in the right direction (up until late yesterday the bathroom has been in a state of deconstruction and removal).  The dogs are exhausted.  They are too busy watching what is going on to get their usual afternoon nap.  And I think they are ready to have their living room back, which is currently occupied by the new tub.

Guestoom or Construction Storage Room

It’s a good thing we aren’t hosting anyone for the holiday this year.  Our guestroom has become the dumping ground for supplies and equipment.  Yikes.  The whole house is covered in a thin sheet of construction dust and it’s useless to try to keep up with it until it’s all over.  Today I’ll be attempting to do my cookie baking for tomorrow.  The whole kitchen is going to require a scrub down before I can start.

Floor Division

Along the way we have been finding some cool artifacts and details.  Above you can see the division between the original part of the house from the 1870′s and the newer addition from the 50′s.  I’m putting together a whole post to show you some of the treasures they found in the walls when they took the tile down.

Footprint in the Cement Board

Yesterday they added the cement board and prepped the floor for tile.  I found evidence that someone peeked in overnight to check out the progress.  Based on the bottom of their paws, we have figured out which of the boys was the culprit.

Tile Test

We threw some tile in the corner just to see how the scale is going to look.  I can’t wait.  The room is going to look so much bigger with these little guys (versus the 12″ tile that used to be on the floor).  I have the paint picked out and will be picking that up later today.  We’re nowhere near ready for it, but I have no patience, I want things finished NOW.

Lucky for us, the “Snowpocalypse” they were calling for last night ended up just being an inch or two.  Soon we should be doing the plumbing and installing the new tub (!!!!).  I’ll be cooking, wrangling the dogs and trying to stay out of the way as much as I can.  I have a lot to do before tomorrow morning.  I can’t wait to take a bath after this is all over.

 

Our Houses Dirty Little Secret

So I’ve been hiding something.  A horrible secret about our house that I just couldn’t get the courage to share until we had a solid plan to fix it.

Today, we are actually making progress, so I feel safe enough to show you our horrible, disgusting, very bad bathroom. These pictures are of the bathroom on a good day, and it actually looks much worse in person.  Someone who owned the house before us, seemed to fancy themselves a DIYer and decided to take a crack at tiling a shower.  HUGE mistake.  They also tiled the floor without floating it properly, so the tiles are all cracking and loose.  Pretty much everything they attempted to do was done incorrectly.

Bathroom Before Photos

Yes, we bought the house with it looking this bad.  No, we never intended it to stay that way this long.  Yes, it is our only bathroom and we’ve had guests use it more times than I would like to admit.  No, no matter how hard I scrub and no matter what product I use, the tub NEVER looks clean.  Yuck.

Bathroom Floor

Well, we had started this project a few times.  Had it quoted out, picked out finishes, etc.  Then we had unexpected expenses come up and had to sideline the project.  We we planning to do it this spring.  We figured that would give us enough time to shop around get all our ducks in a row.  Then last weekend while we were upstairs getting ready for bed we heard crashing downstairs.  Jared went to investigate and found this (sorry for the bad phone pic)…

Bathroom Disaster

We knew that back wall was a ticking time bomb.  We had hoped it would hang on just a little bit longer.  Nope.  The bathroom had a different plan.  So now we find ourselves in a totally different situation.  We now need a new bathroom.

The good news is, as I finish this post it is currently being worked on.  Yes.  It is in the process of being taken apart and put back together.  The bad news is, we had to make some compromises to get it done now.  This past weekend we spent a full afternoon shopping around and buying a ton of stuff.  First a few of the more boring items…

  1. Bathroom Tub and Fixtures - Lost and Fawned American Standard 60″ Tub Surround – $259  //  In an ideal situation we would do a beautiful tiled shower, but in this case a surround is going to be the best solution in the time given.  This one was a good price and has lots of storage.  Plus it’s clean.
  2. American Standard 60″ Skirted Tub – $259  //  I’m a little nervous about this one.  We decided to take a risk and go with a skirted tub.  I’m REALLY hoping it doesn’t become more complicated because we have a standard tub now.  I’m really hoping it works out.  I would love to be able to soak in this beauty.
  3. MOEN Banbury Shower Set – $119  //  It’s shocking how flimsy shower faucets feel these days.  Even the “nice” ones are made of plastic.  This one felt solid and looks just fine.
  4. Kohler 16″ Recessed Medicine Cabinet – $98  //  Our medicine cabinet is old, flimsy and stained with the last homeowners products.  Gross.  This one is perfectly acceptable looking and has a double mirror inside.  Plus is clean and fresh.

And now for the fun stuff.  I purchased a lot of this this summer when we had originally planned to do all this.  When that fell through, I boxed it all up, not wanting to “waste” it on such an ugly bathroom.  Digging it all out again has been fun and I can’t wait to dress up our fresh bathroom.

Bathroom Details - Lost and Fawned

  1. Daltile Octagon & Dot Mosaic Tile  //  We REALLY wanted hexagonal tile, but you’d be surprised how much more expensive it is.  This Octagonal and Dot pattern was a nice compromise and cost us about $100 for 40 sq feet.  We’ll be grouting it in white.
  2. H&M Soap Dispenser – $7.95  //  Inexpensive and cute.  I was pretty surprised at how sturdy it feels for the price too.  Purchased this with a bunch of other stuff when I had free shipping from H&M.  Totally worth it.
  3. Hampton Bay Whitford Wall Sconce – $39.97  //  Way more than I was hoping to spend on these, but I couldn’t find anything that looked high quality and I found attractive in our ideal price range.  These feel nice and heavy and are chrome (instead of polished nickle) to match the other fixtures.  They look totally gorgeous out of the box.  Hopefully they look great on the wall too.
  4. Pfister Sonterra Sink Faucet – $44  //  Awesome reviews and looks great out of the box.  We are keeping the vanity we currently have, which I’m not thrilled with, but I think changing the faucet will help dress it up a little until we can afford something we love.
  5. H&M Bathmat – $9.95  //  We purchased a couple of bathmats from H&M (including this one) and I could not be more happy with them (so far).  Of course the price is great, we’ll see how they wash.
  6. Nate Burkus Signature Bath Towels – $9.99  //  We have a bunch of these in various colors and patterns (the one in the photo is a discontinued color I bought on clearance for 30% off).  I love them.  They wash great and come in the best colors every season.
  7. Harbor Breeze Bathroom Fan – $89.99  //  More than we wanted to spend, but this is something we really haven’t had in our bathroom.  We DO have one installed, but it vents into the attic (seriously?) so we haven’t been able to use it.  Plus it’s so loud it shakes the house (maybe an exaggeration… but not too far off).
  8. Izola Scout Shower Curtain – $39.99  //  I actually purchased this for less on a flash sale site.  I had my eye on it ever since I saw it at Schoolhouse Electric at full price.  I patiently waited and eventually snagged it.  It’s beautiful in person.  Worth it.

Since this is a more “spur of the moment”/total emergency project we did have to put a couple of things we originally wanted to do on the back-burner to finish at a later time.  Eventually when we are feeling more secure again we’d like to go back and do the following…

  • Add a linen cabinet above the toilet since we have zero storage in the bathroom and it’s our only bathroom (I’d like to be able to find our bottles and cleaning supplies).
  • Get a new door.  The one we have is charming, but it requires a skeleton key to lock and unlock it.  It also is falling apart thanks to years of moisture.
  • New pedestal sink.  I hate the one we have, but it’s functional and not awful.  So it stays for now.
  • New window.  We have a teeny tiny window that is very old.  I would love to replace it with a frosted glass window so we can let that natural sunlight in.
  • Art?  I’d really like something to go above the towel rack across from the toilet.  I was thinking “You Are Lovely” by Please Be Still would be perfect in our woodsy bathroom.

So there you have it!  Sorry I haven’t been totally honest with you these past 3 years.  I feel a little better now that I have come clean.  I’m sitting upstairs while they knock all the tile off the wall down in the bathroom and I’m trying not to have a panic attack.  No turning back now!  Yikes…

Shop Update from Lost & Fawned

New Necklaces from Lost & Fawned

White Pom Garland

Riley Love Lyrics Vintage Edition

Just in time for holiday shopping I’m bringing you a pretty decent sized shop update!  I have a stock pile of new jewelry, vintage goods, pom garlands and L&F gear waiting to be photographed.  All the jewelry is limited edition.  Pom Garlands can be custom made in just about any color or color combination you want.  More will be coming throughout the next week and through the weekend.  Between my quilt and shop, I’ll be very busy.

For more info on any of the pictured items, please visit the Lost & Fawned Shop.


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