Living for Less / A Sunny Office Space

Living for Less - Office with a Pop of YellowI’ve decided to go back to my roots in interior design and start a new series.  Introducing ‘Living for Less’, a blog series where I will take amazing magazine inspiration and help you build the look in your own home for a fraction of the cost.  I plan to do my best to use inspiration images that don’t rely on architecture and “good bones” so that the look can be achieved in almost any home.

This week’s ‘Living for Less” is inspired by this beautiful office designed by Doherty Design Studio (as featured in EST Magazine) in Melbourne.  The palette is pretty simple featuring a base of white, wood and black.  It’s the addition of the sunny yellow that really makes it sing.  It’s a perfectly clean and sunny look.

The chair is still a little bit of a splurge, but since the original chair costs $1200+ (check it out here) it’s a pretty good replacement and is a real statement piece.  For the desk, I’d pick up a simple white desk top from Ikea and some legs for one side.  The other side would rest on top of this gorgeous yellow filing cabinet.  I wish I could find a deal on that stunning herringbone floor, but this rug is a lovely substitution for smaller budgets.  Accessorize the shelf and desk with simple simple framed prints (Bonus Tip:  Society 6 sells cards for cheap.  Frame one and keep the rest to send thank you notes), boxes to stash office supplies and some fresh potted plants.

Here are my picks…

  1. Bisley Filing Cabinet in Yellow from Container Store  /  $199.00
  2. RANARP Pendant Light from Ikea  /  $24.99
  3. Safavieh Bandelier Chair from Lowes  /  $300.38
  4. RIBBA Frame from Ikea  /  $1.99
  5. ‘The Artist’ Print by 1100 Illustrations  /  $24.00
  6. ‘People’ Photo Print by Anne Staub  /  $19.76+
  7. Kensington Rug from Target  /  $129.99+
  8. White Storage Box from Amazon  /  $9.69
  9. Matte Black Ceramic Planter by eGardenStudio  /  $13.50
  10. RISKORN Pot from Ikea  /  $5.99

Covet // Worley’s Lighting

Lamp by Worleys Lighting

Candle Holders by Worleys Lighting

Signature Bookends by Worleys Lighting

Worleys Lighting Candle Holders

Pedestal Lamp by Worleys Lighting

Worleys Lighting Lamp

We have always admired woodworking.  Recently Worley’s Lighting caught my eye.  They make stunning simplistic lamps, andle holders and bookends.  Everything is crafted by hand in North Carolina by this family run business out of quality woods.

For more information and purchasing, visit Worley’s Lighting on Etsy or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Covet / Homestead Seattle

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*

For more information about Homestead Seattle and purchasing, visit their shop and website or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Trend Guide | Dark Florals for Spring

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 Romance | Practical Valentines Day Gifts

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

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

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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Handmade Stockings Round-Up

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!

Collected // Feeling Festive

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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Bathroom Update // No Going Back Now

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.