Feather Your Nest

There are SO many amazing shops in Austin that i never go to but need to. Like Feather your nest.  Its right off of 35th and Jefferson in a busy shopping center. I’ve drivin by this shop maybe 100 times but never went in. So this time i did.

Right when you walk in you get a hit-you-in-the-face amazing whiff of soaps, candles and other yummy scents.

They had about 15 different unique, funky chandeliers made out of awesomeness.

Adored this mirrored antique tray.. but at over 300 bones, its a bit out of my broke ass budget. Yup, i said it.

I definitely had to resist the urge to jump on the oh so cozy beds, but all the 50 signs telling me not to made me think twice. They had so many soft, patterned linens and pillows, i was in heaven.

These suckers were maybe my favorite things in the store. They just remind me of the ocean… like something you’d find in a vibrant reef. Just me? I guess they could also look like a medieval torture device. I’d prefer to think of the ocean though. Especially if they were hanging next to my bed.

It was very hard not to take a few of these babies home. Check it… handmade vibrant frames from India.

I LOVE this front orange and blue one… i need it.

They also had some of the best smelling bath goodies ever. Every bar of soap was amazing.

And heres my final thoughts on Feather Your Nest:

Great quality goods priced a bit high. If you’ve got the budget for it, go crazy. If not, you can definitely pick up some yummy scents or fun accessories!

-Rach

Decorating 101: Walls

So Ive had multiple people tell me this week that i need to come over and decorate. First off, heck yes! I love to decorate, especially when its with someone elses credit card. What I’m realizing is how hard it is to move into a house with horrible paint color… throw your furniture wherever it best fits and then to be overwhelmed with how the heck to start decorating. So i put together a few tips! The most important thing to know is that its going to take time. Its not going to change overnight unless you have the money to do so. Even then, its better to just gather pieces you love, pillows you adore and random crap to make your house (or apartment) a home!

So first up, we are talking about cho walls. This is the easiest way to change up the feel of the room. And sometimes drastically. You can add paint, wall paper, shelving, pictures or art… this is a great way to add some color and have a little fun!

Paint

My first advice is not to go too crazy. or too boring. I’ve been house hunting and some houses are completely white… not a single hint of color on a single wall. And theres other houses where you feel like you’re walking through a rainbow. And thats not a good thing. Feel free to go bold on one wall, but not 20. Not sure about what color you want? Check out My Colortopia! This is a great new website where you can import an image and it comes up with multiple corresponding colors for you. For example, i uploaded this image from Desire to Inspire.

I uploaded the image and then it asked me to select a part of the room that i love in particular. It came up with a few selections of colors. Pick each of those colors and it comes up with a full color palate for you. This is a great option when you have no clue or maybe you like one rug or accessory in particular but youre not sure what colors would go great as paint colors. So definitely check it out, its a great resource!

A coat of paint can do wonders to a space. West Elm turned this boring office into a cozy space with a great deep ocean blue.

Your color choice always determines the mood of the room. If you want a calm, relaxing “spa-like” environment, go for lighter colors like sea green.

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Also dont be afraid to try some crazy colors. Maybe a bold yellow, green or even purple. I wouldnt suggest your whole house be eggplant, but one accent wall in the bathroom would bring out a nice relaxing space to come home to.

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Wallpaper

How about some wallpaper? Theres a ton of really great new modern wall paper like what MadebyGirl used in her office over at Graham and Brown. Isnt this so cute?!

Stencils

What about stenciling? I love the look of a high glossed stencil over a matte paint color. Does this look classy or what!? I’ve heard it takes a while but its always worth it. Image from Cutting Edge Stencils.

I love everything about this shot. Such a pretty wall!

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How about a chevron accent wall? How can you not love this!? Adorbs.

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Shelving

The best way to keep your house from feeling like your home is to have big blank walls. I know that you’ve got a ton of really cute pictures that need to be printed and framed. How about a cute mirror to add some depth. Even an old poster could be spruced up by throwin a fancy frame on it. Put up some floating shelves and add some decor, frames and accessories.

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Frames

Over at Young House Love they snagged some inexpensive frames from ikea that are huge and square. Then they simply added colored paper! Its really that easy to get a fun pop of color.

You can always change it later to polaroids or photos.

Art

You dont have to be a millionaire to have some great art. Etsy has really made some incredible art accessible. If you know me, you know i love Mae Chevrette. As must as I’d love an original piece, you can grab a high quality, archival print for less than 50 bucks (depending on what size you get!) $42 bucks for a 16 x 20 of this “Always” print would look just lovely on my walls.

How about 42 bucks for a large 18 x 22 print of this Boston skyline:

And one of my favorite “Bloom” paintings:

All four images above are by Mae Chevrette!

Just get on Etsy and dig around. You can find tons of amazing artists selling either originals or inexpensive prints! Go find YOUR favorite artist!

DIY Art

You could also always make your own art! I am no painter. Read here and you know i just like to push around paint… its more fun than anything for me. But just sometimes i come up with something i enjoy enough to put up on my walls. In this case, my best friend’s wall:

Or these recent fun, small little paintings that add a great splash of color to my office:

Or this piece that i put up in our bedroom. Love maps? Paint one! What do you love? What colors do you love? Its definitely the cheapest way to bring some art into your home.

I’ve even got a piece in my kitchen. If you cant paint walls while in an apartment, a large blue painting is a great way to add some color:

Wall Decor

Theres also other things you can put on your wall other than just paintings. I love adding dimension. Like these wall sculptures that are remarkable affordable bring nature inside and add a lot of fun depth to your walls:

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I also love these antique wall tiles i found for  a few bucks a piece at the City Wide Garage Sale. Just find fun things like this that are interesting or pretty to you and throw them up on the wall. I love the texture and interest those two tiles create.

How about just throw some freakin plants on the wall like here from West Elm. Just make sure you have a ton of light in this space or else you’ll have a lot of dead plants on your wall.

How about a chalkboard and 3D letters. I love this space because the walls are covered… but somehow its still not too much. Love it!

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So get to it! Go grab a bucket of paint and add a little character to your walls.

Also coming up, I’ll be posting Decor 101: Furniture and Decor 101: Accessories. Stay tuned!

-Rachel

The Burning House

The fires that burned down 1500+ homes in Bastrop have been mostly contained.

You can find the photo source here.

My mother is a counselor, a nurse and incredibly compassionate. So of course she was one of the few people allowed in the burn area to help victims. She has seen a lot of pain after working in Shoal Creek, Austins main psych ward for many years but this was awful. She would drive the families to where they would pray their home would still be. They would drive up to a lot where there was nothing left but charcoal. One family had a trailer that melted in on itself. One of the homes she went to, she was asked to go check in the backyard for a beloved dog to see if he had made it. She wouldn’t even explain to me what was left.

All of this definitely left me remembering Matt 6:20. Do not store up your treasures on earth where fire destroys and theives break in and steal. But instead store up your treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When people would talk about what they wished they didn’t lose, it usually had nothing to do with value. It was a gift a friend gave them, a good book, an old picture, a favorite pair of shoes. Most items didnt hold any real value.

I recently stumbled upon a website called The Burning House, where people submit their “burning house” items -the items that they would take with them if their house was on fire. Its really interesting to look through these photographs and see what people value. Some are practical, some are valuable and some are sentimental.” What you would take reflects your interest, background and priorities.”

Good thing this teacher decided to save her beloved bunny!

If I had a Hasselblad, I’d save it too:

This next one was a husband and a wife duo. It was cute because they said ” we would both be carrying an end of the record player”If i have the time, I think I’m going to go through everything and decide what would make it out with me if I had the chance to save a few items. I think after the wedding, there might be a few more mementos that would be important for me to grab!

What would you save? What are priorities in your home?

Look through 300 lenses at once…

I suppose this is just photography day 🙂 I just stumbled across these images and was pretty floored. Initially i thought they were some sort of acrylic or oil painting. The artist, Switzerland-based Corinne Vionnet, conducts an online search and sifts through photo sharing sites and carefully layers 200-300 photos on top of one another until she gets her desired result.

Its pretty amazing – you can see silhouettes of hundred of figures and unique angles. It so interesting that you are looking through hundreds of lenses at the same moment…

Check out other work at CorinneVionnet.com.

-Rach

abby try again

I always adore local austin artists so I always enjoy finding new ones! Abby has never taken any photography classes but one day just decided to pick up a vintage camera and start shooting… I love the small glimpse into her quirky life! Check her out at Abbytryagain.com or her blog here.

And if theres any Austinites reading, she is hosting an event at West Elm on Sat the 26th from 1-6 that i am definitely going to have to check out!

-Rach

So sometimes i’m girlie…

But i LOVE these!

Yes that is right – girlie camera bags. and i love them. I guess that means I’m not a true tomboy anymore. Dont worry – I wouldn’t use this for a professional photoshoot or when I’m running around in the Dominican Republic or China… but going out with my ladies and snappin a few shots – i say this is a mighty stylish way to do so. It’s definitely a great Christmas present idea for any of your incredibly awesome yet stylish photographer friends you might have… (hint hint, *wink wink) Especially this one…

or this one…

this is almost painful to admit.