to decorate / {high and low} striped rugs, fluffy rugs

Pretty early on in the decorating process, I decided I wanted a striped rug. I had my eyes on the Ikea Stockholm Rand, which is a knockoff of a much more expensive designer, but it was hard to nail down in stock. And I wasn’t sure if I liked flatwoven. In design blogger reviews, it looked thin and wrinkly. Upon Googling the Ikea one, I found the Rugs USA Homespun Blocks Navy Rug. It was on backorder for ages, but I finally got it right after Sandy! The price dropped so I ended up with two, but shipping back the more expensive one via UPS was pretty cheap since the warehouse is in Long Island, NY. The rug is manufactured by Nuloom and is so plush and soft. I’m also not that bothered by the navy versus black since the stripe is pretty dark.

My size is OOS, but other sizes are available for 75% off through today. In fact, most of the rugs are 75% off. My friend tipped me off that the sheepskin rugs are back in stock to order (even though it’s backordered until late Dec…). With the 75% off discount, the price is so affordable you can’t justify going for a faux one from Ikea!


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to decorate / {high and low} the leather butterfly chair

Visions of a rich, buttery caramel leather butterfly chair draped in white fur

(left, right)

Ideas for the chair:

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to shop / {high & low} lace shorts

Presenting, lace shorts.

I was debating whether to make this post a this or that post with Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s lace shorts, as the color is similar to the shorts on the right, but they lack a scalloped edge. So I found a ridiculously priced pair to draw a comparison, even though it is a totally different color.

Valentino high waist shorts (Almost $2000) vs. GapKids Lace Shorts ($34.95*)

(Image source: Farfetch and Gap)

Edit: Valentino’s lower end brand, RED Valentino has macrame lace shorts that is a bridge between the two styles above and much cheaper at $395!

*They have so many codes… On to sizing and fit. My tinier girlfriends, check out the Plus sizes. The quality of lace on these shorts is impressive and the material is soft and stretchy.

to shop / {high & low} the white eyelet tank dress

Eyelet is back with a vengeance this spring, but it never went away. This isn’t really a high-end vs. low-end showdown, more like a high price vs. sale price showdown.

Presenting, the white eyelet tank dress.

Madewell Circlelace Dress ($148) vs. Talbots Circle Eyelet Dress ($64 or 48*)

(Image source: Madewell and Talbots)

*Save 25% with code SAVE25 through April 4.