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A week ago, I made myself a cup of coffee, sat down to read through my blog roll and opened up my computer to this:

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Amy’s Computer-Sign of Death

The geniuses at Apple confirmed just what I had suspected….HARD DRIVE FAILURE!  Lucky for me, I’m extra cautious and had everything backed up on an external hard drive (I store this in a fire/water proof safe) and I also use Crash Plan which is an online back up system.  So, while I was sad to say goodbye to my white macbook.  I didn’t sweat it too much because I knew I would be up and running in no time.  However, it didn’t go as planned and I had to wait 5 days to get my new computer.  So, what do you do without a computer?

Shopping, of course!

My mom and sister-in-law were in town for a few days and they made sure I put an Ikea trip on our agenda.  Like always, I was giddy with joy when I saw a few new things.

 This table was beautiful with a walnut veneer top and solid ash legs.  It looked very high end and would look great with any type  of dining room chair.

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Stockholm Table

These light fixtures were adorable and would be great in a kids room, playroom or the black/gold one in a dining room.photo-7

 A great solution for kid’s shoe storage and bench by the door.  This little bench comes in a variety of colors.

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 Still one of my favorite chairs! Now it has a matching ottoman.

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Tessa and I love the Expedit system and now it comes in a high-gloss finish and a ton of different colors including, this hot pink!

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These green bins caught my eye when I noticed the price of 1.49!

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 Love this bedding for a boy’s room.

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 Such cute bedding for a girl’s room if you are trying to steer away from the usual pink.

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 A pillow to match or I think this would be a great pop of color in a living room.

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My favorite desk from Ikea now comes in two different lengths.

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 This bath hand towel was just so cheery looking that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo.

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 Still, my favorite item EVER from Ikea.  These drying racks can mounted on a wall and fold flat when not in use.

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 And, my adorable sister-in-law holding up a coffee cup for my brother, an avid hunter.

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Enjoy the weekend and we will see you back here on Monday!

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Everything Old Is New Again

On Monday, Tessa featured Thom Filicia’s old lake house in upstate NY. Throughout the place he had amazing wood paneling that gave such great character to each room. Do you feel like you’re going crazy right now? Wood paneling cool?? Yup, it’s back and it’s big.

One of my Sunday night rituals is to look online at my favorite stores to see what’s on sale. This Sunday, I didn’t find much on sale, but I did find something that definitely intrigued me at West Elm…Stikwood Adhesive Paneling…

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West Elm-Stikwood Adhesive Paneling

How cool is this? What a perfect way to achieve a new look with texture on a wall behind a sofa, on a console, headboard or a backsplash in the kitchen. It’s also a great way to add character to builder grade homes. With its rich grains, these panels can be cut to fit your individual space and hung up in a few simple steps.  All you need to do is peel off the backing and stick! It’s that easy. (Gosh, I sound like I’m selling linoleum flooring!)

West Elm just announced a partnership  with Stikwood and now carries 14 varieties, including white reclaimed, barrel oak, expresso ash, morning mist ash and carmalized bamboo. You can apply the wood in a random horizontal or vertical pattern, or arrange it in a chevron or zig-zag design.

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West Elm-Stickwood Adhesive Paneling

A kitchen island that has been transformed using white washed adhesive paneling.

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Stikwood Adhesive Paneling

Definitely a great option for commercial spaces–gives you that perfect blend of rustic and modern

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Stikwood Adhesive Paneling

I’m dying over this bedroom project.  Click on the photo to see before and after shots.  Love the chevron pattern!

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I have so many ideas of ways to use this in my own home such as giving a metal mirror a facelift.  Or, now I’m thinking about using it on the backs of my bookshelves.

Have any of you used this in your own homes?  If so, please share!

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Great Source for Mirrors: Wisteria

I love getting magazines and catalogs in the mail–I often feel guilty about the waste of paper, but it reminds me of stores that I sometimes forget about when I’m doing online searches for products. Wisteria is one such place. I got a catalog recently and was reminded of how great their mirror selection is and reasonably priced too!

Check out some of my favorites:

The shape of this mirror is my favorite shape to see in an entry way or powder room.

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A venetian mirror is perfection in a powder room painted a dark color.

 

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Some might think the chevron pattern is played out a bit too much these days but I disagree when it comes to seeing the pattern on a mirror.

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 It is so hard to find a round, simple mirror and this one is just that.  I would love to see this simple mirror on a fireplace mantel.  So simple and natural looking. round mirror

 

Or, I love how Wisteria has the above mirror hung off to the side of framed pieces of art.  Definitely something to think about when decorating your walls.

 

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 A bone mirror still makes me happy when I see one.  I could see this one in a hallway, office space, baby or girls room.

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 Still love this traditional rectangular mirror.  I bought one at Pottery Barn a few years ago and still love it.  It looks great paired with distressed wood.  Perfect mirror for a bedroom with some glam!

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Don’t forget to look online for coupons before ordering.

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