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Artfully Walls

I’m always on the look out for pieces of art that look original and aren’t too expensive. Last week I stumbled upon Artfully Walls here and was pleasantly surprised at the selection of this online art retailer–even found myself putting several pieces into my shopping cart! It’s a great site to find individual prints, but the best part is that it takes all of the guesswork out of creating an art wall. Not only will the site find you the perfect combination using prints, different frames, but it will also suggest how to hang them.

Here are a few of their suggestions I’m loving……



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Love these two side by side ….

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Perfect mix of color on such a dark wall..btw-the paint color is sparrow (I knew you would ask) by Benjamin Moore.

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 I want these two prints in my office area–love the pinks and blues.

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 Here are some of my favorite individual pieces:

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While some people might consider this an ‘art in a box’ approach and maybe not personal enough, it still looks good. It’s also a great way to get some art on your walls quickly while you save for some more expensive, original pieces. Finding the right art for your home takes time and I would much rather spend a few hundred dollars on an entire wall of art as a stop gap solution than purchasing one piece that I later realize doesn’t go in the room.

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Itsy Bitsy

One of our favorite things to do with this blog is to share the resources that we look to for our clients (and ourselves!) for stylish, yet affordable options. Are you familiar with Home Decorators Collection?  They’re actually a Home Depot company that have a great line of furniture and  six retail stores nationwide, two of which are in Illinois. Tessa bought the rug for her son’s room there. They recently launched Isty Bitsy which is a children’s furnishings line and I was so impressed! Here are a few things that caught my eye…

Love this little garden side chair which also comes in blue and silver.

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Garden side chair

Where was this round foam ottoman when I was decorating William’s nursery???

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Round Foam Ottoman

 This Wren upholstered storage bench would be great in a family room–large enough to store all of those toys scattered throughout the room.  It’s only 18″ high so it could be used as an ottoman and comes in several fabric options.


Wren Upholstered Storage Bench

I have a crush on anything dark wood these days–at only 30″ high and 18″ deep this Deerfield student desk could be used as a console or as a desk/nightstand in a guest room.

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Deerfield Student Desk

If you’re looking for a headboard for your child or even for yourself…definitely check out their selection of custom headboards offered in many different shapes and fabrics–like this Barrett upholstered version


Barrett Upholstered Bed

 Love these sweet Georgia drapery panels for a girl’s room–the ruffles are so fun!

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Georgia Drapery

These storage bins with handle come in many different designs. Love this version for a boy’s room.

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Storage Bin with Handle

Forget the kids’ rooms, this Mystic area rug comes in an 8 x 11 size…bring some pattern into your family room! It comes in four other colors.

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Mystic Area Rug

It’s always great when I stumble across a new source for kid’s furnishings.  But love it even more when those items could be used in a grown up space, too!  Definitely check out Isty Bitsy—I was smitten with some of their furnishings! Oh, and because they’re part of Home Depot, there are always good promotions going on. Right now, I know they have $50 off $250–so even better, you don’t have to pay full price!

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Heard of Furnishly?

I’m a sucker for a deal so I’m also a sucker for Craigslist and consignment stores. (BTW, I’ve had nothing but great experience both selling and buying on CL. Sure people haven’t shown up when they said they would and there was the time that I swear a weird cult bought one of my rugs, but generally a good experience and not really sketchy.) The part I don’t like it is searching through tones of junk to find a good piece…I know, I know that should be a part of the fun, but I don’t feel like it is! I’d rather just have a section called “great stuff you have to look at” rather than searching through 800 listings of old mattresses, looking at 500 ancient chairs and a couple of hundred more listings for $2 baby bathtubs. Enter

Started by a Chicago-area native Byron Finke, Furnishly is all about finding up-scale, quality pieces on web sites and in partner with local furniture refinishers and consignment stores. They’re now in 40 cities. They provide a list of the great inventory, provide an avenue for payment and you deal directly with the seller for pick up.

Here are a few items that I noticed in Chicago, but check out their list of cities for inventory for you…

This table is perfect for a kitchen or even in a play room with some colored chairs.

Furnishly Chicago items

Brilliant idea–turn an old metal library cart into a bar cart! This could be sprayed any color.

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Original tweed upholstery on this chair. Love Room & Board? This chair would be a perfect accent chair with one of their sofas.

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This little coffee table would be great in a family room with a U sectional, but also in a child’s room with a couple of chairs like the ones in this post.

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Great deal on this Crate & Barrel Margot sofa. This is a great small scale sofa that would be perfect in a home office or bedroom–and it’s being sold right near my house!

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I so want to find a place for this brass chest!

Brass trunk from furnishly

Lots of great finds.

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