Unique Home Gifts with eBay!

While your shopping may be close to finished, I wanted to share some amazing home accent gifts (for yourself, perhaps, after all that shopping and prepping for the holidays) I found on eBay. Yes, eBay! Some new (they have lots of brand new items for sale), lots antique, and all interesting, affordable and unique. I love gifting vintage home items to others any time of year- it really shows that you spent time looking and also that you understand their style and interests. From a vintage book, to a tiny oil painting or perhaps a chic set of brass candlesticks or gorgeous glassware! There are so many amazing finds I’m certain you can find something for anyone on your list (some that will ship in time for Xmas too!)
eBay was a pioneer in the online vintage shopping realm, and a source I have been visiting again more often these days (in fact, I just bought an amazing leather skirt while doing this post!) Click on the images below for sources and happy hunting!

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Felix Doolittle Holiday Card Giveaway!

With all the stuff to do this holiday season I thought it might be nice to handle the whole holiday card thing for two lucky readers!  Felix Doolittle, longtime sponsor and one of my favorite stationery shops here in Boston, is giving away to two lucky readers, 6 boxes of holiday cards and 2 sets of personalized return labels)!  Cross that off your list!

They just introduced panoramic return labels, but the classic ones are great too! So many to choose from!

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Fashion Friday: Three Perfect, Layered Looks for Any Fall Occassion

Once again I’ve partnered with my amazing sponsor Halsbrook to put together some gorgeous outfits (appropriate for a wide age range) in preparation for any type of fall activity from running errands to an evening fundraiser for your kids school. Every time I do this with them I think “this is my favorite one yet”. Including this time! And right now (ending tomorrow) Halsbrook is running a special promotion where customers earn a gift card for their next purchase when they purchase full-price items and enter the code LOVEFALL at checkout.

  • Spend $250 – Get $25
  • Spend $500 – Get $75
  • Spend $750 – Get $115
  • Spend $1,000 – Get $200
  • Spend $2,000 – Get $400

I really love this look- the classic neutrals offset with pops of orange and burnt umber are understated and classic but say “I have my shiz together, people”.

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Fashion Friday: Just For You- 20% Off At Joules!

We are finishing up our trip to Nantucket but wanted to post today to share with you that our sponsor, Joules, the great British brand known for it’s love of stripes and comfort, is offering my readers 20% off full price merchandise through October 8th with the code EOS20! How awesome is that- just in time for fall shopping!

Henry and I brought along some Joules on our trip and we tried to capture us in some, but taking a picture with an overstimulated toddler is much like wrestling with an alligator.

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My New Living Room Plan + The New Traditionalists

Our renovation is moving along nicely (I cannot wait- this room is going to change our lives!)  Along with the new space, I’m changing some things in the living room since we won’t need a sectional anymore (tv going into the new room which THRILLS me because now you won’t see a TV above a fireplace right when you walk into the house- a total pet peeve).  This will be more of a “formal living” space.  Although I use that term loosely because how formal can you be with a toddler running the joint?  While I’m still going to be careful of finishes and fabrics (and sharp edges) I want to make this space feel more grown up and “me”.

While pondering this change, I had decided I needed new side tables regardless.  The modern burl cube tables I had were fab, but I needed something with storage now that I have an ottoman instead of two level coffee table. You know, a spot to keep remotes, magazines and books.  So I worked with the fab peeps at The New Traditionalists (a favorite vendor with amazing traditional-with-an-edge style) to create the perfect new side tables that work great now and will be amazing in my newly decorated space too.

I chose the Side Table No. 7 for its clean lines, lower shelf and large drawer.  I specified the exact size to fit my space.  When it came to finish, I knew I wanted a slightly off white and after seeing their bevy of samples chose China White for the body.  I toyed with grasscloth drawer fronts (you can send COM goods to apply to their pieces) but instead went with their Fine Linen painted finish in Edgecomb Gray with Brown. It looks a lot like grasscloth but is wipeable! Perfect for Henry’s sticky fingerprints that seem to be on everything these days!  The interior of the drawer I had done in a sweet grey-blue (Benjamin Moore Smoke).

I also chose their brass tassel pull (LOVE).  And the details are fabulous. Everything is designed to your specifications in New York and then made and finished in Connecticut.

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