Home decor

Accessories, Shoes, Home Decor

Sundays are perfect! They are laid back, they are relaxed, they are mine! Sundays are great for planning, for inspiration. Since moving into our new home, we’ve been trying to decorate it and set it up just the way we like it. And so far, only the living room has been coming along. Of course setting up a home takes time, and a lot of patience, but I have been really focusing on the upstairs story and half space, that is also my office/writing space. Would you like to see my wish board?

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The rest of my wish board is here:

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My other weakness are the shoes, and this spring, above all else, I want to be comfortable! What about you?

comfyspringshoes  Check out the rest of my board on Mavatar!

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And finally, some accessories to share with you on this beautiful Sunday morning! I hope there is less snow where you are ;)

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More of my picks of sunglasses, hats, scarves, and keychains here:

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend! See you tomorrow – I have an exciting new Giveaway for you coming up!

Zhenya

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Christmas Tree Delight

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Happy Holidays! Some of you may know that this year Sam and I finally got our first real Christmas tree! And of course I got to decorate it with all the thrifted ornaments and jingle bells I could find!

Love,

Zhenya

Uncommon Goods Holiday Collections and Gift Ideas + $50 Giveaway

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The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Have you started shopping already? I haven’t, but I definitely started looking. It’s okay to look, right?

After Sam and I bought our house, home decor is constantly on my mind. And even though I love TJ Maxx type of stores and Target is one of my favorite retailers ever, I tend to gravitate to something more unique, one of a kind and possibly preferably handmade when it comes to my own house!

When I came across Uncommon Goods, I knew it was the place for me! Items that are presented there are a perfect combination of design and creativity, with the handmade design I am always looking for:

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There is so much great stuff, that you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! The wall art possibilities are endless! And since I am looking for some pieces for my living room, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites (all images are clickable and will take you to the Uncommon Goods page! All images via uncommongoods.com):

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Vintage Iron Bookends

Equation Geek Clock

Equation Geek Clock

Personalized Couple Art

Personalized Couple Art

Hand with Heart - Zlatka Paneva

Hand with Heart – Zlatka Paneva

Hello Gorgeous - Valerie Galloway

Hello Gorgeous – Valerie Galloway

There is so so much on their website! And every item is amazing! I wish I could share them all with you, but I can’t, so I am going to do something better! I am going to give away $50 to Uncommon Goods to one lucky reader!

Enter here

Happy Friday and Good luck!

Zhenya

Disclosure: This post and giveaway were sponsored by Uncommon Goods. And even though I was compensated for it, the opinions are 100% my own. 

The Bridal Shower I Never Had // Win $25 Target Gift Card (ends November 5)

Yes, I never had a bridal shower. Finally, after being married for over 2 years, I ‘fessed up! But if I did, here is what I would do:

- Invite all the closest family and friends and have a fabulous dinner party!

- No games, no immature jokes or stories, just a nicely put together event!

- Decorate, decorate, decorate!

And here is where Target Wedding Registry and Catalog would come in handy!

Threshold White Round Rimmed Set

Threshold Dinner Setting

And of course the drinks!

Cocktail Making

Riedel Drinking Glasses

You may know that Target Wedding’s Theme “Be Yourself, Together” represents two people joining in, but maintaining their individuality. I think Sam and I have successfully maintained our individualities, but allowed our personalities to rub off on each other!

To enter the giveaway simply Visit the Target Wedding Catalog and select your favorite product for the party featured in this post. Then leave a comment under this post about why that product is your favorite for the chance to win a $25 Target GiftCard! And if you are planning a wedding or attending one in the nearest future, make sure to check out Target Wedding Registry, I honestly think it’s one of the best stores to register at for a wedding! 

Follow along the wedding fun on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by using #TargetWedding! And good luck! You only have through November 5 to submit your comments!

My Little Curbside Secret

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Not everyone has the courage! The courage to pick something up from the curb, the courage to bring it inside your home! The courage and confidence that you can actually turn it into something, well, acceptable, and maybe even a center piece.

I thrift, I freecycle and yes, sometimes I dumpster dive/pick up items off the curb. And here is the side table I have had for a few months now! I picked it up back when we lived in Loring Park, then it travelled all the way to my in-laws house to get sanded, and stored until we moved. Then we moved, and I didn’t have time, and I didn’t have paint. Then Sam talked me into buying primer, thinking it was going to be white, the primer was gray. So I primed, and primed, and then painted. And decoupaged the top in between – with pages from Ogden Nash’s book of poems. Remember…

God in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.

… yeah, that guy.

I also threw some stamps from Germany in!

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What do you think about “one man’s trash being someone else’s treasure? Have you ever picked anything up off the curb?

Happy Hump Day,

Zhenya

DIY Instagram Inspirational Coasters via Shutterfly

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Since we’ve moved to our new house, I’ve been much much more furniture conscious. Meaning I am done leaving ring marks everywhere :) Yes, I was one of those people, who didn’t take care of her nice (even though most of the time freecycled or gifted) furniture. And I am ashamed of it.

So when I saw that Shutterfly offered personalized coasters for only $20, I knew I was in!

I had several ideas as to what put on them, from all the places Sam and I have been to, to maps, to quotes… But I finally decided to go with my Instagram photos that I have been lately editing with a new app called Rhonna.

It was hard to pick out 4 images, but I went with these:

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And that’s how my coasters turned out:

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Don’t you just love them?

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Ironically enough this is my second coaster DIY this year, you can read about the first one here.

What have you been making lately?
Xx,
Zhenya

Feathers Unruffled {A Home Decor Post}

I don’t normally post about home decor, unless it’s DIY, but this time I just wanted to share how something random, bought on a whim,, transformed my living room and made that one small part of it (aka my console table) complete.

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I got these feathers a week ago at the Minnesota State Fair. They were only a $1 each at the International Bazaar (which does by the way have a Russian booth!) and I couldn’t simply pass by.

So after spending all afternoon wandering around the Fair Grounds with these feathers sticking out, I was amazed they actually made it home that night.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to put them in a vase. I did have a different spot for them in mind, but they never made it there!

Instead they were dropped off on the console table that I freecycled a couple years ago, next to these two frames, one being a cross stitch by my dear friend Tamara, reminding me where, when and who I married ;) And the other is a picture version of the latter.

Once I sat down and actually looked over where the feathers were, I knew that it’s where they belonged.

So then the vase hunting began. From Target to TJ Maxx, to Marshall’s to finally – BINGO – a thrift store (this time it was Salvation Army) during a Labor Day sale, this beauty ended up costing me only $3.50 plus tax!

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner thought I…

Now to find the lamps…

Xx,

Z

PS. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Sam’s friend Blake brought me from England:

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One of them is a London Guard and the other is The British Gentleman! Can you guess which one is which? LOL

 

 

DIY Vintage Doily Coffee Table Runner

I am back with a DIY Friday post! I hope you are as excited as I am! Because I am finally going to start showing bits and pieces of my new house!

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About a month ago I went to an estate left overs sale in Hopkins. It was organized by Empty the Nest, one of my favorite thrift/vintage household items resellers in the Twin Cities. I scored 2 large bags of stuff for $10 (it was a 5 dollar bag sale!)
And among my many many finds were these vintage doilies. So I decided to create a runner for my oval living room coffee table.

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First I laid everything out, and then stitched it together, using just a needle and a thread. I was originally going to use my sewing machine, but decided against it.

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I am really happy with the final result, and glad I waited so long to get the doilies. The living room is coming together and I’ll have another post for you soon (get ready for some peacocking ;) )

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Have a great Labor Day weekend! See you on Tuesday!
Xx,
Z

One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

North Star State Print

North Star State

 

Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

Navy Blue Patriotic Tank Product Shot

I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 2: It’s Still My Birthday

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I know, I know, but let me tell you about this amazing place called Burger Jones! Oh wait, you already knew?!? I sure hope so!
Well let me start by showing off my new living room furniture! It took Sam and I a pretty long time to find the pieces we knew we absolutely loved. And we looked almost everywhere there was to look in the Twin Cities. But you know what it all came down to? Macy’s furniture store in Edina!

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My mother-in-law came over and we went to Sur la Table at 50th and France, and got the rest of the beautiful silverware set that my in-laws have me for my Birthday!

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We also got some frozen yogurts at the Yogurt Lab, and the Chili Chocolate is to die for! So is salted carmel :) YUM

Now we are getting to Burger Jones ;) After one “Big Sloppy Kiss”

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And this specialty pesto burger

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Surprisingly enough I had room for dessert! Which was on the house!

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If you are wondering about the dress ;) I like it, but it has this really awkward length, and the pleats don’t go all the way down, so it looks a bit off if you take a closer look!

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And here you have it! A second day of my 27 dress project! Don’t forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway!
Happy Tuesday,
Xo,
Z

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