best floor lamps under $200

I'm currently looking to replace the floor lamp in our living room, but I don't want to spend a ton of money doing it. 
After searching high and low, here are my top picks under $200:

Which one do you like the best?


jute home

I've just recently discovered the gorgeous work of interior designer Alison Davin of Jute Home. I love how her designs are simple and clean, but at the same time feel interesting.
This blue chevron backsplash works perfectly in an otherwise all white kitchen.
 What's not to like about this bathroom? Those sconces, the gold mirror, marble countertop, and a vanity in the lightest shade of blue. Meow.
I love all of the different mixes of patterns and textures in this room. This mix is the perfect example as to why you should never buy all of your furniture and/or accessories at the same time. 

all images via Jute Home


the cutest

On a much lighter note than yesterday, I'm feeling a little better. I gave them my answer and they were more than supportive, which makes it even harder to say no. But I have to be confident in my choices and just keep swimming...

Reading this article from The Everygirl was very inspiring and just what I needed yesterday. I also couldn't help but notice the cutest little phone dock that I need ASAP for my desk!
My phone is always sitting next to me on my desk, and I love how this props it up so you can see your messages when they pop up. It also functions as a charging station, which sealed the deal for me. I can't wait for it to arrive.


bedroom updates!

Yesterday I'd finally decided that I'd had enough of our crazy blah bedroom and did some shopping around the house to change things up a bit. This is all totally spur of the moment and preliminary just to see if it works... so no judging. If you want to see how our bedroom used to look, check it out here. Don't those beige walls just make you want to punch someone??? We're still looking into moving, but if we end up staying for another year I'm painting. Like, no matter what I'm painting that shizz.
 I switched our black and silver lamps from the bedroom with my pretty pink lamp from our bar area to give some much needed color to our room.
I found these coral x-benches for a complete steal at Target a few weeks ago. I had planned to reupholster them, possibly in this David Hicks goodness, but they are growing on me as-is.
I found this greek key trim that I will be using to trim our curtains (hopefully next week!).
There used to be a weird mixture of metallics going on here that I switched out for a nice, big plant. The lamp will probably end up going, but I haven't figured out what I'm going to put in its place just yet.
Here are our previous nightstand lamps that have found a new home on our bar. I'm still trying to figure out if the scale is all wrong, or if I like it.

These are just quick pics from my phone. I'll take real ones when everything is styled up all nice and pretty!


instagram updates

Just few instas from last week...
Flowers from my valentine.
Heart potatoes that I made Charlie for Valentine's breakfast.
 Sneak peek of my soon-to-be Ikea RAST Hack. Charlie is a weirdo and loves putting together Ikea furniture, so this was a good day for him.
 RAST project post coming soon!


14 days of love

Here are the rest of my 14 days of love...
 Day 8: Honey buns for my honey buns.
Day 9: The "bchi" card is an inside joke from when we were 16, and on the inside of the card it says "I love you to pieces."
 Day 10: Our life may be a "circus"...
 Day 11: I'm "stuck" on you with his favorite gum.
 Day 12: Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins with the saying "you make my heart swirl."
Day 13: S'mores with the sayings "you melt my heart" and "I want s'more of your love" on the back.
Day 14: Heart shaped potatoes and sausage, egg, and cheese croissant pockets.

Also, remember when I told you our weekend plans changed? We went back to Oklahoma this weekend to celebrate the engagement of Charlie's little brother and his girlfriend!
Aren't they the cutest? So excited for TWO new sister-in-laws in 2013!


my loves

 this guy
and this guy

They make me the happiest.

Images by Dear Okie Photography


look for less - beni ourain rug

I've been on the hunt for another rug for our bedroom, and even though I have a similar style in our living room, I think I want another Beni Ourain style rug. This one from Pottery Barn caught my eye:
Pottery Barn Beni Ourain Rug - 8'x'10 $799
I love a good deal, so you can imagine me running across this similar style rug while shopping at Target. I was practically jumping for joy in the aisle. They only had a 5'x7' in the store, which wasn't large enough for our room, but luckily they carry larger sizes online that might work.
Threshold Criss Cross Fleece Rug - 7'x10' $250
You can also occasionally snag the Rugs USA Moroccan Shag Rug on sale for 75% off, but right now they are sold out in ivory. See how it looks in my living room here


instagram updates

 Last week was wonderful! I got to go to market and it was crazy fun. I didn't want to be a loser walking around taking pictures of all the gorgeousness, but I did sneak a pic of my favorite Scalamandre zebra wallpaper. I was totally nerding out seeing all of these fabrics and designs that I've only seen in magazines. We stopped at the Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils, Lee Jofa, Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, and Scalamandre showrooms. The best part was finding out how the whole trade process works, and getting a tour of some of the behind the scenes action that most people don't get to see. Taking this field trip definitely helped erase any doubts I had about going into this field. 
We live around so many fun attractions, and we haven't been very good about exploring them all, so Charlie and I decided to play tourist and take a little day trip to Ft. Worth. Here we are at the center of the water gardens.
 The aerated pool at the water gardens
lunch at Love Shack
argh, I like him!
 my absolutely delicious portobello sandwich
We had planned to go rock climbing this weekend, but our plans have changed due some exciting news that I will be sharing on Monday!


perfect office space

When I saw this picture I couldn't believe it. It is exactly what I've been imagining for my office area. I really want a long desk that can accommodate our computer and still has space for me to set up my sewing machine. I've also had my eye on this exact drawer unit that I want to place in between the two areas.
Seriously, someone out there was reading my mind. After seeing this picture I'm even more determined to make this happen as soon as possible. 


14 days of love

Day 4: chocolate donuts
Day 5: candy heart love letter
Day 6: I've got a "crush" on you
Day 7: Lucky charm granola bars. These lucky charm wraps can be downloaded here for free.


love day gifts for him

I started out totally stumped on what to get Charlie for Valentine's Day this year, but now I've found too many choices and can't make up my mind!


look for less

I've been loving David Hicks' La Fiorentina fabric for some time now, but I haven't had the right place to use it and it's not exactly cheap.
After seeing this image, I realized it would be the perfect fabric to reupholster our boring beige headboard! 
Now that I had a place to use it, I was still a little hesitant about the cost. I did a little searching and I just recently found this look-alike on Spoonflower for much less. 
 I ordered a few swatches today, to see if it's the right match. I can't wait!