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Baby’s First Clustered Art Wall

As you can imagine, the largest decor undertaking in my house right now is la bambino’s room.  In fact, I was more stressed about how to decorate it then I was about whether he’d be a boy or a girl (I figured I had no control over that).  Over the last few months I’ve already picked up quite a few prints that will eventually form the little dude’s first cluster art wall.  Don’t you just think he’s going to be so excited to come home to all this:

Since he’s going to be born in the year of the tiger (as was his father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and great grandmother) I thought we should pay homage with a few pieces of tiger art.  Note: THIS ROOM IS NOT TIGER THEMED, just tiger friendly.  This print, rock candy, was found by Erin and purchased by me in approximately 2.2 seconds.

Continuing the tiger non-theme I also grabbed this year of the tiger print from the same shop.

And finally, I picked up Tiger Phone from the Two Rabbits Studios booth at the Renegade Craft Fair.

In fact, all the remaining prints were picked up at renegade.  If you have one happening in your area, I highly suggest you go.

Because I am having a wee little baby, I thought I should get a few little-kid friendly prints too.  Not just a bunch of insane tigers.  I grabbed this beep beep bike print from Tad Carpenter.

This 2-part pink monster is also by Tad Carpenter, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on his site and I think he’s sold out.

And because I bought so much at his booth, Tad threw this tiny bird print in for zero dollars.  Thanks, Tad!

Having stocked up on some baby goodies, I felt like I could return to my crazy art comfort zone.  I bought this Will Bryant print at the Public School booth.

And finally, because babies go goo goo ga ga over black and white prints, stimulating their little brains straight into mensa, I picked up this crazy eye print for the little dude.

Don’t be scared if you feel like some of these don’t go together, remember we have several walls to work with here.  Anything that doesn’t make the baby’s room cut will land in my office, but overall I’m feeling good.  I think he’s just going to swoon when he comes home!

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Lasers in General

You dudes may remember that not even an entire month ago I got my act together and finally put my horse print up for sale on etsy.  Well, it was such a darn good time I’ve gone and done it again.

Lasers in General is my newest piece, printed in (ahem) METALLIC GOLD and black, he’s 26″ of pure shiny federalist awesomeness.  Limited edition prints are for sale on etsy HERE.  Why do they cost less than the horsey?  Because it’s smaller and was much easier and less expensive to print.  Bada bing.

Thank you, Erin, for your lovely photography and styling skillz.  Don’t you guys j’adore the eagle lamps with the general print?  Can I get a whatwhat?

CLICK HERE to check out Lasers in General on Etsy

And to grab one of the last horsey prints, CLICK HERE

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Got Money? Old Money

I am a bargain hunter. A recessionista. A hardcore frugal shopper through and through, down to my very pith and marrow. Without the holy trinity of Craigslist, Ebay and thrifting, I would own a rug, some pillows and sheets. Oh, and those all came from Overstock — bought with internet coupons, of course. Most of the time, I get high off scoring big ticket items on a budget, but lately I’ve been feeling a little resentful of my staunchly middle class life. I kinda wish I was born rich. Hell, while I’m outing myself as a class traitor and a jackass, make that stinking, filthy rich.

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Simon Upton

Before I launch into this embarrassing ridiculousness, let me first apologize and say: World, I know how lucky I am to be solidly middle class. Really. I honestly, truly do. However, there is nothing like house hunting to give you a case of the green meanies. Once you really start looking, “I can make do” turns into “I want,” and then “I NEED,” super ultra fast. Ok, I’m done with the bourgeois guilt. Let’s play: pretend we’re rich old money. On a budget.

Step 1: You are probably going to need a Chesterfield sofa.

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Y’all, Chesterfield sofas are expen$ive. Coming in at under $1100 including shipping, this version from Zuo Modern won’t (totally) break your piggy bank. Yes, the black is perfectly serviceable and moneyed, but the silver option would be Kapow Zing. Of course, bling like that is for tawdry nouveau richies, only. (Thanks, Raina, for the tip!)

Now, add in a couple of pastoral accessories and we’re in business:

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Beth Dow 11×14 print, $50 at 20×200


Pendleton 5th Avenue Throw, $128. Looks so casual fancy you can practically smell the Benjamins stacked high in the safe behind Grandma’s portrait.

Step 2: You definitely need an old family portrait. At least to hide the safe.

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Mads Morgensen

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Greg Natale

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Ilse Crawford

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Gunkelman Flesher

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Eye Spy

What’s the matter? Don’t have an antique oil painting of great great great grandfather Alistair McScarypants? Yeah, me neither. I come from a long line of farmers and drunken Irishmen, which is charming, but not so heavy on the heirlooms. How about a painting of your loyal servant in Grandpa’s stead?

etsy pet portraits

Aw, Baxter never looked so handsome. Bonus: rich people love dogs! But don’t bother getting Scruffy the pound puppy’s portrait painted. Pedigree matters. Custom oil painted portraits of your pet by Johnspaintings on Etsy, $120.

Step 3: Get a pony. Preferably one that wins prizes and things. Or catches foxes.

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Simon Upton

What, fools? Did you think I was going to tell you how to buy a horse on the cheap? Sorry, I’m a blogger, not a magician. But I can direct you to these fine equine inspired products:


Wary Meyers Horse print, $75. Lewis and Wood Equus print wallpaper and fabric. Priced in pounds, so don’t ask me how much it costs. I’m a blogger, not a mathematician. Oh, and don’t forget to buy Karly’s horse print. It’s extra nice.

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Urban Outfitters Equestrian Rainboots, perfect for navigating horse poop and rain puddles, $48.

Step 4: You’re going to need more wallpapered and upholstered prints. Way more prints.

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francois halard

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Francois Halard

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I will always have a soft spot for crazy scenic prints, but for the love of all that’s British tinged Americana: no toile de jouy. This look is more English country or Connecticut Regency (yes, I just made that up) than Marie Antoinette. Lewis and Wood papers and fabrics keep the hunting look alive. Let’s hope the foxes fare as well.

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Also, prints should swath everything that can be swathed. Ikea’s Hovas chair is the perfect candidate for an obnoxious floral print. Plus at $499, it’s keeping (most of) your hard earned, middle class money in the bank. Bonus: the slipcovers provide ready made patterns for all you folks with sewing skills. Kaching! That’s the sound of all the money I just saved you.

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Elle Decor.

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. I kind of love the way it makes my eyes vibrate.

Step 5: Get an indoor pool.

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Diamond Baratta

No, your membership to the Y is not going to cut it. Rich people like to summer away… away from what, I’m not sure. Away from their mansions? Away from their servants and beautifully kept grounds? It defies logic, but there it is.

I’m afraid this is where I become markedly unhelpful. Dammit, y’all — I’m a blogger, not a third generation investment banker, or an oil tycoon, or a Mayflower descendant. If I were, I’d invite you over to my indoor pool for cocktails and water polo. But you see, there are some things that just can’t be faked in the quest to live like old money. Indoor pools — along with owning your own airstrip, having a township named after your ancestors, or knowing how to play squash — belong only in the provenance of the super duper rich.

Whatever. I don’t need to be rich. I’ll always have… something.

I’ll let you know what that is as soon as I figure it out.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

OMG it is day two of our holiday gift guide extravaganza not to be missed by young and old alike (working title).  I have to admit: all this web shopping has, as my grandfather would have said, taken the starch right out of me.  What does that even mean?  I always assumed it had something to do with carbs giving you fuel, but I really don’t even know.  What I do know is this:  1.  I’m rambling 2. I’m tired (see #1) and 3. I’ve got the best damn gifts $50 can buy listed on this mofo right here today.

my-oh-my what do we have here?

Clockwise from upper left:

Swine Flu Hanky, $28

Inside My Head Vase, $39

Sinking Ship Candle Holder, $39 (welcome on my table anytime)

S-XL cake dish, $36 (also welcome anytime… don’t you just love the shapes it makes!!!???)

Trio Herb Pot, $48

For the techy… and some other random people:

wall mountable phone / pda charging system, $30

USB Greenhouse, $43 (yes, this terrarium is charged by your computer.  get one.)

Cable Tie, $30

Moss Clear Resin Ring, $40

Flying Sofa Brooch, $40

For your littlest gift recipient:

Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet, $40

Ok, I know I’ve been silent sam up until this point, but we really need to talk about the alphabet set.  It’s insane.  Here’s a description from the site:

These lovely blocks contain many carefully engraved illustrations of the equipment, training, and activities that a budding mad scientist will require, combined with a clever alphabetic introduction to the concept depicted.

Each block measures 1 3/8 inches square and depicts six mad science concepts and the appropriate letters. The set includes all 26 letters of the alphabet on five blocks (six illustrations per block).

And here’s a listing of the images that accompany the letters:

A – Appendages, B – Bioengineering, C – Caffeine, D – Dirigible, E – Experiment, F – Freeze ray, G – Goggles, H – Henchmen, I – Invention, J – Jargon, K – Potassium, L – Laser, M – Maniacal, N – Nanotechnology, O – Organs, P – Peasants (with Pitchforks), Q – Quantum physics, R – Robot, S – Self-experimentation, T – Tentacles, U – Underground Lair, V – Virus, W – Wrench, X – X-Ray, Y – You, the Mad Scientist of Tomorrow, Z – Zombies

Recycled Socktopus, $30

Foxy Hip Hop Tee, $18 (ok, it’s waaay under $50, just buy two or something)

Plug In Figures, $28

For the blank-walled-friend on your list, might I suggest a gift from 20×200?  Here are 2 of my favorite $50 prints still available:

(left) Nonsensical Infographic No. 1, $50  (I’m mildly obsessed with this one)

(right) Residential Web, $50

And a few choice accessories for your bff or gff or whateverff

embroidered geometryart necklace, $50

scale necklace, $48

world links necklace, $60 (so we’re a little over, just use the left-over cash from the t-shirt I posted, ok?)

maximum fringe necklace, $59 (totally worth the extra $9)

And if you dudes are just biting your nails trying to decide what to get Erin, let me tell you, she’s got one thing and one thing only on her list:  Mortimer Bust Candle, $30.  Erin is worth $30, right?

Were these gifts just not rich enough for your blood?  No worries, Erin will be back tomorrow with gifts under $100 and I’ll be back on Thursday with my personal Christmas list gifts under $500; Friday we’ll have a super secret surprise guide, so, check that out too.

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A Giveaway to Dine For

As Erin mentioned yesterday, next week we will be posting our world famous holiday gift guide.  Yep, 5 full days of non-stop recommended shopping action.  It’s going to be massive.  In preparation for our extravaganza, I suggest you take note of the two shopping rules I live by:  1.  Never shop on an empty stomach and 2.  Always get something for yourself.

In preparation for the e-commerce bloodbath, The Inglenook Decor is making sure you can check rules one and two off your to-do list.  The lovely ladies that run Inglenook contacted Erin and I offering up holiday plates for your dining, self keeping and overall holiday pleasure.

You dudes know the drill:  swoon, comment, and maybe maybe win.  La random number generator will pick a winner next monday and I’ll contact you via email on Tuesday.

The winner gets his or her choice of either of these two lovely holiday plate sets:

Option 1:  Haute Holiday Dessert Plates, set of four* plates in a lovely gift box

*sorry, I had originally posted that there were nine plates but I was mistaken… the plates are 9″ wide and come in a set of 4 :)

Option 2: Four Calling Bird Dessert Plates with 24 karat GOLD!!!!!!  Have I reminded you lately how I love gold?  Le sigh!  These babies come in a set of four.

If you just can’t wait until we post our guide next week to get your holiday shop on, perhaps you could cross a few names off your list with any of these gems from the Inglenook (note, these items are NOT part of the give away, I just feel like showing them to you.  So there)

Clockwise from top:

Gold Leaf Metal Birds Nest With Silver Spoon, $26.00

Amelie Luster Glasses, Set of 6, $36.50

Brown Shanghai Links Needlepoint Pillow, $53.50

Avocado Bamboo Pillow, $77.50

Ok everyone, start your engines… Pick a plate set and leave a comment and hopefully all your holiday wishes will come true.

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