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September 1, 2014
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DECOR ROUND-UP: NEW NATE BERKUS COLLECTION AT TARGET

New Nate Berkus at Target via Oh, I Design BlogIt’s always an exciting day when Nate Berkus launches a new line at Target! I am loving this round of items…with the many textures and touches of gold + black. Above are a few of my favorites, but you can check out the entire collection here.

throw // faux fur stool // black and white baskets // serpent bowl // black and gold table // pillow #1 + pillow #2

August 26, 2014
by Jessica
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THERE’S SOMETHING SO GREAT ABOUT…

a brand new notebook. To be exact, a new moleskine notebook (with the grid option of course). //I keep a notebook with me at all times to jot down random thoughts, ideas, my to-do list, people I meet, places I want to visit, etc. I recently noticed my Moleskine was getting near the end…which means, *cue excited dance* I get to purchase a new one!! Cody (my husband) makes fun of me because I never actually finish a notebook to the very last page. I will leave a few pages toward the end because I am too excited to begin the new one. Not sure what that says about me….ha! If you don’t already, I definitely encourage you to keep a notebook with you or have one next to your bed (or both). Someday you will be so happy you did.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

August 25, 2014
by Jessica
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9 DORM ROOM ESSENTIALS

It’s so crazy that Fall is quickly approaching and the school supplies are in full force (side note: who doesn’t love school supplies?). Although it seems Summer flew by, I am excited for what Fall will bring. Cody and I didn’t get to experience Fall in Boston last year…we barely missed it by moving in mid-November…and we have heard such great things. I can picture it now: a pumpkin spice latte in hand (because duh, that’s what we all really love about Fall), strolling through the brick and cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill with the colorful leaves on the trees and the perfect light cardigan to top it all of. Ahhhh, bliss. Okay I am getting a little side tracked here.

On to the subject of dorm rooms. Can we all agree that dorm rooms are really awesome/really terrible? Awesome in the fact that this is probably your first time being away from home and going to school for something you are finally interested in…It’s such a grown up feeling! And terrible in the fact that you may not know your roommate and it may smell like feet. I was lucky in the fact that I had 3 dorm-mates – we each had our own room and then a shared living room and 2 bathrooms! It wasn’t too shabby, but I remember the carpet was not something you wanted to put your bare feet on (literally it would change the bottom of my feet black) and the fluorescent lighting was atrocious. I wanted to curate some of my current favorite pieces to spice up your dorm, should you or a loved one be on the hunt. Enjoy! Feel free to leave any dorm-related questions in the comments.9 Dorm Room Essentials via Oh, I Design Blog!

1 // fun bedding. I know what a very bland college dorm looks like and one way to add interest to the space is to bring in some patterned bedding like the one selected above!

2 // a nightstand or side table next to the bed for a glass of water to keep you hydrated and a place to set your books…because we all know you will be up late reading/studying!

3 // one way to save on some surface area is to either hang a sconce (if you are able to screw into the wall) or use a clamp lamp like the one above.

4 // a clock so you are never late to class ;)

5 // a floor mirror to make the space feel bigger than it is and to check your outfit before you take off for the day.

6 // a rolling cart for your snacks (or whatever else you need storage for)!

7 // a shelving unit + desk combo! this is one of my favorite furniture pieces for a dorm because it’s such a space-saver and the shelving is perfect for your books and other school supplies.

8 // a colorful rug. let’s get real, the flooring is not going to be ideal in your dorm room…I would cover the entire thing with a big area rug… your feet will thank you later.

9 // a comfy desk chair…we all know how crucial it is to be comfortable when you are at your desk. I love this one from West Elm.

August 22, 2014
by Jessica
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5 FRIDAY FAVORITES +

five friday favorites via oh, i design blog!1 // This recipe for thyme lemonade sounds so delicious! it’s so perfect for the last few days of summer.

2 // I was gifted an Oklahoma City print from a good friend here in Boston! I was born and raised in Oklahoma City and I am so excited to have this hanging in our apartment. Wednesday Custom Designs creates some great prints and some are sold at the new West Elm in OKC!  Meaningful art is the best kind of art…don’t you think?

3 // After reading this article on Free People’s blog, I realized how many products I keep in my bathroom that have really obnoxious graphics that do not add to the spa-like feeling I hope to achieve in our small bathroom. I am going to be transferring our soaps and what not to clear, fun bottles and adding some eucalyptus. I love the styling of the bathroom above…plus those finishes are my favorite..hello marble!

4 // Currently reading this. It’s super short but I took a break from it as I was taking a lot of notes as I read. I will let you guys know what I think.

5 // I was given this face serum from my friend Mary because it didn’t work for her skin..but it seems it’s working for mine. I really like Herbivore (and the packaging is super attractive….see #3).

August 20, 2014
by Jessica
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MY FAVORITE PICKS FROM H&M HOME

Last weekend I stopped by the recently renovated (huge) H&M on Newbury St. in Boston. In addition to expanding their clothing collections by adding: kids, maternity, sportswear, lingerie, HM+,  they also introduced their H&M Home Line which is obviously the reason I was there. ;) Sure I’ve scrolled through the website, but it’s pretty hard to tell the scale and quality of the pieces from just your computer screen. I thought I would go to check things out and share some of my favorite pieces. Enjoy!
hm_bathTheir bath collection is actually pretty great. The towels are decent quality, the laundry and storage baskets are amazing (I am obsessed with the jute ones), there are a good selection of graphic candles (unscented), AND they carry linen robes! In addition, they have a lot of glass jars for storing cotton balls, q-tips, etc. and many bath mats. I am thinking this is perfect for a guest bathroom…

Shop my picks above:

1 // Hex Towel    2 // 2-Pack Guest Towels    3 // Candle     4 // Hex Bath Mat    5 // Jute Basket

hm_pillowsLet’s chat about their pillows. Okay, first of all the covers run anywhere from $5.95 to 17.95 (SO GOOD!!!) and I was very impressed by the selection! I gravitated toward the graphic pillows like the ones above, but there were so many I couldn’t decide which was my favorite. The materials range from cotton, linen, canvas to silk, velvet and faux-fur. Pillow covers are such an affordable way to add color and a new feel to a room so these would be great since they are inexpensive.

Shop the pillows above:

1 // Jacquard-Weave Pillow     2 // Cotton ‘Flour’ Pillow     3 // Linen Striped PillowetcThe other items that really stood out to me were the glass jars, candle holders, flat-woven rugs, door mats, storage baskets and nursery decor. Obviously, there are some items that to me looked cheesy or cheap, but for the most part, I was impressed! College students…are you listening?! ;)

Shop the items above:

1 // Metal Basket     2 // Cutting Board    3 // Candle Holder    4 // Tea light candles    5 // Porcelain Container    6 // Candle Holder    7 // Storage Basket   8 // Jute Storage Basket