Monthly Archives: March 2010

Help! To buy or not to buy

A little birdie told me today that I could save a bunch of dough on the sofa I’m planning to purchase from Crate and Barrel this June.

It’s $1500 at C&B, but only $450 on Craigslist.  Here’s the catch:  the white fabric has a few stains that did not come out with professional cleaning, and there is a small tear in the armrest of the sofa.

I think, for that kind of savings, I could make it work.  I mean, if I bargain it down to $350, I save $1150.   That’s a lot of savings.  But is it worth it?

Here’s a peek at the brand-spankin’-new sofa from C&B:


I think I could easily throw a fun little blanket over the arm to cover it up.

And in reality, I’m the kind of girl who’s not embarassed to have a torn C&B sofa, if it means I got it at a huge discount.  Heck, I’d probably be proud to announce to guests that that tear scored me a bargain. I’m silly like that.

But what do you think?  Am I crazy to consider it?

Pretty in pink

Even though I’m on a cash-only, low-spending challenge for the next few weeks, I had to go ahead and purchase some of this perky pink fabric for a project in my next home.  The fabric has been discontinued so I needed to snag a yard of it before it’s gone.

Here’s some of the other fabrics I plan to pair it with for a big dose of cheer in a small neutral space.  I. Can. Not. Wait.

Question: Do you think these patterns and colors could work in a room that has pale gray paint and white molding on the walls?

I guess I’m just hopelessly in love with pink and green, even if the boyfriend does say it looks like a watermelon combo.  Here’s hoping the new room turns out better than my pink and green living room.

Tonic Living has a slew of reasonably-priced fun fabrics and they’re quickly becoming my favorite online fabric retailer.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!

Live a little

With the plant-attacking foster kittens finally adopted out to a permanent home, my living room was ready to live a little.  I couldn’t wait bring the outdoors in with a small grouping of houseplants.  They’re fresh, they’re cheerful, and you can’t beat having a real live air filter.

DIY Air Filters

This little grouping only set me back 20 bucks, pots and all, during my last trip to Ikea.  And let me tell you, they seem to really be enjoying the little bit of sunlight they get in that window.  I wanted an interesting grouping of textures, so I paired the spiky leaves of the aloe with a small bushy plant and the taller braided tree.  I really like how it turned out.

DIy Air filters

Ahhh, that bright dose of green really does keep things cheerful.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for gardening season.  These guys will tide me over until then.