Everlane has the most lovely things that have a designer feel with a discount price. I own their cotton V-neck T in 3 colors. It's a perfect basic and for $15 it has the look and feel of a much more expensive T-shirt.

I'm loving this Root color for Fall!

The Reverse Twill Zip Tote is also a favorite. All cotton with real leather trim, this tote is sized right to hold any size Macbook making it the perfect bag for school or work.

DCG Stores

I'm now officially in LOVE with DCG Stores. I stumbled upon them when looking for some unique dining chairs for a client. The parameters were: unique and contemporary and not too pricy, of course! I have to say I fell head over heels with their concept: inspiring discount furniture! Aren't we all always looking for that? To top it off, they offer free shipping on every order. Seriously, what's not to like? Featuring furniture, home decor, and lighting, DCG Stores is a site you must check out.

For a traditional look, I like this Embassy Side Chair. The carved legs make it a stand-out and it comes in a set of 2 for just $210.00! That's a crazy value. A great purchase if you're trying to fill up a large dining table.

The Taupe Twill Modern Chair would be perfect for anyone trying to capture the mid-century modern vibe around their dining table. 

This Macy Parsons Chair with an upholstered back and nailhead trim is a classic.

Restoration Hardware Bathroom Vanity

As a designer, I always have budget on my mind. On a large project, things like kitchen remodels can take up a large portion of your budget, often leaving little left over for that unsightly guest bath. A custom bath cabinet is always nice, but not always possible without spending a lot. Enter Restoration Hardware and their beautiful line of bath cabinets with marble sink tops. Like Rachel Zoe says...I die!  SO gorgeous and in so many finishes and sooo much better than your off-the-rack choices from the big box stores. You can pick your cabinet and marble color and choose from duel or single sink. It's a no brainer! I can't wait to use one of these on one of my up coming projects. An added bonus is that many of them are on sale right now! Check out this St. James Extra Wide Single Vanity Sink at RH today!

Top Quality Dorm Room Sheets

If you're looking to make that plastic covered, extra-long twin, dorm mattress feel a little more comfortable, then you may want to check out these absolutely beautiful sheets from Parachute that come in the elusive Twin XL size. Normally in this size I see a lot of polyester and microfiber, neither of which would be my pick for comfort. With a featherbed mattress topper, a down comforter and a set of these Venice Sateen Sheets, you can have a dorm room bed feeling like the Heavenly Bed in nothing flat! A year is a long time to be away at college. Why not splurge a little and make it feel like home!

I love this Powder color shown here. It's a lovely soft blue. These Venice 100% Egyptian cotton sheets from Parachute are the perfect finishing touch for your dorm room decor. An added bonus is that you can contribute $10 at checkout to purchase a Malaria bed net for children in Africa. These nets help to protect children from mosquitoes while they sleep. Sheets and a cause. I like it. Check out nothingbutnets.com

DIY Gift Basket

My sweet friend Jill is so good at so many things, but perhaps her greatest talent is simply being a phenomenal friend. At her day job, she's an Event Coordinator, but she definitely moonlights as a professional gift-giver! In honor of our anniversary she left this gorgeous gift basket on my front porch. We could all take a note from Jill. She is the most clever thing! This insulated cooler was the base for all kinds of wonderful European vacation themed things: wine glasses and chocolate, a cutting board and a pepper plant complete with a recipe for salsa. She included a book about Italy (I'm trying to learn Italian on Duolingo),and a tiny boat to represent the trip to Italy (gondola ride) we want to take next year. Some spicy siracaha peanuts, some fresh onions and of course fresh flowers from her garden. It was such a wonderful surprise.

All of this got me to thinking about how someone can so easily and unexpectedly bless your day. Each of us have a little creativity and we all have a little time here and there. It's so easy to say, " I just don't have time." But the time is there, we just have to choose how we use it. Jill's thoughtfulness actually made my day and it encouraged me to pay it forward. It motivated me to not use time as an excuse and to take the the free moments I have  to use my creativity to make someone happy. It can be as simple as a thank you note, or as elaborate as this beautiful front door basket, but I encourage you each to do something this weekend that blesses someone else. Be a giver in life. There's time if you make it!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

PS: Lots of the pretty things in Jill's basket came from Cost Plus World Market, and I also love .99 Cent Only and Dollar Tree for this sort of project!


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