MCVC Finds Mar25

MCVC Finds

Introducing a new series of posts: MCVC Finds. These discoveries will fall into one of the following categories: Modern. Cozy. Vintage. Cool. ~ little gems I stumble upon in my quest to find the best in home decor. Enjoy. Who | Resource Furniture What | Space saving furniture Category...

More Than a Living Room Mar21

More Than a Living Room

Divorce isn’t easy. Not an earth-shattering statement, I know, but I think it’s important to start there. In a divorce, one of the biggest changes is living space. Sometimes both parties move out of the current living space and sometimes just one moves and one stays. I’m not sure which is more difficult – they both have their upsides (and their downsides). For me, I’m the one that stayed. In the ‘plus’ column, I didn’t have to move all of my stuff and I didn’t have to look for a new place. On the ‘minus’ side of things, I’m still living in the space that was once called, ‘ours.’ Either way, both parties need to go through their own experience and come out on the other side. My ex moved out right around October 1 and I was fortunate enough to have my sister, Laurie, come stay with me for the first weekend after and my sister-in-law, Heidi, come stay with me for the second, from Boston and Florida, respectively. Those two visits were key. Not only to my mental health and adjustment, but also to the condo’s. We shopped, rearranged and shopped some more. Back when I first started this blog, my living room was the space I most dreamt about. I envisioned something like this: After many purchases and repurposing from other spaces in my home, here’s where I ended up: It’s not an exact replica and I would never strive for that anyway, but the inspiration is clear. I fell in love with the gray sectional and had a one-track mind in terms of that. Plus, I’m BIG on texture and I loved all of the different textures in the inspiration pic. For those that are curious, everything in my home is faux. Even the pillows that look like real Mongolian lambskin and the ‘sheepskin’ rug are all faux. The ones I have feel fabulous, cost significantly less and, moreover, I like animals too much to use them in my decor. Now, in case it wasn’t absolutely obvious in the pic above, I have a really small space. GIven that, finding a gray sectional that would fit was extremely difficult. The one I purchased is called Wyatt and it’s from World Market. List price is only $999 (which if you’ve shopped for sofas, especially sectionals, you know that’s a great price.) But, sign up for their World Market Explorer membership (it’s free) and they will send you coupons ALL the time. For my big purchase, I waited until my birthday month (August), because a salesperson told me that you typically were sent a 15 or 20% off coupon for your birthday. It just so happened that all living room furniture was 20% off in August and, believe it or not, they combined the discounts. So after tax (which is a hefty 10.25% in Chicago), I think I paid around $750. Great, great deal in my book! And, most important, I absolutely love the sofa. There isn’t a thing about it I don’t love: the color, the fabric, the size and it is so, so comfy. One of my best buys ever. But it isn’t all about the sofa. Like I’ve said in the past, I love my accessories and there are more than a few. I’m also big on getting the best bang for the buck and mixing both low- and hi-end stuff. Some of my favorite things (and some notes on the deals): 1. The nailhead trim on the peacock blue chair (also from World Market) 2. The pillows: the patterns, the textures and the colors. They just make me happy. Note: for pillows, I highly recommend HomeGoods. They have an exceptional selection, the quality is really incredible and the price is always right. I also purchased some of them at Target, on RueLaLa and at CB2. 3. The Saarinen side tables (I really can’t envision...

In the Dog House Mar14

In the Dog House

Ok, I’m not literally “in the dog house,” but anyone as obsessed with animals as I am (you know who you are) knows whose house it really is. In fact, I probably should have titled this post, “In the Dog’s House,” AKA, Lucy’s Condo. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, a bird….a ferret, many home decor decisions are made with our pets in mind. How well will that fare with shedding? Will it scratch easily? Will it show dirt easily? Is it likely to get chewed? And often times, an item may or may not make it into the house because of one or more of those reasons. Just ask my friends, Susan and David, who are the proud owners of a 2.5 y.o., 185+ lb Newfie named Bodhi. Bodhi loves to chew. Bodhi is especially fond of colorful pillows. Hence, they have a ‘No Pillow’ rule. Yes, that’s right: sofa pillows are not allowed whatsoever. Susan is a graphic designer and loves home decor as much as I do. I know she misses her pillows dearly and maybe one day the rule will change. Alas, for now, pillows are off limits. The good ol’ days Pillow remnants Living room sans chewables Bodhi & Sheldon For years, I’ve owned leather sofas. I’m not a huge fan of leather, but it was the easiest material to keep clean. When it was Lucy and Oliver (sadly, and very suddenly, Oliver passed away in September of last year), it was near impossible to control the shedding. With just Lucy, it’s markedly easier. So, when the ex moved out, I bought a new sofa. Was it leather? Nope! Bring on the microfiber, I say! One human. One dog. Many, many lint rollers, but who’s counting?   Now, for the...

Great Spaces: Edit Salon | Chicago Mar05

Great Spaces: Edit Salon | Chicago...

Ever since I wrote the post Antiquing in Chicago, I’ve started looking at shops in a different way. For many years, I’ve taken shots of random items, displays, etc. when I’ve found something that I like or even if I’m just inspired by the color, idea, layout, etc. But since I wrote that post, I’ve started documenting entire spaces. Trying to tell a story in the pictures, so I could recreate it later, here on MCVC for you. I love interior design and I’m so excited to share my home with all of you, but this post has been brewing for almost a year. Without further ado, please say hello to Edit Salon. Edit Salon is located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. It’s on Chicago Avenue, on a small strip between Noble and Ada Streets. In 2012, they were voted Best New Salon by Chicago Magazine. And while I absolutely adore, adore, adore my stylist, Brittany, I am head over heels for the decor. The owners, Patrick & Dina Lewis, worked with PROjECT. interiors on the space. It’s a combination of modern and industrial, mixed with natural wood tones, fabulous wallpaper and great lighting. It’s all done in a beautiful palette of grays, which gives it a modern, yet cozy feel (ahem.) nail head trim industrial chandelier nail heads on wallpaper wall of yarn open shelving open shelving text on wall herbie the bulldog But what I really love about the space are all of the unique little details – definitely a goldmine of potential DIY projects to incorporate into my place (or yours!) The first picture is one of my favorites: they painted the wall two different colors, coming together in a clean line and then added a nailhead trim detail the...

A New Normal Mar04

A New Normal

Hello again, my friends. It’s been a while. I don’t want to get into too much detail, this is a blog about home decor after all, but I feel I should explain my  blogging absence. I started this blog when my ex and I were still living together as a way to look towards the future and as a way for me to capture all of my design thoughts and wants for my home sans-husband. It started off really great and it was a fabulous way for me to plot out my home decor future. However, the road they call divorce wasn’t always easy and I wasn’t always prepared to share what was going on at home here on the blog. I didn’t want to be inauthentic, so I stopped altogether. Fast forward a year (has it really been that long?) The ex moved out at the end of last year and I’ve spent the past few months getting my home situated and really making it mine. I’m looking forward to getting back on the blog-train and will be sharing new posts with you over the next few weeks about my condo’s transformation. I also have a number of stores/salons/random places that I’ve shot over the past few months and will be rolling out those as well. Thanks for sticking around. Until next time, xo ~...

Crazy.Cool. May11

Crazy.Cool.

  I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, so imagine my surprise when I checked out my Google Analytics yesterday and saw that there were 10 new visitors to my humble blog. I checked out the source and it was Stylelist Home. I have to admit – I FREAKED! I ran (or typed, rather) over to their site and saw that they had featured my Pinterest account on their ‘Five Pinners to Follow’ weekly roundup. I was beyond excited. Seriously, I was floored. So, in the past 24 hours, I’ve gone from 58 followers on Pinterest to 310 and 123 new visitors (to be exact) have come to this here blog! WELCOME! If this isn’t a kick in the pants to get back to blogging, I don’t know what is. Until next time (in the very near future), xo ~...

Power Shopping Apr18

Power Shopping

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about where I most like to shop for home goods (and, of course, bargains!) I have my favorites, both online and brick-and-mortar. Here are some of my top picks: Online “Flash Sale” Shops~ Flash Sale websites are sites that have name-brand ’boutiques’ that are open for a limited period of time; generally a day or two. And they all feature items at a significant discount. Some of ones I’ve listed are strictly home decor sites, and some are not, but they all have a “home” category on their sites. Many of them require that you purchase the item within ten or fifteen minutes of adding the item to your cart or it’s automatically removed. These sites offer excellent deals, but I caution against buying things quickly simply because you’re afraid they’ll sell out. Yes, it’s true, they might, but it’s worse to regret a purchase that you haven’t had time to think about. Especially if it’s a Final Sale item. Trust me, I’ve been there! Most of them offer very reasonable shipping. In fact, Rue La La (which is not strictly home goods, but they offer at least a few home decor boutiques each day) has a “buy once, shipping is free for 30 days” rule. Love the Rue! Flash Sale shopping tip: always run a quick Google search to see if it’s on sale elsewhere. 90% of the time, the flash sale site is the best price, but I’ve have found some items at a comparable price elsewhere – with free shipping and no pressure! Please note that ALL of these sites incentivize their members to recommend the site to friends and there’s always a perk ($) in it for the referrer. If you know...

Dish It Out Apr16

Dish It Out

One of the things I used to enjoy changing up in my home before I was married were my dishes. Every 4 or 5 years, I would donate my current set to family, friends or goodwill and buy a new set. My ex prefers to keep dishes much more long term, so we’re still using the dishes from our wedding registry eight years ago. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and some might think I’m crazy, but there’s just something about changing up dishes that makes things feel so fresh and it’s a big “bang for the buck” alteration. Today I received an email from Crate and Barrel featuring the dinnerware set above, called Spool, and I was immediately drawn it. When I went to their site to check it out, I read the description and was so happily surprised to read that the designer, Olivia Barry, had worked side-by-side as assistant to Eva Zeisel, one of my absolute favorite designers. There are a few living legends that I have on my bucket list to meet and Eva Zeisel is at the top of the list (along with Leonard Cohen.) I was surprised to read that, but yet, it made so much sense all at the same time. The description also read, “The Spool design’s creamy English earthenware shapes feature distinctive carved rims inspired by the natural lyrical patterns drawn in sand dunes by the shifting desert winds. The play of light and shadow on the surface frames the culinary center of attention with a festive energy.” I just love that. : ) The other set that I’ve been coveting, albeit for a bit longer, is the David Stark Wood Slices dinnerware set from West Elm. It’s been there for a few months, so I’m...

Shopping Brief No. 1 Apr02

Shopping Brief No. 1

I’ve been spending some time these past few months buying up little items here and there for my new space. Being in limbo in this divorce isn’t always easy and focusing on the future is sometimes very, very necessary. Rather than write out long diatribes about the items I’ve purchased, I’ll be attaching some photos to these “Shopping Briefs”. If you’d like any further detail on any items, just let me know. Big, sky blue ceramic bowls for above kitchen cabinets Down, faux fur and canvas pillows Wood ‘S’, Love/Live bottles, blue and yellow hourglasses and sky blue strainer Patterned gray/clear table lamp PS. I’m a stellar bargain shopper! For instance, those “fur” pillows were only $7 each on sale at Target (and they feel amazing). The gray glass lamp…only $17 at HomeGoods! If you’re looking for something particular and looking for a great deal on where to find it, let me know. I might just have an idea or two. Until next time, xo ~...