Monday, February 27, 2012

Vacation all I ever wanted...

Hey everyone! This blogger is taking a few days off to attend a wedding in sunny Miami. And in honor of the Magic City, here are two pictures from one of my favorite movie homes...Al Pacino's sweet digs in the movie Scarface. Enjoy, and I'll see you when I get back!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cool Buy: Simon X Table Base @ Pier 1

Is your glass topped table looking old and tired? Or are you looking for a new table that is cool AND budget friendly? Check out this cool table base from Pier 1:

Also available in red and a dark walnut, this guy is on sale for just $99.99. Add a glass top and boom! Instant cool table!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cool Buy: Reflections Placemat @ MoMA Store

I'm not really a morning person. I need caffeine and carbs and cold showers and my daily dose of Matt Lauer to help me wake up. You know what else helps? A little sunshine. And aren't these the placemat-equivalent of sunshine?

Good morning!

$18 each. ($16.20 for members)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bold & Beautiful Bathrooms @

We are going to renovate our guest bathroom this year so I was poking around on looking for some ideas. How's this for a pop of color?

Now, my dear husband is vehemently anti-wall paper because we had to remove a lot of it when we moved into our home. REMOVING WALLPAPER IS A DIRTY TEDIOUS TASK. If you can afford to, pay someone to do it. Trust me on this.

Even though I clearly have some wallpaper trauma in my recent past, I still love it in small doses and interesting patterns. Like the one above.

Click here to see some other bold bathroom designs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cool Buy: Recycled Glass Sconce @ Terrain

Terrain has some incredible lighting and it is all on sale through February 29th.

You're welcome. Don't say I never gave you anything.

Here's one of my favorite pieces: the recycled glass sconce:

Originally $498, now on sale for $348.60.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cool Buy: Shore Can Shelf @

I am attracted to products with clever names so it should come as no surprise that I had to post this cute little whale shelf from ModCloth.

No, it's not called "Whale Shelf." That would be boring! Predictable! Snoozefest!

Ir's actually called "Shore Can Shelf" and it would look adorable in a kid's (or fun grown up's) bathroom!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mea culpa...

Hey everybody!

Sorry I've been M.I.A. this past week. I did the DUMBEST thing. I stuck my finger in an immersion blender and turned it on.

No, I hadn't been drinking. No, it wasn't a cry for help. Yes, I do realize how dumb that was.

Amazingly enough I still have my entire finger and I don't need surgery. I just have to wear a splint like this for six looooong weeks:
This is a picture I found me, you don't want to see my actual splint. First of all, I didn't have time to get a manicure before I tried to cut off my digit. Second, my splint is wrapped in tape that seems to attract every piece of dust and crud in my house. Gross. Honestly? I feel like I'm walking around wearing one of these:

No, a foam finger would be cooler.

Sigh...anywho, as you can imagine, it is very hard to type without my finger. So I took a little blog break. But I missed you all so. I'm going to get back in the saddle and post some stuff this week. I promise!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cool Buy: Kitchen Art Print @ Restyle Prints/Etsy

It may not be as good a pick-me-up as a REAL pot of coffee, but it's a close second!
$21, signed and unframed.

Are you a tea drinker? No problem:

$19, signed and unframed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Amazing DIY - The Book Bath

Someone actually took the time to make this:

Unreal, right? Even the floor of the tub is made of book pages. Click here to see more pictures.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cool Buy: Hourglass Table @ Apartment 48

What's my deal with citrus colored furniture anyway?

I love this side table. The size is perfect for small spaces...a small bedroom (cute nightstand!), a small living room (big enough for a cocktail!), a small reading nook (big enough to hold that bodice ripper you're reading!) get the idea.

The lemon yellow is so cheery. It's also available in orange, light blue, green, red, black, white and mahogany

$315 at

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cool Buy: Monogram Number Pillow Cover @ Habitation/Etsy

Etsy is going to be the death of me. I could surf that site for HOURS. HOURS. That's just not healthy. It's just not right.

This, however, is so right:

$52 at Habitation.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Additions to Cool Casa on Etsy!

Speaking of my Etsy addiction, check out some of my recent finds. They're all for sale on

Friday, February 10, 2012

5 Crazy Bedrooms @ Yahoo! Real Estate

I had to post a link to this fun story on Yahoo! Real Estate...the pictures are amazing. Take this one, for example:

Why YES. That IS a waterslide on the bedroom.

Click here to see more!

Cool Buy: Cupcake Drawer Pulls @ Shimrita/Etsy

Shimrita loves her some cupcakes. I mean she REALLY likes cupcakes. I like cupcakes, too, but Shimrita takes it to a whole other level. Cupcake jewelry, fake cupcakes that look enticingly real, and, my favorite:

Cupcake drawer pulls. Are these not adorable and yummy? (don't eat them) Wouldn't they look adorable in a little girl's room? Answers: YES and YES.

$16 for the pair. While you're there, don't forget to check out the whole cupcake shebang. It's calorie-free to look.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cool Buy: Vintage Tin Globe Bank @ Three Potato Four

Every time I see one of these while on a junking excursion, I want to buy it. (in fact, next time I WILL buy one and put it on my Etsy shop)

I recently saw a show on HGTV where the designer used vintage globes in all different sizes as a dining room centerpiece and it looked SO COOL. A grouping of globes would also make a great accent in an office or child's room. Pretty AND educational! Impress your friends with your vast knowledge of geography! (or your amazing ability to fake it!)

These vintage globe banks can be found in all different sizes and fairly inexpensively at antique/junk shops. Three Potato Four makes it easy for you to start your collection - there are currently two globes for sale on their site.

$24 for the smaller globe, $38 for the larger globe.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cool Buy: Benedict Entry Bench @ Jayson Home

I would post a picture of my mudroom to show you why this entry bench could be so useful, but I'm embarrassed for you to see how many Ugg-style boots and scarves I own. No matter how many coat hooks and bins I buy, I can't seem to keep my mudroom organized.

Certainly THIS might help?

You can sit on it to take off your (MANY) Ugg boots. You can tuck a variety of scarves (and mittens and hats, etc.) into the drawers. You can get aforementioned (MANY) Ugg boots off the soggy pile on the floor.



Monday, February 6, 2012

Cool Buy: Cage Fuel Pendant Lamp @ CB2

I'm kind of obsessed with lighting these days. I'm on the hunt for two floor lamps for my living room.

This is NOT a floor lamp, but man I wish I had a place for it:

See how easily distracted I am by bright shiny things? I'm like a toddler. A toddler with a credit card. DANGEROUS!

$149 for the red. $179 for the brass. Both available at CB2.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Say what?!

I love this site, Rummage by Kishani Perera.She always has such lovely vintage finds - categorized into furniture and lighting - and beautiful new items, including a great selection of unique home accessories. I like to poke around her site every now and then to see what other treasures she's unearthed. Today I saw this:

Brass filigree side table, $850.

I love it. In fact, I bought it about six months ago at a wonderful shop in town called The Humble Home.

I paid $35 for mine. WOOT WOOT! Now I don't know if Rummage is just overpricing her stuff, or Humble Home seriously underpriced it....but either way, I'm feeling pretty good about my buy!

My friend over at TheRetailBitch can vouch for me on this post as we were together when I found the table. This makes my day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cool Buy: Cross Side Table @ HORNE

I'm on the hunt for functional yet stylish nightstands for our bedroom. These are nice, no?

A drawer to hold my hand cream and book and plenty of surface space for the other junk I'm sure to stack on there.

$570 with free shipping at!