Archives for March 2012

design scouting: bar carts

This week, I can’t get enough of bar carts! Maybe it’s the residual effects of the bachelorette party that I attended this weekend, or perhaps it’s a dining room project that I look forward to taking on, whatever the reason that got me here, I’m obsessed and hopeful that a bar cart will enter my life soon.

I’m sure by now you’re aware of what a bar cart is and its growing trendy presence in the design world, but if you’re unclear, here’s a little definition:

A bar cart is a mobile unit used to carry alcoholic beverages and is most commonly provided a spot in the kitchen or in the dining room. Bar carts are generally contained on a square or rectangular base with four casters, one on each corner. The casters make it easy for the bar cart to be moved from place to place, which is particularly helpful during social gatherings.

a few of my favorite images:


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interested in nabbing your own? try one of these beauties!

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a bar cart could be a fun thing to bring back from Italy… do you think I could fit one in my suitcase?!

airport style

I LOVE airports!

Once you get past the headaches of parking, checking luggage, and security the vacation officially begins! First stop, find my gate. Second stop, find the closet restaurant, grab a cold Blue Moon, pull out my magazine, and let the people watching commence! Oh my gosh, I’m so excited just thinking about it!

There’s all sorts of great people watching to do in an airport, but my absolute favorite is the airport style watch.In my opinion, it’s a delicate balance between being too comfy or overly fancy. You definitely will not catch me wearing 4″ heels in the airport!

here are a few of my favorite {perfectly balanced} airport style looks:

key items? good boots or flats, a jacket or cardigan, and a scarf is a must!

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here’s what I’m thinking for my a i r p o r t * o u t f i t

  •  Boots
  • Leggings
  • Tunic
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Some Jewelry

Are you an airport style watcher like me? What’s your favorite thing to wear to the airport?!

the art of packing

guess what!

It’s Italy {packing} week!

I’ve been sporadically pinning packing tips over the last few months and surprisingly I’ve come up with a pretty great and inspiring compilation.

{all about packing light via}

{how to put together a packing list via a pair and a spare}

{loving this carry-on packing list via triple max tons}

I don’t know if the art of packing gets any lovelier than these illustrated packing lists below…

{via this post on}

{illustrations via this blog post on and the book “Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Collections of the Smithsonian Museum”

in the spirit of keeping organized, here’s my packing list:

c a r r y * o n

  • Sketchbook
  • Books {2} + some magazines {I plan on picking up some Italian and Dutch publications while there}
  • Camera
  • Headband {just in case hair’s entirely unruly when we land and it needs to go up in a pony}
  • Make-up
  • one outfit change

Generally, when I travel I try not to check any luggage but for this trip we’re planning on checking one bag between the two of us so we are less limited when bringing stuff back.

c h e c k e d * l u g g a g e

  • Toiletries {perfume, toothpaste, shampoo + conditioner, hair serum}
  • Hair Straightner + adapter
  • Walking/Hiking shoes
  • Flats {2} Sandals {1}
  • Jewelry
  • Clothes {currently working on exactly what, but I’m trying to make the most versatile + lightweight suitcase possible. for me, this isn’t easy.}


Now if I could only get my suitcase to look like and be as organized as this prettiness…

{via the other emily}

So now I’m curious about you friends! Are you an expert packer? What are your most essential carry-on items?

diy project: j crew magnets

I call these “J Crew magnets”, but they could be “anything” magnets really. They’re inspired by my incredibly creative and talented friend Jessica and I think they make the most adorable gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or even wedding favors!

Here’s the easy how to so you can create these little babies yourself:


you will need:

  • some J Crew catalogs (or various other magazines of your choosing)
  • clear glass vase filler beads (I found mine at target)
  • Magnets (from Michael’s)
  • a circle template (mine is from drafting class a very very long time ago, but I’m pretty sure you can find them at Michael’s)
  • adhesive – look for something that bonds glass and ceramics (I also found this at Michael’s)
  • scissors
  • a tin for gifting


First, find a pattern that you like in your magazine. Use a glass bead to make sure the image will appear the way you want it to on the magnet. Next, using the bead or circle template, trace the desired area with a pen or pencil.

Cut out your circles along the traced lines and add a small bead of glue to each magnet,then adhere the patterned circles.

Allow those to cure and dry for about 30 minutes. During this time I’m cutting more circles and gluing them to magnets, so the time will pass pretty quickly. Once they are set, add another bead of glue to the top of the now patterned magnet and attach the glass bead.

Allow these to dry for 24 hours on a flat surface.

Now admire you work!

See! I told you, so easy and SO adorable! I love these things! Our refrigerator can’t get enough of them either.

They’d make awesome wedding favors too! Try them monogrammed, or a variety of patterns in your wedding scheme, or maybe even “team bride” vs. “team groom” magnets?!

The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!


kilim textiles

I’ve fallen in love with Kilim textiles and it’s a dangerous kind of love. You know, the kind that makes you do bad things… like make your bank account scream for mercy.These beautiful textiles adorn the most stunning pattern and color, it’s no wonder that their loveliness is taking even the fashion world by storm.

Unsure of what a Kilim is? Here’s a little explanation straight from Wikipedia:

Kilims {Persian} are flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Kilims can be purely decorative or can function as prayer rugs. Recently-made kilims are popular floor-coverings in Western households. {you know, like my house}

There are so many beautiful options available at Joss & Main right now! Now what should I make our bank account cry about first?

all images via Joss & Main