Daily Covet: Table, tables and more tables

My two older kids have started back to school this week – don’t get me started on how early this is – and I have been inspired to start working on my house.

I love this house so much, but it’s getting awfully crowded in here. We’ve looked for years at other homes in our neighborhood and have yet to find anything we love nearly as much. So, while we are deciding whether to stay and add on or sell at some point, we are trying to maximize the space we do have.

To help make space, I’ve decided that some stuff needs to go or at least be relocated to a better spot. I’d also like to replace some things that aren’t my favorite or repurpose them. I’ve been fortunate enough to inherit a lot of beautiful furniture, but am really getting to the point where I want to thoughtfully decorate and arrange my own spaces with things that I love.

Fast forward to a new rug. I took out a traditional floral rug in black and switched it with a more modern rug. It’s actually mid-century-ish in turquoise, navy, beige and gold tones that match my walls, sofa and darker antique furniture. I thought it would be the perfect addition to the room and force me to update. It was also sooo inexpensive, so I won’t be a freak about having my family actually “live” with it and on it – ok, less of a freak.

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So now, I’m looking to replace some other dark antiques with lighter pieces. This clear glass coffee table is definitely more modern than the dark table I have now. And it’s the perfect piece to show off my new rug while still providing me with a space for flowers, my beautiful coffee table books and for drinks when we have company.

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Next, I’d like some new occasion tables with a modern edge and a little bling. So far, my favorites are these two sets. I love the “bamboo” legs and pale, gold metal of the first ones and they are a great mix of traditional and modern.

I absolutely adore the second set too and feel like they would pop against the rug. And they are also so affordable! The only downside to these tables, fingerprints. I’m going to have to get much more regular about cleaning up fingerprints!

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With exception of the rug, I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. But at least I’m moving in the direction of creating a space that I absolutely love. Next up, lamps, pendants and sconces….

Daily Covet: Collection of Sunnies

As mentioned in many previous posts, I love sunglasses!

Not just because my poor sensitive eyes have to wear them rain or shine, but because I love how they can show off a totally different you just by changing them up.

I tend to get attached to one certain pair, but I love the thought of matching my sunglasses to my outfit – just as I would with my shoes.

So what eyewear would I like to add to my collection?

Here’s a roundup of some of my absolute favorite styles…

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Tom Ford “Christophe”

Linda Farro "38"

Linda Farro “38”

Tom Ford "Charles" Aviator

Tom Ford “Charles” Aviator

Chloé "Boxwood" Cat-Eye

Chloé “Boxwood” Cat-Eye

Céline "Butterfly"

Céline “Butterfly”

Oliver Peoples "Sheldrake"

Oliver Peoples “Sheldrake”

Warby Parker "Quimby"

Warby Parker “Quimby”

Ray-Ban Original "Wayfarer"

Ray-Ban Original “Wayfarer”

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Fendi “Red Oval”

Both of these following pairs have been featured on the “Daily Covet” before (here and here), but I had to add them because I love them so much!

Prada "Minimal Baroque"

Prada “Minimal Baroque”

Céline "Havana Honey"

Céline “Havana Honey”

Daily Covet: Céline Havana Honey Sunglasses

I’ve always been a sucker for great sunglasses.

Maybe that’s because I absolutely have to wear them, rain or shine.

Yep, you read that right. It seems my eyes are especially sensitive to a gray day and start to water at the first unprotected glance of a cloudy sky.

So I am all about these Céline Havana Honey Sunglasses. I love the golden tortoise frames and the round lenses. I also love that they are so different from my usual cat’s eye or wrap around options.

There’s just something so Mr. Ripley about them…

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Daily Covet: Chunky Cat Eye Sunglasses

So I was digging up pictures of hot Hollywood short-hair dos when I ran across this picture of Charlize Theron in the most fabulous sunglasses EVER!

Nevermind that I have a girl crush on this flawless woman, who happens to also have great style.  Seriously, who can make a gray scarf look that good?  But I digress…

I searched high and low for the maker of these sunglasses and then asked my super, search-happy friend to do the same.  Of course, it took her 3.2 seconds to find them.

Linda Farrow Chunky Cat Eye Glasses.  I’ve found them.  Now to buy them.

What?  They are $625?!

Soooo, onto the “Daily Covet” they go… sigh.

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Daily Covet: Tom Ford Chic Shades

Sunglasses are probably my most favorite accessory.

Sunglasses are essential for me because my light-colored eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight… and by sunlight I actually mean daylight.  Yep, even the grayest of days require sunglasses.

Last Christmas, my husband bought me my first pair of Tom Ford sunglasses and now I’m hooked.  So when I found these sophisticated Tom Ford gold-framed shades on Zulily today, I immediately added them to my “want” list.

Daily Covet: Prada Round-Framed Sunglasses

Prada has always been the epitome of cool, classic and elegant.

These Prada sunglasses are no exception with their retro-feel lenses and sophisticated black frames.

Sadly, the lense shape of these sunglasses aren’t the most flattering on my face.  But I adore the swirly design at the temples.  If you ask me, they are a work of art too!

What do you think?  Too cool or too bad?

Back to School

I’m sending my first born to school in 6 days.
He’s excited.  I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day.  He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate.  my Tomas the Train enthusiast.  my personal shopper.  my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!