The cooler fall temps are finally here, and with that comes the fixin's for fall – fuzzy blankets, firewood, flannel shirts and an excessive amount of baked goods (thank goodness for the flannel shirts...)  Anyone from the midwest also knows that hunting season is about to be in full swing, so lets celebrate with a look at taxidermy!

Some people are weirded out by this ancient practice while others adore it.  I am definitely in the latter category and am loving the lastest faux taxidermy offerings along with the classics.  Here are just a few of my top picks!  (ps, mom, if you read this, a walrus chair is at the top of my Christmas list ;)

(via chaircards, urbanoutfitters, plastolux, heavenandhaven)

Honey, I'm Hooooome!

Yes, I am back from my blogging sabbatical and am bursting at the seams with so much to tell you!  

First off, I received my copy of Design*Sponge at Home (which I had on preorder for 5 months), and let me tell you, it is A-MAZING!  From the beautiful cover illustration via Julia Rothman to Jonathon Adler's foreword and beyond into Grace Bonney's hand-picked selection of home décor and projects, this book surely did not disappoint.  I read the whole thing in one sitting and have since re-read it about 5 times.  

On top of my D*S fanaticism, my mother and I are attending the book signing and celebration party in Chicago, which will have be followed up with a meal in greek town and a stop at the Fox & Obel market!

As for now, I am enjoying the sunny fall weather in Tampa and unpacking the steady stream of Crate & Barrel boxes that have been coming to the front door.  (Thanks, everyone! We truly appreciate your gifts and are so excited for the big day!)

Florida part II

It is finalized: my fiance and I have officially signed a lease on a lakefront condo in Florida!  I am so glad the search is over, and now we (I) can get to work filling it with all sorts of ocean and lake inspired goods!  I must admit, in picking these pieces, it was hard not to get sucked into all the sandy white and ocean blue hues, but I tried my best! 

1.  rug by Williams-Sonoma Home
2.  baskets by West Elm
3.  poster from Zazzle 
4.  soy candle by Meyers
5. & 6.  shell and whale tray from Orange & Pear
7.  pillow by CB2
8.  vases by Ikea
9.  bottle opener from Orange & Pear
10.  side table from Crate & Barrel