Time To Buy: Modern Quilts!

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Shopping Magpie & Rye

If ever I owned a decor and curiosities shop, I would want it to be juuuust like Magpie & Rye. Even the name sounds fantastic, yes? A small, select and highly-curated collection of goodies to adorn your home with, Magpie & Rye is my go-to for unusual finds that you never knew you needed.

Bullet pens, brass spoons and heart stools, oh my! This season, I'm gravitating toward natural elements and goods left untouched, like beautiful agates, wooden bowls and nature-infused, quality accessories. I'd love to sprinkle them throughout a stark space that needs a touch of character, or an overly-lacquered room screaming for something non-plastic.

Perhaps it's the weather turning cooler, but wood tones are just so comforting these days, yes? And with semi-affordable prices for most, I'm all in.

I dare you to visit and not fall in love with something. And if you need a suggestion, might I send you to a sweet matchstick bottle with a strike-able surface? Genius.

Enjoy! I apologize to your bank account in advance.

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Two Looks, Two Rooms, One Shop

You've heard the golden rule of decor, yes? That you can't purchase everything from the same place for fear your rooms will look like they're carbon copies of your local showroom? Throw that rule out the window. In fact, throw every golden rule out the window, because it's not about rules. Decorating is about what you love, and it's a personal, beautiful thing. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

And just to drive that point home, I've created two rooms using key pieces from just one shop. Of course, it's a pretty eclectic shop, so my job was easy. But it's entirely do-able with any store, with a few helpful hints:

[image credits here, all from anthropologie]

1. Mix styles.
Sure, we've got a pretty French, typographic chair above, but it absolutely sings when paired with a modern, muted paint swatch curtain and a few industrial magnifying glasses.

[image credits here, all from anthropologie]

2. Mix periods.
The sweet vase above could easily be an antique, while the octopus curtains are clearly a modern interpretation of a vintage sketch. Keep things fresh by bringing in surprising finds from different eras. Bonus? Your home will never look dated.
 

3. Mix finishes.
Brass and wood, silver and gold, metal and pewter. Mix and match your favorite textures, finishes and sheens for a layered look that's clearly unique, personal, and you.

Are you sensing a trend here? Mix, match and have fun. Go forth and make your homes beautiful, friends!

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