Design, Shopping

Must Shop Home Brand- Bungalow 5

There are some brands out there that can’t do wrong- Bungalow 5 is one of those.  I have been browsing their site day dreaming about pieces I can use for our future basement reno.  If you haven’t heard of them chances are you have seen their pieces.  They are at the top of every decorators list and are often found at the chicest design stores around town.

What I love about their furniture-

  1. Color- they are not afraid to have fun with bold colors
  2. Unique Designs- their designs are refreshing, they challenge the norm and standout in the space
  3. Details- clearly they love the details.  Every piece they offer has something that stands out -whether it be the color, material or design element.  They focus on every detail and make each piece standout.

Have I convinced you to check them out?  Dying to know where you can buy Bungalow 5?  While you can’t purchase directly from their site you can easily find a retail near you that sells their product.  For my friends on the South Shore I have found great pieces at Delicious Designs in Hingham, MA.

Now that I told you how much I love Bungalow 5 here are some of my favorite pieces –

Parsons Black Coffee Table-

While black is not my go to color there is something so sleek about this coffee table.  I love the idea of having black/ white/ grey/ orange in our basement and this would be the perfect table for the sitting area.  Plus, it’s grasscloth- can it get any better than that??

Bungalow5 Parsons Black

Nantucket Side Table, White- 

For me this is the table that started my love for Bungalow 5.  Starting with the traditional Chippendale Chinoiserie design and the functional multiple levels of storage…amazing!  The perfect side table for a bedroom or living room- plus I always love a good lacquered white table.


Nantucket side tableHourglass Stool/ Side Table- 

If you are in the market for an easy but great looking side table, look no further.  The Hourglass side table comes in the best colors- I am loving this orange option- and will work in any room

side table

Claire Mirror, Navy Blue-

I have a thing for great mirrors and the color blue.  The Claire Mirror covers both- Chippendale-style in a beautiful navy.  Mirrors can provide a great pop of color in an entry of bedroom.  This would be amazing in an entry hung above a white entry table (like this one)


Happy Shopping!








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Lighting and hardware prep

Wait till you see the most recent pictures of the house (promise they will come this week). In the meantime this morning had been all about prep – we are dropping off the lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware today. Installation will take place this week and next! The boxes are endless- thankfully my in-laws have allowed us to ship and store all of the boxes at their house until now! Can’t wait to see everything installed soon-



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Make the best of what you have! Key tips to getting your house furnished.

If you are moving into a new space (whether it be a house or apartment) it can be overwhelming to think about furnishing the new space. I have learned a few key things in getting ready to decorate our new house and wanted to share them with you.

Key tips to getting your house furnished

1) Salvage something old and make it new with a little work and paint. Look at what you own now (or perhaps something stored in your parents attic!) and think about what you would want it to be. Whether you want to take on a project yourself or find someone local to refurbish a piece of furniture it could change the look and feel of something you already own. If you end up finding someone to do it shop around and get a few bids- its important to find someone who gets your style/ taste and you have confidence in the finished product. If you take it on yourself, do your research before diving in. Between Pinterest, Houzz and Design Magazines there are plenty of guides out there to get you started.

2) Sell what you don’t need! Whether it be on eBay, Craigslist or posting around your neighborhood selling furniture is a great way to create more cash for purchasing the pieces you really want. Make sure your price it well- higher than the lowest price you are willing to go but low enough to make it move. I recommend Craigslist as it helps to find buyers near you and allows for an easier process of pick up for your larger furniture items.

Both of these tips are one’s that we are using for our own house. Yesterday we dropped off two dressers to be refurbished that Jarret’s parents have had in their basement for a few years. They are both well made and with a little paint and some new hardware they will be the perfect pieces for one of our Guest Rooms. Instead of spending close to $1,000 for two dressers we will probably come out of this paying around $400 for two refurbished dressers that are painted in our ideal color and have the hardware we selected. For these dressers, we are going bold and selected a deep blue/ navy to go with the quilt and shams I bought this summer. We are working with Neatly Nested Decor in South Boston– Danielle (the owner) is amazing to work with (and her store is a must visit). These dressers will be the first of a few pieces I have her work on for the house.
Here is a little peak below…finished product to come in a few weeks! In the meantime, check out the inspiration for these dressers on my pinterest page and below


dresserinspiration 2

dresserinspiration 3


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Kitchen Table Lighting Fixture

In having a lot of time to shop around for different items in the house it allows you to find pieces that will have a certain memory each time you look at them. The lighting fixture we selected for our Kitchen Table does just that. Prior to the Christmas Holiday we went away to Nantucket a weekend with some of our best friends. On that trip we visited Freedman’s of Nantucket– a store that we love and often have success in finding something to buy (it is not hard as there are great clocks, candle holders and other unique pieces). We found this nickel pendant that has a nautical inspiration. I think this will go well with the other pendant lamps over the island and certainly help set the tone for the table, chairs and rug we select for the kitchen area.



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Sunday project

Our weekends are pretty much filled with house stuff these days. It’s exciting as it means the countdown is on and hopefully our prep will make our move(s) that much easier.
For this weekend we picked up a few paint samples to get a better idea of colors. While we couldn’t get our top choices (they were sold out) seeing colors close to what we are looking for really help you understand how light/ dark you want to go.
Here was my project for tonight- a little arts and crafts! Now that we have a few paint options on the board we can look at these against our color wheel to narrow in and make decisions. More details to come this week….



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Cabinet Hardware is ordered!

Finding out that IKEA sells well-made cabinet hardware was one of the best tips we got so far.  I just ordered all of our cabinet hardware for the house and the total was under $300 (plus I added in a cute cart to use in the nursery, and it was all available for purchase online).  We love the final selections and can’t wait to see it on the cabinets in a few weeks!

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware-

FÅGLAVIK- Handle, chrome plated, $7.99 / 2 pack


Master Bathroom Cabinet Hardware-

LINDSDAL- Handle, porcelain white- $6.99 / 2 pack


Guest Bathroom Cabinet Hardware-

For the drawers

FÅGLEBODA- Handle, chrome plated- $7.99 / 2 pack



For doors



Cart for the nursery- this is perfect for odds and ends next to the dresser

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Shopping for our sectional

The other week we visited the nearby West Elm to look at some of the couch options we had seen online.  While they didn’t have the exact sectional we are moving forward with it was great to see the style and fabric in person.  We landed on the Paidge 2-Piece Chaise Sectional in the Ink Blue performance velvet.

Paidge 2-Piece Chaise Sectional

Paidge Sectional Set 2: Right Arm Loveseat, Left Arm Chaise, Poly, Performance Velvet, Poppy

We are currently working with one of their in-home stylists to layout the sectional in the great room.  She provided the below mock-up today.  We decided to put the TV and across from the couch versus over the fireplace as we really wanted to separate the TV versus fireplace area in the room…personally I think they serve different purposes and I don’t love having the TV over the fireplace.  In seeing the layout from the stylist I love that we could fit a chair as well as the sectional on the wall- this will create more seating options in the room.  We should be moving forward with our selection this week- lead time is 8-12 weeks so we want to have it here and ready for move in day!

I haven’t selected other furniture pieces or accessories for the room yet but other colors will be incorporated…I am thinking orange, grey and maybe a little yellow.  For the chair it will definitely be a print fabric and I think the pillow we select will be an orange/ coral color (saw some great options at West Elm on our shopping trip- more pictures to come from that visit!).

This is one of the bigger purchases we will make for the house so it is great to have this layout to help us envision the room- We have had a great experience with West Elm so far and looking forward to seeing the finished product in a few months!

WestElm Couch