west elm tulsa store opening

Thursday, August 28, 2014


It has finally happened, people. My ship has come in and West Elm has opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I couldn't be more thrilled that my favorite home store is now here in my city! The grand opening is today, but Kendall at West Elm was nice enough to give a few local bloggers and others a sneak preview yesterday afternoon!

One really cool thing West Elm does is that although they are a nation-wide retailer, they still source local goods and support creatives in our area.



 beautiful bed and bath area

Every dining room table is styled to perfection, and don't even get me started on the lighting.

The background of the cash wrap area was designed by the local employees out of scrap wood to resemble the aerial views of Oklahoma and our many fields. 


I'm sure I'll be in here quite a bit, lusting after their beautiful things and scheming ways to spend my life savings on marble mid-century coffee tables.

Cheers,
Ellie 

wishlist wednesday | august 6

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's Wednesday, yo.

1. Design Bloggers at Home is a coffee table book full of interior design bloggers' homes and the author's name is Ellie... sounds pretty lame, why would anyone want that...
2. This Small Pillar Table Lamp from West Elm is so cute and perfect - it would fit very well on a nightstand, dresser, or bookshelf.
3. I'm running pretty low on perfume, and Miss Dior has been a long-time favorite of mine. If you haven't tried it I would highly recommend this pretty, sophisticated scent.
4. I've loved this beautiful Abstractions Aside print by Leigh Viner for a really long time, and I've probably posted about it before (I'm sure you all remember every single thing I've posted in the history of this blog), but I recently rediscovered it and remembered how perfect it would be in my gallery wall.
5. This black heart bkr bottle is everything - I don't know how I've been functioning without it to be honest.

Cheers,
Ellie

pen + ink drawings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I thought that I would share some artwork that I really enjoy doing - I've been doing these pen and ink drawings for friends as gifts for a few years now, and I especially like doing them for the many couple friends I have that get married. I try to put in personal quotes, phrases, and inside jokes that are meaningful to the couple to make it more special for them. Here are 3 that I've done in the last year or two -- these were all for some really special friends and I hope they enjoy having them as much as I enjoyed making them. I've done several others, but some of the images for those ended up on a computer that crashed (yay) so I still need to go back and try to regather those images. I think these ones were all about 10x13 and then I have them frame and matted, so these images are just the scans of the artwork. I also posted about one that I did two years ago here.

 The scan cut the sides of this one off a little bit but I still love it.


Here's this one, framed


I love doing these, so if you're ever interested in having a custom gift made, let me know!

Cheers,
Ellie

chicago trip

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I went to Chicago with a few friends over the week of 4th of July, and it was a total blast. I'd been there a few times before, but not for this long so we really got to do a lot. Chicago is a really fun city, and it's hard not to compare it to New York, but I would say it's definitely a little slower-paced and has a certain Midwestern charm.

Lunch at Chicago Bagel Authority (cba) was a true delight. Great for something easy, delicious, and inexpensive.

Luckily we got there right in time for the (last) USA World Cup game, and Soldier Field (where da Bears play) was having a watch party. It was a really cool venue and basically a free for all for the hundreds (thousands?) of people that showed up.

Big Star in Wicker Park was definitely a highlight. Amazing outdoor patio and amazing tacos. They didn't take reservations so we had to wait a little bit but it was definitely worth it.

Homeslice in Lincoln Park was another adorable restaurant. We went there for lunch for some really great pizza and a lovely patio atmosphere.


After wandering around Wrigleyville for a bit, we popped into a place called Cheesie's - where the menu  almost exclusively consists of grilled cheese. I got the Mac which had mac and cheese inside and came with tomato soup dipping sauce... needless to say, it was dope.


I'm a sucker for adorable coffeehouses, and Heritage General Store, which specializes in amazing coffee and custom bicycles was certainly adorable. Loved their aesthetic.


Made it over to Jayson Home which was a true delight. I could honestly just hole up in that store and be happy forever. Everything in there is just lovely.


disco
Baby angel vintage staffordshire dogs. I wanted all of them.

Went on down to Millennium Park which is always fun.

da bean

After Millennium Park we stopped at Bridge House Tavern on the north side of the river. They had good food and a fantastic view of the river and downtown - highly recommend.

Afternoon drinks on The Terrace at Trump Tower made for a wonderful view and a good time - really glad we stopped here.

The Second City show was an absolutely hilarious sketch and improv show. I loved it and can't wait to see it again.

We went to the beach on the last full day of our trip, which was the 4th of July. It was a blast, and it's so cool that there's an actual beach in such close proximity to the city. So much fun.

Cheers,
Ellie

summer 2014 playlist

Monday, June 23, 2014

I make a new playlist at the beginning of every month, and also one that sums up the entire season. I love being able to go back and listen to an old playlist from a specific time and remember what was happening in my life at the time when those were my favorite songs. Here's my playlist for Summer 2014, and cheers to the good memories that will be made while listening to it. Listen to it on spotify here.


Cheers,
Ellie

wishlist wednesday | june 18

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#thankful for making it halfway through this week

1. You can seriously never go wrong with a Kate Spade watch - and this 'metro' geo print leather strap watch is no exception.
2. This 'Dope' framed art from Furbish studio is just really, well, dope.
3. Not really sure how I've made it this far in life without this beautiful carry-on STELA 9 bag by Isabel Sunday.
4. I pretty much exclusively wear stud earrings, but sometimes they can be a bit plain. These Montezuma studs from Bauble Bar stay true to that style but add a little extra interest.
5. Sometimes I need just a little more motivation than what coffee can give me, and this 'time to get stuff done' mug from click & blossom would be pretty helpful in the mornings.

Cheers,
Ellie

bedroom inspiration

Monday, June 16, 2014

So I'm finally attempting to transition my bedroom from 'college' to 'post-grad' ... 3 years later. Better late than never. My first project is to switch out my bedding. I currently have a colorful Anthropologie quilt that I still really like, but it's time for something a little more sophisticated. Check out a few of my inspiration images for what I want to do with my bedding below - as you can see I'm moving towards all white sheets + duvet with a punch of colorful or patterned pillows. Hopefully I'll have some photos of my actual new bedding in a couple of weeks.


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Cheers,
Ellie
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