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I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!




Entries from September 1, 2008 - September 30, 2008


Headaches & Headbands

What a stressful couple of weeks it has been at work! Getting ready for High Point Furniture Market is like super duper design bootcamp! Wish me luck....

It is times like these that I so appreciate silly girly TV goodness. And at the top of that list is Gossip Girl!! The fashion is so much fun-I have become obsessed with the headband thanks to the GG Girls. What a lovely way to look pretty while you are having a nervous breakdown!

Enjoy some of my faves.....

Gossip Girl Lovliness a la Blair. (available at Urban Outfitters.) (available at Urban Outfitters.)
Some fun ones from Polyvore


Maker Faire Austin

I haven't been an Austinite long (since April 07) but one of my very favorite things about this wacky place is its commitment to buying local & everyone's love of the DIY spirit. Which is why I simply cannot wait for the 2008 Maker Faire Austin! Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.

Here is tha basic who, what and when:
October 18th and 19th, 2008Travis County Event Center and Fairground
Saturday, October 18th: 10am-10pmSunday
October 19th: 10am-6pm
Visit their website for more info here.

See you there!


Birdie Bath

It was actually cool in Austin today! Maybe I'm being optimistic, but it actually feels like fall is in the air. And one of my favorite things to do when the weather turns cooler is have a glass of wine and enjoy a good book in a hot bath. And, although sweet bright birds scream "springtime," I love them for year-round decorating. And there are such beautiful bird-themed bath treats out right now. Here are some of my Birdie Bath faves....

Sweet Birdie Hand Towel by Janesays at Etsy
Birdie Towel Rack available here
Drip drop lantern at Anthropologie
Who's the Fairest Mirror at Anthropologie
Skylark Bath Mat from Anthropologie


Everyone loves Free!

As a designer, I am always looking for cheap ways to spice things up. Enter Briarpress.org. Originally shared by Design Freebies (which ALWAYS has such fun, cute free treats), Briar Press has a ton of adorable free ornaments for you to download. Some of my favorites are below. Enjoy!!


Austin Goodness

So, although I am really, really, really late for the event (um, like a year late) I thought this poster was beautifully designed and worth sharing. (And the event was sponsored by the wonderful GOOD magazine, which I enjoy.) Hoorah for good design!