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04 September 2015

I know I've told you this story before but I'll never forget when I was little (but old enough to remember, obviously) that my mom came home with a really short haircut and told us kids that she'd kindly let a blind man cut her hair with a butcher knife.

Cue horror and speechless gawking from her gullible little angels.

Eventually she cracked and told us the truth but the moral of the tangent is that I feel exactly like that imaginary blind man hacking away at the house with a butcher knife because my eye for design is all but blind. I'm always trying to find a super happy medium between needing the house to be kid friendly and wanting it to feel more like a home and less like a toy/laundry/food/laundry/toy prison

Luckily, I employed the help of my design savvy sister-in-law, Mary, to help me pick out a few house-to-home helpers from Lulu & Georgia. Although, the truth is that it's virtually impossible to go wrong with their inventory because it's all pretty stellar.

First up!


No, not our wedding photo or my fake little tree but the Sweet Daisy Pillow adorning the chair. I'd put one in every room of the house if I could because it's so cheery.

Next! This was actually Simon's pick ...


This fun whale print in the dining room. Sorry for the double tree appearance ... I change my mind about its living quarters on the daily.

We've got two living areas in the house and a few days after moving in I made the executive decision to make the smaller space a playroom of sorts. Or just a playroom - no sorts. The kids have a few books and their special stuffed animals and dolls in their rooms but that's it. All toys in here, please and thank you. It's worked out well thus far. So, if you turn directly around from where I snapped the whale print photo there's a couple stairs leading down into the play area (plarea?) ...


Initially I had a HUGE area rug with an admittedly (sort of!) ugly southwestern print in here that Simon found to be less than aesthetically acceptable so off to the Craigslist listings it went and in with this more neutral and size appropriate Adams Reversible Rug in Sky. Much, much better.

Also, as much as I'd love to get rid of our pleather sofa, it's a dream for when (not if!) the kids spill forbidden food + drink all over it so I spruced it up a bit with these Mint Lyrica Pillows ...


And one of the kids favorite things to do is build elaborate pillow beds for themselves or their stuffed animal kingdoms so I feel like somewhat of a Cruella getting rid of all of our pillows or throwing them in a closet so practical solution by way of this mint wire basket ...


win/win

I love having a rocker/glider in the living room to rock Bosco but it's pretty much the first thing you see when you walk in the front door so I put this Trina Turk Arcata Embroidered Pillow on it ...


... and it serves the dual purpose of: lumbar support and pop-o-rocker-color.

And lastly, I never ever would've picked this Adana Pink Lemonade Pillow out on my own but Mary pointed it out to me and I'm so glad I took her advice because it brightens up our room and white bedding a bit ...


... aside from, you know - the bright turquoise dresser. Mary thought it would look great on a couch too so the pleather might get a facelift and we might steal the mint pillows if/when we're feeling wild and spontaneous. Pattons be crazy, on occasion.

Simon says our house feels our decor style is "dorm room" but I think we're slowly and surely traipsing away from college chic. Many thanks to Lulu & Georgia and Mary's expert e-opinion!

Lulu & Georgia is giving away a $250 credit to a lucky Camp reader ... you know the rafflecopter road by now, I hope!

Good luck and happy, happy weekend!!
 
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417 comments:

  1. I love the daisy pillow and lemonade pillow!

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  2. Ohh... that gigi rug in cream is pretty!
    and I need that mint wire basket. I admire your strict policy about toys.... there's TOYS everywhere! basement, kids rooms, family room.. aaaaahhhhh. I just want to sell/donate them when kids are away at Lola's

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  3. I need serious help in the decor department. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Really loving the Adams Reversible Rug in Sky! Would be perfect for the living area. :)

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  5. I like the SANSTRIPE POUF, GRAY (http://www.luluandgeorgia.com/accessories/poufs-cubes/sanstripe-pouf-gray?___SID=U). Would look great in my soon to be nursery to rest my feet on for the middle of the night feedings that I know are coming soon!

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  6. Beautiful stuff! Your home is definitely not dorm room style!

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  7. My favorite is the Trieste Mini Lamp in gold! So cute!

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  8. I love it! It looks amazing!! The photos strung up over the bed are totally dorm room. In fact, I desperately want some more mine but dorms room can be so cute so nothing wrong there! I also love, love, love that wedding photo of you too!!

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  9. Wow, Lulu and Georgia looks amazing. I really want these cocktail glasses: http://www.luluandgeorgia.com/gifts/under-100/draper-double-old-fashion-cocktail-glasses-set-of-4 I've been dreaming of making a little cocktail cart recently because the last few new apartments I went had them and they looked adorable.

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  10. Ooh la la! We have all white sheets that pink lemonade pillow would be perfect splash in our bedroom!

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  11. I love the octave kitchen storage jars! And also the mint wire basket you got!

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  12. I don't think I can choose just one favorite, but I recently purchased the Ortega Rug from them and LOVE it!

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  13. Love the home state pillows! Adorable :)

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  14. I'm in the process of trying to made an "art wall"...it's not really going well so far but anyway...I loved the Woman in a Boat print. She'd make that art wall look good!

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  15. The pillows really add a nice pop of color!

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  16. I like the Joselin Lamp in Orange!

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  17. I love that wire basket! Perfect for pillows, blankets, or millions of stuffed animals!

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  18. Love your picks! I am also a big fan of the Kent Youngstrum art in the shop.

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  19. I am also blind when it comes to decorating. I hire friends and they tell me what to put where. I'm still struggling to pick out pillows and we've lived in our house for almost 5 years. Sigh.

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  20. So many cute things! I love that wire basket but I'm also eyeing some of the wall art. Loving the Santa Monica pic.

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  21. It's like I died and went to pillow heaven! So many good ones! It's not in the budget right now to buy a new sofa, so my solution is to cover the ugly brown thing with as many gorgeous pillows as possible.

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  22. I love the whisp and posy pillows in grey!

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  23. Your house looks 100x more pulled together than mine. So kudos to you. I could use a rug for our dining room. We rarely eat in there and use it more as an office/pass through since it's in the middle of the house, but may a toddler has fallen running on the hardwoods in their slippery socks, so a rug would be great. Though, I have to say I was VERY glad I didn't have a rug when my 3yo decided to poop under the dining table last week. Ah, potty training and all the crap that comes along with it.

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  24. Just a note..... If you ever decide to get rid of the couch, there is a Rooms To Go warehouse down I-4. They have an overstock store that generally has some pretty good deals. OR, there is a place in Winter Haven/Auburndale that has super nice furniture for cheap. It's a mission that gets overstock from places like Ashley's or Haverty's, sells it for half the retail cost, and uses the funds for their projects. I can get you the actual name/location if you ever want it.

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  25. I'm not in a hurry to have a house (apartment life is working great for us right now), but oh, to have a playroom for the toys!

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  26. Kenza moroccan pouf- black and white!

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  27. The Metrix Rug, Hot Pink is a true beaut!

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  28. Love the starscape rug in green!

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  29. Loving that wire basket. It would look really cute in our nursery!

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  30. Oh I love that sweet daisy pillow! It looks great in your place!

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  31. I love the rugs and throws on Lulu and Georgia's website, and I know exactly where my house could use them.

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  32. THOMASPAUL FLOURISH RUG, RED AND ORANGE. Really pretty.

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  33. All the artwork is gorgeous, and the Chinese Dragon Lamp in Blue is lust-worthy!

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  34. i love that sweet daisy pillow! it's so great how a few pillows can change the look of a room.

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  35. Love the mint wire basket! I'm decorating our first baby's room now, and going with mint, pink, white and gold. It would be great for throwing blankies and lovies in!

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  36. I love all the pendant lighting! So fun!

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  37. I want the Baldwin Club Chair in brown! I have dreamt of a really comfy leather chair for years-- after seeing one in the home of a friend's family. This is perfect!

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  38. The Mirabelle rug in cream and mint is my jam...but the doormats are darling, too!

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  39. I love the Theo Lamp, Gold. Perfect for what I need in my room!

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  40. Color Collision 2 by Kent Youngstrom - Love this Canvas.

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  41. I love the Thomaspaul Limber Rug. Such cute stuff!

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  42. I've been wondering about that daisy pillow since it was in an instagram shot! I must have it!!

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  43. Crossing fingers because we are in the midst of decorating lots of spaces in our house and I LOVE the Corlu rug in aqua for our living room (I've been eyeballing it).

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  44. I love the Zoro Shag Rug Neutral and the Uma Cabinet - just the pieces we'd need in our living room.

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  45. One can never have too many pillows!

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  46. I like the mint wire basket too!

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  47. I'm a fan of the Oxford Storage Ottoman! Specifically in charcoal gray *heart eye emoji*

    http://BlushedDesign.etsy.com

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  48. Love all of their stuff but I NEED the bascala mirror!

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  49. love seeing how you are making your new house yours, with 5 littles in tow!

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  50. Everything looks so great! And all the natural sunlight...lovely! Currently cloudy and muggy in St. Louis. Blah!

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  51. Thanks for another fun giveaway. I love the Eddie Wide Pendant ceiling lighting! We're revamping our kitchen and it would go perfectly!

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  52. looking good! especially love the pillow on your bed!

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  53. I like the Delaney rug in sweet cream!

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  54. Love the poufs and Belise lamp!

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  55. The " toy/laundry/food/laundry/toy prison" struggle is SO real in our house too... and we only have 1 kid (so far!). Love all the pillows & that whale print is proooobably gonna have to happen in the monster's room.

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  56. The daisy pillow is right up my alley. I feel like we're bordering on dorm room chic, too. I guess I need a designer SIL! :)

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  57. I want that State Pillow so bad!!!

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  58. I'm looking for lamps and I love their Grant lamp!

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  59. My bedroom needs to grow up too. I've been wanting to get a headboard for a long time..just haven't pulled the trigger on one. Married people on a basic costco bed platform. Sadness.

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  60. I'm in the market for an area rug and I've got my eye on the one called "FLORA RUG, PASTEL" It's super cute!!

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  61. The bright yellow "Kamile" pillow--my couch needs! :)

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  62. i love the one of a kind pillow, thais!

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  63. I like the Zeno charcoal rug!

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  64. Great decors accents! question: Did you paint your dresser? We have a monstrosity (my words)/family heirloom (his word) that I'm DYING to bring back from the dead, that is our basement so it could actually be used.

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  65. I love ALL the rugs!!! We are moving and need to get 2 or 3 new ones, so this is perfect!

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  66. So cute! Checking out that rug asap! :)

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  67. That mint basket! Heart eye emojis all over the place.

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  68. omg the bright and cheery pillows!! My fav is the seismograph embroidered pillow in plum (the other color is gorgeous too though!)

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  69. Love the Juiz Rug in Plum. It would be perfect in my daughters room!

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  70. I love the HADLEY LARGE SHELF, WALNUT

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  71. I have no eye for design, and I'm really not sure what I even like. We do, however, need a table lamp some kinda bad--so the Mora Table lamp is my pick!

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  72. they have amazing stuff! have to say my favorite is probably the pollie side table!

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  73. Obsessed with the booker rug, pink and blue!

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  74. Oooh, a pair of Baldwin Club Chairs would look divine in our living room!

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  75. The Kenza Moroccan pouf in dark tan😍 and the "your love never fils" print😍

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  76. That mint basket is dreamy!! Really, everything you picked is perfect. I love how simple + cute + functional your house feels. A+ in my very professional opinion.

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  77. I really think my 5 boys would love the MIRABELLE RUG in pink:)

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  78. We recently ripped up our nasty carpet and refinished the hardwood underneath. Now we need some rugs!

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  79. I really like the paidge pillow in rainbow.

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  80. Would love one of the Kristi Kohut prints :)
    Ps. Love your playroom with the storage and rug!!

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  81. We're been in our house since January and we still haven't put a single decorative touch.. so even some pillows would be an upgrade for us!

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  82. We need pillows! Love all of yours!

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  83. I need throw pillows! And artwork--my walls are bare.

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  84. SO much love for everything in this post! It's a really close call for me between the mint wire basket and the zeno rug (in every color, please). What an awesome giveaway!

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  85. Need that lumbar pillow for my new house!

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  86. I love the navy blue wave rug! I need a new rug for my living room!

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  87. great choices - the color on the trina turk pillow is amazing!

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  88. The new house is lovely! I am a big fan of that mint basket!

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  89. I like the Tayma rug in graphite.

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  90. Just noticed my outside door mats were pretty sad looking, and their's are so cute!

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  91. Love the idea to hold all the pillows in the front room! Genius!

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  92. Wire baskets and throw pillows of any variety are the best :)

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  93. Throw pillows and wire baskets are my two house item obsessions

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  94. Your house is everything I would love my house to be...but alas I will never get there. My mom and I agree with the following sentiment: any place will look more comfy and homey with throw blankets and a stack of books in the corner.

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  95. That wallpaper is calling my name! {{Drooling}}

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  96. They have so many bright and colorful things!

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  97. I'm not sure what my style is either. We've lived in this house for 8 years now so we'll get it figured out soon :)

    I really like the cubes and would love to get a new rug for my kitchen.

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  98. In my BK days (that is, before kids days), I had this thing called free time, which I enjoyed spending riding horses. So while those days are over, my lifelong love of horses means I heart the Incitatus horse bookends in ivory.

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  99. The mirabelle rug in creme and mint plz... Why did I just spell it creme...I guess because it's THAT pretty and fancy.

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  100. I need a pillow basket. My kids have the same pillow play fetish.

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  101. That pink lemonade pillow is aces.

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  102. Everything looks lovely! It seems like everything you chose will work well throughout your home, and I think the lemonade pillow gives a little southwest flair shoutout!

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  103. I think the Painted Dessert Rug would be perfect for my little girls new "big girl room"!

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  104. Their poufs! And rugs! All so good!

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  105. I love that lemonade pillow! And the pillow basket, although it would combine my husband's two least favorite decor items (pillows and...baskets)

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  106. Hmmm..I feel like our toy room.could use the Patchen of Rosalie Pouf. I instantly think of the Jim gaffigan bean bag kit...

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  107. You can never have too many pillows!!

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  108. I've always loved their rugs. Their THOMASPAUL Peacock Rug is pretty fabulous!

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  109. I love the lemonade pillow you have, and the cobalt 'thistle' pouf!

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  110. I love the home in Tennessee pillow!

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  111. I need to spruce up my pillow game, so I think I'll go with the Arrow Embroidered Pillow! I'm also loving the Oxford Storage Ottoman.

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  112. Love that turquoise dresser! We have the same glider and love it!

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  113. I FREAKING LOVE the Monarch print. Yess. And the Green Paddle Cactus print...and all of the Flowering Cacti prints, too. And the Born to Do This print. Am I having a print moment? Also, the Cobalt Mirabelle rug dang.

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  114. I don't think my last comment went through, sorry if this is a double.
    Love the long pillow on your bed! And your fig tree!

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  115. Pillows please! All the pillows!!!

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  116. Hanna Herringbone Throw is going in my cart! It's EXACTLY what I've been looking for!

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  117. I just built myself a new desk (go me!) but I didn't get a chair... I really like the chippewa stool in yellow. Or maybe one of the clear acrylic chairs, but maybe I'm not trendy enough for that?

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  118. Those Avra chairs are just what my kitchen table needs! They're like a classier version of the falling-apart-craigslist chairs that currently occupy that space.

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  119. Avra chairs for my kitchen table! Yes please!

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  120. We JUST found out we're expecting (our first! heart eyes and baby with one curl emojis abound), so all of this looks wonderful and obviously baby/kid friendly.

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  121. love the rug. might need one for my play room. and brilliant on the toys in one room. we do it too and it's a life saver.

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  122. This would be great in our living room http://www.luluandgeorgia.com/rugs/all-rugs/thomaspaul-paez-rug-blue

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  123. I love the state pillows and the Kendall rug! :D

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  124. I love the pom pom blanket on your bed!!

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  125. I love that wire basket for pillows!
    Do you know what size yours is? Saw they had three sizes...

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  126. I've been dying to get one of their poufs forever for our nursery! I especially like the Milu Pouf lately.

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  127. The Rowen Rug would be the perfect POP with a neutral wall in a nursery! I love it.

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  128. I also have a wire basket by my couch, but its for my millions of throws and blankets! I just love to get cozy on the couch with a good blanket and some pizza :)

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  129. I would like to look less dorm-like at some point in my not-so-distant future. Love the basket o'pillows.

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  130. Delaney rug!...plus a million others!

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  131. I love the becon mirror in rectangle. Beautiful!

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  132. We need two area rugs in the house, and I'm loving the Orlandia Rug in Onyx :)

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  133. Tower #4 you should come live at my house and bring year-round summer please: http://www.luluandgeorgia.com/tower-4-photography-print

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  134. I need a rug like the one in your play area for my boys' room!

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  135. The elodie rug is my very favorite... I drool over it regularly!

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  136. That Dominique rug needs to come to my house!

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  137. I must admit, at first glance I thought the whale print was a picture of resurrected Jesus. Clearly, I need stronger glasses. Also, wire basket for blankets would be a lovely replacement for my current wicker one that is one toddler hurricane away from being torn to pieces.

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  138. I love the rug! We need something like that for under our table.

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  139. I like all the shag rugs... But for something dressier, maybe the gray-blue ville rug?

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  140. For some reason I can't open a darn thing on that website... but that daisy pillow you have is perfect!

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  141. We could use a rug! Liking the mirabelle

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  142. Just bought a new house and all the decor is awesome. I love the big wire basket - it would be perfect for blankets in the living room!

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  143. I love throw pillows and my future husband (36 days people!) does not! I cannot wait to get a bunch of throw pillows to adorn our lovely living space when we finally have a place together!

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  144. Love the rocker, we are looking a one for our nursery/living room.

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  145. oooooo, the rugs! Especially Mirabelle in colbalt!

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