CB2 Georgetown-Welcome to the Neighborhood!

April 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

CB2 Georgetown

So, so excited about the new CB2 store in Georgetown at 3307 M St NW! It officially opens on April 30th but I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek tonight at their press preview. The store is huge–12,815 square feet–and is filled with all of the greatness that is CB2. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand I like to describe it as Crate & Barrel for apartments. To me, CB2 caters to people like myself: a city dweller that lives in a smaller abode, doesn’t have too much cash to drop but still wants hip, chic furniture and accessories that are functional and look good. Now, that’s not to say that people with larger homes or bigger pocketbooks don’t shop here as well but I really think CB2 caters to a certain crowd (one that I’m definitely a part of and love!).

So now, let me divert your attention to one of my favorite things: trees! Along with the cute tree pillow I found online a few days ago and wrote about I scouted two more tree-themed accessories tonight! One was an awesome set of bright green bookends and another was a branch ring holder, below.

Tree Bookends, $49.95/set of 2

Tree Ring Holder, $9.95/each

If you stop by this weekend, a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Capitol Area Food Bank and you can also win up to $1,000 in gift cards. If you see an employee in orange handing out ping-pong balls be sure to grab one–they each have a code on them that could be a winner. I hope you enjoy the new CB2 store as much as I did! Check out the slideshow below for some shots of the store. Thanks for reading! xo

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Summer Soles: Rescue Your Sweaty Feet!

April 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

image courtesy of Summer Soles (insert in shoe)

Summer is almost upon is and I don’t know about you but for me all I can think about are shoes! I love this time of year–when pedis are the norm and I get to wonder the streets with my feet almost bare and embrace my wanna-be hippie style. Sandals have also always brought another thing to mind: hot, sweaty feet. I hate when you pop on those new peep-toes or a new favorite thong and the minute I walk out my door, the humidity and heat take over and I’m sliding around in my shoes. This is NOT sexy people! It’s also uncomfortable and makes shopping for cute summer shoes harder. I always look for a shoe with a suede bottom and they are not always the cutest option. Now I can buy shoes without a care because last summer I found out about Summer Soles. It’s one of those products you kick yourself for not marketing yourself! They are liners that you can cut to fit your shoe and come in suede, ultra-absorbent and all kinds of fun colors and designs (although I always stick to the tan and black). One of the best things about them is that they are removable–they have a sticker-like backing that stays in place but will not ruin your shoes–and you can change them depending on your level of stinky lol!

These things have really changed my life–now I buy whatever shoe I want and don’t even think twice if there’s a leather sole or (eek) a cheap, plastic bottom! TIP: My secret obsession for cheap, fashionable shoes: the Bamboo brand. I just bought two pairs for $20 each in DC! If you want to try out Summer Soles, I highly recommend them (and no, they have not offered me anything to blog about their product). Right now you can save 20% on your order through the weekend by entering 20 in the coupon code at checkout. Enjoy!

Bamboo Caramel 50 Gold Braided Sandal, $30, online at Lulus.com

Perfect Pillows

April 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets warmer is to take inventory of my decor and think about ways to freshen up my apartment. Usually, I look to new window treatments and pillows since I’m a renter and can’t do too much with a place that isn’t mine. I also purposefully purchased a tan couch so I could add pops of colors to suit the seasons and my mood.

Today when I opened my inbox I was pleasantly surprised to see some new designs from West Elm! Over the last two years I’ve been slightly disappointed with their lack of color in their bedding and linens, a quality I first loved about them when I discovered the brand about 5 years ago (remember when lime green was so hot?!). I was very happy to see some new pillows, above. The lourdes sánchez whales pillow cover, $34, caught my eye and I love how it’s whimsical and can fit with a variety of decor styles. While I think coral is overdone sometimes I find myself always thinking it looks chic when done right and I think it looks amazing paired with the whale pillow!

I’m also a huge fan of nature-inspired linens and anything that has to do with trees! I put together a collage of some of my favorite new spring pillows, above. With the anticipation of the new CB2 opening next week in Georgetown, I thought I’d scour their site to find some new products and found the Albero pillow, which is on sale online right now for $14.95! I mean, who doesn’t love a great, bold graphic to brighten up the room?!

In the spirit of Easter, I found this adorable yet cool Thomas Paul Bunny linen pillow, $80 at Design Public. They have it in blue, pink and yellow–and I think is a perfect way to add a little holiday to your room.

Since I just can’t seem to get Africa out of my head these days, I was drawn to the two pillows in the center. The pillow with the lions on the right is available at Anthropologie for (gasp) $148 and is a bit steep but I really like the concept. And of course, the elephant pillow is another amazing creation by Thomas Paul, $120 (I think I love everything TP). The peacock pillow, Iridescent Plumage, will set you back $128, but I don’t think I’ve ever met something with all the gorgeous colors of a peacock that I didn’t like. Oh Anthro, why are you so expensive?!

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to get my spring cleaning started and head out to the stores to see how I can brighten up my space to match the sunny days ahead!

Do you have a favorite pillow? I’d love to hear about your favorite designer, shop or if you’ve made any yourself! I attempted this a few years ago and I still have the pillows on my couch to this day…but it’s time to get something new in here! As always, thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you. Check back soon for a new post featuring some items I found in Cameroon!

Back from Cameroon, Africa!

April 11, 2011 § 6 Comments

Hello Fresh Coat readers! I’m happy to say, I’m back safe and sound from my trip to Cameroon, a country in West Africa. I was there for a little over two weeks and I had the most amazing experience of my life! I fell in love with Cameroon and all that “mini Africa” has to offer. I trekked through a rainforest in Korup National Park, visited a primate sanctuary in Limbe, saw the black sand beaches of Limbe  (caused by lava from the volcanic eruptions of Mount Cameroon), went to a remote village called Tali and much more I plan on sharing later.

But first, I’d like to show you the house I stayed at while in Tali. The people were so welcoming and even gave up an entire room for me to sleep in. The house was made of sand and clay and had a great room filled with Cameroonian furniture. The rooms all went off this main area, where the family spends most of their time out of the hot sun. The decor is minimal but the craftsmanship of the furniture is spectacular. I actually had the chance to see some people building the furniture, from sanding down the wood to upholstering the almost-finished product.

outside shot of the house

close-up shot of the some chairs in the great room, along with a stenciled painting on the wall

my room

gorgeous door to my room

the pole in the center of the room represents the status of the head of the family; according to the owner, this was the highest level of honor in their village

me trying traditional palm-wine for the first time (notice, it's still full...that stuff is strong!)

we were given a warm welcome, filled with songs and dancing!

our ride

The road to Tali was long and overall it was a difficult journey due to the dirt roads, which at points were all mud, but it was one of my favorite experiences I had while there. The reason I went was because my boyfriend (who is from Cameroon) had to attend a memorial service for his great-grandfather. The mood definitely wasn’t somber though and people came from all over the world to be there. It was a beautiful experience and I’m so thankful for being a part of it. My boyfriend’s aunt even sewed me a dress to wear to the occasion.

Thanks so much for waiting-out my long absence and I am excited to share more of my travels with you, as well as some of the amazing things I found while there. I’ll also be posting some spring inspirations in the next couple of posts so be on the lookout!

me and Tambe's aunt in our special-occasion dresses--what a fantastic seamstress she is!

goodbye, Tali!

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