Loving This Week: Lowe's Addition

Right now, I'm mid-air en route to what promises to be a fun filled weekend visiting Chicago family and friends.  But before I left I made sure to fulfill my DIY duties by stocking up on gardening supplies at Lowe's so John can finish off that garden wall (read about it here) in time for planting season. 
Usually, I wouldn't look to Lowe's (or other big box supply stores) for anything other than home maintenance and DIY supplies, which is why I was so surprised by some of the offerings in the garden center at Lowe's on my recent visit.

These colorful containers caught my eye as soon as we walked in the door. Offered in both a low oval and a taller round option, stuffed with succulents, they would make a stunning centerpiece for any outdoor display. 
Also on offer were other coordinating containers, pillows, outdoor rugs, cushions and umbrellas. 
Now you see why I had to share…

Candle filled rattan woven votive holders and/or industrial style lanterns would add beautiful ambient light for any outdoor event. 

I forgot to grab a picture of some of the many outdoor pots on offer at Lowe's, but there were several that I'd love to have in our garden including an authentic cement-look small scale pot that would fool anyone into believing it was 3x the weight and price! 

If you are a gardener and in the market for attractive garden structures to support any variety of veggie or fruit or climbing vine for that matter, Lowe's has got you covered. Last year I purchased hinged trellises from Lowe's that worked wonderfully (you can see them here), this year I'll be adding these conical, finial topped cedar trellises to support our tomatoes. At $17 these are a real steal. 
( I should say that this picture doesn't really do it justice. There is a cross shaped support bar that fits near the bottom of the trellis to create the pyramid shape. Unfortunately I couldn't find a link to them online, sorry.)

While I was there, I ran through the lighting section in search of the elusive $45 fixture (read about it here), which sadly, I did not find. But, I did discover this outdoor scroll lantern that would look lovely as an addition to our back porch makeover. 

Before I jet off (pun intended) I have to give honorable mention to this industrial style sconce. How cute would these be flanking a bed in kids room or lighting a bunk. So many options. 
Next time you are running through Lowe's picking up lumber or paint or whatever your next DIY project entails don't forget to check out some of their other offerings.

Have a great weekend, y'all!

until next time, 

Window Shopping {Ikea}

Way back at the beginning of this year, the fam and I made the pilgrimage out to Ikea. At the time, we were looking to solve some storage issues, which resulted in this:

Yes, that's right. I joined the ranks of Expedit lovers. To read more about it, click here
But, like any good shopper I had an ulterior motive to our Ikea trip. Sourcing for future purchases. Come on, admit it. You do it too. Say you are just going for one quick thing, but secretly taking loads of mental notes for upcoming purchases. 

Like this sectional, sleeper sofa
I. Want. It.
But, it's a big ticket item, so it's on the list. You know, the list. Everyone has one. 
The one day, some day list.

Here it is folded out. Ah, all that lounging space, extra sleeping space and storage space. 
So perfect for family movie night in our basement family room. 

Now, if you think this is where you'll scroll down and see this couch in our family room, you will be sadly disappointed. It's still on the list...for now. 

Of course, while we were there we had to check out their natural woven chairs. It's a toss up between this one...

And this one
For me, I like the golden tone of this one, not to mention the price and comfort. 
Originally, I was thinking in our dining room, but now I'm thinking our new library. 
Put it on the list!

Speaking of the basement playroom, I'd love to see one of these gigantic maps on the wall. Or possibly in our upcoming office transformation. See, it's a good thing we didn't make a lot of these purchases, still so many things undecided. 

No trip to Ikea would be complete without a pitstop for lunch - gotta enjoy the Swedish meatballs. Yum!

After lunch, with my future purchase research complete, we strolled around taking in all the inspiration. 
Here are some of my favorites:

Although the lines of this chair are a little modern for my home, there is no denying that it's striking. Love the navy velvet!
So many possibilities - paired with a hot pink toss pillow or a pop of yellow. Umm...good stuff.

These wall organizational systems are great. In a kitchen, craft room, office or laundry room. Both sleek modern and more traditional options to meet your needs. 
Thought long and hard about where I could incorporate these into my own home. 

The options for kids rooms were endless. Loved the bunting panels, the striped blankets and the polka dot bedding. If I had to do it all over again, these would be great contenders. 

Speaking of bedrooms, I had no idea they carried an upholstered headboard. Next time we're in the market to update our guest bedroom, I think this headboard will be on the list. 

So, how did you like accompanying me on this virtual window shopping experience. Almost as good as the real thing? 

until next time,