it’s time for some auburn football


well it’s that time of year again, fall and football at the holcombe household.  the first weekend of college football starts this weekend.  i’m a huge auburn football fan as is the rest of my family.  well all except for my husband billy. he is a georgia fan, but i still love him.  although i’ll be in washington dc this weekend on my annual girl’s trip(YAY!), i’ll still be getting regular updates on the scores from my husband who will be in charleston for his annual guys football kick-off trip. 

this post is dedicated to auburn and to the wonderful color combination of orange and blue.  i don’t suggest designing a home or room around a sports team but auburn is fortunate enough to have great school colors…orange and blue.  take a look at all the photos i found of homes designed with this color scheme.

this bedroom was designed by anna spiro author of the blog absolutely beautiful things.

image – martha stewart

image – martha stewart

nursery designed by jeannie fraise of lotus blue


image – in style home – fall/winter 2007 issue

design by james michael howard owner of mrs. howard and max and company along with his wife phoebe


OMG!!! look what target has now…WALLPAPER


i just saw this post from the babs blog and it’s all about target carrying graham & brown wallpaper.  they are also carrying other brands.  i don’t know if this is new or just new to me but i’m really excited about it.



if i had known about this yesterday it would have definitely made my “…loving” list.

what i’m loving this week…


i thought i’d start doing a blog every friday about the things i’m loving during the week.  maybe it will be blogs i’ve read about or furniture pieces i saw online.  i’ll figure it out as i go.  so here’s the first “what i’m loving this week…” list.

1. cool asian style hardware from lee valley & veritas.  spotted it at the elements of style blog

Twin Bow Hardware - Hardware

and erin gates, author of elements of style spotted it here in sabrina linn’s loft featured in canadian house & home


2. this new vanity stool from wisteria.

Vanity Stool - Cream

3.  new lucite fruit from urban barn

Lucite Fruit  

4.  sheesham birds from west elm

Sheesham Birds

5.  timber table from gus*


6. filament chandelier from restoration hardware

Filament Chandelier-Lighting

7. fleur patchwork quilt from urban outfitters

8.  mirabel wallcovering from romo fabrics

Mirabel Wallcoverings

9.  the athens upholstered chair in smoke from target. didn’t realize target made furniture that looked this good.


10. lorraine headboard from antrhopologie…because it’s on sale.



gorgeous ceramic garden stools from


christian may over at maison21 just posted a blog that you can find here and he included a picture and link to an overstock garden stool.

i went to the link and in the right-hand column were 6 other gorgeous garden stools at very reasonable prices.  all of them between $90 and $160.

Ceramic Hexagonal Cream Stool

i’m crazy about the cane pattern right now so this one is my favorite.

Cane Round Ocean Ceramic Stool

Floral White Ceramic Garden Stool

Square Double Coin Bronze Ceramic Garden Stool

Spring Green Chinese Porcelain Stool (China)

Chrome Chinese Porcelain Stool (China)

Hanging Tassels Yellow Garden Ceramic Stool

design within reach knock-offs

i have always thought that dwr should stand for design that’s way out of reach instead of design within reach.  i love the store but i’ve never been able to afford anything.  thinking about this i went looking for some affordable knock-offs to a few of their most recognizable pieces. i found some amazing deals on and

my favorite find is the louis ghost armchair(set of 2)

dwr - $820

Louis Ghost Armchair - Set of 2

overstock - $329

Clear Acrylic Arm Chairs (Set of 2)

dwr’s price for their le klint pendant actually isn’t quite cringe worthy, but i did find one for more than half of the price at eurway.

dwr - $435

Le Klint 172B Pendant

eurway – $126.50

Meringue Hanging Lamp (MERINGUE-PEN)

i found this knock-off of knoll’s bertoia diamond lounge chair at overstock. while the knock-off doesn’t quite look like it was manufactured according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer harry bertoia (like the dwr chair is), it could definitely suffice until you could save up for dwr’s chair.

dwr - $929                               overstock - $183Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair with Seat PadRupert Chrome Steel Chair with Leatherette Seat Pad

eames molded plastic rocker

dwr - $479

Eames® Molded Plastic Rocker

overstock - $159

Vinnie White Cradle Chair

eileen gray side table

dwr - $550

Eileen Gray Side Table

overstock - $124

Eileen Gray Stainless Steel Accent Table

here’s another one of my favorites and i was really excited about the price of the knock-off.  It looks like the knock-off has a brushed chrome finish instead of the bright chrome like dwr’s.

arco floor lamp

dwr - $2,696

Arco Floor Lamp - White Base

eurway - $407.15

Cora Floor Lamp (CORA-FLR)

the 1006 navy® barstool knock-off that i found is a little bit of a stretch but it is still all metal like the original.

dwr - $650

1006 Navy® Barstool - Brushed

eurway - $262.65

Romeo Bar Stool (700031)

zero table

dwr - $1,400

Zero Table - 31.5 in Glass Top

eurway - $305.15

Galaxy Dining Table (102151)

as for quality, you may want to stick with dwr.  i’m not sure if these knock-offs would stand the test of time.  they would certainly do until you could save up your money for the originals though. :o)

DIY modern canopy bed


about a week ago i posted a blog about canopy beds.  well this week i came across this blog from designer patricia gray telling you how to make your own modern canopy bed.  she also posted lots of other photos that i didn’t find for my post. take a look and let me know if you end up making this canopy for yourself.

Canopy Bed Elements of Style

great new antique store


when i used to work at beazer interior design for beazer homes all the designers used this great antique store called the $99 store.  they had some great stuff and some not so great stuff but all of it was priced at $99.  sometimes you could find some awesome pieces of antique furniture.  one day they closed their store and no one knew if they were going to reopen in another location or if they were closed for good.  my friend katie called me yesterday to let me know that she had found the store again!  they’ve reopened in a new location in cumming, ga.  they aren’t called the $99 store anymore they are called extreme wholesale.  they don’t have a website but they are located at 2480 Industrial Park Blvd in Cumming

DSC04552if you visit them make sure you wear some sturdy shoes(i wouldn’t recommend sandals) and pants.  the aisles are really small and you literally have to crawl over furniture to see what all they have.  be prepared to dig.  there are piles and piles of antiques.  take a look at this photo i took of a pile of chairs that they have.

DSC04507 here’s another one from a different pile

DSC04510 they don’t just have chairs.  they have cute little accent pieces like this antique magazine rack for $136.

DSC04517they also had these awesome lacquered side tables for $87 each.  the tables had a few chips on them but that could be fixed with a little touch up painting.


there was an awesome dressing table that i saw there but i didn’t see a price on it.  i’m guessing it would have been in the $100 range compared to the other similar pieces i saw.


they had some beautiful antique mantles.  some of them were very intricate and some of them were more shabby chic like this one for $99.


one of the random piles they had was of old ladders and shutters.  these would be great corner stuffers for an empty corner.


i found this beautiful antique chippendale secretary for only $99.  it was in really great condition and only needs a good cleaning.


here’s a different view of some other piles of furniture.

DSC04538among this pile i found this beautiful barley twist and cane console table.


they also had a few accessories like these teak bowls($110) and urns($170)

DSC04546  DSC04548

ok, brace yourself, here is the overall shot of the warehouse.  and this is only one side of it, but you’ll see why you need to where sturdy shoes when you go there.  send me some pics if you come upon a great find.  i know you will.


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