September 17, 2014

Sometimes I get lost daydreaming about Melbourne. It would be so fun to travel there and take in all of the great design down under. Since I’m a bit too far for any retail therapy, here’s a roundup of some great home goods from After Online, a shop whose brick and mortar is based in Australia but also ships worldwide! They’ve got so many great things to lust after, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten favorites for you. Their spring sale is going on now, so be sure and take a look! That woven tray would sit on my kitchen counter filled with colorful seasonal fruit if I had it my way.. Enjoy!

xo chy

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The Breakfast Nook

September 10, 2014



It feels so satisfying to come home to a finished space! When we moved in, the previous tenant had used this nook as an office area.. Wires were everywhere! There was a fluorescent flush mount light and an eye sore of a ceiling fan. The original homeowner had a few hooks up as if she had a plug in pendant, so I decided to give a nod to all the copper that was already in the kitchen, the cabinet hardware and the little market list plate on the side of the shelving with this copper pendant! I knew right away that we wanted this rug to play a big part. We also scored eight of these chairs on sale and since our dining table only seats six, we decided to do more of a bistro setting. That left us with just enough space to use one of our rolling storage carts as an extra prep area, which is fantastic since our counter space is terribly limited. I loved the legs on our dining table so much that I was thrilled to discover that it came as a round bistro table as well! Almost as if it was meant to be. Throw in some great target finds, fresh flowers, and of course our Blue Apron delivery and voila! A cheerful, finished, relaxing place to take a moment when you get home and sip a cuppa.

xo chy

sources: rug, table, glassware – west elm // chairs – // dinnerware, napkins, bread box, glass prep bowls – target // copper canisters – one kings lane // blue ball jar, curio cabinet – vintage // weck jars, marble pastry slab, microplane zester – amazon // various knives – J.A. Henkel’s // butcher block kitchen cart – ikea // summer cookbook – blue apron