My 5 Best Strategies for Successful Flea Market Shopping

July 30, 2014 Advice
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One of my favorite things to do on a lazy sunday in the summer is hit up a good flea market to hunt for vintage treasures that I can transform into one of a kind designs for myself or clients. Over the years I have shopped flea markets from coast to coast and along the way I’ve learned some great tips, tricks and strategies for navigating the market with ease and scoring the best deals. …

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My Go-To Thank You Gifts

July 8, 2014 Advice
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I constantly find myself needing to send thank you gifts to show appreciation for people who have done nice things for me so I thought I would share a few of my go-to gifts to give at all price points. I hope you get inspired by these ideas! And since I’m always on the hunt for fresh ideas, I’d love to hear what some of your go-to gifts are in the comments below!

$5 or Less: A Thoughtfu …

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Ask Nicole: Where’d You Get That? (Sources from HGTV’s My Favorite Place)

July 25, 2011 Advice
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Since my episode of HGTV’s MY Favorite Place has aired I’ve gotten tons of emails, comments and tweets about some of the items from my apartment that were featured in the episode so I decided to devote a special edition of Ask Nicole to answering your questions. Read on to learn more about some of the sources I used to furnish my space!

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Ralph Lauren’s Forde Abbey is one of …

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Ask Nicole: Help Me Find a Stylish Starburst Mirror on a Shoestring Budget!

March 28, 2011 Advice
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The starburst mirror in my living room. (From West Elm, sadly no longer available.)

Q. Hi Nicole! I am interested in purchasing a Starburst convex mirror like the one you have in your living room. Do you have any suggestions on where to find one on a tight budget?
-Michelle

A. Hi Michelle! I love the look of a starburst mirror. I think it’s one of those timeless decorative elements that wil …

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Ask Nicole: Fabric Suggestions for My New Sofa

January 24, 2011 Advice
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Q. Hi Nicole – I recently purchased a Lee Industries English style sofa with rolled arms and a single bench cushion. I have no idea what fabric I should cover it in! I like solids and prints. Do you have any suggestions? -Rudy

A. Right now I’m LOVING the new upholstery fabric collection from DwellStudio! While the range includes everything from basic cotton solids, luxe velvets and …

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Ask Nicole: Where Can I Find An Affordable Cowhide Rug?

December 3, 2010 Advice
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My tan cowhide layered on top of a sisal rug in my living room.

Q. Hi Nicole, I heart your blog! I love your hide rug and am looking to do something similar a la layering with hide but I live in Canada and wondered where you got your rug. Is it real hide? Can I get something faux that looks just as good for a great bargain? Thanks and keep up the great work…Super inspiring!
- KP, Toronto …

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