Monthly Archives: February 2014

budget luxe

Luxe on a Moderate Budget

Lately, I’ve been attracted to the modern luxe look. A little contemporary, a little glam. Rich velvets, upholstered headboards, shiny surfaces. So much to love. While this look doesn’t really fit with my home, or my lifestyle. I put together a budget luxe look I love!

velvet chair

The Hudson Swoop chair is slate velvet is only $149 at Target, on sale from $199. Click here to see. I’m a huge fan of the Target accent chairs.velvet settee

Also at Target, the Hudson settee is only $237, down from $279. This piece would look great in a bedroom, living room, or large front entry. Click here.

velvet bed target

This Brompton Tufted Wingback Velvet Bed from Target is $675 for a King size. The four reviews on the website are favorable and there is even a customer image. Gorgeous! It looks a little like the upholstered bed we currently have, I’ll share pictures later.

Threshold Mirrored Modern Accent Table

How awesome would it be with the mirrored side table next to it? On clearance at Target for just $85!

bow frame

And this Kate Spade frame would look great on the table! It’s a little more expensive at Nordstrom for $50. But, this is so gorgeous it’d be $50 well spent. And, if you’ve never shopped at Nordstrom, the customer service is amazing and they always have free shipping!


And the last piece would be an amazing chandelier. Both Lowe’s and Home Depot have a great selection. This one is just $227 from Lowe’s. Happy luxe shopping!

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Groundhog Day

It feels like Groundhog Day was weeks ago, or was it years ago? Hard to say. This winter where I live, everyday feels like Groundhog Day. I’m a huge fan of the 1993 Bill Murray movie and I had to share when I saw the home featured in the film is for sale. In the film it was billed as “The Cherry Street Inn,” but it’s really, “Royal Victorian Manor Bed and Breakfast.”groundhog 2The filming really took place at this home in Woodstock, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, about ten miles from Wisconsin. While it was alway gray and cold in Punxsutawney, these images were taken when it was sunny and they show a gorgeous exterior and lawn! Fans of the movie will surely recognize the view from the front door.groundhog 3

The 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom home was built in 1895 and boasts 5,815 square feet! The main dining area is where Phil would often give Mrs. Lancaster (proprietor of the bed and breakfast) a hard time.groundhog 4

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?

Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.

I don’t recall every seeing the kitchen in the movie. But, it’s obviously been updated since then. I love the huge island with seating for four.

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If you’re interested in this home you could book a room and stay the night. Rooms start at just $145 a night. If you like what you see you could write a check for $985,000 and start a new life.groundhog 7groundhog 8groundhog 9To see more images and check out the listing click here.