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5 Dream Kitchen Upgrades

Let's talk about dream kitchens for a second. We all have a vision of the kitchen we'd love to have, but because of various factors (space, money, renting vs owning) we just can't. Today, I'm sharing a few items I'd love to have in my dream kitchen. A few are definitely out of the budget and have no place in a rental kitchen, while others I could actually see myself purchasing in the near future.

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The Finishing Touch: a Moroccan Pouf

There are few spaces in our home that I'm more proud of than the living room/dining room. We've really taken our time in adding pieces we loved, replacing the initial "we just need to add stuff so the room isn't empty" furniture and filling our home with items that truly represent our style. Oversized Ottomans carried over from previous apartments have been swapped out and we upgraded our dining table to something that better fit the space. 

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Download This App: Oyster

As a kid, I always loved reading. Going to the library was a treat, and the day I got my very own library card was a right of passage. I remember participating in the summer reading programs, and the little log book my mom gave me to keep track of when my books were due.

Flash forward about 10 years and I'm rarely at the library. Though I have a library card, I find myself more comfortable searching for books online and downloading them to my iPad. Unfortunately, that can get a little pricey. Though the Boston library does have an e-book section where you can borrow books and download them directly to your preferred device, the user interface isn't the greatest, and you're often on hold waiting for others to finish and return the book you want.

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Urban Outfitters Apartment Collection

I initially stumbled upon Urban Outfitters's home collection when I clicked on a cute shelf on Pinterest. Through said pin, I found out that they're hosting a really fun contest called "Pin a Room, Win a Room- Small Spaces Edition". Normally, I find these types of "pin it to win it" contests overdone and too much work, but when I saw the sheer amount of awesome apartment items on urbanoutfitters.com, I changed my tune.

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Simple Holiday Tablescape

Simple holiday tablescape

Eric's mom graciously sends us beautiful glass Christmas ornaments every year, and because we don't have a tree, I'm never sure exactly what to do with them. This year, I decided to incorporate them into a fun tablescape using two of my favorite Chanukkah presents I received from Eric this year: these CB2 Chamber Vases.

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The vases themselves are very cool, and I imagine we'll be using them quite often. They have two separate chambers- a small section and a large section- which makes them ultra versatile. They can be used to hold flowers, candles, snack foods...even beautiful Christmas ornaments and leftover gift bag filler.

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The table runner is actually a scarf of Eric's that we ironed and draped over our coffee table, while the (lavender scented) candle was a Homegoods impulse buy. The beautiful bird themed candelabra was a gift from my mom that we found it at a thrift store!

I wanted to keep the display pretty neutral, but you can definitely make it more holiday specific.

Want to create a similar display of your own? Here's what you'll need:

- Vases of varying heights

- Ornaments or colorful objects to fill the vases

- Tissue paper or gift bag filler

- Fabric for the runner

- Any other pretty objects of different heights and colors that you'd like to incorporate (we actually used the ornament boxes)

It was so fun and easy, I'm hoping to change up the tablescape quite often- maybe even make it a monthly thing!

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New Year, New Office

New-year-new-officeI'm so excited to announce that our office makeover is finally underway! We've recently cleared out our old desks and are in the process of chucking an old rug and a mismatched storage system.

Above, you'll find the color scheme we're working with- typical black computer chairs, new white desks (with silver legs) from Ikea, and a fabulous new rug c/o Rugs USA (who PS is having an awesome 50% off holiday sale) which should be arriving in January- thus the new year, new office!

Here's where you come in- we still need decor help! I'm not the best at matching, so help is much appreciated. Can't wait to show you more soon!

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Homemaker Happy Hour- Holiday Shopping!

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Hey everyone- what are you doing this Wednesday at 1pm EST? If you're not working (or are extra good at being sneaky), I'd love for you to join me in Wayfair's bi-weekly #HomemakerHappyHr chat on twitter. We'll be giving away $25 gift cards every 10 minutes- woohoo! Wayfair is a great place to shop for gifts, whether you're kitchen gadgets, home decor items or even pet products!

Be sure to follow @goodgrlgoneblog and @wayfair and tweet with #HomemakerHappyHr!

Hope to see you there :)

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated to host this chat, but I am partnering with Wayfair on a future blog project. I love the brand so much, I just couldn't say no!

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Container Store Grand Opening @ The Northshore Mall

DSC_0006 DSC_0006DSC_0006A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a blogger preview lunch at the newest Container Store location, the Northshore Mall! If you know me well, you know I'm a big fan of products that help you organize, so this was like entering paradise for me. 

Whether you're looking for kitchen items, trash cans (I thought the veil was a super cool option), closet organization or office supplies, The Container Store has a little something for everyone. The best part? There are products to fit every budget! You can buy a plastic tube hanger for $0.32 or an entire customized Elfa closet for 100s of dollars!  

DSC_0028DSC_0028It was also really great to learn more about the company, which has been around for over 34 years! My favorite of their 7 founding principles

Screen Shot 2012-10-29 at 1.02.01 PMThe Container Store seems like it's not only a great place to shop, but an amazing company to work for- they're an "employees first" company that has made Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list year after year.

DSC_0008DSC_0008They also threw a KILLER party that night. There was a live band, drinks galore and a fun party atmosphere. Unfortunately, due to my epic cold, I wasn't able to taste anything, but I hear the food was delicious!

I highly recommend you stopy by your local Container Store or check out their website for great organizing products and fantastic gift ideas!

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Makeover this Room: A new G3B Project

DSC_0148Hi, my name is Alana and I spend the majority of my time working from home...from the couch. Sounds great, right? Well, the working from home part is pretty awesome, but the couch thing is starting to get old. While I do have a desk (I'm actually sitting at it as I type), I'm not too fond of it, nor the room in which it sits.

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You see, I have a "home office", but it's a mess. It also serves as my closet. It's a hodge-podge of clothing, office items and random things we didn't want in the other rooms of our apartment. I like parts of the room (i.e. my shoe wall), but they just don't fit together. Which is why it's time for a change. It's time to get my butt of the couch and turn this space into somewhere I actually want to spend my day. 

It's the ugly duckling of the apartment and I hate being in it.

But here's the hard part- I have NO idea how to make this room work, which is why I'm posting about it on my blog. I'm hoping that you, my readers, the Internet, etc, may have some ideas for me- where to shop, what to look for, how to bring this room together.

Who's with me?