Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wishing and Hoping and Thinking and Praying

My birthday is less than a week away, so I've been busy compiling a wish list of sorts for my home. Though I don't anticipate all of these things will be wrapped in pretty paper for my birthday, half of the fun is gathering and sharing these "need to find" items with you all.

I'm currently wishing and hoping and thinking and praying for...

1. A small kilim or persian rug for the bathroom
In December I put some much needed effort into our bathroom (see projects here and here), and I'm sold on the idea of adding a worn, soft kilim or persian rug for the space.
(via Pinterest and Pinterest)
This style, instead of the standard cotton bathroom mat, adds a exotic touch to a utilitarian room and is exactly what I'm looking for in my bathroom, which you'll see below. Ideally, the rug I find would be no larger than 22" x 36". Other than that, I'm open to pretty much any option.
If you have a great vendor to recommend or a rug up for Ebay auction, let me know!

2. An antique pedestal table for my den
See the white pedestal table (it's holding the chess set) on the left in this picture of Jenny Komenda's loft?
(via Little Green Notebook)
I'm on the search for one such table to infuse a traditional aspect to my den:
A traditional pedestal/library-style table is a versatile piece that would be as at home in my den as in a future foyer or living room corner, don't you agree? If I came across a table like these styles below, I'd be happy as a clam.
(via 1st Dibs and 1st Dibs)

3. A small dresser or commode for my barren "entryway"
Since I rid myself of my aging Ikea Expedit bookcase, I've had an open spot between our apartment door and living room sofa. And, like any interior design-nut, I'm dying to fill the void with a piece of furniture that is both beautiful and practical.
Now, wouldn't a quality piece like this commode or that dresser be perfect?
(via V&M and V&M)

4. A gilt-n-glass rectangular coffee table for the living room
While out with Naomi on Friday, I came across a brass and glass coffee table like this one from Maison Bagues and I was instantly smitten; however my excitement was short-lived when I was told the price: a whopping $2,200.

(via 1st Dibs)
Uh, yeah, sorry, I'll pass.
To refresh your memory, here is what I'm currently working with.
I'm open to gilding a metal table, so I'd love to here your recommendations for getting myself close to the $2.2k Bagues table above.

There you have it, the "need to find" items that I'm wishing and hoping and thinking and praying will find their way to my apartment. What a great birthday present that would be!


  1. I hope you get everything you're dreaming of and more for your birthday!

  2. Oh, Ashley, your wish list is sublime. I'll keep my eyes peeled for any deals (of course, if you had to have something shipped from Nashville I'm not sure it would be a deal anymore). Love your idea of a kilim in the bathroom - that is such a great look! Have you ever thought of a small Chinese art deco rug - I've seen some small ones on eBay that aren't too outrageous. They add some great color and interest and are so unique. I just know you could find a rectangular brass table on Craigslist - it just might take some patience. That's where I got my Mastercraft-looking one. Good luck on your searches - that's half the fun!

  3. Oh, and I meant to say that the brass handles on that first chest look very similar to the ones on the Henredon chest I just got. Love that look!

  4. Hey just ran across your blog! I live in Philly too and often blog about Philly things. Come visit me! Love your ideas for your place!! And happy early birthday!!

  5. I do hope you find all of them! I'm heading out again tomorrow if you want to come. Such a bummer about that coffee table.

    PS- did you see Khloe Kardashian at the game ? ;)

  6. Great wish list! I love all the elements you want to bring into your home. I would love a kilim rug for our kitchen. I like the idea of the pedestal table for the corner of the room. A skirted table would look great too. That way you could have find some great fabric for the skirt to add even more texture?

  7. Love your wishes. Hope you get something wonderful for your birthday!

  8. love your plans! and i love the idea of kilim rug in the bathroom!

  9. I have a list myself! I wish you lived closer, I saw the most gorgeous commode at Tuesday Morning today. Bernhardt . The wood was gorgeous and so was the hardware - $249! An absolute steal! Have a wonderful birthday, Ashley!

  10. What a great list! I hope you get EVERYTHING you wish for on your birthday- you deserve it. Ok, if not everything at least 1 or 2 things :)

    PS- I got my kitchen rug at esalerugs and I'm obsessed with them- love what they have!


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