2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Best Buys for Home!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Best Home Buys

If you're a fan of getting home decor on deep discount, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is not one to miss. Let's face it, home items can be pricey and, personally, I like to always have a promo code, gift card, shop at Home Goods (obviously), or take advantage of a sale to snag the perfect pieces for our apartment. 

I've been checking out all of the home items the Anniversary Sale has to offer and wanted to round up some of the best buys below. The rug category alone is giving me major home inspiration! Prices go back UP August 6th!

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Anniversary Sale Rugs

You can also find more of the clothing I've purchased from the sale HERE, my Early Access favorites HERE and how I shop the sale HERE. Happy final days of sale shopping!

As always, thank you so much for reading.

xx Tyler

Gift Guide - For Home

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Happy holiday season! I can't believe it's already December. This year has flown by and we're back to holiday style posts and gift guides. You guys really enjoyed my Gift Guide for Me, so I wanted to do another one with my Gift Guide for Home. I moved into my new apartment last year and have been slowly but surely filling it with all my favorite things, i.e., making it a home. I feel like I'm in a constant state of having things on 'my list', so I thought it'd be fun to share some of my current favorites/general gift ideas for the home. I hope it's helpful!

A few things on the list? 

Coffee/tea anything! I think I've shared before I was on a tea kick after switching from coffee to green tea a few years ago. Well, I'm back on coffee and have found myself reliant on the coffee station in my apartment complex, morning trips to Starbucks, and most recently, instant coffee packets—which I'm not hating on, sometimes you just need to be caffeinated in an instant. BUT, I think it's time to get my very own big-girl coffee machine again and am absolutely loving copper touches. How cute is this Technivorm Glass Coffee Maker from Williams Sonoma? This Cuisinart Coffee Maker from Sur La Table is also super affordable—i.e., under $100! Don't miss an extra 20% off with code GIFT17. It comes out to just over $70. 

Gifts for the Coffee Lover

I think I've also mentioned how terrible I've been at keeping plants alive. Why I didn't get my grandma's green thumb, I'll never know and still cry about to this day. I've been trying to add more 'fake life' as I like to call it to my apartment and particularly love this cute faux fiddle leaf fig tree. It's so easy to grab some sort of terrain gift for the home and they're so very 'on-trend' that I thought something 'green' would make a great gift.

Gifts for a (not-so)Green Thumb

Moving on to the bar area, I've been wanting to try a wine purifier for a while and thought it would make a great gift. From what I've heard, the sulfites (or preservatives) in wine are what can cause allergic reactions like flushing, congestion, hives, etc and (though I don't think it's proven) maybe headaches. I love wine but do often get that next-day headache even after just one glass. I know organic wines are supposed to help but I've also had my eye on a purifier to filter out the sulfites from any bottle. I thought this could be a great gift for a wino—or someone who wants to be but can't hang, ha!

As always, I also still have a bar cart on my list and I love the classic yet antique-y mix of wood and brass on this Mid-Century Bar Cart from West Elm

Gifts for the Bar Cart

Finally, in the unique/random/miscellaneous category...I've mentioned I'm recently very into candles and used to sort off loathe receiving them but now I'd take 100. Consider giving the gift of a good-smelling home with an electric diffuser—be sure to include a few scented oils! I also thought this Planter Phone Dock was just really cool, unique and most importantly, useful. 

Miscellaneous Home Gifts

Whether these are a gift for a loved one, a white elephant or a gift for you (I won't tell), I think there's something for everyone. What are you still shopping for this season? I'd love to know.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your week!

x, Tyler

Gift Guide: My Holiday Wishlist

Happy Thursday, friends! I put together my first gift guide for the season and thought I'd start with something a little different. A gift guide for me! 10 things I've been loving and lusting over—and thought maybe you'd find something you love for yourself, mom, friend, sister, etc. too. :) 

1. COZY SWEATER - I love sweaters I can live in all season long. This Free People Cuddle Up sweater quite literally sounds like the perfect thing. It comes in a bunch of colors like black and rose but you know I can never have too many white tops. 

2. COZY COAT - You know I recently snagged this camel coat and I just love the classic color. This Kensie Teddy Bear Coat would be so perfect for more casual days to cozy up in.

3. SNEAKERS - I don't Instagram my athleisure outfits as much but I am in sneakers every. single. day. From taking Marlo for a walk in the AM to working out—even to work!—they're my go-to with both leggings and jeans. I'm constantly on the hunt for neutrals I can wear with everything and while Nike Juvenate has typically been my favorite, I've been on an Adidas kick and love this pair. Neutral. Comfy. Cool. Done. 

4. NEW BOOTS - I have a pair of Steve Madden over-the-knee boots I bought during Black Friday last year for under $100, which—don't get me wrong!—I love! But it would be my dream to have a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots to last forever and I love the low heel. I also love these Everlane Chelsea Boots for daily wear and these sleek Marc Fisher boots in black. 

5. LOAFERS - I've been newly into loafers this past year and I just love how they look casually cool with any ensemble. A (slight) investment pair like these Everlane Loafers in camel would go with everything for every season. But maybe only a California winter. 😅

6. GREY DENIM - I have to admit, I have a couple pairs of grey jeans that I find harder to pair but I just love the faded wash and distressing on these AG Sophie skinnies. I've also been updating all my jeans from mid to high rise, so...I find that a new pair is justified! 

7. ESTEE LAUDER MASK BOOST - I'm just getting into facials and masks this year but I've already found a few I'm obsessed with. This Estēe Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost is holy grail status. It's meant to bring out a more rested, radiant, energized and restored complexion after just one use and I can say—it really does! I also loved the instantly illuminating finish so much (it somehow just evens out the complexion) I bought the same product in their Wake Up Balm that I now use as a primer for a similar effect. 

8. ROSE SCENTED CANDLE - Another new obsession...candles! I can't get enough of them. I've been stocking my collection by snagging random ones from T.J. Maxx and Home Goods and have found I love a clean, fresh scent like rose. I've heard amazing things about these Diptyque candles.

9. DIFFUSER - Again, newly scent/ambiance obsessed and I love the look of this Serene House Supernova one. 

10. FIDDLE LEAF FIG - You guys, don't judge me. I killed my fiddle leaf fig. But I realized plants just don't thrive in my apartment because I don't get enough natural light. So, this Christmas, I desperately want to add some (faux) life to my home with a faux fiddle leaf fig. I mean...how cute is this Figgie? That's what I'll call him. 

So that's (mostly) all. I did add a few more favorites and wants below. What are you hoping for this holiday season and what gift guides would be helpful to see if any? I'd love to know!

x Tyler

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Minted Gallery Wall

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Minted Gallery Wall Art Styling Service
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I'm so excited to finally reveal my gallery wall with Minted! Putting the finishing touches on my new apartment has been a process and while I'm not very patient, it's also something I haven't wanted to rush. I've had bare walls in my living room for almost six months and I'm so happy to finally have the perfect backdrop for the space.

For the past few months, I had been debating exactly what I wanted to do with the wall above my sofa—one large statement piece, a few medium pieces, gallery wall, etc. Creating a gallery wall was the most exciting to me but it was also the most daunting. How do you know what sizes will fit and mix and match well? How will everything be placed together? Colors, canvas size, matting, etc—I got overwhelmed thinking about starting the task.

I've always known about Minted and have frequently perused their site and even followed some of the artists they feature. When I had the opportunity to try out their new Art Styling Service, I knew it was the perfect way to go. 

What is Minted's Art Styling Service?

This is so cool. Minted offers personal art styling where you work with an Art Stylist to curate a selection just for you and your home. Essentially, you take a quiz to help them understand your style, upload photos of your space and you're paired with a Stylist who creates custom renderings based on your personal preferences.

You actually send a photo of the wall you want to have styled and they send back photoshopped concepts with the art in place, which really helps with the visualization process and final decision making. Any other indecisive ones out there? The service starts at just $79, you give them your budget for the project and basically—it's amazing. 

I have to be honest, I'm just a little bit crazy (picky) and the idea of someone else creating something for my home made me a bit nervous. I didn't want to feel like I did not have a hand in creating my gallery wall but that wasn't the case at all! My Stylist began with renderings for two concept options based on my preferences and I was blown away by how well she nailed my style. 

My Stylist would send a rendering and was incredibly receptive to my questions and concerns and was happy to work with me to make adjustments until I was completely satisfied. It's also SO fun to get your own little pdf of renderings back and see how the artwork looks in your own space. Below is my final mockup that I approved.

Minted Art Styling Room Mockup

One thing that also made it incredibly helpful was the hanging instructions. You give them the dimensions of your wall in the very beginning and at the end you receive instruction on how to hang everthing, which was SO helpful. 

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Gallery Wall Hanging Instructions
Minted Gallery Wall

I feel so happy to finally have my little space come together and love how stress-free the process was thanks to Minted. If you have a space you're looking to have styled, I highly recommend looking into their Styling Service. Hassle and stress-free are my favorite ways to be and it's so amazing to see the final product come together in your home. 

Thanks for reading! 

xx, Tyler

Minted Gallery Wall

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home Decor

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home Decor

I've officially been in my new apartment for five months now and I'm definitely still in the process of adding finishing touches and homey details. I tend to beeline to apparel during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but perused the Home Section and found some gems I thought I'd share with you guys, too. 

I've been in the market for a bar cart and can't believe this mirrored bar cart is part of the sale. It's such a great price at $149.90 and I'm sure much higher quality than the Target versions I've been eyeing. I also broke one of my bedside lamps during my move and have been looking to update them. These coppertone table lamps by Crystal Art Gallery are just what I've been looking for and I love the industrial/classic combination with the metal and marble. Again, such a great price at $59.90.

If I was still in the market for an area rug I'd be all over them! Personally, I love all the classic neutrals by Calvin Klein. 

A new pillow is the easiest way to update your living space and I can't resist a few new home accents

If you're not in the market for home decor, be sure to check out my top clothing picks and purchases and keep an eye out for more this Friday when the sale opens to the public!

xx, Tyler

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