Cheap & Chic of the Week: To the Wire

kitchen wire 1Really enjoying the new Wire Kitchen Collection from West Elm. We all know about my love of brass, but these simple kitchen tools executed in brass are absolute perfection. It’s possible that these pieces are just the things missing from my kitchen, don’t you think? Brass has become quite the trend lately, however, until now we have yet to see brass kitchen accessories at a decent price point. Enter the West Elm Wire Kitchen Collection. Thank you West Elm, for reminding us that high style doesn’t have to mean a high price point. Shop the West Elm Wire Kitchen Collection below:

Venezia: Que Bella!

Gritti 2So despite having spent five months living in Rome my junior year abroad, I never went to Venice. I know, I know, sounds a bit crazy, but I really wanted to experience Venice in a more luxurious way than staying in a hostel. So lucky for me the Gritti Palace finished a painstaking restoration last year and is now truly the pinnacle of chic in Venice. What could be more luxurious than pulling up to the private dock of the Gritti Palace and staying in a suite overlooking the Grand Canal? Let’s be honest, not much. A girl can dream, right? So today some beautiful pictures of the Gritti Palace, the Grand Canal, and Venezia in general. Que bella!Gritti 3 Gritti Gritti 5 Gritti 4Photos via Vogue Living

Friday Finds: Simplify

Untitled-3Yesterday I shared with you some of my favorite items at Urban Outfitters. Looking back at the post I realized all of those items were a bit overwhelming, and not arranged in an easy to explore way. So today I thought I would come back with the one thing from Urban Outfitters that we should all buy. These Woven Wall Mirrors. At $19 each they are a bargain, and become even more so when you can get two mirrors for $30. At only 12″ in diameter, you could order a bunch of these and group them above a focal point in a given room … say a sofa, or a headboard. Or you could mix them amongst some artwork on a gallery wall. I’m purchasing a few as we speak. Happy Friday!

Below are the mirrors and just a couple other things I loved … 

Cheap & Chic of the Week: Accenting with Urban

IMG_2507For those of you who have been following Lacquered Life since the beginning, and when I say the beginning I mean fall of 2009 when I was living in my grad school studio apartment in Philadelphia (above), then you know that I have always been a big fan of Urban Outfitters. I think that their “Apartment” products are good looking, well made, and extremely well priced … their products managed to seem feasible even when I was in graduate school. Several apartments and a house later, I remain a loyal customer to Urban Outfitters for all the products they offer for the home  - and right now, there are some really great products. So today I thought I would share some of my current favorites with you. Happy shopping!

Exploring Bermuda: St. George’s

IMG_5589Hello Lacquered Lifers! Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, I was in Bermuda over the weekend celebrating my mother’s birthday. We had a wonderful time staying at Tuckers Point with the family, doing what most people do on beach vacations: eating/drinking, laughing, tanning, swimming, snorkeling … but of course I had to add a trip to St. George’s to my Bermuda itinerary. St. George’s is the earliest colonial English settlement in the New World. It was founded in 1612 by members of the Virginia Company whose ship had gotten waylaid during a storm on the way to Jamestown. After building two additional ships from local Bermuda cedar, members of the Company continued on to Jamestown, however, they left behind a group of people to establish St. Georges and Bermuda. St. George’s remained the capital of Bermuda until 1815 when it was moved to Hamilton, and in 2000, St. George’s became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. IMG_5590 IMG_5593 IMG_5601 IMG_5603 IMG_5618 IMG_5622 IMG_5625 IMG_5630There is a lot about St. George’s that reminds me of Charleston, and that is not surprising. Both colonies were founded by English Settlers within sixty years of each other, and many of Charleston’s settlers came by way of Bermuda. IMG_5647 IMG_5649 IMG_5634 IMG_5655If you’re ever in Bermuda, and have the opportunity to do some exploring, I highly recommend St. George’s. It is chock full of colorful colonial architecture and some beautiful views. I cannot wait to return.